What's up for 2015
We are now in our 27th year! This year our guests include Anders Thygesen from Norway and Christopher Crowhurst from Qajaq Rolls. Don Beale, from Beale Paddles, will be conducting the paddle making workshop. We are hoping John Pedersen from Greenland will also join us, we are still working out the details. Mike Hamilton will be leading the instructors this year. He’s already been in touch with many of them from previous years. Dave Isbel, The Mentor’s Mentor, will be returning to Delmarva to assist him. We are very happy to have them both on the Delmarva Team. As a lead into this year’s event Chris Raab will be conducting an ACA certification class on open water paddling in the days before Delmarva. Details will be forth coming both here and on his site.
The Delmarva Paddlers Retreat is held in an area rich with open water resources and to take advantage of it we will be expanding our offerings to include more open water training, distance paddling, and open water safety. Expect Anders and Christopher Crowhurst to be doing some “bomb proofing”. Anders and Ralph Young are working up something different in the pool. It will likely be a surprise to the Retreat Organizers too! Dubside is working on a roll off competition again. Christopher and Anders want a rematch! Chris Raab will be doing a class on the currents around the Indian River Bay; a sort paddle from the Camp. We will of course still have Greenland Rolling in the pool and bay.
Beginner to advanced classes will be available. Instruction is geared towards the Traditional Greenland techniques. Your kayak type or lack of owning a Greenland paddle is not a problem. We can fix you right up. You will find that anything you can do with a Euro Blade you can do with the Greenland Paddle. Only easier and with more options. Why not take Don Beale’s paddle making class.
Look for frequent updates here on our website in the coming weeks. Tentative schedules will also be posted in a few weeks. 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
Thank you Anders and Christopher
We had the pleasure of having Anders Thygesen and Christopher Crowhurst with us this year. Anders has a video that promotes his Norwegian business, but half way through it there is perhaps the best explanation of why we use the Greenland paddle. It's worth a view. http://vimeo.com/90005167
Christopher's website has a lot of information of Greenland paddling also and some very inspirational videos. http://qajaqrolls.com/ We were honored to have than attend and hope they will both consider returning.
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.