Behind the scenes at Kayak Ways

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We, Cheri and Turner, are sole partners in Kayak Ways LLC, a venture based on the notion that the traditional kayaking skills and tools of the Inuit seal catchers offer valuable lessons for the modern day recreational kayaker. And that the best way to develop effective means of teaching these techniques is to do it, as opposed to talking about doing it! In the last seven years, we have traveled far and wide, as far away as Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Italy, and Canada, as well as the near and far corners of the United States, sharing what we know with other paddlers of widely divergent backgrounds and skills. We have grown as mentors through these many experiences.

A paddler for 22 years, Cheri has taught Greenland-style kayaking for seven years at several international kayaking symposia, including Sea Kayak Georgia Skills Week, Sweetwater BCU/Greenland Week, RI Rough Water Symposium, Delmarva Paddlers Retreat, TAKS Traditional Watercraft Symposium, Loco Roundup, Hudson River Greenland Festival, Michigan Training Camp, The Scottish Kayak Symposium, Barrier Island Sea Kayak Symposium, Ontario Greenland Camp, and the Italian National Sea Kayak Symposium, as well as many other venues hither and yon.

Cheri competed in the Greenland National Kayaking Championships in both 2004 and 2005, in events ranging from rolling to individual and relay races, winning a dozen gold medals. She has won several rolling competitions in the United States and is widely regarded as one of the best Greenland-style kayak rollers in the world. She has offered demonstrations of Greenlandic kayaking techniques to many groups across the country, and she has given several presentations relating to Greenlandic kayak technique and Greenlandic culture

Cheri_2.jpgCheri is a member ofQajaqUSA, the USA chapter of Qaannat Kattuffiat, Qajaq Sisimiut, a Greenland chapter of the same organization, as well as an active member of Connyak, a large New England kayaking club, and SMSKN, a local Maine sea kayaking club.  She holds a 4 star British Canoe Union award.

She is also a talented yoga instructor, offering targeted yoga for paddlers sessions, both private, and at several kayaking events a year.

Turner Wilson is a skinny sticker for 15 years, and one of those rare paddlers outside of Greenland who began paddling with a traditional blade, Turner has taught Greenland-style kayaking for 10 years, at several international kayaking symposia, including The Scottish Kayak Symposium, Sea Kayak Georgia Skills Week, Sweetwater BCU/Greenland Week, RI Rough Water Symposium, Delmarva Paddlers Retreat, TAKS Traditional Watercraft Symposium, Loco Roundup, Hudson River Greenland Festival, Michigan Training Camp, Mystic Seaport Arctic Boat Weekend, Barrier Island Sea Kayak Symposium, the Wooden Boat Show, Vermont BCU Week, SSTIKS, the Italian National Sea Kayak Symposium, and Ontario Greenland Camp.
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Turner competed in the Greenland National Kayaking Championships in July of 2005, in events ranging from rolling to individual and relay races, winning 6 gold medals. He has demonstrated Greenlandic kayaking techniques from Maine to California to New Zealand. Turner has also judged several rolling competitions, always with the idea that spectators can learn just as much as the participants. He has presented several talks relating to Greenlandic kayak technique and Greenlandic culture, as well as skin on frame kayak construction, to participants of events across the country and beyond. With previous careers in art, woodworking, and design/build residential architecture as background, Turner builds custom to youGreenland-style skin on frame qajaq, paatit (greenland paddles), and norsaq (rolling sticks), to order, and provides workshops for the same purpose to individuals and groups.

Turner is a co-founder of the notorious Walden Qajaq Society, otherwise known asPond Scum. He is a member QajaqUSA, the USA chapter of Qaannat Kattuffiat. He is also a proud club member of Qajaq Sisimiut, a Greenlandic chapter of Qaannat Kattuffiat and SMSKN.
 
We have for the past four years been living in and renovating a 150 year old barn frame in Brownfield, Maine, that is now the center of our water and snow lives, as well as our 'living the dream' kayak-building studio. Come visit!

In what little spare time we have, we are both always looking for the next good book,looking to the next snow fall, both have active yoga practices, and we paddle and surf the New England coast, and beyond, as often as our days permit.

 

Photos by John Madere, ©2005