I can only tell you all that Dane is the future of kayaking. I was on that trip and EJ is super careful with himf and quick to repremand..., but bottom line... he is absolutely amazing and never out of control.
Until you see it first hand, I totally agree that it's just a bit tough to understand, but once you see him in his element, it's really unbelievable. He was either doing more or completely on par freestyling and riverrunning with EJ, Jay Kincaid, Billy Harris, Clay Wright (all on the trip).. Hell, after what I saw... I would put him up against anyone.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body. But rather...To skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming... WOW !!!! What a ride!!!!!!"