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Old 04-15-2015   #1
 
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Who yields to who?

Had an interesting debate with a fellow SE paddler. I guess I'm a SE paddler now that I'm in the SE. I've always learned to yield to upriver boaters. Is this wrong? I never eddy out in front of an upriver boater. Been doing this for years. What do yall think>

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I would think it would make sense for downriver boaters to have the right of way, like when skiing. The uphill skier/upriver boater has the view, anyone below them would have to be looking over their shoulder to know you were there, which can be dangerous in certain situations. Curious on others' thoughts on this, too.
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Down river traffic has the right of way.

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Down stream boat always has right of way!
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I would think it would make sense for downriver boaters to have the right of way, like when skiing. The uphill skier/upriver boater has the view, anyone below them would have to be looking over their shoulder to know you were there, which can be dangerous in certain situations. Curious on others' thoughts on this, too.
I might be reading your post wrong, but down hill skier must always yield to skier down the slope from him. Its because they can not look over shoulder.
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I might be reading your post wrong, but down hill skier must always yield to skier down the slope from him. Its because they can not look over shoulder.
Same thing, different phrasing. If you're uphill/upriver, you yield to those below you.
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Same thing, different phrasing. If you're uphill/upriver, you yield to those below you.
Cool, we are on same page, haha.

I have always had right of way going into a play feature when coming down the river. Kayaker or Sup playing on feature must yield to me, maybe this is because they are looking upstream when playing on wave.
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Cool, we are on same page, haha.

I have always had right of way going into a play feature when coming down the river. Kayaker or Sup playing on feature must yield to me, maybe this is because they are looking upstream when playing on wave.
I'd say playing in a feature is different than running a stretch of water. If you're halting your downriver movement, you're becoming an obstacle and should yield to those passing through before resuming playing. Kind of like terrain parks - don't sit on the knuckle if you don't want to get bonked.
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If you are going down the river you have the right of way. If you are in an eddy thinking of peeling out, surfing a wave or otherwise not travelling downstream you do not have right of way.
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I'd say playing in a feature is different than running a stretch of water. If you're halting your downriver movement, you're becoming an obstacle and should yield to those passing through before resuming playing. Kind of like terrain parks - don't sit on the knuckle if you don't want to get bonked.
Good point, just need to be aware at all times.
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