Filmmaker Kelsey Thompson has always been fascinated with the working-class heroes of outdoor sports. His nine-part web series Balance shares the stories of three people who have chosen to pursue their passions rather than paychecks.

Kayaker Blair Trotman is one of those people. After high school, he joined the New Zealand military thinking it would allow him to travel the world and be outdoors. He soon realized the strictly regimented life wasn't for him. In this episode, Blair talks about the appeal of kayaking and his decision to make it the centerpiece of his life.

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