The Delmarva Paddlers Retreat is less than 2 months away
Less than 2 months now, have you registered yet? Delmarva has a wealth of water available and we hope to make full use of it. This year’s guests have done amazing things with their kayaks from traveling the coast of Norway, to video making, to hunting seals in Greenland. Christopher Crowhurst has been putting out excellent instructional videos including an in-depth explanation of the The Forward Crunch Stroke. We still think one of the best explanations of why we use that Greenland Stick is given halfway though Anders Thygesen’s Video The Greenland Style Paddle.
Need something a little more laid back? John Pedersen will be teaching the quiet stroke he uses while hunting from his kayak in Greenland. Now we don’t necessarily recommend that here in the States but sneaking up on wildlife with your camera is surely an option. John will be bringing with him the president and vice president of Qaannat Kattuffiat. Also a past vice president and the Greenland Qayaq Man of the Year.
Maligiaq Padilla will also be returning to Delmarva this year. We think of it as a home coming. It was his visit to the USA and Delmarva in 1998 with John Heath that helped spur the growth in Greenland paddling.
Need a paddle? Don’t forget to sign up for Don Beale's, of Beale Paddles, paddle making workshop on Friday. Don’s an excellent paddle maker, but also an excellent instructor.
Dave Niles will continue his popular Guide on the Side series of tool exploration and instruction. If you have a question about a hand tool from how to use it to how to sharpen it, Dave knows and can show how to do it.
Peter Gengler graciously does the Delmarva Short film festival each year, aka Getting into Peter’s Shorts. Here is his tribute to the 2014 Delmarva Paddlers Retreat
Not sure if Delmarva and this Greenland stuff is for you? Take a moment and read Virginia’s The Delmarva Difference.
What's up for 2015
Can you believe it? We’re now in our 27th year!
We are pleased to welcome John Pedersen from Greenland as he joins, Anders Thygesen from Norway, Dubside of the Paddling Universe, and Christopher Crowhurst of Qajaq Rolls as our guests for 2015. Don Beale, of Beale Paddles, will be conducting the paddle making workshop this year. Mike Hamilton is our new Lead Mentor, and if you’ve mentored in prior years, he’s likely already been in touch with you. Dave Isbel, the Mentor’s Mentor, will be returning to Delmarva to assist Mike, and we’re excited to have them both on the Delmarva Team. As a lead-in to this year’s event, Chris Raab of Tuktu Paddles will be conducting an ACA Open Water training/certification class in the days before Delmarva. Details will be forthcoming, both here and on Chris’ web site. www.tuktupaddles.com
Delmarva Paddlers Retreat is held in an area rich with a variety of paddling venues and environments. To take full advantage of this, we’re expanding our offerings to include open water training, distance paddling, strokes classes, and open water safety. Expect Anders and Christopher Crowhurst to be doing some “bomb proofing”. Anders and Ralph Young are also putting their heads together to work up something new and different in the pool. It’ll likely be a surprise to the Retreat organizers, too. Dubside's organizing the roll-off competition, and Christopher and Anders want a rematch! Chris Raab is planning a class on the currents in and around Indian River Bay, a sort paddle from the Camp. And of course, it wouldn’t be Delmarva without traditional Greenland rolling in the pool and on Rehoboth Bay.
Options for beginner to advanced paddlers will be available, with instruction geared towards traditional Greenland techniques. Don’t worry if you’ve never sat in a skin-on-frame kayak or haven’t tried a Greenland paddle. We can fix you right up! You just might find that anything you can do with a Euro blade, can be done with the Greenland paddle - only easier and with more options. While you’re here, why not take Don Beale’s paddle making class and make a skinny stick of your own?
Check back for updates here on our website in the coming weeks. Tentative schedules will be posted in a few weeks and registration opens the first week of July. So that we can use the new Quails Nest Lounge for evening events and keep the Fire Marshall happy, registration will be limited.
The 27th Annual Delmarva Paddlers Retreat Oct 8 to 11th, 2015
We are heading towards our 27th year! Delmarva is an instructional event for seakayakers with a strong emphasis on kayaking’s traditional origins. Beginners to expedition kayakers will find the experience fun and rewarding. A sharing mentality abounds where paddlers exchange skills with one another. We call it the mentoring approach to learning. Participants are encouraged to use a Greenland paddle (The Skinny Stick). We have extras for your use and an opportunity to make your own if you so desire. A Greenland style kayak is helpful, but not at all required. We will have the Qajaq USA fleet of skin on frame kayaks, also referred to as qajaqs, for experimentation and use. Many of the participants bring extra kayaks, as well.
So come and immerse yourself in all aspects of Greenland paddling skills and culture at the Delmarva Paddler's Retreat, where you'll enjoy a rustic camp-style weekend on the scenic shores of Rehoboth Bay on the Mid-Atlantic Coast. You're guaranteed to learn something new, improve your paddling skills, make new friends, and have an all around exhilarating experience.
Official news, classes, guests and schedules will be posted right here as they are developed. Registration will open around July 4th. And you can follow us on FaceBook too.
Please put us on your calendar, you’ll be glad you did. Oct 8-11, 2015
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.
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.