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Flipping Out While Flipping Over? Five Ways to Chill Out When You’re Upside Down

As a beginner kayaker, being upside-down can seem scary, but as you’re learning how to kayak, you’ll find that it’s just part of the sport. Here are five ways to manage the fear of flipping over, relax your body and mind, and make you a better kayaker. Spend Time Underwater Before Getting in Your Boat…

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Cold Water Paddling

Loud Music Will Hurt Your Ears! Yes Mom…..

I know everyone of us has heard that from their Mom. We, for the most part, ignored them because our hearing came back after the concert a day or two later. It’s OK, right? Then as you get older you notice the change and maybe your Mother was right.  But you ignored her. But now…

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ACA Instructor Trainer Conference

2015 Year in Review

First off, THANK YOU all for your support in 2015. Whether you were on the river with us or simply sent good vibes our way, we appreciate you and we wouldn’t be here without your support! Thank you! Here are a few highlights from 2015: Redwood Coast Sampler Sundance partnered with Potomac River Outfitters to…

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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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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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