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I'm Andrew Gooding, read rbp for awhile in early '95 (from school/work) and jumped back on last summer when I got net access from home. I'm 32, and have paddled seriously since I was 13 in a school group that did up to Class 3+ rivers in upstate New York. Started doing more racing (primarily marathon) and completed the Adirondack Canoe Classic twice in a solo boat. Now paddle for fun, exercise and too occasional trips, only open canoes (don't like that second blade or my head underwater). I like seaworthy race designs (own two Mad River racing boats) and I am likely to denigrate less fast boats, but that's me.
-- Andrew