Joel Kowalski

Name: Joel Kowalski

Nationality: Canadian/American

DOB: Nov 7, 1988

Hometown: Beachburg, Ontario, Canada

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 195lbs

Home River: Ottawa River

Favorite Destination: Mexico

Destinations Kayaked: Canada, USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Indonesia, China, Uganda, Switzerland, Austria, Australia

Strengths: Freestyle, Big Water, Racing, Expeditions, Coaching

Kayaks: Karma Large, Superstar, Zen Large

Other Sponsors: Wilderness Tours Rafting Ottawa River, Ottawa Kayak School, Level Six, Core Paddles, Smith Optics

Top Competition Results:
–      1st 2008 North American Freestyle Champion – Ottawa River
–      TEAM CANADA – 2004—Present
–      2nd 2014 Ottawa “XL”
–      3rd 2014 Whitewater Grand Prix – Canada
–      5th 2009 World Championships Freestyle – Switzerland
–      7th 2012 Whitewater Grand Prix – Chile
–      10th 2014 Adidas Sickline World Championships

Top Expeditions:
–      First Descent Rio Jalacingo, Puebla Mexico – October 2008
–      First Descent Rio Cajones, Michoacan Mexico – November 2013
–      First Descent Lavafoss Iceland – April 2014
–      Rio Santo Domingo (Steepest river on Earth) Chiapas Mexico – January 2010
–      First Descent Rupert River, Quebec Canada – May 2008

Major Media Appearances:
–      Red Bull “First Descent: Michoacan” TV Series – Star & Expedition Leader November – February 2013-2014
–      Sherpas Cinema “Flyover Canada” – Star & Production Assistant – August 2012
–      Nikon D180 Camera Release – Star – Iceland April 2014
–      Adidas Sickline Finalist – SuperFinals Live Broadcast – October 2013 & 2014

Other Career Highlights:
–      Nominated for Canoe & Kayak Magazine Kayaker of the Year 2014
–      Erik Weihenmayer’s personal Coach for preparation of First Blind Descent of the Grand Canyon – August 2014
–      Swiftwater Rescue Trainer – Canadian Armed Forces – August 2012
–      OKS Keeners Asst. Head Coach – 2007—Present

Wilderness Tours Raft Trip Leader & Staff Trainer — 2009—Present

 

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