Cashion Porter-Shirley

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Name: Cashion Porter-Shirley

Age: 15; b. 1/26/2005
Hometown: Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, USA
Discipline: whitewater ridin’
Favorite rivers: Green Narrows, Upper Big Creek, Toxaway, Upper Gauley, high water Chattahoochee 
Favorite play features: NOC hole, Buena Vista comp hole, garburator, rookie crusher 
Favorite boatNirvana M 
Bit about myself: My dad exposed me to the rivers before I could even walk by rafting and swimming in whitewater. I began kayaking at 10 years old and quickly fell in love with the sport. I kayaked mainly just to hang out with friends and have a good time, but at 11 years old, I watched my first Green Race. Sitting right at the edge of gorilla with my feet dangling over the pad, I realized this is what I want to do. 

My first competition was the 2017 NOC Shootout; as a first time cadet, I had barely any idea what I was doing, but I snagged 3rd place with luck. My first win was at the 2019 Ocoee River Championships, the last freestyle competition I was able to do before the pandemic. Fast forward to a year later, I am finally achieving my goal of paddling the Green Race. Not only did I finish, I placed second in short boat. These moments have gotten me to where I am now, and I can’t wait to see where being a member of Team JK takes me. Cheers! 
Top Results: 1st place 2019 Ocoee River freestyle Championship, 2nd place Green Race (short boat class)
Goals: top 20 overall Green Race finish, US freestyle team, boof bigger and harder (pinkies up, elbows out), and get better at wave freestyle 
Signature Catchphrases: ARATATATAA, Woah woah woah, *random stoked screaming*, stay hydrated, that’s a big boy.
Where to find me: you can find me beatering the rivers of Western North Carolina anytime! 
Instagram: @cportershirley
Snapchat: @cashporter13
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