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Chief Paddling Evangelist
"The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both." -- James Michener
This is a pretty good summary of my life...the line between work and life is pretty blurry if it exists at all.
Paddling is my passion; I love being on the water, and I love getting other people on the water too. My wife once asked me what I'd do if I couldn't paddle anymore. I told her I'd keep doing the same thing, because that would continue to increase the number of people learning to love the water.
I love other outdoor things as well as paddling. I grew up on a bicycle and did century rides before I knew what they were. I take enormous pride in having received a speeding ticket on my Raleigh Pro--sweet bike, I wish I still had it.
I backpacked the John Muir Trail as a Boy Scout, and spent many nights in the high deserts of California. I love my life. I feel extremely blessed to work with the best people in the world.
Outside paddling I am an amateur blacksmith (Toad Forge is the name of the half of my garage that isn't boat storage). I also am into primitive skills, and build my own snowshoes and other traditional gear. I love paddling with my family and playing chess with my children, Whitney and Ian. I have the coolest wife in the world, a mathematician who loves to paddle too.