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Duane competing in the harpoon throwing competition at Greenland Week


the last 6 hours, the desire to land and sleep on a beach was almost overwhelming. I kept tricking myself by saying I’d land on the next beach, and when I got to that beach, I’d say wait till the next beach, and so on, until I actually finished. Sometimes I get the crazy idea to do that again, but it goes away.


CKM: What got you into Greenland kayak skills?


DS: Early in my kayaking career, some friends were using Greenland paddles (GPs), so I began making and using them. But back then it was hard to find instruction with the GP, so I went back to the Euro paddle to go through the BCU 3 and 4 Star sea training and certification proc-


ess. I still dabbled with the GP, but it wasn’t until the first Traditional Arctic Kayak Symposium at San Simeon in 2006, when I saw Dubside do the ropes and rolling, that I realized what incredible kayakers the Greenlanders are to have created all those different moves that are hard enough to just imagine, much less think you might be able to do, and somehow figure


Duane during the rolling competition at Greenland Week 20 www.calkayakermag.com Spring 2011


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