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Old 04-04-2011   #51
Ft. Collins, Colorado
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I read somewhere that EJ was a competitive swimmer before getting into kayaking...

I lived in Hawaii and was really into bodyboarding and bodysurfing before moving to colorado and taking up whitewater kayaking. Getting pummeled by a wave in the ocean is sorta similar to getting beat down in a hole or by a swim in the river, although id have to say that the river beatings are often more severe...

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Old 04-04-2011   #52
Grande Cache, Alberta
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I might be a competitive swimmer/rock dodger after kayaking. I can count the number of swims on several hands.

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Old 04-04-2011   #53
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I wasn't an athlete in anything before I took it up.
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Old 04-04-2011   #54
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Volleyball (college play), soccer, swimming, a little bit o' climbing, rafting. DEFINITELY NOT RUNNING
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Old 04-05-2011   #55
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competitive swimmer for 16 years (7-23); HS soccer 4 years

kayaking for about the same time I've been competitively swimming (+1 yr), always will and have been an outdoor kid. Thanks pops!! (he learned to roll in the Big Ditch)

Oh, don't forget street hockey! game on pause.....
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Old 04-05-2011   #56
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Competitive swimming for 10 yrs, Football for 6, Competitive skiing (USSA/FIS at the MidAm, and Trophy series level (couple NorAms), and NCAA D1 in college)

plus Rafting, bus driving, and tractor pulls. I really wish I would have focused more on the tractor pulls.
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Old 04-05-2011   #57
Denver, Colorado
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I grew up doing a bit of skateboarding. The one other person in my town that skated moved away so I took up football and wrestling. Definitely got into wrestling a bit and thought about doing in college. Kind of was a waste of space in college but got more and more into outdoor sports and eventually kayaking (luckily had a roomate working for a kayak shop). Also skateboarded a lot which I still continue to do a little bit today.

All these skills were just paving the way to be way sicker than Lee at wrestling, ping pong and probably badminton.
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Old 04-05-2011   #58
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My background as a whiskey-drunk international bareknuckle boxing champion really helped my career as a Colorado mank boater.
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Old 04-05-2011   #59
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High school: Baseball

After: Skydiving, running, shooting, and very, very long walks.
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Old 04-05-2011   #60
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snowmobiles,dirt bikes for almost 30 years. hillcross/ highmark sled racing. my school didn't have more than 30 kids so no team sports.
got into raftin cus i can't walk straight, and wife was burned out going too ER's.

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