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Mentors and Special Guests

TRAQS is honored and thrilled to offer our attendees the wisdom, skill, and mentoring by outstanding mentors over the years.  This year, we welcome:

Greg Stamer, Greenland Qajaq Instructor

Greg Stamer is the founder and past-president of Qajaq USA. Greg has over twenty five years  of experience using Greenland-style paddles and equipment. He credits John Heath and Greenland Champion Maligiaq Padilla as his primary mentors.

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-long 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.

He is an annual participant in the grueling Evergreen Challenge which is a testament to the efficiency of his forward stroke as evidenced in his article posted in QajaqUSA.  Greg has decades of experience and knowledge which he brings t0 TRAQS.

Don Beale, Greenland Qajaq Instructor, Greenland Paddle Designer/Builder

I started by carving paddles for myself, in 1999.   The first paddle sold in 2002, and Beale Paddles was born.   In 2020, paddle #800 was carved.

Every year I dedicate some time and funds to professional training.  Currently I am an ACA level 5 instructor, and BCU 4-star sea leader trained,   teaching for the Oregon Ocean Paddling Society, SSTIKS (South Sound Traditional Inuit Kayak Symposium), and other Greenland events in the US and abroad.

 

Joanne Barta, Greenland Qajaq Instructor, Greenland Paddle Designer/Builder

Joanne discovered sea kayaking and traditional Qajaq building 17 years ago and was instantly hooked. She loves guiding others to discover the wonder and beauty of the wilderness through kayaking. Joanne believes that sea kayaking should be accessible to everyone and is a gateway to many other outdoor activities. Kayak camping, particularly around Vancouver Island, British Columbia, is a favorite. She has also paddled and camped among the San Juan Islands, Croatia’s northern and central coastlines, and The Parana River north of Buenos Aries, Argentina.

Joanne is active in the Traditional Paddling community, is an organizer of the South Sound Traditional Inuit Kayak Symposium held each June on Hood Canal, and attends other kayak symposia around the US teaching rolling, rescues, strokes, and DIY gear making.

Joanne has built three kayaks, and teaches Greenland paddle carving along with her partner Don Beale. When not teaching, Joanne can be found paddling the Pacific Northwest’s rivers, lakes, and estuaries, or teaching and practicing rolls at the pool.

 

Bev Cosslett, Greenland Qajaq Instructor

Bev’ accomplishments and certifications are:

ACA State Director, South Carolina
ACA Traditional Skills Endorsed
L4 Coastal Kayaking Instructor
L2 Canoe Instructor
Owner “Charleston Paddles” focused on teaching and paddling adventures

Her passion for kayaking, being outdoors, and sharing knowledge and techniques is boundless.  From kayak surfing, kayak camping, SUP to Traditional skills, Bev has a contagious enthusiasm and dedication to mentor and be a big part of TRAQS.

Pete Hohmann, Greenland Qajaq Instructor

Pete Hohmann is an ACA kayak instructor and British Canoeing coach.   He has merged his experience with FreeStyle canoeing with his passion for Greenland kayaking.  He is also a rolling instructor and enjoys Greenland rolling in his Rebel Illaga kayak.   Pete lives in Cape Coral, Florida, and is active in building the Greenland kayaking community in Southwest Florida.  He is the founder and organizer of Calusa Sea Kayaker Meetup Group.

I taught most of the paddlesports programs for Prince William County Parks and Recreation in Northern Virginia for 7 years, until I moved to Florida in 2019.

Ask me about some of my challenging kayaking trips like the length of the Chesapeake Bay or the tidal whitewater in the Bay of Fundy.

Ed Mann, Greenland Qajaq Instructor & Organizer

Ed holds an L4 ACA Open Water Instructor Certification and an ACA Traditional Skills Endorsement.  Simply stated, he is a passionate Greenland kayaking devotee.  Before moving to Florida, he was the President of the Jersey Shore Sea Kayak Association, a principal kayak instructor for the Jersey Paddler, and instructor of rolling at the inaugural Garden State Sea Kayak Symposium. He mentors at other Greenlandic events, including the Delmarva Paddlers Retreat, Hudson River Greenland Festival and TIPS. When he’s not teaching, he is usually upside down in his kayak watching Manatees while he rolls.  Visit his Facebook page to learn more about Ed.