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Old 12-03-2014   #1
 
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Why is Dagger losing high profile boaters?

As of late it seems Dagger/Confluence is losing quite a few high profile boaters: Rush Sturges now paddling for Jackson, Aniol Serresoles is in a Waka Tuna, Pat Keller now paddling for LL. The list goes on...

Anyone know what it's going on in the industry. I guess I have a hard time buying Jackson's media campaign when the acquire a new high profile boater... It's not just because of one company's boats being superior. They all make great boats. Is it the all important dollar? Is Confluence/dagger getting to stingy? What's the untold story...

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Seems funny. Might have to do with pro paddlers preferring Werner to AT, or Kokatat/Sweet/IR to Bomber Gear.


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I'm not sure, but after giving it some thought, I'm willing to let them sponsor me.
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Since it's widely acknowledged that they've made the greatest creek boat of all time, they no longer have a need for high profile athletes pushing their latest schlock downriver.
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They had to put money aside for Kevin.
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Yeah, Kevin, given the number of hulls you've gone through, I think technically you may be sponsored. Or at least subsidized.
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I doubt anyone who knows the answer is going to comment here. But I assume confluence is shifting money away from sponsoring athletes. They seem to be in a cost cutting mode as it relates to whitewater, and I would guess they don't see the return on sponsoring athletes to justify the cost. Dagger is probably going to sell the same number of Nomads next year whether or not these guys are paddling their boats.

The other thing I can think is these pros might be bored with Dagger's lack of innovation. New designs are fun, and Dagger is not developing new boats at the same rate as the other companies.

Either way, I'm happy as long as they keep making Nomads.
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Yep

Yep, just what Brian said. They will sell the same number of boats weather they pay people to paddle their boats or not.
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I couldn't give you the name of a Dagger WW boat if you held a gun to my head.
Fluid, LL, and Jackson...I can pretty much name their entire line.
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If you haven't heard of a dagger boat, you must not have paddled a river in the last 10 years. Nomad, Mamba, greenboat?

I believe this will explain dagger's transition

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