Jahn Pearson’s nomination for paddler of the month is due to his willingness to help a fellow paddler during the Lozer Cup race.
My nomination for paddler of the month is Matt Hopkinson. Why you might ask if you know him? Well, I do believe it has to do with his inherit inbreed love of being in the outdoors and being on the water. The vessel does not seem to matter as he’s at home on the rivers, lakes, and ocean. A canoe, a kayak, maybe a raft, it’s all the same to him.
Robin Pleshaw, patron saint of the wayward boater, is the first person I think of when I need any advice on boating. If she can’t answer me, she refers me to a person who can. Any time we’re at a put in or even within a 10 mile radius of a river, it seems like Robin knows everyone!
Ed was the father figure to us polers. He designed several canoes, Millbrook Souhegan and Coho among them. He also made the poles many of us use. Did most of the scheduling for the ACA poling cruises. Ran shuttles for us even when he could no longer pole.
I met Lisa two years ago, on the river, and have been paddling with her ever since. A large part of Lisa’s life is about boating, rivers, river festivals, slalom boating, slalom racing, long boats, short boats, medium boats, and of course the Dryway.
Jim O’Brien was many things to many people. No matter what hat he wore in your life, he was always just a super guy. Many of us know Jim for all he did for the paddling community. Whether it be clearing local runs of hazards, teaching many of us to paddle or helping with safety at local events Jim always came through and gave back in big ways.
If there’s one thing a whitewater boater loves more than running a river, it’s sitting home later looking at pictures of himself running a river. And for the past nine years, Patrick Rogers, prolific amateur Northeast river photographer, has allowed us to indulge.
Rob Larkham is well known to many of us, and a leader in the local paddling community.
Last March, Jim O’Brien, a very close friend of his, died in a paddling accident. Rob was there supporting Jim’s family and the paddling community, while dealing with his own grief. I believe most of you are aware of all he has done in memory of his friend and ours: the memorial service, the Knightville paddle afterwards, the raffle to raise money for “Jim’s kids” in the outdoor recreation program at Putnam High School, spending time in the outdoors with the kids in the Putnam outdoor club, and even wearing the dress at Deerfield Riverfest because someone accepted his challenge and bought a lot of raffle tickets!
As America’s first Olympic medalist in whitewater slalom, Jamie McEwan’s bronze medal finish in C-1 in 1972 inspired a new generation of paddlers to strive for excellence in whitewater competition. As a veteran competitor, he has been at the forefront of recent efforts to encourage and support the participation of American youth in whitewater competition.