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by Cassie Hayden

Hey Everyone,

Every winter I have been stuck inside a school doing math and XC skiing to stay in shape for paddling. This year is different. I have been accepted into the New River Academy for the duration of my high school career or in other words the next five months.

I fly out of Bradley Airport on 1/28/07 to Charlotte NC and meet up with the rest of the kids and adults who are going to be a part of the semester. We then collectively fly to Miami FL and from there to Chile. While in Chile I will be traveling around to various rivers including the Futaleufu which fellow teammate Fergus is working on at the moment. After Chile we skip over to Argentina for a couple weeks and then we fly home.

Second semester is almost as cool as the first! We will be meeting at the NRA’s home base in WV and traveling along the eastern seaboard and until we reach the Ottawa River. This is going to be our stopping place to watch the World Championships of Freestyle Kayaking on the world famous Buseater wave!!! We then make out way down to WV once more and conclude our semester paddling on the New River Dries.

I’ll be in touch whenever I get a chance so keep an eye out for new updates.
Paddle Hard,


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