Name: Jane Koopman
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
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