The following submission was made as an entry to win a OC1 from an amazingly generous donor, who wanted to see the canoe truly enjoyed, rather than turn a profit. Entrants were asked to submit an essay answering the following:
- Part 1: “Describe how paddling has changed your life.”
- Part 2: “How do you plan to use this canoe, and perhaps someday pass it along?”
Justice Martin, California
Paddling makes me happy because I’m with family and friends. Paddling also makes me happy because I learn different positions in the canoe. Such as steering calling when to switch sides, engine room, and the person who sets the pace. My favorite position is called steering because I’m multi-tasking. My second favorite position is calling when to switch because it helps me with my cardio. My third favorite is engine room because I learn to put in power.
I have a lot of paddling experience in paddling because I paddled for 7 years it’s the awesome coaches that taught me everything I know about paddling. Paddling is the best sport in the world.
The water changes me because it makes me calmer and it clears my mind.