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Matthew Skeels

Age: 45
Hometown: Lake Placid, NY
Current Residence:  Canton, NY
Occupation:  Professor of Chemistry at St. Lawrence University
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Club: St. Lawrence Valley Paddlers (ACA unaffiliated)


Wildwater Information:
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. 

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