Welcome to the Traditional Qajaqers of the South (TRAQS)
Do you want to learn how to efficiently paddle using a traditional “skinny stick”? Trying to learn to roll or finally perfect that forward finishing hand roll? Always wanted to throw a harpoon or paddle a traditional skin-on-frame qajaq? TRAQS is the event for you whether you’re just starting or you’re an advanced paddler.
Our mission is to spread the joy, benefits and cultural aspects of Greenland paddling in Florida. We adhere to the Greenlandic and QajaqUSA principles of mentoring and sharing our passion, skills, and knowledge.
I can’t believe our 4th Annual event has concluded..it was just one of those times you wished would never end. Here’s what some participants have said:
Thank you (Ed) for the event – I really enjoyed it and learned something and can’t wait til next year
The event was even better than I could have imagined! Thanks to you and all the mentors for all the extra time, care and encouragement that went above and beyond the “schedule”.
Great event. Hopefully I can go again next year!
I had an amazing time, met amazing people and got my roll (thanks to the amazing mentors!)
Our 2020 event will be held from March 26 – March 29th at the Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center on beautiful Lake Placid in Central Florida. SAVE THE DATE! This will be our 5th Annual immersive Greenland kayaking weekend that includes paddling and rolling skills, presentations, morning yoga, kayak games, exposure to Inuit culture and of course our auction with items generously contributed by businesses, mentors and participants to help sustain this event.
Our 20/20 Vision:
- “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” – Michelangelo
TRAQS 2019 included the wonderful Mia Kanstad Kulseng from Tromso, Norway, our international special guest mentor. Mia is a very well known member of the Norwegian paddling community and former number one at the Norwegian Greenlandic Championship. Mia was a special guest mentor at the 2012 Delmarva Paddlers Retreat and was a huge hit with all the participants. You will love Mia’s expertise, enthusiasm and terrific smile!
Also joining us in 2019 was the accomplished Greenland award Champion and worldwide instructor, Cheri Perry! Cheri has taught Greenland kayaking for seven years at several international symposia, as well as winning a dozen gold medals in the Greenland National Kayaking Championships. As a special treat this year, Cheri will also be leading our morning yoga!
Additional returning mentors were the incredible mentors Alison Sigethy Greg Stamer and Ben Fontenot are returning to TRAQS. Alison is one of the best known Greenland paddling mentors and Greenland Qajaqing Championship participant as well as an accomplished artist. Greg Stamer is a former President and founding member of Qajaq USA as well as an accomplished distance kayaking racer. Ben is not only an accomplished ACA L4 Instructor, but an extraordinary Greenland Paddle maker. We are proud that he returned to TRAQS for his 4th season. His designs and construction are museum-worthy, but do paddle with them!
To complete the experience, we offered a full day Greenland paddle making class, back by popular demand – this workshop is always sold out and this was no exception!
TRAQS is also a terrific opportunity to meet other kayakers. Join us in a warm (temperature and atmosphere) and nurturing environment. Enjoy the camaraderie while learning and sharing kayaking techniques and skills.
Whether you are local to Florida, or are looking for a personal or family winter get-away, this event, modeled after The Delmarva Paddlers Retreat, offers a paddler a wonderful weekend of enjoyment.
Come join us and be a part of a growing paddling community. Check out our 2019 Photo Album and plan for 2020!