SSTIKS 2020 Mentors

Terrance O'Malley

Terrance O'Malley

Mentor

Terry took up paddling in 1994 while on a vacation in Maine with his wife Kim and son Liam.  His introduction to Greenland style kayaking began in 2006 after he stumbled upon the Qajaq USA website.  His interest were piqued by the similarities between the qajaqs and the currachs that he had known about since childhood.  After attending that year’s Delmarva Paddlers Retreat, and sampling the various offerings from Surveying Qajaqs to on-water instruction; the hook was set.

He became active in the QajaqUSA organization as an Advisor in 2008, and was appointed as a Director in October 2010.  He served as President prior to handing over the role to Christopher Crowhurst at the end of 2016. 

 

Dave Sides

Dave Sides

Mentor

“Unkel Dave” is known to show up at events with multiple kayaks but never get wet.  He is occasionally seen near the water, perhaps on the dock, but not IN the water.  Usually it appears that he is trying to escape from the water.  How is this possible?  Well, as a former gymnast and coach, Dave took to Greenland Ropes like a duck takes to wa…no that’s not right… more like a monkey!  Using his 20+ years of coaching experience, he is an excellent instructor and safety-conscious spotter.  He is especially good at getting first-timers doing ropes skills.  Unkel Dave’s philosophy is “Pay it Forward”—once you learn something, pass it on.  Oh yeah, and he paddles too!

 

Dubside

Dubside

Mentor

“Dubside is known internationally as an authority on Greenland rolling and rope gymnastics. He has appeared in Justine Curgenven’s “This is the Sea Four”, Bryan Smith’s “Pacific Horizons”, and magazine articles in “Sea Kayaker”, “Canoe and Kayak”, “Paddler”, and “Adventure Kayak”. He has his own series of instructional DVD’s. Dubside does presentations, demonstrations, and instructional classes for symposiums, clubs, and outfitters throughout North America and Europe. He is also an enthusiastic advocate of using folding kayaks to go kayaking via public transportation, which he calls “commando kayaking”. Watching, listening to, and learning from Dubside will get you excited about kayaking in general and using Greenland style paddles in particular.”