first off i am probably more of a playboater than anything else, i like creeking, and have never sat my butt in a slalom boat once. however, i have never felt the need to tear down any slalom gates that were in my way. probably because i have never encountered any gates that were in my way. but even if they were in the way i would probably just get annoyed and go on to the next play spot. that being said, can we get past this playboater vs. slalom boater crap.
Originally Posted by Spank McDogal
Think about who actually put man made obstructions in the river channel, vs. who just showed up to boat in the rivers natural coorador. Would you put a couple of ski race gate in the middle of a superpipe and make such a stink when they get pulled by a couple riders.
spank here seems a little angry toward our friends the slalom boaters. somebody correct me if i am wrong, but isn't this section of river a man made area anyway. if so, then this is the perfect place for slalom gates. if spank really wants to go boat in "the rivers natural coorador" then he needs to go somewhere else to begin with. somewhere where the rapids were made by mother nature.
if we are going to develop the rivers for our uses, then we need to try to keep any new development inside these areas that have already been altered. a play park/slalom course leaves more river untouched for those who want to use the river to get away from the real world. i dont want to see slalom gates put up on one section, then a play park bulldozed into the river bed a mile down stream.
spank needs to compare apples to apples. all skiiers are not made to do the same run together. every ski area that i've been to has multiple areas for different things. slalom courses, half pipes, bunny slopes, and expert terrain. there would be no need to set up a slalom course in the halfpipe.
when you go boating, everyone has to do that run together. it is inherent in the sport. therefore a slalom course may have to overlap a play park.
although i have never been to the park in confluence, it sounds to me like this is the case. there isn't a huge area to space these things out when it comes to a river. if you want play features, and a slalom course on the same section of river, then they will need to overlap. it sounds like the slalom gates are going to be put up in a more permanent fashion, and hopefully they will be easier to pull to one side or the other. hopefully then people can just move them to where they want them without doing any damage to the gates.