Shit. Wasn't expecting to hear this news. Nate was by far one of my biggest influences as a younger kayaker in CO. When I was 16 and had dreams of being a pro-kayaker, he believed in me, even if there wasn't such a thing. I remember the winter westy trips where I first met him, crashing on his couch when I came to paddle on the front range. He even would call me out when I portaged Rigo when I was older, but didn't hesitate to sneak me into the bars that night. I remember that I felt so proud to be on the "Riot Team" but really, I was just proud to paddle for him. Although he didn't fit the profile, he was one of the better mentor's I had at that age. I'll miss you nate.