LoCo Coaches 2011

Karl Andersson
Don Beale
Bob Baltazar
Santiago Berrueta
Ken Biddle

Ginni Callahan
Andrew Emlen
Teresa Flodin
Phil Hadley
Jen Kleck
Paul Kuthe

Steve Maynard
Lynn Purdy
Marcel Rodriguez
Henry Romer
Mark Whitaker

Karl Andersson
Portland, OR

Karl is one of the most creative and enthusiastic coaches anywhere! We think he likes grinning at least as much as he likes kayaking, which is a lot. Karl is a BCU coach level 4 Sea. He works with kids in competetive paddlesports in Portland and won the 2010 Deception Pass Dash.

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Don Beale
Forest Grove, OR

Farm boy from the sticks carves sticks! Don started carving paddles for himself, learning as he went. It took nine paddles to get one he liked. He had always been looking for something he could do in the shop and sell, so when a friend asked to buy one, the light bulb went on. Don sold the first paddle (#14) in February 2002. There have been over 450 happy paddlers since then!

Don is a kayaking instructor as well, starting with ACA at Basic Coastal in 2003 with Steve Scherrer. BCU 3 star with Ginni Callahan, and the 4 star with Body Boat Blade and Axel Schoevers. In 2009 he certified at the Open Coastal level in the ACA with Andree Hurley. He paddles all of the various venues in NW Oregon, teaching in the local lakes and rivers and paddling in the estuaries and surf when the conditions are good.

He uses a Greenland paddle most of the time when teaching and paddling.
Don enjoys boat building as well as kayaking and carving, and has built several cedar strip boats and a couple of plywood ones as well.
Don enjoys teaching immensely, and is active within the Oregon Ocean Paddling Society as an instructor and current Board Member, and also with the planning and organizing at the South Sound Traditional Inuit Kayaking Symposium (SSTIKS). Don still carves all paddles by hand, at a rate of 1-2 per week. He also teaches paddle carving at various symposia and clubs.

Beale Paddles
SSTIKS

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Bob Baltazar

Bob started sea kayaking in 1998. Since then he has built several kayaks and earned a BCU 4 Star Sea Award; he is now working on a BCU Coach Level 2 Award.

When he is not paddling, his next favorite thing is to teach kayaking skills. In addition to teaching classes for the Oregon Ocean Paddling Society (OOPS), Bob is an instructor for the South Sound Traditional Inuit Kayak Symposium (SSTIKS), where he has been involved in coaching basic Greenland strokes and rolling, paddle making, and has been active in the kid's program.

SSTIKS

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Santiago Berrueta
Colima and Loreto, Mexico

Santiago is a graduate of the NOLS kayaking program, a BCU 4 star sea leader and a Level coach 1. He is the first Mexican to achieve the BCU 4-star Sea Leader award, which he did at LoCo 2010.

Santiago grew up in the Mexican Pacific coast where he developed an addiction to the sea. He is been paddling the Gulf of California since 2006, leading commercial expeditions as well as personal trips. His kayaking adventures have taken him to places like Northern California, The Columbia River, East Canada and the Mexican coast.

Last summer he paddled almost the entire length of the Baja peninsula in a 42 day kayak trip and now is looking out for the next adventure.

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Ken Biddle
WA

Ken is the quintessence of The LoCo Roundup. In 2008 he received his BCU - UKCC Level 1 coaching award at Roundup and in 2009 he completed his BCU Level 2 training (as well as did a ton of construction and other volunteer work at Slow Boat Farm--thanks Ken!) In 2010 Ken coached at LoCo.

This year he returns to LoCo Roundup as the Onsite Manager, as well as a coach.

Ken has worked with Anacortes Kayak Tours and recently started his own company Misty Morning Kayak. Website forthcoming

 

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Ginni Callahan
Cathlamet, WA

During a fateful lapse of self-restraint, Ginni founded LoCo Roundup in 2007. She is also the founder of Columbia River Kayaking, Sea Kayak Baja Mexico, Slow Boat Farm, and co-founder of the Loreto Kayak Symposium. She has built a life around her passions for sea kayaking and coaching, growing things, and community networking. Ginni is certified by the American Canoe Association as an Advanced Open Coastal Instructor and by the British Canoe Union as a Level 4 Sea Coach and 5-star leader. She also holds 4* Surf, and is a 4* leader trainee in open canoe. Since 1998 she has taught and guided during summer on the Lower Columbia River and winter in Baja, Mexico.

Adventure travel and kayaking stories
Columbia River Kayaking
Sea Kayak Baja Mexico
Slow Boat Farm

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Andrew Emlen
Skamokawa, WA

Andrew Emlen has devoted much of the last 17 years to studying and sharing the natural and cultural history of the lower Columbia. Andrew started the kayak program at Skamokawa Center in 1998. He leads tours and kayak-based educational programs, including Elderhostel and school programs. A former environmental science and field biology instructor at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, he is currently adjunct faculty for Lewis & Clark College, for which he co-instructs a course on the Columbia River. He also plays cello, guitar and banjo for three different music groups.


