Registration closes Sept 27th, Register soon!

Somewhere on this website it apparently says registration closes Sept 15.  Not so but it wil be closing soon so be sure to get your registration is before Sept 27th.  Thanks -The DPR Crew

Things are coming together very nicely for this year’s Retreat.  Anders Thygesen and Christopher Crowhurst are our guests this year. We sometimes forget to mention our homie Dubside, and we shouldn’t.  We have watched him become a legend and he will be also be here. 

Be sure to visit our new section called “Special Doings”.  This is an area that we will be updating regularly until it’s Delmarva Time to keep you informed about what is planned for this year’s event.

Ralph Young needs model builders! 

Peter needs Videos! 

See the Special Doings section for details.

Delmarva Paddlers Retreat

Hey Delmarva Camera people, we need your help!

We need several volunteers for the Delmarva Virtual Video Booth. We plan to make available the opportunity for folks to have their roll filmed for their use, if they wish. They might use it for feedback and analysis, posting to the internet or maybe submission to Storm-On, Eiichi Ito's storm roll campaign.

I'm hoping to have folks take a 30 minute shift, either at the pool or on the beach. We only need raw footage, so you won't need to do any editing.

Your shift can be anytime your schedule allows, but to make it easy for subjects, we'd like to make a sign up sheet available saying when and where filming will be available. You will need to track the identity of who you are filming, so we can get the footage to them. (We all look similar in tuiliks and brown skin qajaqs!)

If you can spare 30 minutes and are able to shoot some footage, drop me a line @ or call at 443-980-4746. Sept is a busy month for me, so it may take a few days to get back to you.

 Mike Hamilton

Delmarva Paddlers Retreat

Registration for the 26th Annual Delmarva Paddlers Retreat is Open!

October 10th to the 12th, 2014. and a little before and after that.

Registration for the 26th annual Delmarva Paddlers Retreat is now open.  We are continuing to plan programs and workshops.  One thing we are pretty sure of, we will be starting Wednesday night at Dogfish Brewing and Eats, Anders Thygesen will give us a presentation on traditional paddling in Norway, there will be excellent instruction under Jules’ leadership, and plenty of good camaraderie.  Brian Shulz's qajaq building class will be in full swing.  Dana’s popular workshop on making your own Akuilisaq will be returning.  Make it on Friday use it on Saturday and Sunday.  Dave Niles is returning with his Guide on the Side series on woodworking tools.   We will be having at least a skinning demonstration and maybe a total build. 

And no one is sure of what Ralph will want to test and destruct this year. Except he might be doing some hull speed demo's.  Stay tuned!


We continue to search for traditional kayakers who are making a difference.  Those paddlers who are out there everyday teaching and encouraging the methods of traditional paddling.  If you have someone in mind, let us know we would like to invite them to Delmarva.

Delmarva Paddlers Retreat

2013 Delmarva Paddlers Retreat Slideshow

Many of you saw that guy in black running around all weekend with 1-2 gigantic cameras in front of his face. That was DJ Manalo. You can check out his gorgeous photos here.  DJ is a paddler who wanted to come to Delmarva. Since we are historically late in getting our photos into the gallery we asked him if he would take over this year.  Once we saw his work we gave him front page billing.  Enjoy.

Delmarva Paddlers Retreat

Article in Delmarva Beach Life

We must have made it big time -we're in a mainstream publication! You'll need to go to their site to read about our article in Delaware Beach Life.   Marla Aron's photos of Rosanna Lovecchio graces the opening page of the piece.

Delmarva Paddler's Retreat
Delmarva Paddlers Retreat