Erik Eckilson has been awarded a lifetime RICKA membership
award. Erik has been a flatwater leader as well as serving as the 5th
RICKA newsletter editor for the last 8 years.
He has presided over the annual nominating of officers and has
been instrumental on Blackstone Valley Paddle Club trips over its many
years as well.
Erik’s father was an AMC paddle and snowshoe trip leader for
many years. Erik paddles one of his father’s old boats with great pride.
Erik’s positive attitude is infectious. He is often the last one
paddling during the course of a year. He paddles with everyone without
club affiliation, treats all with respect and has always represented
RICKA with distinction.
Erik enjoys flatwater and occasional sea kayaking paddles but
his passion for Whitewater is well documented in the many photos and
videos Erik shares with the club. Movie night has become one of
the highlights of the year under Erik’s direction. In a world
where kayakers have gained prominence, Erik still paddles his favorite
canoes and does not engage in needless banter about the one blade, two
blade debate. Erik has been a great leader for RICKA.