SSTIKS 2018 Mentors
When asked, I describe myself this way; Husband, Father, Yogi, Vegan, Kayak Builder, Greenland style Roller, who also happens to be a CTO. I live in Minnesota, USA. Married, with two girls, both of whom are growing up too fast. All four of us paddle, but none is as obsessed as me. I paddle numerous kayaks, and have built over a dozen. My favorites are my Shrike-R and Shrike-Skin replica Greenland kayaks for shorter paddles and rolling, and my Vember Expedition for trips.. Learning the Inuit paddle strokes, rolls and rescues is my passion. I am equally passionate about passing on those skills to others, especially my girls. My passion has led me to become involved in Qajaq USA I was fortunate enough to have been elected President of the organization in 2016. In 2014 along with two friends, Mike and Lynette, I started Qajaq Camp, a not for profit training camp where we share our paddling skills and passions with other paddlers. In recent years Yoga and veganism have grown in importance to me. Applying the practice of yoga to both my paddling and my mentoring I am learning to be present and choose how to react, creating greater calm and balance. Veganism is one way in which I have chosen to respond to our global environmental crises. You can read more about my thoughts on Consciousness in my other blog Conscious Strokes.I thank daily my practice of yoga, meditation, veganism and my family for helping me stay alive in this complex and beautiful world.
“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.”
Madi has been kayaking since the age of 7, rolling since the age of 14, and mentoring since the age of 16. She enjoys being right side up in a qajaq almost as much as she enjoys being upside down. She gets her kicks from teaching people to roll and getting people to do rope gymnastics. She also makes movies for fun and is often seen with a GoPro in hand. Outside of the kayaking sphere, Madi spends her time skiing, singing, and laughing at Harry Potter memes.
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!
Will is a founder of Massachusetts’ Walden Qajaq Society (1999), which brought to Qajaq USA events a unique instructional method to teach rolling. That style is now used by many mentors and in many traditional kayaking events. Will started his mentoring in 2003; he has taught at all the QUSA events and is one of the most sought out mentors. Will has never met a stranger, quickly puts his students at ease and makes qajaqing fun. Don’t be surprised when you make that roll you thought was out of your reach.