Jordan Poffenberger: Half the Blade, Twice the Paddler

first_imgHe may still be one year shy of drinking age, but Jordan Poffenberger has been paddling on the wild side since before he could vote. The 20-year-old boater from Fairfax, Va., has already run some of America’s toughest whitewater and claimed titles in the world’s premiere competitions.His boating resume includes hitting Oregon’s 80-foot Metlako Falls (101 feet total from pool to pool), racing the Class V Great Falls of the Potomac, slalom racing Washington’s Little White Salmon, and winning gold at the Freestyle World Championships at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina last year. He returned last month from Europe with silver in the overall Freestyle World Cup.Though all these achievements deserve kudos alone, what makes them especially impressive is that Poffenberger accomplishes them with a single paddle blade. Poffenberger doesn’t see paddling a C-1, canoe style in a kayak, as a disadvantage and neither do the top dogs of whitewater.“Through the years, it has been great watching him progress in the sport as a C-1er and push the limits,” says Adriene Levknecht, five-time Green Race champion and bronze medalist at the World Freestyle Championships. She’s known Poffenberger the last six years and competed both in the Green Race and in the last two world freestyle competitions alongside him. “He keeps up with all the double bladers out there and normally with more style!”Poffenberger talked to BRO about paddling with the single blade amid a boating community dominated by kayaking. When and why did you choose paddling C-1 instead of kayaking?I first picked up a C-1 paddle when I was around 10 years old. Honestly, initially I just chose C-1 because of the local paddlers Joe Stumpfel and Seth Chapelle. They were so good they would beat all the K-1ers at the local freestyle competitions. But now I continue doing it because I feel I have a lot more boat control and feel for the water as a C-1er. I also feel that the possibilities in a C-1 are limitless. I think that there is more potential in a C-1 than in a K-1 as far as running harder rapids and doing bigger tricks and combos as well as new tricks. Though it may be much more difficult to realize that potential.What have been some of your favorite accomplishments?That’s a tough one. I was very excited to have set the C-1 world record in waterfall height on Oregon’s Sahalie Falls. I then broke the record again going over Metlako, but Sahalie was much more exciting for me just because it is such a challenge. Running Tomata 1 in Mexico was also a very exciting thing for me. This past year winning the Freestyle World Championships was huge. That’s been something I’ve been working toward and dreaming of ever since I started paddling freestyle.Talk us through preparing and finally running Metlako Falls.Metlako is a very simple drop, especially compared to Sahalie Falls, which I had run a few days before. Metlako is a bit more stressful just because it is complete flatwater up to the lip of an 80-something-foot waterfall. Other than that, it is like any other rapid. You picture your line and then clear your head and fire it up. I will say that I did stay away from the lip, mostly just because mentally, it is really difficult to force yourself to paddle off of a waterfall like that. I definitely prefer drops with entrance rapids, as the rapids give you something to focus on.What motivated you to run it?Well for all the money of course (joking)! There are a lot of reasons, the biggest ones being just the urge to push myself. Progression is always a big thought in my head, not only in myself but also for the sport. Metlako was kind of a stepping-stone to hopefully bigger things. Just like anything, in order to get better, you have to practice.What else do you enjoy when you’re not paddling?Boat design and whitewater course design are some of my main interests. I have been lucky enough to be able to work on the new Liquidlogic prototype playboat with Shane [Benedict] quite a lot the past few years. Also a couple years ago I had an internship with the McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group, which is an engineering firm where I was able to help out on a few different whitewater parks. As far as other interests, I’m going to George Mason University for civil engineering. Obviously getting an engineering degree is working toward whitewater course design.You just turned 20. What do you want to have accomplished by the time you can celebrate your first drink (legally)?I honestly don’t really have any goals for before I turn 21. Most of the things I want to accomplish are very dependent on both the places I travel and the water levels at those places. I really just hope to continue to progress my paddling as a whole, including creeking and creek racing, waterfall running and freestyle in both waves and holes. I’d like to compete more in C-1 and C-2 slalom. I really want to take up squirt boating as well.last_img read more

Infrastructure as a service

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Ryan Rackley and Emily WaiteInfrastructure as a Service (IaaS) models inside traditional information technology departments are taking shape in the financial services industry. Although IaaS is not the norm in the industry, and it won’t be a fit for all institutions, credit unions that choose to deploy this emerging technology can experience a positive impact.Loosely defined, IaaS is a form of cloud computing [alongside Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS)] that provides virtualized computing resources for whatever systems the credit union chooses (more on this idea later).In an IaaS model, a third-party provider hosts hardware, software, servers, storage and other infrastructure components on behalf of its clients. IaaS providers also host users’ applications and handle such tasks as system maintenance, backup and resiliency planning.IaaS is not the traditional service-bureau-application-centric model provided by industry vendors for core, online banking and mobile solutions. Instead, under this model much of the maintenance for underlying servers, desktops, and disaster recovery is outsourced to a vendor rather than maintained by in-house IT staff. continue reading »last_img read more

