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Come join me at the Greenland Skills Workshop. The morning is dedicated to culture, techniques, skills, and strokes & maneuvers. The afternoon is dedicated to balance bracing and rolls! Come for one or both! Part 1: Greenland Basics and Strokes: 9:00am to noon Part 2: Greenland Rolls (all levels): 1:00pm to 3:00pm I am being hosted by Sea Kayak Carolina in Charleston. The event will be held at a clean lake. If you let SKC know you do not have a greenland paddle, I will bring one for your use. What to bring: kayak with fore and aft bulkheads, nose-plugs for rolling, sunglasses with safety strap, sun hat, sunscreen, water, snacks, water shoes, PFD (required), sprayskirt (required for rolling). Payment link: https://www.peek.com/s/1b04b9b7-71e3-4e64-974b-647a576a459e/zAg6 (NOTE: scroll to September to make your selection; you'll see options for enrolling in Part 1 or Part 2, or both.) My appreciation to Janie for her help to support and promote Greenlandic skills through this event. Now the boring stuff - about me: Fern holds an L3 ACA Coastal Instructor Certification and an ACA Traditional Skills Endorsement, Adaptive Paddle and Trip Leader Training Endorsement, and ACA Instructor Certifications for Sit on Top Surfing and Stand Up Paddle board. She is passionately enthusiastic about helping others find joy and proficiency. She has mentored at many Greenlandic events through the country, was an Organizer and Assistant Organizer for two new Qajaq USA events within the last four years. Fern continues to learn from and assist Champion Traditional mentors at various venues, as well as instruct at events, symposiums, and near her home in Charleston, S.C.. She is fascinated with Greenlandic culture of storytelling, games, and beliefs, and incorporates those in her classes to help keep traditions alive.
Brandt and Nora are camping at Twin Lakes for the weekend and would welcome some paddling partners. They need someone faster than me. We'll also have a trip for the slower paddlers. We'll make this more definitive as we get closer.
The second annual Lake Jocassee Paddle Splash is Saturday, 5 October, 2019. Here's the link: https://paddleguru.com/races/LakeJocasseePaddleSplash2019 Last year, we had 81 registrants, and expect as many in 2109. This race is for beginners to experts, and racers are grouped by boat class to keep the racing fair. Paddlers of any stripe are welcome: kayaks, SUPs, canoes, surfskis, and any other imaginable human-powered craft. Medals are given to the top three finishers in a class. There are great door prizes from REI, Astral, Half Moon Outfitters, and Epic Kayaks. After the race, we'll have the awards ceremony at Jocassee Valley Brewing Company, featuring local brews and food truck. Break out of your shell, and try racing this year!
Floating this trip idea to determine interest. There are two state parks near, Colleton and Givhans Ferry. Both are on the river. For non camping wimps like me, there are motels near. The Edisto is a beautiful black water river that flows through national forests. There is potential for seeing animals you will never see in the upstate. Scissortail kites, dock spiders, rainbow snakes and many others.