I grew up and learned to kayak in Clarion Pennsylvania. Around the age of 7 my pops big Dave taught me to roll a kayak. From their my Mother and Father took me paddling down the local class two three creeks and rivers near our house in Clarion. As a youngster I was pretty damn scared of kayaking. It just all seemed real big I guess? I paddled a little bit on and off threw high school, but it wasn't until college that I started to put all my energy into kayaking. From then until now I have been on a mission to paddle as much as possible. Kayaking seems endless for me. There is always a good creek running or a big wave to surf somewhere out there. Kayaking has taking me places that without it I would never have gone and this is my greatest accomplishment! Getting to a lot of these places involves long hike's or sketchy portage's around unrunnable rapids. In many cases slipping or falling is a non option. I'm just trying to say, it is mandatory to have good footwear.