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Old 01-04-2011   #1
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Why is our sport declining

There is more talk on here about rafting and rigging than boating? There are fewer boats on the water. With the advent of better equipement, what does it take to bring in more people to the sport? I don't have answers, just questions?

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Old 01-04-2011   #2
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Might have something to do with the fact that it's January, but what do i know?

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Old 01-04-2011   #3
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Is it?
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Old 01-04-2011   #4
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I think more people are taking up the extreme sport of knitting!
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Old 01-04-2011   #5
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I don't know about declining, but I think whitewater has some challenging barriers to entry. There's a fairly high cost to entry (gear, lessons), consistent whitewater is challenging to find in most places, awareness among general population (including knowing someone who can help get you started), the travel required to get to whitewater (and time that takes), the ability to enjoy suffering to a certain degree, and to most people it seems like a pretty crazy thing to do.

However, do any of us really want whitewater to be as popular as the NFL? Some of the rivers can already get crowded, and some of the barriers keep people away who shouldn't really be there.
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Old 01-04-2011   #6
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I like it the way that it is. Doesn't seem to be declining. How are you judging this exactly?
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Old 01-04-2011   #7
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Border line troll here, or just a silly question.
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Old 01-04-2011   #8
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Kayaking will never look as steezy as trice blowing up Backcountry! Except for Tyler Bradt killer hucks like palouse! Kayaking is an expensive sport with the amount of driving we do.. mountains provide infinite opportunity compared To rivers not that rivers don't have that same uniqueness unless you drive to a new one...props to rush's freestyle waterfall progression..
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Old 01-04-2011   #9
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That would be a true mircle if it did decline. That would be enough to convince me of a real god. Which would be the only thing worse then all you sallys showing at the river. God damn it. GOD DAMN IT! Mauler
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Old 01-04-2011   #10
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I've been boating for > 3 decades and the put ins are more crowded, permits are harder to get, the list of regulations is expanding, the pethora of new equipment is ever expanding the lines at play spots are longer ...... I'd love to see it back off some.

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