note Dan paddles for Team Dan
Dan was paddling an "old" Allstar that he purchased himself...

There seem to be a growing number of independent C-1 rippers out there- Joe Stumpfel jumped (back) into a Flirt a few days before the comp.  Paul Danks is also on the "I paddle what I want" program.  I believe Vincent Dupont is as well- like Joe he works for a shop and can paddle what he wants... The fact of the matter is that for a lot of these guys, it's tough to get industry support as a C-boater, so it's not worth it to save a few hundred bucks on a boat and be tied to a particular company, especially if you like their playboat but hate their creekboat, or vice versa.  Most of them can get deals on boats without being sponsored as well...

Jeremy
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