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Traditional Qajaqers of the South
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Traditional Qajaqers of the South

3/18/2016 to 3/20/2016
When: 3/18/2016
Where: Lake Placid
2665 Placid View Dr
Lake Placid, Florida 
United States
Contact: Ed Mann

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Event Website: TraditionalQajaqersFest.Org

This will be an immersive Greenland kayaking weekend that includes paddling and rolling skills, presentations, morning yoga, kayak games and exposure to Inuit culture.

We are very excited to be joined by well known mentors James Manke and Christopher Crowhurst. James is an internationally recognized kayak instructor and Greenland mentor. Among his many accomplishments, James won a gold medal at the 2014 Greenland Qajaqing Championship and successfully paddled the Grand Canyon rapids using Greenland paddles and sea kayaks. Christopher Crowhurst is the famous author of "Rolling with Sticks", designer of the Shrike qajaq and organizer of the Qajaq Camp in Minnesota.

To complete the experience, we are offering a full day Greenland paddle making class. We will provide all tools and materials. You can then use your beautiful new paddle throughout the event.

TRAQS is also a terrific opportunity to meet other kayakers. Join us in a warm (temperature and atmosphere) and nurturing environment. Enjoy the camaraderie while learning and sharing kayaking techniques and skills.

Whether you are local to Florida, or are looking for a personal or family winter get-away, this event, modeled after The Delmarva Paddlers Retreat, offers a paddler a wonderful weekend of enjoyment.

Come join us and be a part of a growing paddling community. 

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A new and exciting kayaking  event called TRAQS is being offered in Central Florida. Traditional Qajakers of the South or TRAQS welcomes all levels of kayakers, from novice to advanced, and offers a focus on the Greenlandic culture and techniques. TRAQS will take place at the Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center on March 18-20, 2016. The Camp and Conference Center is located on a white sandy beach in beautiful Lake Placid, Florida -the former winter getaway for Melvil Dewey, the inventor of the Dewey Decimal system.

Stay on premises or nearby, but immerse yourself in a weekend of Traditional kayaking techniques, culture, and enjoyment. The TRAQS event will include paddling, harpooning and rolling skills, presentations, morning yoga, on and off-water kayak games, and exposure to Inuit culture.  All six meals and lodging are also included in the event package.  To complete the experience, we are offering a full day Greenland paddle making class. You can then use your beautiful new paddle throughout the event.

In addition to the TRAQS pre-event paddle making class, we are very pleased to include a post-event ACA Traditional Skills endorsement class for ACA Coastal Kayak Instructors with a level 3 or higher certification. The class will be held on Monday and Tuesday March 21-22 at Hunter Springs Park in Crystal River, Fl.

Our mission is to spread the joy, benefits and cultural aspects of Greenland paddling in Florida. We embrace the Greenlandic and QajaqUSA principles of mentoring and sharing our passion, skills, and knowledge with all who attend. We promote that wonderful energy and knowledge to bring old traditions to new areas. We are very excited to be joined by well-known mentors James Manke, Renee Dufresne and Chris Raab. James is an internationally recognized kayak instructor and Greenland mentor.  Among his many accomplishments, James won a gold medal at the 2014 Greenland Qajaqing Championship and successfully paddled the Grand Canyon rapids using Greenland paddles and sea kayaks.  Chris Raab is the owner of Tuktu Paddles in New Jersey and has over 35 years of experience in white water, sea kayaking, and wilderness expeditions. Chris is an ACA Open Water Instructor Trainer, a Traditional Skills Instructor Trainer Educator, a SUP Instructor Trainer and also holds ACA certifications in solo and tandem canoe, is BCU 5 Star trained, an NAI certified guide, and a registered Maine sea kayak guide. Chris is also the new Stewardship Director for the ACA. The Traditional Skills endorsement class will be led by Chris Raab.

TRAQS was created to further the Florida paddling community based upon  similar events in other parts of the country. Ed Mann, an ACA L4 Open Water Kayaking Instructor and Greenland kayaking mentor is the organizer of TRAQS. "I've participated in many Qajaq USA Greenland kayaking events including the Delmarva Paddlers Retreat, Hudson River Greenland Festival and the Traditional Inuit Paddlers of the Southeast (TIPS). What impressed me most about these events is the generous and open exchange of knowledge within a terrific atmosphere of joy and camaraderie. It is that feeling that we hope to bring to the paddling community of Florida."

TRAQS is a a great opportunity to meet other kayakers and paddle and learn in a warm nurturing environment. Whether you are local to Florida, or are looking for a personal or family winter get-away, this event offers the paddler a wonderful weekend of enjoyment. Our event is centrally located just 85 miles south of Orlando, 150 miles north of Miami and 75 miles from the eastern and western Florida coasts.  We included a Florida Fun page on our website which lists a sampling of suggested attractions to enjoy during your stay in Central Florida. So come solo, come with friends or bring the family.

You can find all TRAQS event information and registration on our website:http://traditionalqajaqingfest.org


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