I felt the need to jump in tonight when a simple search for the seakayaker magazine website led to a very hateful and lengthy commentary against seakayaker magazine and well respected paddlers. I'm sure everyone already knows the party involved. I was not aware of any of this before tonight, but before researching further, I guessed the person to be either a distraught family member or a salesman. Yes, it turns out Tim sells sponsons through very unorthodox means. I find it very troubling that anyone in this community would go to such viscous lengths to sell a product.
my google search brought up: "Deadly Paddle Float Fraud at Sea Kayaker Magazine. my shock at this front page search result, made me continue to find out how a real kayaker could launch such a loathsome campaign. further searches took took me to this forum. I have come to expect honest personable behavior from everyone I have met in the kayaking community, but still surprised and humbled at the extreme politeness of those who here after such continued personal attacks over several years.
I hope Tim gets the professional help he needs to help find a more positive focus for his anger. I also wish there was way to block searches from rewarding this kind of behavior. I don't see how these actions will help convince a kayaker that this is a company to do business with. In fact it has convinced the very opposite for me. I haven't explored the sponson market, but if interested I assume there are other manufacturers.
Keep up the excellent work at SK magazine, I was searching tonight to upgrade my subscription to include both print and digital versions.