OC1 Essay Content Entry - Paige Zetooney

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?”

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Paige Zetooney, California

You are on the beach getting ready to go out on the water. Then begin pushing the boat into the bay. Once you get on the water, you may see some seagulls flying overhead and fish soaring out the bay. You now are beginning to paddle. Before you begin to paddle, you should know what every seat does in an oc. 6. Seat 1 sets the pace of how fast the paddle goes in and out of the water. Seat 2 calls the changes and paddles 3 and 4 are the powerhouses. Seat 5 bails out the boat and if the boat starts to flip the person in seat 5 must push the ama down to stop the boat from flipping. Lastly, seat 6 is the steersman of the canoe. In paddling you learn to cooperate with others, race against other crews and you make friends and family with people in your crew. What paddling means to me is, since I love the water, and when I put the paddle in the water it gives me a connection to the ocean. Same with any body of water I feel at peace.

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