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.
Our 2021 event will be held from May 20 – May 23rd 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.
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With great sadness in 2020, we postponed the event to help keep everyone safe during the pandemic. We missed all our friends, mentors, fun and learning that we enjoyed every year since beginning the event. We realize that all Qajaq USA sanctioned events could not take place in 2020 and it is a communal sadness we all share.
It is with hope and enthusiasm that we let you know that plans are being made for Spring 2021. We are looking forward to a brighter new year to share and celebrate together again! Pencil in May 20-23, 2021 on your calendar for a ‘not to be missed’ reunion celebration on the sandy white Florida beach at beautiful Lake Placid.
Let us know you hope to come on Facebook! Watch for information later this year, and most of all, stay safe and healthy. – Envision the possibilities.
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 Guest Mentors!
Our 2021 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!