Originally Posted by Matt J
perhaps I am fortunate to have plenty of paddling partners, so rather than worry that there are not enough pros or boat manufacturers I will be grateful for the friends I have made and beautiful places I have seen all the while sitting on my butt
bravo for not buying the hype
Very very nice!!!!! Exactly what I was thinking when I read the article. And one helluva rebuttle Smokey. While I certainly understand the industry challenges retail wise.... I've seen a transfromation over the past five years. Well, not necessarily a transformation, but a wheening out perhaps??? Cliche' but...."only the strong shall survive".
The fact is.....this sport is only for a select few....only for a (what I believe to be) a VERY rare personallity. Many many people decided to give it a try because it had become "popular"...I wouldn't call it mainstream, however....and they got freaked the F$%K out. Hence the plethora of "used" boats available and retail in the tank.
I love the peeps I boat with, I love the rivers I spend time on, I dream of new rivers and exploration, and I look forward to meeting kindred spirits.
That's what it's all about..........