My fishing experience spans over 55 years. As a kid growing up here in Nebraska, fishing was often a family affair. Many weekends fishing on numerous rivers and lakes in our area. Mostly catfish during those times. After graduating college, I moved to Ft. Meyers Beach FL. After 4 years I moved back to Colorado Springs where trout fishing occupied my weekends. When my children arrived, fishing took a backseat. In 2008 when I herniated 3 disks in my lower back, I was forced into early retirement. I took up fishing again. After fishing for catfish from the bank, I became bored and wanted to learn to bass fish. So, in November of 2012 I purchased a kayak. I paddled that thing around for 12 hours. Next day, I could’t move. I returned that kayak and started looking for a boat. After many hours of searching for that perfect boat, I came across this peddle powered kayak. In January of 2013, I purchased my Mariner from Austin Kayak. I can honestly say, this kayak has changed my life! Not wanting to be confined to a wheelchair, my Mariner has provided me a way to stay engaged with life and people.