• One of the famous twentieth century marathon canoe racers and designers was Eugene (Gene) Jensen, who made a name for himself racing on the Mississippi River.

Eugene Jensen

From Canoes: A Natural History in North America by Mark Neuzil and Norman Sims

  • In this photograph he poses with his racing partner, Tom Estes (right), at the Minneapolis Aquatennial Canoe Race in 1950. His designs are still found on boats through the continent; he was said to have originated the bent-shaft paddle and the command “hut” to shift sides during races.
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