What's up for 2015
Can you believe it? We’re now in our 27th year!
Back by popular demand, Anders Thygesen from Norway and Christopher Crowhurst of Qajaq Rolls will be returning for 2015. Don Beale, of Beale Paddles, will be conducting the paddle making workshop this year. We’re hoping John Pedersen from Greenland will also be able to join us, too! Every year since he was here for our 20th we've been asked about when he will return, and we’re hoping to make that happen this year. Mike Hamilton will be our new Lead Mentor this year, and if you’ve mentored in prior years, he’s likely already been in touch with you. Dave Isbel, the Mentor’s Mentor, will be returning to Delmarva to assist Mike, and we’re excited to have them both on the Delmarva Team. As a lead-in to this year’s event, Chris Raab of Tuktu Paddles will be conducting an ACA Open Water training/certification class in the days before Delmarva. Details will be forthcoming, both here and on Chris’ web site. www.tuktupaddles.com
Delmarva Paddlers Retreat is held in an area rich with a variety of paddling venues and environments. To take full advantage of this, we’re expanding our offerings to include open water training, distance paddling, strokes classes, and open water safety. Expect Anders and Christopher Crowhurst to be doing some “bomb proofing”. Anders and Ralph Young are also putting their heads together to work up something new and different in the pool. It’ll likely be a surprise to the Retreat organizers, too. Dubside's organizing the roll-off competition, and Christopher and Anders want a rematch! Chris Raab is planning a class on the currents in and around Indian River Bay, a sort paddle from the Camp. And of course, it wouldn’t be Delmarva without traditional Greenland rolling in the pool and on Rehoboth Bay.
Options for beginner to advanced paddlers will be available, with instruction geared towards traditional Greenland techniques. Don’t worry if you’ve never sat in a skin-on-frame kayak or haven’t tried a Greenland paddle. We can fix you right up! You just might find that anything you can do with a Euro blade, can be done with the Greenland paddle - only easier and with more options. While you’re here, why not take Don Beale’s paddle making class and make a skinny stick of your own?
Check back for updates here on our website in the coming weeks. Tentative schedules will be posted in a few weeks and registration opens the first week of July. So that we can use the new Quails Nest Lounge for evening events and keep the Fire Marshall happy, registration will be limited.
The 27th Annual Delmarva Paddlers Retreat Oct 8 to 11th, 2015
We are heading towards our 27th year! Delmarva is an instructional event for seakayakers with a strong emphasis on kayaking’s traditional origins. Beginners to expedition kayakers will find the experience fun and rewarding. A sharing mentality abounds where paddlers exchange skills with one another. We call it the mentoring approach to learning. Participants are encouraged to use a Greenland paddle (The Skinny Stick). We have extras for your use and an opportunity to make your own if you so desire. A Greenland style kayak is helpful, but not at all required. We will have the Qajaq USA fleet of skin on frame kayaks, also referred to as qajaqs, for experimentation and use. Many of the participants bring extra kayaks, as well.
So come and immerse yourself in all aspects of Greenland paddling skills and culture at the Delmarva Paddler's Retreat, where you'll enjoy a rustic camp-style weekend on the scenic shores of Rehoboth Bay on the Mid-Atlantic Coast. You're guaranteed to learn something new, improve your paddling skills, make new friends, and have an all around exhilarating experience.
Official news, classes, guests and schedules will be posted right here as they are developed. Registration will open around July 4th. And you can follow us on FaceBook too.
Please put us on your calendar, you’ll be glad you did. Oct 8-11, 2015
Thank you Anders and Christopher
We had the pleasure of having Anders Thygesen and Christopher Crowhurst with us this year. Anders has a video that promotes his Norwegian business, but half way through it there is perhaps the best explanation of why we use the Greenland paddle. It's worth a view. http://vimeo.com/90005167
Christopher's website has a lot of information of Greenland paddling also and some very inspirational videos. http://qajaqrolls.com/ We were honored to have than attend and hope they will both consider returning.
2013 Delmarva Paddlers Retreat Slideshow
Many of you saw that guy in black running around all weekend with 1-2 gigantic cameras in front of his face. That was DJ Manalo. You can check out his gorgeous photos here. DJ is a paddler who wanted to come to Delmarva. Since we are historically late in getting our photos into the gallery we asked him if he would take over this year. Once we saw his work we gave him front page billing. Enjoy.
Article in Delmarva Beach Life
We must have made it big time -we're in a mainstream publication! You'll need to go to their site to read about our article in Delaware Beach Life. Marla Aron's photos of Rosanna Lovecchio graces the opening page of the piece.