Canada, some people find it fun to bomb down creeks at high speed, without stopping, with their friends for fun. If you enjoy that then eventually you think it might be fun to race against your bros and whomever. I don't think it's about proving abilities at all. Shit, I usually lose and I can tell you that it is fun to bomb down a creek as fast as you can, and fun to boatercross with guys like Holcombe and Bechtel because you realize how fast and powerful they are as paddlers. I don't actually care who wins, but the bet that Tao placed is worthy of some shit-talking among those that will be racing. Keep in mind that last years race was 1/2 locals and 1/2 pros. I think some of the locals had more fun, and they lost.