Originally Posted by Tim Kennedy
Anyways...You can discuss "the rules" as much as you want. But, in practice, I generally yield the right of way to the paddler/craft that appears to have the lesser amount of control, regardless of their position in the river in relation to mine and regardless of what type of craft that they are in. I try to avoid who and what i can avoid, and not rely on the ability of others to avoid me. I rarely try to assume that other paddlers know "the rules". More importantly, I rarely assume that they have the control and ability to yield to my intended route. It's a fairly simple practice actually. If it looks to you like the guy that is surfing the feature/peeling out of an eddy/in the main flow/etc. does not have the ability or awareness to maneuver around you and/or your craft, then it would be in your best interest to give them the right of way and/or a "wide berth". If you are not sure if they have more or less control than you, then YOU are the one with the lesser amount of control, and by all means keep on doing what you are struggling to do. But, I am gonna keep an eye on you, because it's in my best interest to do so.
Have fun and be safe out there...or at least...be polite, and politely aware.
This applies to me... I try really hard to have control and give myself enough space that I don't have to worry about the person in front of me, I really don't like to get in anybody's way, but sometimes that just doesn't happen and instead you can hear me hollering "Get out of my way!" likely followed by a few obscenities and then "Sorry!"
So yeah... sorry if I bump into you...
I usually try to warn the people I'm boating with that sometimes I get a little wigged out if you get too close to me.
Do you get any points for pushing tubers around??