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I don't disagree with you, though I would point out that the PRG attendance this year paled in comparison to last year (at the same time, the lay attendance is probably not germane to the topic of the explosion of SUP vs. kayaking).I think a lot of this has to do with the advent of the SUP. SUP cuts into the kayak market significantly as these are the same people that are would be kayakers or kayaking converts to SUP.
Kayaking is not for everyone and the learning curve is significant. Although the costs of SUP are similar, it's more approachable to the mainstream, is entertaining even on easier water and because it is in its relative infancy, the gap between beginner and advanced is not as far apart as in kayaking.
There is a reason Jackson is building SUP's, the Payatte River Games didn't have freestyle kayaking and and Dane went to Cascade instead of Salida.