2018 Mentor Biographies
We are delighted to feature in 2018 a group of very talented mentors hailing from both coasts of the US.
 
GREG STAMER


 From the QUSA Site:  Greg Stamer is the founder and past president of Qajaq USA.  Greg has over 25 years experience using Greenland style paddle and equipment.  He crdits John Heath and Greenland Champion Maligiaq Padilla as his primary mentors.

"I have alsways been attracgted to functional, organic boats and paddles, whether that be a birchbark canoe with a beavertail paddle or an elegant Greenalnd kayak" Greg's rolling skills are self taught and his first roll was learned from a book and then refined fro carefully studying and emulating John Petersen perform in John Heath's "Greenlanders at Kodiak" video.  "I believe that it is much, much faster and safer to learn from an instructor, and you also have less chance of picking up bad habits.  However learning on your own does give you a nuber of insights that help you as a teacher, since you have probably made similar mistakes as your students, and can spot the source of their troubles quickly.  Although flexibility and fitness are important for learning the Greenland rolls, dogged persistence is an even greater asset.

"For many years my dream was to travel to Greenland and learn from the Greenlanders, so in 2000, when the Greenland Championships were offered to foreign kayakers for the first time, I jumped at the chance."  Greg was invited in 2000 to attend a week ong Qaannat Kattuffiat training camp in Greenland to prepare for competition and has participated in two Greenland National Kayaking Championships, in 2000 and in 2002, winning two gold and two bronze medals.  In both events Greg earned the most points in the individual rolling event for his age group and was the overall champion for his age group in 2000.

In 2007 Greg took a leave of his corporate job to pursue longer kayaking "expeditions -- another long held dream.  Since then Greg has circumnavigated Iceland (with a trip partner) and Newfoundland (solo), using a carbon Greenland paddle.  Both circumnavigations were done in record time, proving that the Greenland paddle is certainly no slouch. 

Greg also enjoys swimming, fitness paddling, kayak racing, kayak surfing, kayak camping and refining his forward stroke mechanics.  Although greg's preference is for Greenland technique and equipment, he also regularly practices with canoe paddles, euro paddles and wings.  Greg lives in Orlando, Fla with his dog.



 DON BEALE

Don  is a paddle maker extraordinaire. By 2015 had carved over 700 paddles. He has taught classes in Japan, Argentina, Canada and throughout the United States.

 But he is also a wonderful kayaking instructor who every year dedicates some time and funds to professional training.  He is an ACA Level 5 instructor and a BCU 4-star sea leader trained.  He has taught for the Oregon Ocean Paddling Society, SSTIKS (South Sound Traditional Inuit Kayak Symposium) and other Greenland events in the Us and abroad.





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HENRY ROMER

Henry will be coming to us from the cooler waters of the West Coast  where he also enjoys some pretty exciting hiking and climbing.   A gentle, insightful and versatile kayak instructor for many years, his focus will be on assisting us with rolls. Henry has spent time in Greenland observing and learning about Greenlandic culture , traditions and skills related to the qajaq.   So don’t miss out on tapping his knowledge about strokes using the traditional paddle and Greenland equipment, and even the Greenlandic language.  Perhaps we can all increase our linguistic skills.  Watch Henry talk about throwing a harpoon  here.
 
DUBSIDE

An internationally known authority on Greenland rolling techniques and Greenland rope gymnastics, Dubside is easily recognizable at any event by his completely black attire and distinctive beard.  He spends a portion of each year in Greenland interfacing with Greenlanders and learning more about their culture and their kayaking skills, and no doubt teaching a bit also.  The remainder of his time he spends traveling throughout North and South America, Europe and Japan giving presentations, demonstrations and instruction for symposia, clubs and outfitters. Dubside is also the creator of the ​ qattaarneq.com