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Storm Gathering USA 2017 – Event Video

Storm Gathering USA – Trinidad, California – March 3, 4 and 5, 2017

Storm Gathering USA 2017 – Event Video.

Produced by Helen Wilson

Storm Gathering events are sea kayak symposiums designed for those wanting to take their skills to the next level. The UK SGS and the SGS USA events are presented by GreenlandorBust.org.

The symposium featured in this video took place in Trinidad, California from March 3 to 5, 2017. The next UK event takes place next March 2018 in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The next USA event takes place March 8 to 10, 2019 in Trinidad, California.

Get in touch if you want more information about either event – info@greenlandorbust.org

Kokatat – SGS USA Presenting Sponsor

We are pleased to announce that Kokatat Watersports Wear will be the major presenting sponsor at Storm Gathering USA 2017.

Kokatat began making paddle sports apparel and gear in 1971 and has since gone on to be one of the most trusted brands of sea kayak clothing and equipment internationally. Today, more than 90% of Kokatat’s global sales are generated from apparel and accessories manufactured locally by locals in Arcata, CA.

Both Helen and Mark have been Kokatat Brand Ambassadors since 2008, and throughout all our teaching and travel adventures, we have found that Kokatat is the finest and most durable paddling apparel in the world.

Kokatat has also been supporting both UK Storm Gathering and Storm Gathering USA symposiums as far back as 2008, and we feel honored to be continually connected with this great Humboldt-based manufacturer.

This year, Kokatat will be opening up it’s factory to symposium participants, providing a unique insight into how it’s all done behind the scenes.

Jeff Turner, Kokatat’s Sales/Marketing/Design Manager will speaking on the Saturday evening about the history of the company and it’s continued impact on the paddlesports community.

Kokatat has also provide some major prizes for the event raffle including a Passage Anorak, a OuterCore Habanero Liner, a Poseidon PFD, a Tactic pack AND hydration reservoir, and Woolcore Long Sleeve Shirt.

So now is the time to get into the water with Storm Gathering USA 2017 and Kokatat this March in Trinidad, CA. See you soon Storm Paddlers!

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SGS USA Announcement – Class Timetable and Availability


Following are the class choices for each day at Storm Gathering USA 2017.

Friday Session Choices 1 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.

All Levels – Developing Boat Control DBC1

All Levels – Greenland Strokes GS1

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Level 1 and 2 – Storm Paddling Essentials SPE

Level 1 and 2 – Surf Zone Fundamentals SZF

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Level 2 and 3 – Intermediate Rock Gardening IRG1

Level 2 and 3 – Unscrambling the Scramble UTS 1

Level 2 and 3 – Long Boat Surfing LBS1: FULL

Level 2 and 3 – Moderate Water Boat Handling MWBH 1

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Level 3 – Rough Water Boat Handling RWBH 1

Level 3 – Tricky Launch, Tricky Landing TLTL1


Saturday Session Choices 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

All Levels – Simplifying The Roll STR: FULL

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Level 1 & 2 – Fundamentals of Rock Gardening FRG 1: FULL

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Level 2 and 3 – Situational Rolling & Bracing SRB1

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Level 3 – Tricky Launch, Tricky Landing TLTL1

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Saturday Session Choices 1.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.

All Levels – Wild Harvesting WH: FULL

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Level 1 and 2 – Coastal Journey CJ1

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Level 2 and 3 – Intermediate Rock Gardening IRG2

Level 2 and 3 – Moderate Water Boat Handling MWBH 2

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Level 3 – Rough Water Boat Handling RWBH 2

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Saturday Session Choices All Day

Level 1 & 2 – Fundamentals of Sea Kayak Leadership FSKL

Level 2 & 3 – Incident Management IM

Level 2 & 3 – White Water of The Sea WWOTS

 

Sunday Session Choices 9.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.

All Levels – Developing Boat Control DBC1

All levels – Greenland Strokes GS2

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Level 1 & 2 – Fundamentals of Rock Gardening FRG 2

Level 1 & 2 – Coastal Journey CJ2

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Level 2 & 3 – Ocean Journey OCJ1: FULL

Level 2 & 3 – Unscrambling the Scramble UTS 2

Level 2 & 3 – Situational Rolling and Bracing SRB2: FULL

Level 2 & 3 – Long Boat Surfing LBS2

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Level 3 – Rough Water Boat Handling RWBH 3

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For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA website today!