Hunt for quarantine locations consumes governments across US

first_imgAny choice can face fierce and immediate blowback.In the hard-hit Seattle area, officials in the suburb of Kent have gone to court to stop the county from housing patients in a former Econo Lodge motel that it bought, renovated and staffed for $5.5 million. In California, Costa Mesa obtained a court order that led federal officials to drop plans for housing patients there. San Antonio briefly tried to block federal officials from releasing quarantined people from a local Air Force base.And yet, public health experts say quarantines can make the difference between overwhelming hospitals with a flood of patients or keeping numbers manageable. And those people have to stay somewhere.“You should try to contain as much of the disease as you can,” said George Rutherford, an epidemiology professor at the University of California, San Francisco. “If you’re talking about an extra 100,000 cases in the ICUs, that’s a lot of ICU beds. Anything that will flatten the curve is good.” Isolation drillGeorgia State Representative Dave Belton, whose constituents live in the rural towns near Hard Labor Creek, said people initially were “angry and shocked” when they heard that infected patients would be quarantined in seven trailers there, about an hour east of Atlanta. “People move out here to get away from this kind of thing,” he said.But when he explained that the quarantine spot was small and far from public areas, that law enforcement would be on duty 24/7 and that trash would be incinerated, they calmed down. “We’re a welcoming community,” he said.San Francisco’s solution may be the most unusual. The city has leased 30 recreational vehicles, at a cost of $443,000, for homeless people who test positive but don’t require hospitalization.The virus arrived as San Francisco, with its sky-high rents, was struggling with a surging homeless population estimated at more than 8,000 people. Leaders fear the results if infection starts spreading through shelters or tent encampments. Aware that 30 campers may not be enough, city leaders are also searching for vacant residential properties — a rarity — and asking hotels to identify unused rooms.“It’s important that we take measures like this to care for our most vulnerable residents,” Mayor London Breed said when she announced the program.Wandering shipsNothing, however, drove home the need for quarantine spaces more than the arrival in California this week of a cruise ship bearing infected passengers and crew.The Grand Princess docked at the Port of Oakland on Monday after days circling the waters off the Golden Gate, kept there by state and federal officials as they searched for a safe place to bring it ashore.By Tuesday evening, more than 760 passengers had been bused to nearby Travis Air Force Base. Another 42 had been flown to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego, while 124 went to Georgia’s Dobbins Air Reserve Base and 98 to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Lackland had already housed quarantined passengers from another infected ship — the Diamond Princess.As controlled environments, military bases make for good quarantines, said Nasia Safdar, a doctor who is director of infection prevention at the University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. A successful quarantine tends to a patient’s meals, provides medicines or supplies — and keeps the world at bay. Bases have the resources, not to mention the guards.“This is a very high-risk scenario, inherently, and there’s a lot of logistical support needed, so a military environment helps,” Safdar said.Grand Princess passengers showing mild signs of illness — any illness — were further separated, so they could be monitored while being tested. Up to 24 were taken to Asilomar State Beach near Monterey. Others went to a vacant hotel in San Carlos, just south of San Francisco, that can house 120 people. California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state had been searching for appropriate quarantine sites for a week and wanted more.But in a sign of just how touchy quarantine decisions can be, Newsom took aim at Texas on Thursday over its stance on passengers from the Grand Princess. Only Texas residents are being accepted for quarantine at Lackland Air Force Base, a decision that San Antonio’s mayor explained on Facebook was made to avoid straining the hospitals.“Folks in Georgia are doing more, and the people, of course the state of California have always done more,” Newsom said at a press conference. “That has not helped in our logistics, to be candid with you, but it is what it is.”Representatives of the Texas Department of State Health Services and the office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott didn’t return requests for comment. Topics :center_img Near the famed Pebble Beach golf course, two dozen people exposed to the new coronavirus sit confined to a cluster of unused buildings on a California seafront park.Hundreds more have been whisked to military bases in California, Georgia and Texas, to count down two weeks of isolation. In San Francisco, a few may soon be housed in recreational vehicles leased by the city. Georgia is using trailers stationed within a state park called Hard Labor Creek.As President Donald Trump prepares to declare a national emergency to slow the pandemic, health officials across the US are grappling with a problem rarely seen since the days when tuberculosis and polio swept the land: where to put people who have been quarantined.last_img read more