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Post by 2opnboat1 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:00 pm

Why are the Nationals in a state where their are only a hand full of OC boaters.. It doesn't make sense to hold the big race across the country from the majority of boaters.
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Post by kaz » Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:15 pm

Richard,
I agree, but if only 1 person or group puts in a bid, that's where it's going to be held.

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Post by Alan B » Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:27 pm

Here are a few thoughts and facts.... Colorado is a great paddling destination/vacation. The last Nationals in Colorado (1999) had the second best turn-out ,99. Only Minden, Ont. (2002) topped that number with 115. All other sites over the years have had between 70 and 90ish. There are plenty of open boaters in the West. We are just spread over a huge area. Why should we racers from CA, UT, CO, OR, WA, ID and MT travel to Wausau or all the way East EVERY year? I have mentioned this in the past but considering Montana has only 900K people, the Nationals here in 2004 had 24 local entries, roughly twice any other hosting state.
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Post by Craig Smerda » Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:47 pm

Why do you ask Richard?

It's called "Nationals"... not the East of the Mississippi WW-Canoe Slalom Championships

There's going to be great water in Colorado this year and lot's of people are making a multi-week vacation out of it to hit other runs aside from the race site. Sounds fun don't it?

Really wish I was able to go this year... :cry:
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Post by Smurfwarrior » Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:49 pm

I think it's really good to have it outside the biggest hotspot as it increases the visibility of open boating in areas that need it much more. Expanding the sport expands everyones customer base. :)

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Post by 2opnboat1 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:59 pm

I really am not trying to pick a fight here I was just curious I have spent a lot of time out west and I have not seen 20 ocers in the 10 years I have been going out. I dont really care where it is held because I dont race. But I was curious if the west has more racers in it then it has reg boaters.
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Post by Jim » Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:52 am

It is not about the destination... it is about the trip.




Unfortunately, I will not make it this year.
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Post by FullGnarlzOC » Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:50 am

most 'boaters' who boat as much as they can and just want to be on the water... can't afford to make the trip, or can't justify the cost...

a plane ticket alone is like 10+ trips to great rivers around here...

I was at OC Nationals last year to spectate and boat other rivers because I wanted to check it out and because it was within driving distance.

I'll be at the next nationals that are within driving distance...
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Post by FullGnarlzOC » Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:52 am

but I also think Smurf has a point as well. By moving it out of the hotspot it could grow the sport... which is good stuff.
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Post by Larry Horne » Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:55 am

Craig Smerda wrote:Why do you ask Richard?

It's called "Nationals"... not the East of the Mississippi WW-Canoe Slalom Championships
smerda does it again...:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by Sir Adam » Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:09 am

I think Tom hit the nail on the head - I think it is important to move the location around, as a lot of folks are only going to go if it is in driving distance (or a comfortable driving distance I should say). Certainly there is a die hard group that will go where ever it is each year, but it is GREAT for them to interact with different boaters in different regions, as it does help the sport grow, an introduce more folks to what a whitewater canoe can do. I know when I participated in the WildWater Nationals I had fun, meant a lot of new folks, and learned a lot. It was a great experience. When it is held nearby again, and I have time, I'll likely compete again.
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Post by Smurfwarrior » Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:06 am

I heard people whine about driving just 6 hours to ALF. Can't please everyone, all the time. If people want it, they will make it happen. Its what we do.

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Post by TNbound » Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:21 pm

Smurfwarrior wrote:I heard people whine about driving just 6 hours to ALF. Can't please everyone, all the time. If people want it, they will make it happen. Its what we do.
6 hours? SIX hours?!

I know you drove a long way smurf. I drove 21 hours from Maine, smiling all the way, may I add.

Colorado is more up near 30 some hours for me I think.... Thus I will not be going to watch nationals, but it does seem like a great location for it. Especially with all the snow melt they have going on out west!
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Post by mahyongg » Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:40 pm

You guys should be happy to have OC Nationals at all, even OC'ing in any kind of sanctioned racing set up is nonexistent in Europe at all. Wish everybody tons of fun - it can't be wrong anywhere as long as there's enough water and a gradient around!

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Post by h2sk1 » Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:03 pm

TNbound wrote:
Smurfwarrior wrote:I heard people whine about driving just 6 hours to ALF. Can't please everyone, all the time. If people want it, they will make it happen. Its what we do.
6 hours? SIX hours?!

I know you drove a long way smurf. I drove 21 hours from Maine, smiling all the way, may I add.

Colorado is more up near 30 some hours for me I think.... Thus I will not be going to watch nationals, but it does seem like a great location for it. Especially with all the snow melt they have going on out west!
We drove 18 hours to ALF, and have done so for quite a few years. I wouldn't drive 18 hours for Nationals. The reasons are fairly simple: I have access to other slalom events that are closer, I'm not a contender, and frankly, you don't get that much paddling in on a slalom event. I find the on-water time to be quite minimal once the event starts.

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