2013 Instructor List
2013 GUEST SPEAKER
Adam has been padding since 1993. He started paddling a skin on frame first and in 1997 he also started paddling sea kayaks.
For the past 13 years Adam has been guiding tours in Greenland.
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 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.
2013 PADDLING INSTRUCTORS (alphabetical order)
Sarah and Nate Apgar, kayak and rope instructors
Sarah and Nate Apgar have been in and out of small boats, especially canoes and kayaks, since they could hold their heads up… literally. Their dad, Evan Apgar, made sure they got an early start, probably to compensate for his rather late start – he was well on his way to 8 years old before he got out on the water! Their childhoods were dotted with expeditions and adventures on local rivers and lakes, and of course, the occasional treks to a paddle show. It was at one of these that their dad rediscovered "Greenlandic Rope Gymnastics" and brought Dubside's DVD home to his 5 children. With their background, it was more or less a natural extension of their personalities to accept the challenge posed by Allunaariaqattaarneq, a sport which they have practiced and taught for the past 6 years under the careful instruction of Dave Sides. Now Sarah maintains the honor of being the only woman to perform Qivittuusaarneq (according to Maligiaq) and Nate is hot on the heels of Dubside's records. They continue to egg each other on in the playful spirit of competition that got them tangled up in the first place.
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.
KAYAK PADDLE CARVING CLASS
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.
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.
Marcel Rodriguez, Instructor, Portland, OR
Marcel has been paddling on and off for the last 15 years. He built his first kayak, a cedar strip, in 2002. After attending SSTIKS 2003, he got hooked on Greenland paddling and boat building. At last count, he has built twelve boats of various designs. Marcel is lucky to have a budding paddler as a daughter, who keeps him constantly on his toes trying to keep one step ahead of her skills. He enjoys introducing new paddlers, especially kids, to the sport and working with first-time kayak rollers. In 2009, Marcel and his family were fortunate to participate in the Greenland National Kayak Championship, held in Ilulissat, Greenland.
In addition to SSTIKS, Marcel has instructed at the West Coast Wooden Sea Kayak Rendezvous, the Delmarva Paddlers' Retreat, the West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium, and for the Oregon Ocean Paddling Society. Marcel is also a certified Wilderness First Responder. Marcel is also an EMT/WEMT, Swiftwater Rescue Technician and Rope Rescue technician who is active in backcountry Search and Rescue in the Pacific Northwest.
Marcel lives in Portland with his daughter, McKinley, and his wife, Jennifer, also an avid paddler.
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.
Alison Sigethy, Greenland kayaking instructor
Alison has been paddling for eight years and teaching kayaking for seven. She is an ACA Open Water Instructor, an ACA Adaptive Paddling Instructor, and a BCU 4-star paddler. Alison does a great deal of teaching in the DC & Northern VA area and is well known for her teaching ability. She is a lead guide and instructor.
Alison also runs a small non-profit kayak school to teach Greenland kayaking skills to individuals with disabilities. Visit www.SoaringSpiritsPaddleCompany for more information about the school.
Alison is also an EMT, Wilderness EMT, CPR instructor, and teaches Wilderness First Aid for: • Wilderness Safety Council (throughout the mid-Atlantic region)
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!
Mark Whitaker, kayak guide
Mark Whitaker has been kayaking since early 2004 when he started as an assistant guide for Skamokawa Center. He was introduced to the Greenland paddle at the West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium that fall by Tim Mattson and Henry Romer and it has been a long downhill slide ever since, including paddle carving, boat building and harpoon making in addition to acquiring BCU star awards.
Mark is now a co-owner of Columbia River Kayaking. He has been leading trips in the Lower Columbia River for over three years and he has been teaching kayaking skills and Greenland rolling techniques for over two years. Mark also plays an aggressive game of Dead Fish Polo.
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