Westfield State is a great place for folks interested in canoeing and kayaking, both recreationally and competitively. We typically run several student canoe trips on the Westfield River in the Fall and Spring. There are whitewater races on the nearby Westfield River, the Deerfield River, and many other local streams. There is a very strong flatwater canoe and kayak racing circuit, and the University regularly has several teams at the Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon.
I’ve spent my life on, around, and in the water kayaking, canoeing, and boating. I’ve raced just about every type canoe and kayak there is on flatwater and whitewater. Some of my accomplishments include being Southeastern Slalom Kayak Champion many times and being on the US Wildwater National Team racing at the Pre-world Championships and World Championships in 1986, 1997, and 1998. In 1996, my wife and I placed second at the Whitewater Open Canoe National Championships in the Downriver and Sprint classes. In 1998 my tandem partner Scott Overdorf and I were the US National Champions in Wildwater C-2, and represented the United States at the World Championships in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, where we placed 19th.
On the White Salmon River (March 1997)