Traditional Qajaqers of the South

Welcome to the Traditional Qajaqers of the South (TRAQS)

SPECIAL MESSAGE: We wish to thank all our registered participants for including us in their ‘must have’ plans for our 2020 Event which was SOLD OUT, along with the Paddle Making workshop with the amazing Ben Fontenot.

Because of the nature of the Coronavirus and our concern for our participants, TRAQS is taking the proactive measure to cancel the event in March, 2020.  Your health and safety is our first priority.  We will watch and wait to see if there is an opportunity to reschedule later this year.  Please check our website, Facebook page and your email for updates.

We hope for the best and look forward to the opportunity to see you in 2020.  Stay healthy and roll on.   For questions, please contact Ed Mann.

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.

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.  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

This year, we are so thrilled to have the legendary Helen Wilson join our amazing list of mentors.  Helen has traveled worldwide and has an array of DVDs for those dedicated to learning.  She is also the Qajaq USA President beginning January, 2020.   The incredible mentors Alison Sigethy,  Greg Stamer and Ben Fontenot  will be returning to TRAQS. Alison is one of the best known Greenland paddling mentors. She is a 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.  Also mentoring this year is the Qajaq USA membership event chair Renee DuFresne, as well as the Qajaq USA Secretary beginning in 2020, Fern White.

To complete the experience, we offer a full day Greenland paddle making class led by Ben Fontenot. This workshop is always sold out so register as early as possible.  Ben is not only an accomplished ACA L4 Instructor, but an extraordinary Greenland Paddle maker.  We are proud that he will return to TRAQS for his 5th season.  His designs and construction are museum-worthy, but do paddle with them!

Keep checking this page for announcements of additional Guest Mentors!

Our 2020 event will include new group events and classes including more opportunities to utilize your new skills during paddles on beautiful Lake Placid.

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 2021!