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Today is April 24, 2014

Traditional Inuit Paddlers of the Southeast
We are proud to offer the first annual Traditional Inuit Paddlers Retreat for the Southeast and beyond. The event is non-profit and is newly sanctioned by QajaqUSA. Paddlers and paddlers-to-be of all levels are welcome to attend and participate! Modeled after the Delmarva Paddlers Retreat, this is our first local event with a focus on sharing and mentoring Greenland skills, culture, history, and just plain fun in a relaxed atmosphere for a weekend. All meals and lodging are included! If you’ve ever been curious about using a Greenland paddle, or have used one and want to learn a new skill or become more proficient while in a warm community of paddlers, this is the place to be. A special workshop will be held on May 9th to make a Traditional garment you can use, lead by a special guest and Greenland artist! For details and registration, visit our website at Take advantage of this new opportunity to learn from masters, mentors, and each other! Registration is now open!

Qajaq USA Event
When: May 9 - 11, 2014
Where: Lake Marion (Camp Bob Cooper)
Summerton, S.C. 
Contact: Fern White and/or Fran Symes

SSITKS is a family friendly weekend event featuring some of the best instructors and competitors in Greenland-style kayaking. The children's track is an important part of the weekend and it's also what sets us apart from the usual kayak events. Beginners to advanced paddlers and rollers find new challenges and build new skills each year.

Qajaq USA Event
When: June 6 - 8, 2014
Where: Twanoh State Park, WA
Belfair, WA 

Kayak, swim, walk, run or aquathlon for Breast Cancer Prevention
The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is holding their annual Against the Tide swim, kayak, walk, and run component, as well as an Aquathlon consisting of a competitive 1-mile swim and your choice of a competitive 5K or 10K run. Participants can choose 1, 2 or 3 of the 6 events. For more information and about the Cape Cod version of the event on August 16th, 2014, please visit or call 800-649-MBCC.

When: June 21 - August 16, 2014
Where: June 21st, 2014 event: DCR's Hopkinton State Park August 16th, 2014 event: DCR's Nickerson State Park
Hopkinton, MA 
Contact: Cheryl Osimo

Hudson River Greenland Festival
Greenland style paddling and rolling instruction, rope gymnastics, fun! We have 3 Greenlanders joining us this year to share their culture and traditional skills. Registration opens April 1.

Qajaq USA Event
When: June 26 - 29, 2014
Where: Croton Point Park
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 
Contact: Unkel Dave

2014 Greenland National Kayaking Championship
The 2014 Greenland National Kayaking Championship in Qaqortoq, Greenland.

Qaannat Kattuffiat Event
When: July 10 - 16, 2014
Where: Qaqortoq, Greenland

23. Holz-Gummi-Leinen
The 23. HGL is the anual meeting of kayaks builders in northern Germany - Greenland kayaks, Baidarks, any wooden or folding kayaks (with the exception of plastic kayaks) The HGL is held every year since 1991. Excange about building, tours on the Foerde (Okseøer, usually) and rolling are - as usual not scheduled - on the angenda. Guided Tours are not on offer, every participant is resonsible for his/her own gear. Camping ground (for tents) near the beach and toilets/showers in the EFKK clubhouse.

When: July 29 - 31, 2014
Where: Flensburg, Vereinsgelände EFKK Fahrensodde 18, 24944 Flensburg
Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein 
Contact: Volker Born

Qajaq Training Camp
Qajaq TC (a.k.a. Michigan Training Camp) is a truly unique traditional paddlers gathering. The first event was in August of 2002 and, from the start, we have been affiliated with Qajaq USA. One can rightfully state this is a full immersion event. There is no access by road, so start paddling! Our spectacular venue creates a truly intimate atmosphere. You will be among sixty (60) individuals representing a broad range of skills who want to do one thing — share and gain experience. Registration opens April 1st. It's grown to be a very popular event and fills quickly -- sometimes within the week. Act quickly.

Qajaq USA Event
When: August 22 - 24, 2014
Where: Lower Herring Lake and Lake Michigan
Frankfort, MI 
Contact: Nancy Thornton

Minnesota Traditional Gathering
The Gathering is a relaxed, long-weekend meeting of traditional paddlers on a spectacularly clear chain of lakes in central Minnesota. It's a great opportunity to gain new paddling and rolling skills, to try out a variety of traditional kayaks and paddles, and to participate in Minnesota's foremost hunt of styrofoam seals. The secluded lakeside accommodations include bunk and bath houses, a shaded picnic area and a commercial kitchen where you can prepare your meals. With a limit of 50 registrants, you won't get lost in a crowd. Registration is now open.

Qajaq USA Event
When: September 4 - 7, 2014
Where: Lake Carlos State Park
Alexandria, MN 
Contact: Tony Schmitz

26th Annual Delmarva Paddlers Retreat
Why are so many paddlers switching over to the "skinny stick"? What's the fuss all about? Immerse yourself in all aspects of Greenland paddling skills and culture at the Delmarva Paddler's Retreat, where you'll enjoy a rustic camp-style weekend on the scenic shores of Rehoboth Bay on the Mid-Atlantic Coast. You're guaranteed to learn something new, improve your paddling skills, make new friends, and have an all around exhilarating experience.

Qajaq USA Event
When: October 9 - 12, 2014
Where: Camp Arrowhead on the Rehoboth Bay
Lewes, DE 
Contact: Chris Beckman

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