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I have always kept the top of my foot on the floor and ignored the footpegs in my Option. The only time it ever gave me trouble is when rolling, I would sometimes slip out of the saddle. After gluing foam shims on either side of the saddle so that there is some friction on my shoes, I haven't had any issues.
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BoaterTalk 5' 11" - 160 lb
I have my seat all the way forward
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Stop by Wehrloom Honey on your way to or from the river this Saturday, we're located just outside of the town of Robbinsville on the way to the river. My 7 year old daughter Abby has been paddling for about a year and has outgrown her Fun 1. She's decided to have a lemonade stand this Saturday for the paddlers coming to town. She wants to use the money she makes plus the proceeds from selling her current boat to get a new boat. It might be a stretch, but I told her if she makes an effort to earn the money needed that I'd help her out with the difference. Stop bye and help support a young paddler. Make sure to ask her about paddling the Cheoah, she's proud to be a Cheoah boater, even though we only go when the waters off. Thanks and all the best. Aron Wehr
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The Ocoee is the place to be in the summer and Dumpy's is a great watering hole!

https://youtu.be/--MgkoeQQs8?list=PLooXCv_zVku7A0knO0-BuXYrmgqOoLpwg
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Found it on Wednesday above corkscrew. Message me with a description and I will get it back to you
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I accidentally left my paddle laying somewhere on the upper level of the parking lot.

If anyone finds one I can describe it to confirm it is mine. A beer-based reward can be arranged
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Always had trouble with the horse's hoofs.

I don't have a problem with the industry, it is what it always has been, a bunch of guys who open a business so that they can get themselves free boats and scrape out a meager living.

The problem that I have is with complaining that buyers don't want to pay full retail. No buyers want to pay full retail whether on golf equipment, bicycles, cars, kayaks, or anything else. Someone who tries to maintain their business with a plea to pay more is kidding themselves and is doomed to fail. You know what is coming, people want a bargain, build you business model around it or don't.

As for the marketing thing, if you want to build a market for the high end boats with high performance you constantly have to build entry into the sport. Kayak companies just can't figure this fact out and there has been negative growth for ten years running. Entry level people want two things, they want to smile and they want to survive. When you market everything around falling off a 70 footer, they just aren't interested. When the entire quiver of boats is designed around class four/five and how many nasty mcfloops can be thrown in 45 seconds, newbies aren't interested.
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...for the sake of productive conversation.

I think slicy boats are seen more and more these days as something playful you can take on your harder runs. People usually buy these boys to spice up their local creeks or rivers. I think the added length and hull speed makes folks more bold and not everyone considers the pin hazard.

Manufacturers shouldn't be held responsible for people misusing their products or getting in over their heads but I think they might consider that sort of thing anyway.
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I've been guiding and boating there for 26 years. If "diversion" at the dam was true then it would normalize below Grumpy. It's low all the way down. Who calibrated the stick gauge at staging eddy? I bet it was calibrated to what TVA said was accurate.

IF this is actually now the legally correct flow, then outfitters need to get more water before re-signing the contract. This flow will have a negative impact on the rafting industry and the surrounding economy.

Why would we trust TVA? They have never been allies of the rafting community.
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Get a crew and some gear together and go pull that thing out! You are currently littering a wild and scenic river. The high school kids in Long Creek will likely do it for you, but it ain't their job to remove every destroyed boat from the five falls.
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Every time I sell something I deal with at least one person (usually the first person to contact me) that will exchange multiple text messages and seem totally legit, then they will no-show for the meeting when I have already asked other buyers to wait. Like to the point where they will say "be there in 10 minutes", then nothing.

What I don't understand is that they wasted as much of their time as mine, yet they get nothing out of it.
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Cliche title I know, but the truth is we all get sidetracked from out passions & goals. Sometimes it takes a little reminder of the impermanence of life to pursue the things you dream about. The Dirtbag Diaries had a great podcast the other day that got me thinking about just this. I summarized the important points and hope maybe it’ll allow someone to step back and have renewed energy to go after the important things. The podcast was about hiking, but these concepts apply to all parts of life - including boating & outdoor adventure.

Also, if you know someone hiking the Appalachian Trail, pass this on to them - you’ll read why.

Enjoy & interested to hear your thoughts

http://www.johnnestler.com/blog/2016/2/have-a-dream-dont-wait-do-it-now
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Greetings boaters. Last year was pretty rough if you lived in Southern California. Our go-to river had less than 20% of its normal annual snowpack, and the mid-drainage reservoir that serendipitously extends our season had been emptied by the previous three years of drought. But we made due: We hit the Kern when it was in, we opened up a new ELF section on the Kern, we drove North where the reservoirs weren't so dry (and are managed for boating), and we flew to Idaho. These three videos are the result.

The first focuses on the travels of my girlfr ... err, wife Liz and I:

https://vimeo.com/teamsocal/brizzie2016

The second shows clips of some 30-odd SoCal paddlers both on and off the Kern:

https://vimeo.com/teamsocal/tsc2016

The last is a close look at all the drops on the low water section opened in main part by the Bakersfield gang, Dennis, Kyle, Jeff, Rodney, and Jared:

https://vimeo.com/teamsocal/mouth

Affectation advisory: the last one is long and slow-mo. The second one is neither. The first one is ... a bit different. I hope some of you like 'em. Now onward to the new season!
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Figure out how much beer you will need then double it. We ran out on a Middle Fork Salmon trip and I can report that buying beer that was flown into a ranch can be VERY pricey.
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as long as the landing zone is a penis
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I've heard Jacksons have issues landing boots.
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There are old boaters (me)
There are extreme boaters (never was me)
But there are no old extreme boaters.
Be careful out there
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A learning experience at Salto Del Nilahue, Warning this isn't the easiest to read write up, and the video is rather disturbing. That being said I think it's important to show, and remind everyone of the risks we take and how rad our friends are at helping in those horrible situations.
http://www.whereisbaer.com/2016/02/the-risk-nilahue.html