I think Eubanks nailed it, at least for me. I ride mainly boat, and prefer to watch boat riding. I don't care to watch videos of cable. I have nothing but respect for the tricks those guys can do, and know that they are extremely difficult, but not being able to fully relate makes it harder to enjoy. I have ridden cable a number of times, but it is not my main thing by any stretch.
Obviously, this isn't to say that one is better than the other, and that isn't where Wiatowski is trying to go with this thread; boat is simply what I prefer to watch.