Jim started whitewater kayaking in the spring of 2000. He was thirty nine years old. Since then, he has been paddling at least four or five times a week, year around. Jim is an avid freestyle kayaker. Although he loves to run rivers, his favorite pass time is practicing his freestyle moves right here on the Potomac River. Jim enjoys competing in local freestyle events. His first competition was the 2003 Potomac Whitewater Festival, where he took third in the men’s beginner class. In 2004 he won the Festival’s beginner class and also placed second in the Maryland Chute-Out Series men’s B class. In 2005 Jim got bumped up to the men’s expert class for the Potomac Whitewater Festival, he competed for his very first time in a hydraulic called S-Turn and was amazed to walk away with first place. Despite his win at the festival, Jim was allowed to finish out the season’s Maryland Chute-Out Series in the men’s B class, which he won. At the 2006 Potomac Whitewater Festival, in a stiff competition, Jim accomplished one of the highlights of his kayaking career, when he tied one of his paddling idols for second place in the men’s expert class. That same year and again the following year, Jim won the Maryland Chute-Out Series men’s A class. Another highlight for Jim was when, in 2007, the world champion freestyle kayaker and Valley Mill Kayak School instructor trainer, Eric Jackson, taught Jim to run the Maryland Line of Great Falls in his freestyle kayak (playboat). Jim enjoys sharing his love for freestyle and kayaking in general. He was certified by the ACA as a whitewater instructor in 2005 and has been teaching for Valley Mill since then. In addition to teaching for Valley Mill, since 2005, Jim has been volunteering weekly as an instructor and trip leader for a charity group, called Team River Runner, that takes wounded soldiers recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center out kayaking.