5th Annual Kiptopeke Sea Kayaking Symposium
September 25-27, 2015
Virginia Barrier Islands, Kiptopeke, VA
Cost: $410 (includes all classes, 3 nights room and 1 dinner)
Join us for three great days of sea kayak training, events and comraderie. There will be 10 rough water and calm water classes to choose from each day, with courses for all skill levels. All the old favorites will back (e.g. Wreckage in the Wave Train), along with several new courses. You can view the 2014 course descriptions by clicking on the PDF button in the picture on the right side of this page.
You will be able to register around May 1, 2015 by clicking here.
Invited coaches: Jen Kleck, Alison Sigethy, Tom Noffsinger, Ed Schiller, Chris Raab, Ken Fandetti, Brian Blankinship, Mike Kunselman, Paula Hubbard, Tom Malone, Rick Wiebush.
Bonus Course: BCU 4* Training with Jen Kleck; Sept 25-26
Requires separate registration and fees. See course descriptions.
Housing. As always, we will all be staying in the fantastic lodges at Kiptopeke State Park. This is one of the things that makes the symposium so special. Instead of everyone going their individual ways after classes, they come back to the lodges where they can socialize, share meals and make new friends with paddlers from all over the East Coast.
Video (click here) and Feedback from 2013 Symposium Participants
(What I liked best was) the quality of the instruction and making a few seakayaking friends to go paddling with in the future. I really enjoyed the camaraderie encouraged by staying in the lodges together and by meeting challenges together, etc. I was so glad there were paddlers of all levels. EVERYONE WAS SO FRIENDLY!
I really liked the way the various activities built on each other. Each instructor approached the same topics differently, with different emphasis and different practice activities. We learned how to turn and maneuver in the wind, which has always been tough for me.
The entire symposium was perfect for me, since I needed the time and space to get to know my boat, and to improve skills before I tackle rougher water and longer distances. I’m beginning to build a little confidence and am so happy to feel that I can do this! On the other hand, you offered more challenging conditions for other paddlers. And of course, I LOVED the surfing, and would have liked to have had more time to play.
Your symposium was perfect the way it was. Count me in for next year. My only regret is that I didn’t discover this a couple years ago.
My wife and I truly enjoyed all of our classes, the wonderful new group of people we met, and of course the location. We are already planning on next year so at this point you can count us in.
Where do I start? Everything was great, but if forced to pick my favorites, a) the 3* Training with Jen Kleck, and b) the camaraderie of the participants – this is unique to Kiptopeke. There were so many courses I wanted to take (and need to take) but time was limited. I don’t know if there is a demand for novice level courses – but some spouses/SOs may want to come, but might feel intimidated by the level of instruction.
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