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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 & 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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First Descents Kayak Trip on the Rogue River in Oregon

First Descents Kayak Camp

We LOVE First Descents! Last year Sundance Kayak School had the honor and privilege of hosting a First Descents white water kayaking camp on the Rogue River in Oregon. For those of you who don’t know about First Descents, it’s a pretty awesome organization! They are a non-profit based out of Denver, Colorado. Their goal…

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A Fluid Metaphor

For me, kayaking is the best of all possible metaphors for understanding and guiding my approach to life. For a long time I have been contemplating a big change in my life. But I haven’t been able to clearly see my goal, so I have been unclear about how to start. As in so many…

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Reflections: Learning to Kayak

Do you remember the first time you sat in a whitewater kayak? The first strokes you took, or your first combat roll? I do, and I blame my sister 100% for getting me involved in kayaking. No doubt about it. My sister and I started kayaking in 2001. She was 13 and I was 11 years…

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A Paddler’s Guide to Brightly Colored Tupperware

Kayaks, also known as brightly-colored tupperware, come in all shapes and sizes. Long, and skinny, short and spud-like…how do you know which one is right for you? Before you buy, think about your paddling goals. Are you wanting to paddle strictly whitewater? Will you want to carry gear with you –how much? Do you want…

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Nate and his Kayak

My Relationship With Kayaking

At first I just really liked kayaking. We hung out a lot one summer, and it was great but I really didn’t see it going any further than that. I mean, it was just bad timing. I had school that fall and wouldn’t have been able to see my kayak anyway. Sure I missed it,…

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