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Old 10-08-2012   #1
Bethel, Connecticut
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WhiteWater Grand-Prix II Needs Your Help!

We all love whitewater content, and we all rallied around the WWGP's great video updates. Well this year, it's heading down to Chilé for the stoutness. But it's seriously underfunded.
This is a sick way to get your hands on some great shwag and help out an important cause: Save the WWGP

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Old 10-09-2012   #2
Duluth, Minnesota
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I could use some shuttle money too.

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Old 10-09-2012   #3
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Stop it Whitewater grand prix. You are embarrassing yourself.
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Old 10-09-2012   #4
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i don't understand why they need $100,000. if the competitors entry fees were pooled and used as prize money for the top 3 or 5, where does the rest of the money go? parties? helicopters? maybe they set their sights too high, or too far away, for an event still in its infancy.
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Old 10-09-2012   #5
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Yeah, I just can't see giving my money away to people to travel the world, have fun, and get drunk...don't we already pay taxes?
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Old 10-09-2012   #6
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why don't you ask red bull? they seem to be into sponsoring things like this
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Old 10-09-2012   #7
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I'm with you tango

To me this sort of event undermines what it means to be a kayaker!

Kayaking events are about building community. Why not have a wwgp where anybody can compete probably be easier to get that goal and be more community oriented. They are asking the community and well I don't see the positive in a Chile gp.

I'm just wondering what they are trying to get out of the gp. Progession is measured in different ways. Not all things that we step up and do is in fact beneficial to the sport. I love racing but it is not progression. So unless this race leads to 30 people dropping Palouse I don't buy it as progression

With 100,000 I would feed some children in Africa
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Old 10-09-2012   #8
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Im don't get why i have to give them $120 for a T-shirt and some prints. Why doesn't Tribe sell stuff all the time?
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Old 10-09-2012   #9
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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.
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if TribeFlow BombShitz had been selling flat brims, hoodies, and kayak porn for the past year maybe there would be something in the coffers to pull off an event.

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