He is just retiring from competition. It just doesn't interest him the way it used to- and priorities change as you get older, and have others to consider when making choices. You'll still see Tao paddling, biking, surfing and whatever else he feels like doing around the gorge- thats what he does- but in terms of trying to set records and win races, he just doesn't care about that stuff anymore - he's been doing it for 15 years competitively. Good on you Tao! Between you and the Teton Gravity crew making those sick videos back in the day- a lot of us may not have started kayaking if those weren't around! As for me, well, i'll still be paying you rent, so, happy retirement present buddy!