Two of the top-rated kayak instruction programs in the Northwest and beyond have stepped up to support the Hoedown. Many thanks to Wayne Horodowich at University of Sea Kayaking, http://www.useakayak.org/ , for being a part of the event. If you’ve been into any real paddlin’ shop, you’ve seen Wayne’s awesome videos – “ABCs of the Surf Zone” “Capsize Recoveries & Rescue Procedures”, and newer ones on bracing and essential strokes. Wayne came out of nowhere to beat all the sea kayakers in the deFuca Downwind, so at 60 years old he’s still not to be messed with!
Also our thanks go out to George and Barb Gronseth at Kayak Academy, who teach kayaking adventure skills first hand, taking students all over local waters and to Alaska every year. Their upcoming Greenland Week will feature skills, competition and entertainment in the mode of traditional Greenland paddling, from rolling competitions to ropes techniques, to private instruction from some amazingly talented kayakers.
Thank you to our sponsors and supporters! It’s going to be a tremendous weekend!