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Ethan Putnam

Age: 16
Birthplace: Washington, DC
Current Residence: Boulder, Colorado
Occupation: student
Current school/Alma matter: Alexander Dawson School
Family: Parents: John and Kristin, brother: Noah

Wildwater Information:
How I started paddling whitewater:
Nate Lord, the coach of my school’s canoe and kayak team, introduced me to paddling.
The class(es) you race: C1
Regional Results: 2013 Rocky Mountain Whitewater Cup C1 Series Jr. 2d place
2013 Rocky Mountain Whitewater Cup OC1 Jr. 1st place
2012 FIBArk C1 Jr. Downriver 26 mi. race 2nd place
2012 Colorado High School Race (Durango) Downriver OC1 Jr. 1st place
National Results: 2012 Wildwater Nationals (Jackson Hole WY) C1 Jr. 2nd place
2013 Western Team Trials - Sprint C1 Jr. 3rd place; C1 Jr. 2nd place
2013 Western Team Trials - Marathon C1 Jr. 2nd place
2012 Western Team Trials C1 Jr. 3rd place
2012 Jr. Olympics Downriver Sprint 1st place
2012 Open Canoe Nationals – OC1 Combined Slalom and Downriver: Seniors 6th place.
Years on the U.S. Wildwater National Team: two

Other Paddling/Sports/Hobbies: C-1 slalom (2013 National Team Trials), Open Canoe (2012, 2011 National Championships), backcountry skiing, mountain climbing, violin, and debate

Personal Information:

  • Height: 5’ 11”
  • Weight: 140 lbs.
  • Music: Classical and Celtic Fiddle
  • Favorite Foods: Pizza
  • What do you do to get ready for a race: Put on my game face
  • What do you do after a race: Take off my game face


  • Boat (make/model): C1 Whitewater– Zastera Bala
  • Paddle: Mitchell
  • Helmet: Predator
  • Spraydeck: Sandiline
  • Life Jacket: Stohlquist Rocker
  • Paddling Clothes: Sandiline combos, Immersion Research, NRS, Level Six
  • Shoes: Keen
  • Car: Toyota Highlander
  • Favorite energy/food: Nutella
  • Other Outdoor Gear: duct tape

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