Paying forward my favorite place: Wilson Creek

Kayaker on Wilson Creek

Just over a year ago, one of the people in the video below joined me on North Carolina’s Tuckaseigee River for his first whitewater kayaking beginner course. He was certainly among the more outgoing among the class; willing to jump in and take chances on maneuvers that had given him troubles mere minutes before. There were lots of flips and … Read More

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Light in the tunnel: Is this a watershed moment for teaching access?

Last week I saw a post by an old friend and colleague, Paul Sanford, who is the National Director of Recreation Policy for The Wilderness Society in Washington, DC. Paul and I were acquainted several years ago when I served on the Board of Directors of the American Canoe Association. His post caught my eye because of its importance to … Read More

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We’re Watching You

I’m sorry. But. It’s a side-effect of my trade that I and other paddling instructors are watching what you do on the water in your paddle craft. We’re looking at you and thinking: “I could help that person”. I see a pretty common set of issues that affect kayakers ranging in skills and experience all the way from the occasional … Read More

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The future of paddling knives?

Teaching and paddling in both fresh and salt water, I’ve had widely mixed results in the durability of paddling knives. I’ve moved away from externally-worn knives, from both the practicality of losing knife after knife from feeble PFD lash tabs being torn off ¬†plus the risk of snagging, to now, preferring a slightly-less-accessible but infinitely less snaggable folding knife in … Read More

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2015 Special Report on Paddlesports

The American Canoe Association has posted the 2015 Special Report on Paddlesports: a partnership project of Coleman, Sevylor, Stearns and the Outdoor Foundation. The report presents status and trends in the paddlesports of interest to paddlers and professionals in the industry. Check it out.

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