I have to say I respect the guy for a lot of reasons. Everyone has their reasons for making choices and if he has achieved what he wants to, it is good he recognizes it. I have had a couple encounters with him over the years and each was good. You aren't going to be sponsored by Red Bull and be introverted. I watched him laugh at Boomer getting beat down in a hole above a 25 foot drop (
). At the time I was surprised because I was worried for Boomer, but these guys are used to that kind of thing (if you haven't seen Frontier yet, check it out). Last year he took me down the Little White. Just me and him because flows were too high to interest my friends. Try finding other random people to take you down that run who don't know you. Most won't. You never quite realize how big of a pussy you are until someone is paddling upstream and downstream to get a work out while you are paddling as fast as you can to keep up. He is just in amazing shape. One of his biggest feats is he managed to actually earn some money kayaking. Most people are happy to get free gear and some gas money.