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William L. Coggan

Age: 17
Birthplace: Boulder, Colorado
Current Residence: Boulder, Colorado
Occupation: none
Current school/Alma matter: Alexander Dawson School
Family: the Coggans (Peter Sr., Jr., Caroline, Joslin)

Wildwater Information:
How I started paddling whitewater:
Nate Lord and the DSCKT got me hooked
The class(es) you race: C1 and C2
National Results: 3rd C2 western Jr. Team Trials x1 year, 1st C2/C1 western Jr. Team Trials x2 years, 1st Jr. C1 Nationals 2012, 1st 2012 C1/C2 overall national rank
International Results: Made top 5 in 2011 Junior Wildwater Worlds C2 Team Classic
Years on the U.S. Wildwater National Team: 3

Other Paddling/Sports/Hobbies: Canoe slalom, tropical fish keeping, fly fishing

Personal Information:

  • Marital Status: single
  • Height: 5 8
  • Weight: 145 lbs.
  • Music: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  • Favorite Foods: peanut butter
  • What do you do to get ready for a race: Sleep well, eat well, know the course
    Warm up (15 minutes hard running with music, 5 minutes dynamic stretching, 10 minutes in the boat doing whatever feels helpful)
  • What do you do after a race: cool down and go for a swim


  • Boat: Zastera C1 Bala, Zastera C2 Feeling
  • Paddle: RK
  • Helmet: Sweet Protection "Rocker"
  • Spraydeck: Wildwasser/Sandiline/PeakUK
  • Life Jacket: Sandiline Slim/Slalom Model
  • Paddling Clothes: Sandiline, PeakUK, Immersion Research
  • Shoes: Vibram 5 Fingers
  • Favorite energy bar/food: Clif Bars/shot
  • Other Outdoor Gear: Vajda C1 SCREAM, Galasport C2 Generation, Pyranha InaZone 220, Atomic GS skis

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