Maybe a re-title of this thread would be more fair... An article mentioning my kid the slalom racer! I am Super proud of him!
(as you should be...he is obviously a dedicated and talented charger).
I hope my daughter will some day enjoy the river like I do, but shes only about 6 weeks old now so we gots a little ways to go.
Before I read the article I thought jeez...Caspermike is abrasive, and sort of rude. and then after the article, I thought, newsflash! pretty much the same...
but he has a point. The article is kinda weak. Adequate for a generic canoeing magazine that has one kayak article per month. informative for other people that aren't familiar with our sport...
IMO it is little misleading to state that a poorly written article is good information for kids.
this article mentions your kid and thats whats good about it.
Team sports and disciplined exercise, is good for all kids...and really anything that gets you out on the river is great. Ski racing is bad ass too, but not very indicative of how many other ways there are to enjoy skiing/riding. (enjoy it a LOT more) still it builds good discipline. if slalom gets kids on the river, and even more, makes them safe competant paddlers... then great!
and hey- If racers want to wear spandex and bash gates, more pow for the rest of us!!
(a little leftover teenage attitude)
Its true that the racers come out on the other side VERY talented. Like Jeremy Nobis, Eric Shipley etc, etc...
anyway ...good for your kid!