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Matt Hill
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Matt Hill is a senior at New River Academy. He has been paddling for 4 years now, and it has consumed his life. He can't go one day without thinking about kayaking. He Lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where he also works at Paddlinglife.net.During the summers he attends the Ottawa Kayak School's Keener program where he is coached by some of the best professional kayakers in the world (ottawakayak.com). He is sponsored by Head Trip Helmets and Liquid Logic kayaks. He is also an avid photographer, and many of his pictures are viewable on this blog page.

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    Final project photo essay

    Friday, May 14th, 2010

    This is a photo essay. Basically a compilation of photos that share a basic theme. My photo essay details our journey through this year, starting in Ottawa first quarter, and ending in West Virginia. I tried to end each section with a night photo, but that was a little difficult. I would like to point out that even though the last shot is not of anyone in our group I feel it describes how we as a group are.

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    Student Report

    Friday, May 7th, 2010

    The past week and a bit spent on the Ottawa River was pretty great. Garb came in which was a real treat, but is kind of strange for the spring. Baby face, corner wave, and push button were also great practice. The week though was pretty hard academically as most of us were and still are preparing for the AP exams that we we do this week here at Tino’s house. It was also a little hard as Lorenzo was not in the country so his classes had to communicate over webcam. We took a field trip also to the Canadian Technology and Science Museum, and I am sure you have all read the essays that we had to do for homework. The week weather wise was not preferable as there was some rain and there were a few days that were a little cold. We closed the time out with a trip to Niagara Falls where there were helicopters ridden, attractions visited, and falls scouted. That was our time spent.

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    Its imperative that you work with your captors. A story in the imperative.

    Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

    “Turn that light on.”
    “Wake up!”
    “Now tell me where you have hidden the gold!”
    “Speak up!”
    “Now tell me again and DON’T F****** MUMBLE!”
    “Shock him.”
    “Now tell me if there are traps.”
    “Don’t talk to me like that!”
    “Now tell me the right answer.”
    “Get the bucket and drown him.”
    “Let him up.”
    “Now tell me about the traps.”
    “Give me the right answers and get out of here quicker.”
    “Now tell me how to disarm the traps.”
    “I said speak up!”
    “Now tell me again or things will get a lot worse.”
    “Get me some pliers.”
    “Now tell me what to do when I get into the cave.”
    “Pull out his teeth.”
    “Stop struggling or the pliers might slip.”
    “Clean up that blood and tell me how to reach the gold.”
    “DON’T F****** LIE TO ME!”
    “Now tell me, was that so hard?”
    “Untie him and throw him over board.”
    “Don’t talk back to me. Understand that he is no longer useful to us.”
    “Return to your posts and get this ship moving.”
    “Understand that we will find that gold.”

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    Canada is a country too, eh?

    Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

    The other day we took a field trip. We went to Ottawa, our nations proud capitol. Everyone was all excited because they wanted to see our parliament building that was made out of ice. They were however mad too though because they thought that Canada did not have roads yet so that it may take us a while to get there. They also were wondering about the lack of dog sleds in summer. Nothing Jess or I said or did would convince them of the fact that Canada is a well functioning country with advanced modern infrastructure and a nice list of achievements. We arrived at the Canadian Technologic and Science Museum. Every one was shocked at how every thing here was as nice or nicer, more like nicer than in the States. The museum itself was pretty sweet as there were many cool exhibits on Canadian achievements. I liked the trains. They were big. There were also sections on things like Canadian Space travel, the Canoe, and the first nuclear reactor in Canada, which I believe we had before the States. I enjoyed the exhibit on all the things that we invented, like the snowmobile, basket ball and a way to effectively produce insulin for diabetics. Every one seemed to become more accepting of how Canada was actually a country and they became less ignorant. However I think that most everyone thought of it as a joke. I don’t think that that is how you should treat your neighbor. Do you? Mostly I think it is from jealousy or something else along those lines. All that I have to say to them is: Stop making fun of us, eh? We know all aboot stuff, Ok, buddy? So stop. Please?
    God save the Queen! And I will see you on the water!

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    Showdown at the NOC corral

    Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

    Over the weekend NRA went to the Nantahala Outdoor Center for some old fashion competin’. We all had a super sweet time surfing the constantly changing feature. I was super stoked on the weekend because i threw a sweet loop that landed me in place for the finals in which I placed fifth. Matt gave us a photo assignment as well over the competition. I may have taken it a little too seriously as I took over 1500 photos. The following may be some of my favorites, but i like all photos equally.
    See you on the water!

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    Abstract Attack

    Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

    The recent photo project by Matt Hill about abstract photography. I think these images are pretty sweet.
    See you on the water!

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    Black (and white) to the future… or just a few days ago.

    Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

    For my final project in photography i chose to do my photos in black and white. Not all in black and white, I did decide to have some photos with only one colour highlighted and there is also a photo with a washout of the colours. I think that some of these photos are my best work.

    See you on the water!

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    Accidents happen

    Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

    There are big accidents, like an earthquake, or potentially having Sarah Palin as Vice President. And there are little accidents, like not wearing shoes and seeing the results later. Let us focus on the latter. So yesterday we were participating in a friendly game of hide and go seek tag. I being not too skilled at finding people, had been “it” for two rounds now. It a desperate effort to tag someone, Alex, I throw my shoes at him giving me just a window of opportunity while startled to tag him. I get alex and now seek others. I see Taylor yet se is sitting on the ridge of a fence and i do not know which way to run. I go up the side on some grass littered with dirt. She runs down the other side so I take off as fast as I can. I tag her and slow down. that was when I noticed that my heel hurt. I lifted it up and it was of course bleeding. I had torn loose a large flap of skin almost half a square inch. Matt, the big one, not me, put on a layer of second skin, and some tape and the matter was discussed as to take me to the hospital or not. It was later decreed that i would be going to the hospital in Futalefu. The town is about an hour away from where we are staying. Andy, Calli and I took the Tahoe into town as it too had an accident, a blown hose or something I’m not too sure. At the doctor’s office I was given a liberal amount of local anesthetic to my heel and they contemplated on what to do. I narrowly avoided stitches as the wound was just shallow enough and I think it would be relatively hard to stitch the heel. The doctor applied a large wad of bandage stuff, threw some tape on there, gave me a pack of Ibuprofen and told me to do nothing for a week. We then had a nice meal of steak and fries and spent the night in town. Now the Tahoe is getting fixed and I am on a road to recovery. We are here for 8 more days so I am hoping to paddle.
    I’ll try to see you on the water!
    P.S. Wear shoes.

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    Ansel Adams the Second

    Sunday, February 28th, 2010

    During our stay in Hornopirin it was time to take some landscape photos. I as always have the best and would like to show you. Here they are.

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    New app? You betcha!

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

    Here at New River we get excited by new things, like this slideshow app!! Yay! its awesome and I would just love to show you it. Are you ready? (P.S. these are just a few photos from the Palguin a few days ago)

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