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Patrick Sheehan

Patrick Sheehan

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Patrick is an up and coming, whitewater kayaker. With his great desire, passion and skill set, he is well on his way to becoming, well known in the world of whitewater kayaking. We are so excited to be along for the ride.


Patrick Sheehan, Lexington, Kentucky


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Q

How did you discover your love for whitewater kayaking?

A

When I was really little I would go on overnight raft trips with my family. But as I grew older, it became apparent that I needed my own boat, and when I was 9 I got my first whitewater kayak for my birthday. I wish I could say it was love at first sight, but I was so small I struggled to learn and progress. As I got older it became so much a part of my life, that my family moved to Asheville, NC to support it.

Q

What is the best destination you’ve ever whitewater kayaked or what is the place you would most recommend to someone else?

A

For a recommendation, I'd have to say my home, in Asheville, NC. The whitewater here is world-class. Within two hours there are countless classic rivers ranging from class I to class VI. There isn't a better place to live and kayak in the world than here! The best place I've been so far is Jackson Hole, WY. It isn't just about there being the hardest whitewater, the rivers there are just no stress fun, and the views are unbelievable.

Q

If you could go camping or whitewater kayaking with anyone in the world (dead or alive), who would it be and why?

A

The person I would share it with, without a doubt, is my friend, Matthew Rey, in May of 2018, he drowned while kayaking on a river in Western North Carolina. He was one of my best friends and we used to kayak just about every day after school. I'd do anything to have another day paddling with him.

Q

What’s your goal for 2018, whitewater kayaking, camping or other?

A

This year I have two main goals, one is to make the US National Freestyle Team. The tryout is this upcoming March and I'm super excited to get to compete again. Last time, I had really bad rides and unfortunately didn't make the cut, but I'm much better at kayaking now and I'm excited about another shot! My second goal is to run the Grand Canyon of the Stikine River. The Stikine is one of the most difficult rivers in North America and ever since I've begun kayaking it has been my dream. There are hundred foot sheer cliffs on each side and the rapids are massive. Also, if I am successful, I'd be the youngest person to ever run the river, which I think is pretty cool.

Q

What’s your favourite slogan/quote?

A

"An eye for an eye and the world goes blind" - Gandhi

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