John Doornink, kayak instructor, Poulsbo, WA
John has been kayaking since 1997. His interest in traditional kayaking began with the construction of a Greenland Style kayak in 2002 and his first traditional style paddle soon thereafter. He taught himself to roll in his new kayak and has been working his way down the list of competition rolls since then.
John has built two other boats and carved numerous paddles. He also enjoys making some of his own kayaking gear. His first neoprene project was a sprayskirt for his first boat and since then has made lots of other neoprene projects including sprayskirts, akuilisaqs, mitts, shorts, hoods, and tuiliks.
Not wanting to be completely outdone by his children, John is also an aspiring ropes gymnast and is fortunate to have several young coaches in the family. John lives on Poulsbo Washington with his wife Tess, their 5 kids, and two Yellow Labrador Retrievers.