Rafting up with Turner on Cayuga Lake

Oops! But we’re paddling on…

While most of folks think that I look graceful in a kayak, I am quite klutzy by nature!  Turner will attest to this he is always commenting on that fact, “for someone who is so graceful when she rolls, you wouldn’t know it when she is out of her kayak.”  It is true, I often do some dumb thing usually without much consequence, getting by with a bump or a bruise, a strain, or sprain, but not this time.

Cheri Rolling on the Lawn

Without going into great detail, I was my clumsy self and managed to fall 10 feet straight down landing on hard objects.  Requiring an ambulance ride or two, ending up at Maine Medical Center.  I fractured my pelvis in several locations.  While that is bad news, the good news is that all the fractures were lined up including the complete fracture. Which meant I could choose to avoid surgery, albeit a more conservative, but longer and painful approach.  Since I have always felt that the human body is an amazing thing and is prone to healing itself if possible I went without surgery.  I did stay at MMC for 9 days and was fitted with a body brace with hip extension set to 30 degrees, which means I’m reclined all the time, but can remove the brace in bed as long as I stay reclined.  Went to New England Rehab for 14 days to learn to live with my new self, before arriving home about 12 days ago. The doctors expect a full recovery, fingers crossed.  I would like to say that I got fabulous care from the all the caregivers in ALL the locations.  Really amazing how wonderful everyone has been that has come to my bedside.  This experience will certainly make me a better nurse!

Poor Turner has had his world turned upside down as well.  In addition to being my main caretaker (he is great). I am now currently living in Turners wood working shop!  My friend’s Debby and Steve, helped Turner convert 1/2 of the wood shop to make a little home for me. Thanks so much!

Turner at Demo Day

Turner has un-retired from teaching and is now leading the workshops this summer with Liz, they make a fabulous team.  Turner is really enjoying sharing his deep knowledge set.  Liz Johnson has been hugely helpful since my injury, between visiting and spelling Turner for chunks of time, she has been fab.

Well my summer has turned out quite differently than I planned, and so has the whole Kayak Ways team.  As far as workshops for this summer, instead of me leading, Turner is now head coach.  Liz Johnson has been working hard learning to coach Greenland style, I have been training her up since May.  She was a quick study given all of her kayaking, guiding and instructional experience that she already had solidly under her tuiliq!  She really has a wonderful way with people and is proving to be a strong asset. Turner and Liz have already taught together at 2 events and have gotten rave reviews.

Liz Johnson
Nick Oyler

Finally, Nick Oyler is going to be joining our team as well.  He has been a Rebel dealer in Virginia that we have worked with for a few years now.  He has moved to the Great State of Maine, as we know it is a large state, and he is a bit farther down east, but we expect to see him on occasion as he can join Turner and Liz at particular events.  He has been coaching skinny stick for a bit, and has worked with us in the past.

Kayak Ways Demo Day at Willard Beach

First Demo Day of 2021

It was great to see so many folks at Willard Beach for our first Demo Day of 2021! We had a decent weather window; warm air temperatures tempered the chillier ocean. Cheri mentored paddlers as they dipped into some of their first rolls in our fleet of Tiderace and Rebel Kayaks.

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Cheat Sheet and PowerStretch Hat

New Merch

Trying to sort out your first Roll?  Need some help?  Cheri and Liz have been busy creating a Cheat Sheet for the Standard Greenland Roll.  It encompasses a basic key word for each step at the front of each row and a photo of corresponding step both on the land, AND in the water, the final box has a description of what is happening in each phase.  Best of all its laminated so it is water ready!  Just tuck it under your decklines for easy cheating!   Cheat Sheets for the Standard Greenland Roll are $10. 

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Website Renovation!

 A Big Shout Out to our friend, Liz Johnson!

by Cheri Perry

Liz Johnson

Lots of you may know Liz Johnson, she is a Maine Sea Kayak Guide and Instructor, she organised the Greenland Gathering on Peaks Island in 2019 that was a huge success.  She has worked as a guide and instructor for Maine Island Kayak Co.  But did you know that besides kayaking and other outdoor interests she is a website designer?

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Snowy mountaintop in Brownfield, Maine

Wow… What year that was!

Just over a year ago, we realized that 2020 would be like no other in anyone’s living memory. Adjusting to new rhythms and circumstances is par for the course. In the last couple of years, even before the virus struck, folks may have noticed that we have taken a break from traveling the world and teaching kayaking. Suddenly, everything around us came to an almost full stop.

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Rebel Naja by Portland Head Light

Rebel Naja

Another composite Rebel innovation. With strong greenlandic roots, the Naja is for many that have been looking for a more intimate fit. Kayak Ways is honored to be part of the design team that has brought this little jewel into being. Johan Wirsen and the team at Rebel Kayaks deserve the credit for being open to this small idea and for developing its production. Excited!

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Solo Paddler

Puntas Arenas Symposium

In the course of our travels, we do sometimes run into ‘out of the ordinary’ experiences. As sometimes happens, more often that not actually, we get these e-mails out of the blue, inquiring whether we would be available at a particular place and time, to come and share what we know to be Greenland-style kayaking. We generally do our very best to accommodate! After all, we’re both honored to think that someone has sought us out, and we do like an adventure now and again. And again 😉

This is just how we got invited to go to the very end of the Americas, Tierra Del Fuego, Chile. In this post, we’ll sort through the symposium experience and write at a future point about other aspects of the trip.

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Skin on Frame kayak interior

Paddle Making

How long has it been since you put a plane to wood to make something beautiful AND useable? Or saw a shape materializing before your eyes? A shape that is useable in your kayaking, no less!

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Greenland Kayakers rolling in tandem

Digital Downloads

How cool would it be to take us with you when you roll? We are now offering Digital downloads on our website of, “This is the Roll” both in full and in segments. So you can get it loaded onto your digital device and take it with you!

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