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In case anyone cared for a little sermon today or needed some useless advice, here you go:

So many times kayakers sell themselves short,
The sport is grueling, isolated and scary as fuck.
There are few sponsors, few girls and few pictures that do justice,
But those that go, are the few on earth who know what it is like,
What it is like to sit at the top of a big falls with your heart going 90 mph and your calling on any gods you may have prayed to in the past to deliver you safe,
or what its like to sit at the bottom of some crazy big water stoked you made it out in your boat,
The people around you are more important,
than any friend, parent or girl/boy friend ever was,
the feeling of sheer joy is simple and undescribable.
Surfers have their movies, babes and stardom,
Mountain climbers can have their climbing societies and banquets,
but kayakers have a deeper gift from exploration.
A gift only intense fear and non-control, going with the water, can produce.
A feeling that nature is always stronger, but as a kayaker you can work around the edges and get it done.
No sport is more committing, dangerous or scary.
No activity brings you more in tune with natures power.
That is why Kayakers are the most focused, in-tune, intense and committed explorers in the world today.
While I love to surf and I ski all year. Kayaking and the kayaking lifestyle is on a whole differnet level. You don't get to the bottom of a wave or ski run, hug your bro and say "Fuck Yeah", but in kayaking, that is strandard. Keep getting it done, keep going to those places that so few have gone before. While thousands have been to Waimeai, Jackson, Alta, Jaws or Mavericks, only a handful have been to the deep, spiritual canyons that hold the goods that kayakers find so fulfilling.
So just like the surfers of the 1950's, fell free to rebel against what is accepted, and "run the shit".
Go to the places no one goes and find the adrenaline no one knows about. Because that is what it has always meant to be a kayaker, and that is what it will mean many years from now.
There is no better feeling than at the bottom of a big drop, and there are no better people than the ones you are with on the river.

Add any comments you want to make on kayaking, loose chicks or no money and maybe this site can become decent again in Feburary.
 

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That's what im talkin about best writing i've ever read on here makes me want to go shreddin even if its solo, last year I hadn't ran any class five solo figuring it too stupid and disrespectful to the river but after shoulder surgery and compression fracture I feel I have a whole new aspect on the water and I prefer to be alone sometimes in the gnar just yourself and the river, of course with good bros its hard to beat but almost like a lone wolf hunting you're in the combat zone no one cept you and death between your moves,peace
 

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That's what im talkin about best writing i've ever read on here makes me want to go shreddin even if its solo, last year I hadn't ran any class five solo figuring it too stupid and disrespectful to the river but after shoulder surgery and compression fracture I feel I have a whole new aspect on the water and I prefer to be alone sometimes in the gnar just yourself and the river, of course with good bros its hard to beat but almost like a lone wolf hunting you're in the combat zone no one cept you and death between your moves,peace
Yes. I love solo paddling. I kind of promised my wife I wouldn't do it anymore after I got hurt doing it but maybe she has forgotten about that :)

Cliff does it a lot. I call him Lone Wolf McQuaid.
 

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I love to paddle and to ski, with out one there is no other.............. in your name we pray...



(who was raised catholic?) ^^^
 

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Damn fine little morsel, thanks for verbalizing what so many of us feel

By the way Bob, you can kayak in the Northwest when it rains too. Not dependent on Snow always...
 

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Thinking about 14 hours of driving through snow, to meet 9 dedicated paddlers in the most arid desert landscape, driving 4wd roads lost, drinking beers in Cleator, hiking from the top of a mtn down a snow covered trail to a creek that we have yet to actually see with the probability of getting over-nighted looming in denial, cactus, awful portages, one of the coldest nights I've ever spent in the wilderness, swirling around at the lip of a falls with your bro hoping that one of you can get to an eddy to scout, blind drops, pitons, cacti, and I figured I should bump this because about 20-30 moves/boofs on Poland Creek made it all worth it. Kayaking is the shit.
 

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Indeed a religion

Let us pray:

Dearest Probe
Wearing Goretex and elbow pads
Very sick is this run.

We ran the drops
Made the eddies
To your leadership, we give mad props

Grant us dry hair
Steady braces
And may we all hit our rolls

As we paddle down stream
"HELL YEA" we will scream
Looking forward to cold beer.

Okay, I'm no poet, but you get the picture...

SYOTR
 

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OK so I'm sitting here with a good rum buzz surfing kayak shit on the web and I read this and feel the need to put in my 2 cents..I'm 60 yrs old and been doin this since 1973 and I love it today as much, if not more than when I started....I haven't ever and won't ever run the shit that many of you have, but I have pushed my own envelope...I have sat in the eddy above the waterfall, made and missed the must make moves, and you're right...it is the shit!. But, I just gotta remind you guys and gals, it's about more than class V..it's about the rivers...moving water....there's nothing else like it and you don't need class V to feel it....the skills you have developed can last well beyond your youth and continue to take you to places and experiences that make kayaking the beautiful thing that it is. I ain't what I used to be, but I can tell you that on any given day, there's no place I'd rather be than on a river. Keep on keepin on!
Scott G
 
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