The number of different forums does seem a little overwhelming, especially if you want to keep an ear on what's going on everywhere (like I do on the Buzz). But it's also very useful if you're looking for specific information on an area, conditions, etc. I think that once there's enough traffic there, the number of forums will probably be justified and will give everyone a place for what they want to post. Best of luck, Frenchy.
"The world would be a better place if everyone kayaked."-Brad Ludden (Valhalla)
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