SSTIKS 2019 Mentors

Eiichi Ito

Eiichi Ito

Mentor & Special Guest

Hello!
I’m Eiichi. My mission is to spread “Qajaq culture” accurately to the world. If you are interested in it, please contact me. And I would like to meet you in real world not virtual. Thanks!

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.”

 

Danielle Steffey

Danielle Steffey

Mentor

Danielle began Greenland Ropes at QajaqTC in Michigan and was hooked ever since. There is a lot of culture and skills surrounding Greenland kayaking and she is passionate about helping others explore and learn from all the different components, especially Allunaariaqattaarneq.

Nate Apgar

Nate Apgar

Mentor

Hi, I’m Nate!

I have been kayaking since I was 18 months old. I started in river kayaks and canoes. Camping, hiking, Scouts, and outdoor adventure sports have been a staple in my life farther back than I can remember. I got into Greenland Qajaqs and sea kayaking at around 14 years old, shortly after my dad brought home a DVD about Greenland rope gymnastics. My sister and I practiced ropes in all our spare time and got pretty good. A couple years later I learned my first qajaq roll at HRGF. Having started on ropes, my body was familiar with the movements and I learned a handful of rolls that weekend. Been hooked ever since. I am now 25 and still take ropes with me everywhere. My toolbox is ever expanding and I am moving into adventure touring, including a trip to Greenland this summer! I’ll be competing in the summer games and kayaking for a week in the Arctic.

I can’t wait to see you out on the water and I hope you will try some ropes with me!

 

Nick Steffey

Nick Steffey

Mentor

Nick Steffey

Nick began as a canoeist but quickly became hooked on kayaking several years back. He is one of the few people who began learning ropes before plunging into the world of Greenland kayaking.