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Leo Hoare

Discipline: Whitewater kayak, sea kayak, canoe, Packraft and

Living now: Carrog, North Wales

Current boats: Silverbirch Broadland15, Valley Sirona, Pyranha kayaks

Shaft of choice: Straight

Big volume or steep creek: Big volume

Favourite paddling spot: River Dee, Carrog to Erbistock

Achievements: level 5 canoe & kayak, a successful slalom career in my youth and a safe expedition career more recently

What's next... ambitions / plans: Something in the Himalayas - anything! And another Mongolian canoe adventure. 

Best things about paddling: The reliance on personal decisions and judgement that I make for both myself and others.

Best boating moment: Solo circumnavigation of Easter Island

Worst boating moment: Finishing 4th at slalom junior worlds in Norway

Other hobbies: Mountain biking

Ultimate worldwide destination: Grand Canyon and Greenland

Favourite food: Italian

Favourite drink: Coffee

Favourite music: Punk (influenced by Pete Astles)