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Old 06-27-2011, 11:52 AM
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:04 PM
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We have gone to the event a couple of times and Sunny Isles has a lot more to offer than many other venues. As stated earlier, it just needs to be earlier in the year for greater participation. Other forms of revenue and sponsorship will be generated as the economy picks back up. Hopefully Brad and Larry can keep the city's involvement with earlier dates. Nice job Brad on everything that you and Larry put together.
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I respectfully disagree, and will take a bit of a different point of view on this topic.

I donít think it is that people are scared and I donít think it is the economy. My view is that it is an event that the people you think want to attend do not actually want to attend.

On the participant side, how can you say it is the economy when you look at the East Coast participation at Desert Storm. The guys you want to participate will trailer their rigs anywhere they WANT to go. Money does not seem to be an issue with many of these crews at any time.

This is very common in the event business. If you build it they will come but often they donít. In some cases no amount of passion for an event can produce participants or spectators.

My belief is the owners that you are looking for to step up to what may turn out to be a grueling multi-hour man versus mother nature experience are looking for fun ways to party for a couple of days and enjoy their boats and their friends.

Just because you want to have a race to the Bahamas or around Long Island doesnít mean 200 others do.

Sometimes no ammount of passion, can make people share your vision.

Just my .02 and an opposing view.
Excellent points and you may be closer to the truth than we have been.

We had such a great time back in the day, that we really believe that modern day boaters just need the chance to do it once....... and they will love it also.

Looks like they voted with their feet and we now have the answer. When they had the choice of a 1 mile course or a 271 mile course, the answer is very clear for all to see.

So perhaps 2 or 3 long distance US races a year, that run on the old courses may be enough for those who do have an interest. The old ocean racers can still dream about the European events that are still held and honored.

Opposing view appreciated, thanks for your comments.
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I respectfully disagree, and will take a bit of a different point of view on this topic.

I donít think it is that people are scared and I donít think it is the economy. My view is that it is an event that the people you think want to attend do not actually want to attend.

On the participant side, how can you say it is the economy when you look at the East Coast participation at Desert Storm. The guys you want to participate will trailer their rigs anywhere they WANT to go. Money does not seem to be an issue with many of these crews at any time.

This is very common in the event business. If you build it they will come but often they donít. In some cases no amount of passion for an event can produce participants or spectators.

My belief is the owners that you are looking for to step up to what may turn out to be a grueling multi-hour man versus mother nature experience are looking for fun ways to party for a couple of days and enjoy their boats and their friends.

Just because you want to have a race to the Bahamas or around Long Island doesnít mean 200 others do.

Sometimes no ammount of passion, can make people share your vision.

Just my .02 and an opposing view.
I think you have it correct. Sort of how the old school Harley types got into the coast to coast Iron Butt runs years ago but now they want to do short runs and socialize. Different times and different types.
Another thing is a lot of these guys have a lot of business/job pressure and want to unwind with less pressure.
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I'm really surprised that few of the old school wave crushers do this run.

Is the general public getting softer? Offroad motorcycle racing isn't as tough as it used to be, either. Fewer miles and the old school guys did it on sh*t suspension. Maybe just a sign of the times...
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Its fun and cool for those that want to do it! Thats about it. I'll be back next year!!!
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How about this
The Flight Club Skater Fest thread has 345 replies, this thread has 29.
sort of telling where the interest is.
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