I love the responses to this thread. Especially, "stop it you're embarrassing yourself", lol. I agree with what you guys are all saying, wasn't sure if I was the only one thinking it.
I appreciate what they're doing and all, but they had a great brand and chose to be super exclusive about their club rather than sell gear, or maybe they just didn't want to do the work of producing and shipping merch. They asked the companies who are doing the work and are actually pushing the sport forward for free money out of their pockets to sponsor their super cool, super secret, invite only club where no one has to work. No one said yes, so now they're spamming the whitewater community, asking for charity to support their cause of pushing the sport forward while boxing the community out. Look, either do work and produce gear and merch or be broke. Can't do both. If I'm donating money, it's gonna feed some starving kid or go towards cancer research, not someone else's trip to Chile.
I'm not spending my time at work so other paddler's don't have to.