This time a year ago the FatPaddler.com website was launched. It’s initial goal was to document my personal journey to the Hawkesbury Classic, but quickly became a much greater adventure than I had anticipated. In the 12 months since the site was born, I’ve completed three different marathon races, paddled with icebergs and whales in Alaska, learnt to roll (well, kind of), discovered Greenland paddles and paddled all over the waterways of Sydney.
By far the best aspect of my new passion for paddling however is the friends I’ve made. The local paddlers I get out on the water with weekly, the distant Aussie paddlers I catch up with occassionally, the visiting paddlers that I take out when they arrive in Sydney, the international paddling community that rallies so well on the internet and of course all those that organise the events I’ve particpated in. And of course, all the beginner paddlers I take out, who inevitably want to keep going!
So as I celebrate this first year, I’d like to raise a glass to all the wonderful people I’ve been lucky enough to interact with during my paddling adventures. A better group of people you could not ask for. Cheers! – FP