Mike Curran

Age: 21 | Vitals: 5’10”, 140 | Years Paddling: 10 | Current Residence: Colorado Background: I started paddling as a teenager on a week-long camp trip to Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania, a trip that culminated with an exhilarating lap around the “loop” on the Youghiogheny River. As … Read more

Thomas Neilson

Thomas Neilson, Blister Gear Review

Age: 24 | Vitals: 6’2”, 200 lbs. | Years Paddling Whitewater: 8 | Current Residence: Burlington, Vermont Background: I grew up in Arrowsic, Maine, a town of roughly 500 on an island sandwiched between the Kennebec and Sasanoa rivers on the coast. As a kid … Read more

John Nestler

John Nestler, Blister Gear Review.

Age: 21 | Vitals: 6’, 185 lbs | Years Paddling: 8 | Current Residence: Colorado Springs, CO Background: I took my first strokes in a whitewater kayak eight years ago at Passages Adventure Camp in Richmond, Virginia. Since then, I’ve made pilgrimages to classic destinations … Read more

David Spiegel

David Spiegel, Blister Gear Review.

Age: 26 | Vitals: 5’10”, 170 lbs | Years Paddling: 15 | Current Residence: Hood River, Oregon Background: I grew up in a family of boaters—my parents had me on the water in sea kayaks and rafts from a young age—but I took my first … Read more

Jane Koopman

Jane Koopman, Blister Gear Review

Age: 25 | Vitals: 5’10”, 170 lbs. | Years Paddling Whitewater (not including the high school stint): 6 | Current Residence: Brunswick, Maine Background: I grew up in San Francisco, where I spent much of my free time and weekends in the outdoors, either hiking, … Read more