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Jun 22, 2012

Paddler Spotlight: Chris Espino





When's your birthday?
Magic dunk day is November 26. when it's cold. like too cold to dunk people.

If you could have an endless supply of three food items, what would they be?
Pork Adobo, pasta, and in n out burgers.

How long have you been paddling?
Going on four years now

Who got you into paddling and why do you stick with it week in and week out?
(Editors Note [James]: Note, this is not in fact Chris.  Crazy huh?)
My brother got me into paddling my junior year of high school and I keep going with it because it's fun and challenging. I'm always interested in new challenges.

Under what conditions are you paddling at your best?
When i've gotten enough sleep and have a lot of adrenaline going. I think.

Is there anyone non-paddling related in your life that motivates and inspires you?
Not sure at the moment. A lot of the people in my life paddle. 

What's your absolute favorite Space Dragon memory?
So far it would be the LMFAO "Party Rock Anthem" flash mob at ti, but i haven't been with the team that long so i'm hoping there will be more soon!

If you had a working time machine for a single day, where / when would you explore and why?
Very first Olympic Games. There's something about people coming together for friendly competition that just interests me, and what bigger competitive atmosphere than international Olympiads competing for the first time.

What do you do when your'e not paddling?
Well, I'm still a college student so...eat, sleep, occasionally study, play tennis, and sometimes indulge in Starcraft 2.

Any advice for newbie paddlers?
Timing and rotation but most of all just stick with it. It eventually gets easier. Eventually.

How do you get prepared for a race?
Listen to music that gets me pumped up. Rise against is usually in the playlist.

Do you have any paddling related goals at the moment?
Just trying to improve more and more every practice. I still get called out a lot at practice and it's giving me more motivation to change and improve.

Who's the most interesting character you've met from the team?
Everyone is pretty interesting in their own way, but i think i'm going to go with Galen. He's strange but in a funny way.

What's the best thing about being a Space Dragon?
Rockin that blue jersey with everyone. It feels like a really close team and everyone is so fun and friendly. 

If you were stranded on an island, which 3 Space Dragons would you want to be stranded with?
Mmm probably Eric because he's always pretty entertaining, Devant or Sammi cause they're like human iPods sometimes (what's life without music ya know?), and maybe Galen so he can go swim out into the ocean and find help haha. If he can swim on course...

Name something our readers don't know about you?
I have horrible aim with a gun. (shooting range) Never trust me with one.
except these!