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Kurt Smithgall

Age: 21
Birthplace: Williamsport, PA
Current Residence: State College, PA
Occupation: Student
Current school/Alma matter: Penn State University
Family: Mother, Father, Brother
Personal Website/Blog:

Wildwater Information:
How I started paddling whitewater:
It all started out with a nice swim in the middle of the 3/4 mile wide Susquehanna with Chris Norbury and Colby Zebel
The class(es) you race: K-1
National Results (team trials and nationals): 2009 Nationals 3rd(Junior), 2010 Team Trials 4th, 2011 Team Trials 3rd
Years on the U.S. Wildwater National Team: 1

Other Paddling/Sports/Hobbies: Creek boating, a little climbing, and I have an old motorcycle that sees a bit of action.

Personal Information:

  • Marital Status: single
  • Kids: none
  • Height: 6' 7"
  • Weight: 192 lbs
  • Music: pretty much anything except country
  • Food Favorites: clif bars are pretty decent
  • What you do to get ready for a race: Drink some water, listen to my ipod and go through my lines in my head.
  • What you do after a race: Eat large quantities of food


  • Boat: Prijon Bala
  • Paddle: 209cm medium jantex gamma
  • Helmet: Ace, the classic not pro tec
  • Spraydeck: Wildwasser
  • Life Jacket: 80s Extrasport
  • Paddling Clothes: Under armor
  • Shoes: The adidas water shoe is pretty good
  • Favorite energy/food: Clif Builders bars
  • Other Outdoor Gear: Mountain Hardwear makes good stuff

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