Columbia River Kayaking LLC cooperative

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Teresa Flodin
Portland, OR

Teresa Flodin discovered her love for kayaking after taking an Alder Creek Basic Skills Kayak class in 2000.. She then joined OOPS (Oregon Ocean Paddling Society,) and in 2005 she discovered the magic of paddling the open Oregon coast with a private surf zone class. She began working for Alder Creek in 2007. Recognizing her love of teaching others, she started increasing her coaching skills in August 2008 with the British Canoe Union's 4-day "new" Coach Level 1. In 2009, Teresa attained her B.C.U. 3 Star - Sea Kayak award as well as the B.C.U. 3 Star Canoe. October 2009, Tybee Island, GA was where she underwent the 4 day training for the new B.C.U. Coach Level 2. Five months later, Teresa successfully passed the Coach Level 2 assessment in San Diego, CA. She is now one in five in North America to hold this new coaching award.

Teresa is now pursuing her B.C.U. 4 Star - Sea Kayak Leadership award. She paddles year round and, as the Columbia is in her backyard, she has tackled it in all kinds of weather. She has also paddled off Gulf Islands near Vancouver, Canada; San Juan Islands, Deception Pass; God's Pocket - Vancouver Island, as well as Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana lakes. You'll often find her paddling her beloved Columbia or teaching a class for Alder Creek.

Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe

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Phil Hadley
United Kingdom

Phil is a Paddlesport Development Officer for Canoe England based in the West Midlands. He's also one of the National Trainers and involved with rolling out the new coaching scheme and Performance awards, and an Approvals Officer working with BCU Approved Centres.

Phil works as an Outdoor Education Consultant for Dudley LEA, as well as being the Technical Adviser for a number of outdoor centres. He contributed two chapters to the BCU Handbook as well as a small contribution to Canoe and Kayak Games.He's also had articles published in Canoe Focus and Canoe and Kayak Magazine.

"I'm very lucky that I've been coaching and paddling in some awesome locations around the world - Canada, Finland, New Zealand, Panama, Florida, Grand Canyon, Sakhalin - Eastern Russia, French Alps, Ardeche - hopefully that list will continue to grow!"

Philhadley.co.uk

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Jen Kleck
San Diego, CA

Jen achieved the highest ranking of any American within the British Canoe Union. In Nov. 2007, she became the first American Level 5 Sea Kayak Coach! She is also a BCU 5 Star sea kayaker, 4 Star surf, and an American Canoe Association certified Coastal Kayak Instructor. She enjoys racing when she can and has set several records in the San Diego's annual Bay2Bay regatta. She is also competetive in kayak surfing and a member of the 1999, 2000, and 2003 National Champion women's kayak polo teams. Jen has a BA in geology and enjoys natural history of all sorts.

Aqua Adventures

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Paul Kuthe
Portland, OR

The Pacific Northwest provides a training ground that rivals those anywhere in the world. It is there that Paul crafts his own skills, as well as those of his fellow paddler. As Program Director at Alder Creek Canoe and Kayak he enriches the paddling experiences had by all who paddle with him. Weather it’s dropping class V creeks or paddling out to surf a big set... combining a love of paddling big water, and traveling deep into the wilderness allows Paul to excel in varied conditions. His roots are back home canoeing the Ozark streams of Missouri. He is most often found today on local whitewater creeks and the Oregon Coast. Paddling has always been, and will continue to be, an escape, a livelihood, and a way of life. "I live to boat."

Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe

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Steve Maynard
Boothbay, ME

Steve has been sea kayaking in the UK, Europe, and North America for the last 15 years. He is one of the few people world wide to have qualified as a British Canoe Union (BCU) Level 5 Coach Sea and Level 5 Assessor Sea. This is regarded internationally as the highest level of qualification for teaching, guiding, and assessing skills in sea kayaking. He is also an American Canoe Association (ACA) Advanced Open Water Instructor and qualified in a variety of other kayak and mountain sports.

Sea Cliff Kayakers

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Lynn Purdy -- Morning Yoga Instructor
Portland, OR

Lynn began practicing yoga in 2000 to supplement and enhance her athletic training as a top outrigger canoe paddler in the Pacific Northwest, and soon fell in love with the physical practice of asana. Regular yoga practice strengthened and toned her muscles in a balanced way, helping to prevent injury, and to speed healing and recovery.

Yoga requires a balance of effort and relaxation that greatly improved her performance at practice and in competition, allowing a greater depth of focus and equanimity in the face of all challenges on and off the water. Since her first class, Lynn has studied and trained with a number of well known teachers in various different styles, including ashtanga, bikram, iyengar, anusara, and vinyasa-flow. Favoring a flowing style practice of poses that link movement with breath, Lynn tailors her classes to her students needs and ability levels.

Avalon Yoga and Wellness

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Marcel Rodriguez

Marcel is a great guy and a superb rolling instructor..


SSTIKS

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Henry Romer
Olympia, WA

Henry grew up in the canoe country of Northern New York State, but was bit hard by the sea kayak bug about 15 years and a few thousand nautical miles ago. This affliction matured into an acute case of Greenland "qajaq-ing" that finds him promoting things like Greenlandic language skills and harpooning. Henry has been active coaching Greenland and "Euro" sea kayaking for 10 years. He is a BCU L3 Coach Trainee and an ACA Open Water Coastal instructor with the Traditional Paddling endorsement. His paddle adventures have ranged from New Zealand to Greenland (twice), and he can often be found teaching at kayak symposiums and clinics in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

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Mark Whitaker
Skamokawa, WA

Mark is a co-owner and manager of Columbia River Kayaking LLC cooperative. He also runs a custom portable sawmill and a small farm. He holds the BCU 4* Sea Leader award and is a Coach Level 2 Trainee.

Columbia River Kayaking LLC cooperative

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