SSTIKS 2019 Mentors

Eiichi Ito

Eiichi Ito

Mentor & Special Guest

Hi there,
I’m the president of QajaqJPN in the 4th generation. Actually, it is my second time that I will be the president. My first time was in 2010 – 2013. And I was invited to SSTIKS in 2011. In other words, I will meet you for the first time in 8 years! This time, I have prepared some roll animations for the presentation. Look forward to it! (^_-)-☆

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.

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.

 

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

Mentor

Jeff Johnson

Jeff is a born and raised Michigander (it’s what people from Michigan call themselves) and he has been kayaking since 2000, when some friends introduced him to kayaking and using a Greenland paddle. Since then he has extensively been paddling with a Greenland paddle on all his adventures around the Great Lakes. He has built his own paddles and has finished a skin on frame kayak. During the winter when the lakes are frozen, you can find him at the local pool, practicing kayak rescues & rolls and teaching rolls.

He has attended the training camp in Michigan for the past seven years and started mentoring at the camp three years ago. He loves to inspire new people into the sport and is always there to help individuals get their first roll. This is his first time at STIKKS and he is looking forward to helping anyone with their first laid-back roll.

 

Nathan Hu

Nathan Hu

Mentor

Nathan Hu

Hi everyone, I’m Nathan. By the time you’ll meet me I’ll have just graduated from high school. I’ve been kayaking for 4-5 years and first tried ropes at HRGF 2016. Soon after, I quickly realized that I have a guilty secret: I like ropes and rolling far more than paddling. (After all, gravity does half the work). I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and the many hours of rolling and rope gymnastics (and maybe even a little paddling). Cya soon!