Jane Koopman

Name: Jane Koopman

DOB: 9/25/87

Hometown: I grew up in California but Maine is home base now. 

Favorite home runs and rapids: Sandy Stream (California Dreaming), Gulf Hagas (Turnstile) and the Penobscot (The Cribworks), Madison Wave on the Kennebec -Maine.  

Other favorites: Futaleufu – Chile, Lachine – Quebec, The Ottawa, The Gauley – West Virginia,

Creek boat: Karma M

Playboat: Stoked on my Rockstar M

Accomplishments:

2012 and 2014 Women’s Maine Whitewater Champion, 2013 2nd place

2014 Smalls Falls Creek Race – 1st place women’s and 4th Place overall

 How I started kayaking: I got the kayaking bug on a brief program in high school but credit the Bowdoin College Outing Club for really pushing me and giving me the opportunity to paddle on a regular basis. I also sailed competitively throughout college but ended up quitting the sailing team so that I could dedicate more time to kayaking. I haven’t looked back. 

 Why I love paddling:

  • The dynamic river playground and the puzzles its rapids present.
  • The people with whom I get to share eddies.
  • The unique and spectacular places I get to see from the river and travel to to paddle.
  • The fun and the challenge!

Other sports: Snowboarding/skiing and horseback riding

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