2014 Instructor List


Harvey Golden, Portland, Oregon

Harvey Golden is a kayak builder, historian, and author from Portland, Oregon. Golden’s research has taken him to museums around the world in order to document kayaks. His first book, “Kayaks of Greenland,” will soon be followed by “Kayaks of Alaska,” expected later this year. Golden has been paddling self-built replicas of Arctic hunting kayaks for 20 years and has made over 80 kayaks..


Joanne Barta, ACA Level 3 certified instructor, Wilderness First Responder certified

Joanne began kayaking several years ago while vacationing with her kids in SE Alaska. She is an active member of the Oregon Ocean Paddling Society, organizing trips and teaching classes in the Portland area.

Like many other paddlers, Joanne enjoyed building a pygmy boat, two skin on frame kayaks and carving paddles. She enjoys rolling, camping and fishing, and sharing her interest in traditional kayaking with others. When not kayaking, Joanne is an enthusiastic middle school teacher in Portland.



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.

2014 PADDLING INSTRUCTORS (alphabetical order)

Bob Baltazar, paddler, instructor

Bob started sea kayaking in 1998. Since then he has built several kayaks and paddles, and now holds a BCU 4 Star Sea Award (old). In 2011, he attained BCU Coach Level 2. When he is not paddling, his next favorite thing is to teach kayaking skills. In addition to coaching for the Oregon Ocean Paddling Society (OOPS), Bob has instructed basic Greenland Paddle Strokes and Rolling, assisted with paddle carving, and has been one of the Kid's Track Coaches at SSTIKS.



Don Beale, paddler & paddle-maker, Portland, OR

Don was bit by the boat-building bug with a Cosine Wherry, and went to kayaks from there. He likes all sorts of paddling, from quiet bird-watching to ocean and surf.

He is an ACA level 4 instructor and BCU 4-star certified, and working towards a BCU 4-star Leadership award. Don teaches for the Oregon Ocean Paddling Society in Portland, Oregon, and currently lives in Forest Grove.

Beale Paddles was started in 2002, upon the realization that he could make a much better paddle than could be purchased. Since then, over 500 custom-built paddles have been hand carved for happy customers. Sharing the fun of carving in addition to the joy of paddling adds to enjoyment of the sport.

Neris Biciunas, kayak builder, paddler, and dad, Montesano, WA

Neris built his own kayak shortly after his first daughter was born. He quickly realized that a growing family was not going to fit into a boat barely big enough to hold a sack lunch. The painful decision was made - he would simply have to build more kayaks! This year, his youngest daughter will be launching her own "Kidarka" at SSTIKS.

Vern Brown, kayak instructor

Vern has been paddling with a stick since he was first introduced to things Greenlandic several years ago. He enjoys coming to SSTIKS to learn more as well as to share that which he has learned. Vern paddles with the Mountaineers and OOPS, and is an ACA level 4 sea kayak instructor.

KarlKarl Guntheroth, instructor, Renton, WA

Karl started with Canoes at scout camp in the '70s, has been kayaking since the '90s. He has built four foam and glass kayaks, and many paddles, including traditional, graphite/wood composite, and a bent shaft. After learning a lot at SSTIKS he is returning as an instructor and committee mamber. In the real world he is a Mechanical Engineer, married with 2 grown kids. He is embarrassed that his wilderness first aid certification has expired, but he has over a dozen merit badges, CPR cards, and first aid classes.

Dubside, Greenland Kayaking Skills Instructor

DubsideDubside is an internationally known authority on Greenland rolling techniques and Greenland rope gymnastics. His name and likeness have appeared in Justine Curgenven's "This is the Sea Four", Bryan Smith's "Pacific Horizons", and articles in Sea Kayaker, Canoe and Kayak, Paddler, and Adventure Kayak magazines, as well as his own instructional DVD's "Qajaasaarneq – Greenland Rope Gymnastics", "Greenland Rolling with Dubside", and "Modern Greenland Kayaking".

Dubside does presentations, demonstrations, and instructional classes for symposiums, clubs, and outfitters throughout North America and Europe. He is also an enthusiastic advocate of folding kayaks deployed by public transportation, alternatively known as "commando kayaking." Watching, listening to, and learning from Dubside will get you excited about kayaking all over again.

Mike Hanks, paddler & kayak builder, Tacoma, WA

Mike Hanks started kayaking several years ago, and has been with SSTIKS since its beginning. He got his daughter and son started kayaking at about two years of age. He built their first kayaks when they were 4 and 3 years old. Most of his kayaking now is with kids, and he loves to have a safe. fun time on the water with them. Mike has also spent a number of years working with youth in some non-profit organizations.

He has built several paddles and about a dozen kayaks and most have a Greenland influence. Mike has a strong interest in kayak design and has a long list of kayaks he wants to build.

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Tim Mattson, certified instructor, Olympia, WA

"Hello. My name is Tim and I am a kayakaholic. I can't help it. I see a body of water and I get an uncontrollable urge to get out in the water and paddle. It's especially bad if the water is rough ... forget 'white powder', nothing beats the addictive power of white water (as in frothy surf). I am also a kayaking-pusher. I am certified as an ACA advanced open ocean kayak instructor. I am also certified as an ACA instructor trainer, so I get to help other people become certified kayaking-pushers.

"I am obsessed with the strokes we use to move our kayaks. I use a full range of paddles, from Greenland paddles, to single blade King Island paddles, wing paddles, and yes even those new fangled euro paddles. Rolling is great, but it's the strokes that get me excited.

"When I'm not kayaking, I work as a professional scientist (Ph.D. theoretical chemistry). I love science. I have combined my twin addictions of kayaking and science to create a lecture series on the science of kayaking. I present these lectures at kayaking events around the Pacific Northwest."

Fred Randall, instructor, Maine

Fred is an avid paddler and qajaq replica builder. Most of his paddling has been in his home waters, the Maine coast but he has managed a few excursions as far away as Croatian waters.

He has built over 30 SOF replicas of Greenland Qajaqs, a replica of a Labrador Qajaq, and 3 non-replicas based on characteristics of Greenland Qajaqs. His favorite...the Ken Taylor. He has demonstrated replica building at local clubs, the Bowdoin College Arctic Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.

He teaches rolling and is proud he hasn't drowned anyone yet. He is a board advisor to Qajaq USA.

A veteran of all the SSTIKS events, Henry has been actively coaching Greenland and “Euro” sea kayaking for 10 years. He is a BCU L3 Coach Trainee and an ACA Open Water Coastal instructor with the Traditional Paddling endorsement. His paddle adventures have ranged from New Zealand to Greenland, and he can often be found teaching at kayak symposiums and clinics in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. In the absence of real Greenlanders, he gets called upon to announce roll names in Greenlandic or teach harpooning.



Pat Welle, paddler, instructor, and intructor-trainer, Portland, OR

Pat Welle is an ACA Level-4 Instructor and ACA Level-3 Instructor Trainer who has been kayaking for over 10 years and teaching most of those, including 3 years full time as a tour guide and instructor. She’s paddled off northwest Scotland and southern Chile, but spends most of her time along the Columbia River from Portland to the mouth. Her teaching passion is to help paddlers see the ease that comes from proper technique and find exercises that help teach a stroke without concentrating on it. Of course, all while having fun!


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