Northern Lights Qajaq Society
This Year’s Mentors
In addition to our usual crew of local mentors, we’re pleased to welcome Maligiaq Padilla, Dubside, Chuck Smith and Henry Davies to the 2017 Traditional Gathering.
An internationally known authority on Greenland rolling techniques and Greenland rope gymnastics, Dubside is easily recognizable at any event by his completely black attire and distinctive beard. He spends a portion of each year in Greenland interfacing with Greenlanders and learning more about their culture and their kayaking skills, and no doubt teaching a bit also. The remainder of his time he spends traveling throughout North and South America, Europe and Japan giving presentations, demonstrations and instruction for symposia, clubs and outfitters. Dubside is also the creator of the qattaarneq.com website.
Tim began his kayaking career as a guide and ACA instructor at Woods & Water Ecotours in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan when he was in college. He cut his rough water teeth on the rocky shores of Lake Superior and Lake Huron and quickly took to Greenland style paddling. After teaching himself a majority of the traditional rolling list he was bitten by the Greenland Rope Gymnastics bug and is now one of Qajaq USA‘s ropes gurus. This summer, Tim is traveling to Nuuk, the Capital of Greenland this summer to compete in the Qajaq Championships.
Henry Davies is an ACA Level 4 coastal kayak instructor with Traditional Skills Endorsement and a kayak guide in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. He likes to teach rolling, strokes and maneuvers with the Greenland paddle, and encourages the development of those skills for use in real life conditions. Henry has attended the Qajaq USA Michigan Training Camp since 2004, and has been a mentor there for an unknown number of those years.
Among our crew of local mentors are:
Tim Manning, kayak builder, paddle carver and mentor has been a regular at the Gathering for many years. Tims enthusiasm for kayaking is infectious. Tim is an ACA L2 instructor, and also assists TPG with it’s “Eagle Scout” kayaking merit badge program alongside Scout leaders Bill Ness and Chuck Rose.
Peter Strand is an excellent local mentor and our resident photographer. Hailing from Wisconsin, Peter teaches at many local events, and was part of the crew at the in Greenland National Championship, 2017.
Cindy Petersen, our resident house mum, Cindy is sure to make sure that you have what you need, or know where to get it. Find her quiet guidance toward what ever you need at camp. Did we mention that she’s also a stellar mentor? If you find her in the water, be sure to find a chance to have her help you through your roll.