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5 Benefits of Pool Sessions

For a kayaker any time devoted to sitting in a boat is always time well spent.  Kayak pool sessions offer a great avenue for new kayakers to get their sea legs as well as intermediate and advanced paddlers to continue improving their form and technique. 1. Predicable Environment The pool setting can alleviate a great…

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Intermediate Kayak School

2014 Year in Review

It’s hard to believe 2014 has already come and gone.  We just completed our first year as owners of Sundance Kayak School. We are thankful to our instructors, students, partners and supporters who made this year a success. Here are some of the highlights: ACA Kayak Instructor Course in Michigan Scott Fraiser, of Highland River…

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Megan Sach kayaking Oregon's Rogue River

Megan Sachs Sundance Experience

Megan Sachs shares her story I recently spent a week on the Rogue River with Lori and JR from Sundance Kayaking school and it was AMAZING!!!! I have to admit I was super excited for this trip but also a bit terrified at the prospect of being in a kayak in white water. I had…

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Christine Johnston

Christine Johnston: ACA Kayak Instructor Experience

Christine Johnston Shares Her Story Kayaking is a true treasure. And it is one of those rare treasures that continue to grow the more you share it with others. As I reflect on my first experiences in a kayak, I remember the kindness of friends and even strangers that lent me gear, helped drain my…

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Success after one of the many fun rapids on the Rogue River

Personal Statement: Zoe Leonard-Monrad

I panic as my mind catches up to what my body is experiencing. Suddenly I realize I am no longer surfing a remarkable wave. I am completely upside down, my torso submerged, tossed in the throttle of the rapid. I fight the river’s current, pushing my paddle through the swirling water into the position that…

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Charlie running the Fish Ladder at Rainy Falls on the Rogue River

Charlie the Ducky Master

I did not particularly want to leave the game. It was halftime and the United States and Germany were tied 0-0. I had no choice though and kayakers clearly don’t brake for the World Cup. I’ve always been comfortable with sports involving balls. Leaving a soccer game for a sport relatively unknown was not the…

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Marion and the Sundance Kayak School Team

Sundance Story: Marion Franck

Marion Franck, columnist at The  Davis Enterprise, shared her Sundance story from 20+ years ago.  After recently paddling with Marion, I asked if I could share her story with the all of you. So with that… here it is! REUNION REMINDS ME HOW I BECAME A KAYAKER By Marion Franck Davis Enterprise August 7, 2011…

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JR Weir & Dan Menten hiking into Baldface Creek

J.R. Explored Baldface Creek

In the far Northwest corner of California, the Smith River flows crystal clear through the heart of the Redwood country and is one of the “crown jewels” of the Wild and Scenic River system.  Breathtakingly beautiful, this is California’s only undammed, free-flowing river.  The river system is entirely protected in California, but some of this…

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Cade Hertz running Diamond Creek Falls. Photo: Barefoot Brad Camden

Smith River: Exploring The North Fork

Did you know the Smith River is the largest free-flowing river in California? This rare gem is a kayakers paradise with 3 runnable forks. From Class 1 to Class 5, the Smith has it all. Even though the Smith is protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, it’s headwaters in Oregon remain unprotected. Team…

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JR Weir & Lori Turbes Sundance Kayak School Owners

Sundance Kayak School: Year In Review

2013 was an exciting year at Sundance!  We had an amazing year filled with new adventures and class offerings, combined with an extended teaching season.  We met many incredible people, saw some old friends and watched beginner kayakers “catch the whitewater bug”.  Here are just a few of the highlights: ACA Instructor Certification Classes JR…

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