Qajaq USA Board Members
Ben Fuller has been playing with kayaks ever since he had to build one to get into white water, in the "pre plastic" days of the early 70s.
Ben got involved with sea kayaks starting in 1978. In 1991 Ben moved to Maine and became a Maine Guide (now master) and an ACA instructor (now open water instructor). Ben is an ACA life member and has served on the ACA board in the past.
Ben has been professionally involved with museums since the early 70s and has served as the curator of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Mystic Seaport Museum for 13 years, freelance curator for 10 years, and now part time curator at the Penobscot Marine Museum.
"As a free lancer I did an exhibit, back in 99, called Native Legacy for Mystic, showing how all of the non-motorized seriously popular recreational boats come from non-Euro traditions. I am on the Board of Directors of the International Canoe Federation representing Sailing, and that position may get involved more with all forms of sea canoeing as the ICF may be doing some restructuring."
Ben has only recent began learning Greenland kayaking technique but has already built a few paddles, a stitch-and-glue kayak, and has plans to do some modification and restructuring to a recent kayak built for him Maligiaq Padilla.
"As far as Qajaq USA interests go, I am fascinated by the problem of integrating as much of GP (Greenland paddling) technique as possible into 'straight' sea paddling, as well as letting people know about the roots of the sport. Qajaq USA has moved in some good directions especially in documentation and recording, and is now starting to implement support for the Greenland paddlers. It would be great if some teaching techniques could be developed similarly to what has happened in other aspects of paddling so that it would be easier to teach."
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