Neil Schulman started paddling in Maine and eastern Canada about the time of Watergate, although he was barely tall enough to see over the gunnel of the aluminum Grumman he was in at the time. He started whitewater kayaking in a Perception Dancer in the Northwest and eastern Scotland in the late 1980s before plunging into sea kayaking. He likes just about anything that involves a boat, water, wild places, coffee, and goofy jokes, with a special passion for long open-coastal sea kayak trips: he’s spent much of the past ten summers paddling the west coast of British Columbia. He writes and photographs regularly for Adventure Kayak, Wild Coast Publishing, Mount Baker Experience, Portland Outisder, and Canoe & Kayak: his work has also appeared in The Oregonian, Sea Kayaker, California Paddler. His images were used in campaign to protect Oregon wilderness, signed into law by President Obama in 2009. You can see his writing and photography at www.neilschulman.com. In his “other career”, he does environmental work and is the Executive Director of the North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council.