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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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kayakers at the Carter Creek, the put-in for the Wild and Scenic Chetco River

Chetco River Trip Report

The Chetco River flows from the heart of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. It is most famously known for it’s clear as glass water clarity and scenic river canyon. It’s most commonly done in inflatable kayaks at low (less than 1,000 cfs) flows. It is quickly capturing the attention of whitewater kayakers and is a wilderness expedition…

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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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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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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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