A level playing field is a concept about fairness, not that each player has an equal chance to succeed, ***but that they all play by the same set of rules****.
Ergo WHATEVER rules are set all are bound by them.
Competition is not just about who is better at a disciplne but who has the combination of determination, Skill, Attitude, Desire to win, Resources,Experience, and Luck. On the day.....Just to name the first few that come to mind.
This discussion revolves around rules that apply to competitions (as a subset of what Yoey can take/consider taking to the NZACA to help bring the thoughts of the anglers on this forum in front of this body) and the rules that govern them and hopefully the logic that is behind those rules and what they intend
Any governing body will aim to reduce loopholes to be better placed to police the comp - it is a natural reaction to most peoples attempts to get ahead of their competitors.
Thus your example, if allowed under rules, can be employed by anyone with the determination to do it.
If it is cheating due to being prohibited then that is a clearly seperate case.
But if it IS allowed (And this is for Yoey and the NZACA)
Then what is its intent?
Not what is the advantage (real or percieved)
The same goes for the consideration of Transport (Kayaks)
If allowed and or considered:
Then what is it intended to do?
If any rule is changed there has to be a beneficial reason behind its mechanical function.