Great retort. Doode, I had the CEO of one of the top companies tell me 10 or so years ago that there were 5,000 ww boats sold each year industry wide. 3.9 million ww boaters sounds damn high to me. I've boated in most regions of this country and on 4 different continents in my 20 years of boating. I've also had some close contact with the whole competitive side of the sport, including through the "Golden Era". I was the prime sponsor of one of the best freestylers for quite a few years and engaged a lot of other sponsors and ww companies on his behalf. That's the basis of my observations...yeah, probably Jerk-off Analytics Research Firm has a better idea
Yeah, 5000/year sounds more realistic. Then factor in the number of "only on the river twice" used boats for sale and you start to see how small the ww community really is.
Personally, I didn't think the outside article was that negative. So: the pros are competing in front of no spectators for no money, and people expect them to act like astronauts?
I'm pretty sure I'd want some whiskey after being stuffed in a macking ledge hole and cooking dinner off a camp stove in a Tim Horton's parking lot.
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Its not completely accurate and puts a somewhat over the top spin on some of it, especially the title(s). I could see why Patrick, who has poured his heart into the event, would write a rebuttal. Its written more for the non paddling, arm chair, weekend warrior than the core athlete. There is a much broader picture to be drawn if you want accurate reporting or even just a window into the event and that level of the sport. IMO, it short changes the sport, the event and many of the athletes.I think it's hilarious anyone has a problem with the article.
There are few things better than sitting on the side of the river, enjoying a safety meeting, on a warm CO summer's day, with rapids above and below, with some of your best buds. There are damn few places I would rather be.The Throne just after Double Knife on Clear Creek