To register, go to this page on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.

SGS USA – Non-Participant Meal Option

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Based on demand, we have introduced a new booking category: Non-Participant Meals / Social Activities Option.

If you have a family member or friend who wishes to be part of the event but not go on the water, this $75 option covers all meals and entry into social activities.

This option is available when registering for the event through Eventbrite.

For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA website today!

To register, go to this page on the symposium website.

 For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.

SGS USA – Spread The Word

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Help us promote Storm Gathering USA 2017 🙂

1) Spread the word! Tell 10 other paddlers about the event that have not yet heard about it.

2) Share the word! Include the event in your club newsletter, blog post and tweet about it (@sgs_usa, #intothewater, #stormpaddlers).

3) Post the word! Share a favorite memory on this page from past symposiums. Post photos or video and tag Storm Gathering USA.

4) Join the word! Make sure to follow Storm Gathering USA via social media including Twitter, Facebook and Google+

5) Calendar the word! Put Storm Gathering USA 2017 in your club and public calendars.

A full listing of Storm Gathering USA 2017 classes can be found HERE.

For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA WEBSITE today!

To register, go to this PAGE on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.

Greenland Strokes – Instructor Specialty Class with Maligiaq Padilla.

Photo by Bjørn Olson.

Maligiaq Padilla doesn’t need much of an introduction in the traditional paddling world. His grandfather spent his days hunting seals, whales, birds and other animals from a kayak (qajaq in Greenlandic), and it was from him that Maligiaq was taught the hunting traditions of his ancestors. At the age of 12, Maligiaq built his first kayak and learned to hunt from it using a harpoon and a rifle. He has since built over 300 kayaks. Maligiaq first competed in the annual Greenland National Kayaking Championship when he was 12. He won every event in his age group, and at 16 became the youngest National Championship winner in history. He has now won a total of nine Championships. Over the years, Maligiaq has shared traditional paddling skills with paddlers all over the world, and we’re thrilled to have him as part of the event.

If you’re interested in Greenland paddling technique, this is an amazing opportunity to learn from the best. Spaces are VERY limited. Maligiaq will also be teaching a qajaq building class through Mind’s Eye Manufactory leading up to Storm Gathering USA. Click HERE for more information. Special thanks to Mind’s Eye Manufactory for supporting the event by bringing in such a wonderful keynote speaker and mentor.

Maligiaq’s classes are scheduled to run on Friday (Session 1) and Sunday (Session 4).

A full listing of Storm Gathering USA 2017 classes can be found HERE.

For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA WEBSITE today!

To register, go to this PAGE on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.

Maligiaq Padilla – SGS USA Presenter / Coach

Photo by Katie O’Connor

Maligiaq Padilla originates from Sisimiut, Greenland. His grandfather spent his days hunting seals, whales, birds and other animals from a kayak (qajaq in Greenlandic), and it was from him that Maligiaq was taught the hunting traditions of his ancestors. At the age of 12, Maligiaq built his first kayak and learned to hunt from it using a harpoon and a rifle. He has since built over 300 kayaks. These kayaks have been displayed in the Sisimiut Museum of Greenland, the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver and the Smithsonian Museum.

Maligiaq is world renowned for his strokes, rolling, kayak building and rope gymnastics skills. He has appeared in many films, including Rolling With Maligiaq,  Allunaariaqattaarneq and This is the Sea.

Maligiaq first competed in the annual Greenland National Kayaking Championship when he was 12. He won every event in his age group, and at 16 became the youngest National Championship winner in history. He has now won a total of nine Championships.

Maligiaq will be teaching a qajaq building class through Mind’s Eye Manufactory leading up to Storm Gathering USA 2017. Click HERE for more information. We’d like to thank Mind’s Eye Manufactory for supporting the event by bringing in such a wonderful keynote speaker and mentor.

We’re honored to have both Maligiaq and Mind’s Eye Manufactory as part of the event. Maligiaq will be Storm Gathering USA’s Friday evening keynote speaker, and will teach Greenland Strokes on the Friday and Sunday of the event. The Friday evening presentation is titled, “Indigenous water craft of the Arctic, and modern qayaq in Greenland.”

www.maligiaq.com

For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA website today!

To register, go to this page on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.

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