Discipline/Event: Wildwater, C1 
Birthplace: Boulder, Colorado
Current Residence: Snohomish, Washington
Occupation: Personal trainer/Community events Coordinator at the Monroe/Sky Valley Family YMCA
Current school/Alma matter: Whitman College grad in 2002, currently at Everett Community College/University of Washington pursuing a Masters in Education.
Family: Just me and my wife, Wendy.
Personal Website: tomwier.wordpress.com

Wildwater Information: 
How I started paddling wildwater: 
I started paddling on the Dawson High School Canoe Team in 1994, and Scott Overdorf, an assistant coach, convinced me to get into a wildwater C-1.

The class(es) you race: C-1 and occasionally C-2

National Results (team trials and nationals): C-1 National Champion in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008. Team Trials C-1 Champion 2002-2007.

International Results: 2008 World Championships: Sprint 16th, Classic 19th.
  2008 World Cup: Karlovy Vary Sprint 18th, Classic 17th
  Overall: 13th

Years on US Wildwater National Team: 11

Other Paddling/Sports/Hobbies: 
I do a bit of running and road biking. We just started a high school kayaking program at a local alternative school, the Sky Valley Education Center.

Personal Information:

  • Marital Status: Married to Wendy Wier for 4.5 years.
  • Kids: I can sometimes act like one.
  • Height: 5’ 8”
  • Weight: 165lbs
  • Music: U2
  • Food Favorites: Chicken Mole in homemade corn tortillas.
  • What you do to get ready for a race: Sleep, shower, shave, and do a long warm up.
  • What you do after a race: Eat


  • Boat (Make/model): Zastera composites C-1 Bala.
  • Paddle: Classic paddle: Zastera Prest at 56”; Sprint paddle: Zastera Benny at 56.25”
  • Helmet: Shred Ready Shensu
  • Spraydeck: Red Hypalon Snap Dragon
  • Life Jacket: Sandiline
  • Paddling Clothes: IR Long Sleeve Session
  • Shoe: KEEN Briggs
  • Car: 1980 Volvo 240 DL Wagon with a door handle that just came off in my hand.
  • Favorite energy bar/food: Cliffbar Peanut Toffee Buzz.
  • Other outdoor gear: Patagonia Classic Retro X fleece.

For more information please visit USA Wildwater, the official website for wildwater, at www.usawildwater.com.