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With Graduate degrees in Public Administration and Wildland Management, Charlie Wilson has spent his adult life in the outdoor industry. A rock and ice climber of minor note, he has put up first ascents in the American Rockies and British Columbia.
Charlie Wilson's involvement in paddlesports began with a revolutionary pack for canoe camping. As a principal in Bell Canoe Works, Charlie conceptualized the Fire and North series canoes and designed Bell's hallmark trim before retiring to the Adirondack Mountains in 1997.
Charlie began writing on paddling technique for Canoesport Journal, has contributed to several magazines, co-authored 4 books, and is working on another. He co-founded Conclave, an early series of national on-water clinics. An American Canoe Association Director for the last decade, Charlie chaired its Instruction Council and was President of the 50,000-member organization from 2001-2005. Wilson's thrust as ACA leader was to increase ACA's relevance to the paddlesport community by simplifying instructional offerings, improving liaison with other paddling and outdoor groups, and developing a unified input to public safety education policy.
Charlie pioneered resin infusion technology in paddlesports and developed integrally infused rails and several infused trim products. He is an engineering, design and sales consultant for Swift Canoe and Kayak from Ontario's Muskoka. A popular presenter at canoeing events, Charlie's presentations include Efficient Paddling, Paddle Design, and Hull Design & Hydrodynamics. When not paddling, or promoting or writing about the sport, Charlie may be found cross country skiing, bird hunting with his Chesapeake Bay dog, or pursuing gourmet meals.