Get to know the Maine Sport staff.
Andrew Cooper’s idea of a good time is plunging his whitewater kayak over 20-foot waterfalls. “I have the motivation to test myself and see how far I can go,” says the 28-year-old New Harbor, ME native, who has been working at Maine Sport in the Watersports Department since May, 2009. “Every time I’m out there, I feel the need to push myself, “Cooper says, “but I don’t want to be irrational.” Though it’s tough for him to do, Cooper will not run a rapid if he doesn’t feel mentally and physically prepared. “I’m glad I have the capacity not to do something. There is something going through my brain other than just ‘Yahoo!’”
Forty years ago on a beautiful late spring day in Maine, Colby College student Paul McGurren went fly fishing for the first time. He was hooked. Since that day in 1971, McGurren, an assistant manager and fishing department buyer at Maine Sport, has cast flies in ponds, lakes and rivers all over the region. He counts himself lucky to live in a state with an international reputation for its brook trout as well as plentiful numbers of land-locked salmon and bass.