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I read the article...I have to comment on the part about the French booing EJ and freestyle competitions in general:

Competitive kayaking is a bit different than major competitive sports. No doubt, a lot of freestyle kayakers want to win the events. Many have the talent but IMO lack the full on support/development to bring home the goods. The talent is not fully harnessed or focused. I noticed at Fibark that Hobie and PT were very sarcastic while announcing EJ's rides. Don't get me wrong, I know they respect him but EJ is routine and they were ribbing him for it. Well, guess what? A routine is how you win and how to take advantage of the scoring system. EJ has his ride, that if executed, gives him a chance at a winning ride every time, anything else is a bonus. The same goes for Nick Troutman, same with Stephen Wright, they attempt to execute routines that will put them in a winning position. I didn't notice it so much with the other competitors. There were some great moves/rides but nothing that touched EJ or Stephen in consistency. The other competitors were like a series of great plays at a football game, but a number of great plays typically won't win the game, it is typically the execution of a good plan that wins.

EJ is a very talented freestyle boater, he is prepared, practiced, coached, and most importantly he studies the competition. This is where the French were a bit too emotional after their wine, not realizing EJ won the competition based on the rules and respecting that point. The annimosity about Jackson being everywhere and the CEO of Jackson being the number one spot on the podium is valid if you're on the other side. But the booing by the French talent wasn't a display of productivity, turn that feeling into something that will help you win, Frenchmen. True, EJ may not have thrown the biggest moves at the Worlds but he scored the points necessary to win. True, it may get old seeing the same guy on the podium, especially a guy in his mid-forties up against guys in their 20s. However, I think EJ is the catalyst that is going to ignite a new focus from the freestylers and push things to a new level. Step up, World, or EJ might be spanking you in competitions while receiving his first social security check.
 

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enough about EJ

enough about EJ this Ej that, he trains in africa while we are stuck in snow! if everybody else had the chance to play boat everday im sure there would be more people to compete with this machine! style points should be added into point systems seeing some body go super huge over somebody barely blunt almost roundhouse shouldnt be scored the same bigger trick bigger score! but what the fuck the system destroyed the system and the worlds a big fatty corn covered grandpa turd waiting to be flushed in a diarra dirtied toilet bowl! especially know with the whole you can dump your shit in the river if you can't fit a boat on it.kinda like an old girl i knew. though rivers just appearred out of a hole in the ground (what the fuck are these retards thinking?) dumped her right than and there!
ah get me out of work!
 

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You know what I haven't had in a long time? Big League Chew.
 

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so casper you are complaining that ej can train yearround? there is a huge contingent of boaters that are on the zambezi while we drive to work in the snow. they have the same chance that ej did. i think tim is dead on. whether you like or dont like ej doesnt matter. i think you have to respect him for making a life out of what we love and still kicking peoples butts half his age.

i personally like the ir big gun where people filmed the best trick they did that year. some of the stuff rush pulled out was great.
 

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so casper you are complaining that ej can train yearround? there is a huge contingent of boaters that are on the zambezi while we drive to work in the snow. they have the same chance that ej did.quote]


he trains year round all the time, just a statement not a complaint. justa solid fact the dude has a never ending season you can't beat him unless you train year round on epic waves! the normal kayaking season in west april to sept maybe oct and thats not epic boating. year round epic waves think how good you can become and anyways, if the people don't put there mind to it like EJ does in everytrick than they won't be as good you have to want it more than the next dude.
 

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Missing the point...

I think your all missing the point that the French are a bunch of crybaby sore losers. Have some f-ing class... you lost!
 

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My objective was to be in the top five. I succeeded and it makes me happy. This is the reward of a year of training.

It appears as if the Frenchmen's objectives haven't changed since World War I.

Seriously if you read the article the head Frog apologizes for his countrymen's lack of class even going as far as to say that they can't handle their wine...how apropos.
 

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I think your all missing the point that the French are a bunch of crybaby sore losers. Have some f-ing class... you lost!
"You" refers to the french people in general who have proved again and again their lack of class (Lance Armstrong) and not this particular kayaker.
 

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If it weren't for us those frogs would be "booing" EJ in German. They're still pissed that we drank all the good vino and shagged all the hotties (hairy pits and all) after we booted out the Krauts.

I'm surprised the French even compete. I'd expect them to surrender to EJ before he even got in his boat.

Darren, it just so happens I have been enjoying Big League Chew as of late. Somebody sent my buddy a whole box of it. Just as I remember: delicious for about 30 seconds..then rubber. And ooohhh the tooth decay.
 

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I think the French they are referring to in the article are Canadian French--from Quebec, where the competition was held.

I can see people getting a bit bored at EJ winning all these competitions. And, yes, EJ wasn't the overall best paddler, he just had the best ride in the finals. Too bad 18 year old Troutman had a bit of an off ride in the finals. Don't blame EJ for it.

But, damn, if people complain about a 44 year old guy constantly winning, they should get off their asses. It's sad that the younger kids can't give EJ more competition. Your body really starts to break down after age 40.

If EJ wins again, I'll boo, but I'll be booing that the younger kids haven't stepped up.
 

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think the French they are referring to in the article are Canadian French--from Quebec, where the competition was held.
The Ottowa forms the border between Ontario and Quebec. So where was the contest really held? Most people access the river from the Ontario side but the judges stands, tow rope, etc. were on the Quebec side. So where was the competition held? Canada, eh.
 

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Where do you think those Canadian Frenchies originally came from? Whether being a pussy is genetic or handed down from father to son they're still French. (Yes, the age old nature v. nurture debate...either way, still a pussy) Toast, fries, bread, vino and oral sex aside...the French suck. And everybody knows they got the worst part of Canada, too, which is otherwise pretty F'n sweet.

And booing at a river competition? WTF? Doesn't seam to be in the spirit of what boating is all about. Go EJ and boo frogs.
 

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The French youth just need to learn the golden rule of wine tasting, that's all.

Cheese before wine, you'll be just fine. Wine before cheese, you'll be on your knees.

Or just go south and drink tequilla like a real man.
 

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Damn...this is the funniest post I've read in awhile...

I can't believe the French sometimes. Yet again, I can't believe someone was booing EJ either. Like him or not, he still gets it done when it has to get done, and against boaters half his age or more.

One thing to note, and I mean take serious note all you playboaters... EJ's roots are in Slalom boating. What does that mean? It means he's more efficient in his technique with his paddle strokes. It means he gets himself positioned much more rapidly than someone who one who does a little river running and lots of hole riding.

You can manuver with 1 to 2 strokes to do something that takes a non-racing training boater 4 or 5 strokes. It all comes down to fundamentals and training hard, Which he has and does, consistantly.

How many of you playboaters know the following types of strokes;
  1. Static Duffek
  2. C-Stroke
  3. Sculling Bow Draw
  4. Active Bow Draw
  5. Hip Draw
Just food for thought....
 

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What's a C-stroke? I think I know what it is but haven't heard the name. Hip draw's one of my favorites.

COUNT
 

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its when you C a nasty drop and have a stroke.
 

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COUNT, that's the one you do in privacy.
 
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