Qajaq USA 2008 Board Members

  Keith discussing paddle building at Delmarva

Keith Attenborough of Newburyport, Massachusetts, has been kayaking for a little over eight years and became addicted to Greenland style paddling about four years ago. "These days you'll often find me on the water with at least one extra paddle, looking for unsuspecting folks whom I can infect by simply letting them try a few strokes". "With the great assistance (and patience) of people like Vernon Doucette, I have picked up a smattering of information about the development of kayaking in the Arctic, and I'll share this with anyone who stands still long enough".

Keith also enjoys making Greenland paddles and showing other folks how they can turn a 2x4 into a lightweight, effective and fun way to move a kayak through the water. "My paddles aren't necessarily as pretty as some of the works of art made by others, but to folks who haven't done any woodworking, seeing someone as clumsy with tools as I am produce a very functional paddle makes things more relaxed. It's the classic case of, 'if I can do it, anyone can'". Keith has recently lead Greenland paddling making clinics at Lowell's Boat Shop in Amesbury, Massachusetts and the Delmarva Paddler's Retreat.

On the water, Keith likes to lead strokes clinics where the focus is on a relaxed forward stroke, confidence with the paddle, and smiling. "I really enjoy rolling, but I found it's not quite the best way to get from Point A to Point B, especially if the two points are more than a few meters apart. Greenland style kayaking isn't just about capsize maneuvers and static braces, there is much fun to be had in effortlessly and silently slipping through the water with a relaxed, smooth paddling motion."


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