The fact that some people have begun to turn their backs on this tradition shows blatant disrespect for the river and their fellow whitewater compadres. Fellow boaters, only you can prevent swimmers from backing out on the sacred art of booty drinking. No beer on hand? No worries, for emergencies you may substitute water in the booty. The next time you swim, be prepared to raise your booty high at the takeout and drink from its hollows in recognition of defeat by the all mighty river goddess. You owe it to the river for putting you in your place, and yet releasing you from its depths.