Beachburg, ON. Canada
Favorite Place to Paddle
“Wherever my friends are at. I can go to the coolest place with the best water but if I’m not with any of my friends its not going to be much fun. I think the answer is just where you’re friends are at.”
In high school, Nick Troutman thought he was going to be an architect. That changed the day he picked up a paddle and sat in a kayak. “After 15 minutes in a kayak, I went this is what I’m going to do for the rest of my life,” Nick says. He started competing when he was 17-years-old and has been kayaking for the professional men’s class since 2006.
Nick’s initial stand-up paddle boarding experiences were not so smooth. He broke his paddle, fell off his board and injured his foot on a rock. He finally got the hang of it at Rock Island, on a low water day. “The kayaking wasn’t super epic so we took out some boards and I fell in love with it right away. I can take all the knowledge of kayaking in the river and apply it to a whole different sport. You’re standing up taller, you see things differently. There’s much more balance, its a little bit harder through the rapids, you can take a class 2 or class 3 that in a kayak you might find kind of boring and you just jump on a board and its super exciting and new. It takes the river that maybe I have surpassed in skill level and makes it just as exciting just on a different tool,” Nick says.
Nick’s favorite place to eat when he’s back at home in Ontario is at his grandparents houses. Before hitting the water, his musical tastes range from Mozart and Beethoven (what he listened to before going into the World Championships) or putting his iPod on shuffle and listen to everything from Rage Against the Machine, to Modest Mouse.
Awards + Accomplishments
- 2009 and 2010 World Freestyle Kayak Champion
- Film Producer, FIVEIGHTWO Media
- Mexico Expedition: First Complete Descent of the Rio Alseseca, Vera Cruz Mexic
- North American Champion 2007
- Bronze Medalist: World Championships 2007
- Decent of the Niagara Gorge
- Three-time Canadian National Champion 2006, 2007, 2008
Pau Hana Time
“My Pau Hana time is kind of my whole life. I’m lucky where I don’t have a 9 to 5 job. I get to work when I want to work and I spend every day on the river. Pau Hana time is hanging out with your buddies, and you’re having fun. For me, I guess I get to do it every day.”