Hometown: Lake Placid, NY
Current Residence: Canton, NY
Occupation: Professor of Chemistry at St. Lawrence University
Club: St. Lawrence Valley Paddlers (ACA unaffiliated)
How I started paddling wildwater: Skeels is a relative newbie to racing wildwater k1. As a teenager he has significant background running creeks in the Adirondacks and is a well-seasoned marathon kayaker. He is excited about combining two passions in wildwater k1. Skeels holds some impressive course records in marathon k1 (e.g. fastest solo record at the Adirondack 90-miler and Blazing Paddles race on the Cuyahoga & co-holds the overall record for Chattajack). He holds 4 USCA national champion titles in marathon kayak and one in WWOC masters (classic) C2.
The class(es) you race: Skeels races surfski, marathon k1 and k2, marathon c1 and c2, sprint kayak, c2 wwoc, and wildwater k1.
Years on the U.S. Wildwater National Team: This is my first year on the US wildwater team.
Other Paddling/Sports/Hobbies: Outside of paddlesports and his day job in science, Skeels loves to hike in the Adirondacks of NY and in Colorado.