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.