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.
Thanks to all those terrific paddlers who made our inaugural 2016 event such a success. Our 2017 event will be held from March 24-26, 2017 at the Lake Placid Camp on beautiful Lake Placid in Central Florida. This will be an immersive Greenland kayaking weekend that includes paddling and rolling skills, presentations, morning yoga, kayak games and exposure to Inuit culture.
We are very excited to be joined again by the well known mentor James Manke. James is an internationally recognized kayak instructor and Greenland mentor. Among his many accomplishments, James won a gold medal at the 2014 Greenland Qajaqing Championship and successfully paddled the Grand Canyon rapids using Greenland paddles and sea kayaks.
To complete the experience, we are offering a full day Greenland paddle making class. You can then use your beautiful new paddle throughout the event.
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.