I was along the Lakefront yesterday. As I went beach to beach I noticed several new SUP vendors. Chicago Surf is at Montrose, Chicago Paddle Co is at Hollywood, etc etc.....
Each vendor told me the same thing. They were really surprised to see the Park District opening all these new beaches and thought it was great. None of them had a clue about all the bs we went through to open the beaches. At Hollywood they were happily surprised when the CPD put in a designated launch area! It only took me over a year of dogging them to get the launches designated. LOL!
I'd spent my time and my money trying to do the right thing for our water / wave/ wind community. Now all these guys get to make money off my work.
I can't imagine any of the money they make will be worth the time they put in, like most surfing ventures.
I've always been happy to "Serve" our local riders and do my bit for our community. However, when others start to profit off your volunteer work....it makes you wonder.
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