Monday, September 1, 2014

Legends of Paddling Award - Chick Dermond

Please join us in congratulating Russel "Chick" Dermond, winner of the 2014 Legends of Paddling Award!

Learn more about Chick's lifelong contributions to paddlesports here


Each year, as part of the ACA Annual Banquet, a series of prestigious national awards are presented to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, service, and dedication to paddlesports. 

This year's Annual Banquet will be held as the kick-off event to the ACA Adaptive Paddling Summit in September 2014! We hope to see you there. 

Stay tuned as we announce more winners of the 2014 ACA National Awards in the coming weeks.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Design a Life Jacket to Win 10k


The BoatUS Innovations in Life Jacket Design Competition is your chance to create the life jacket of your dreams! Unconventional designs are encouraged, and participants can submit either a theoretical design or a working protype. 

All entries are due by April 15, 2015. The top prize is $10,000. More info on the competition here

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Calling All ACA Members in The Midwest!


You are invited to join your fellow ACA members at the annual ACA Midwest Division Meeting on September 14, 2014.

The Midwest Division Meeting will be held just prior to the ACA Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony which kicks off the inaugural Adaptive Paddling Summit in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  


You are welcome to attend all of these events, or if you would just like to attend the Midwest Division Meeting, you can definitely do that. Please contact Midwest Division Chair, Ivan Bartha, at ilbartha@stcloudstate.edu for more information.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Why You Should Give SUP Yoga a Try



Yoga on a standup paddleboard, aka SUP Yoga, can sound intimidating to some, or more like extreme fitness to others. But having taught SUP Yoga to all levels, beginners included, SUP Yoga is truly accessible to everyone - you included. Here are a few quick reasons why you should get on board.

The only prerequisites to SUP Yoga are: if you can stand up, if you can paddleboard, and if you can breathe, then you can do SUP Yoga. Everything else you attempt in a typical SUP Yoga class flows from how you approach these three tenets.

While standing up in itself seems to be the hardest part - once you get over this one step and learn to relax your body and ground through your feet - you'll amaze yourself what you can do on a paddleboard.

Some feel more comfortable signing up for a SUP 101 class beforehand. The good news is SUP is very easy to learn, and with proper guidance, you'll be underway in well under an hour.

Once you are comfortable on your paddleboard, trying out your favorite yoga poses feel totally natural. And these inherently balance-focused exercises work to get everyone comfortable - regardless if you practice yoga or not.

Breath is important because it helps keep you present and relaxed. A tense, fearful body will not have as enjoyable an experience as someone who is aware and tuned-in to their breath. Most of the apprehension stems from the fear of falling in. The most important lesson in SUP Yoga: It's totally okay to fall. It means you're trying. And it's great to try new things even if we're not performing at some hard-to-reach level.

Plus, being outside on a floating yoga mat refuels your connection with nature. SUP Yoga may be one of the best ways to exercise your body and mind. And here’s one more reason to give it a try - it’s a lot of fun!

About the author:
Mary Lou Cerami is a level 2 SUP instructor certified through the American Canoe Association (ACA). Mary Lou is on the collaborative team for SUP Yoga Certification with the ACA, and is available for instructor trainings in the Midwest. Mary Lou teaches SUP Yoga and Intro to SUP classes on Chicago’s Lake Michigan with Kayak Chicago. Her goal is to promote the link that paddling shares with yoga and its benefits. Learn more about Mary Lou Cerami at www.ChicagoSUPYoga.com.




To learn more about the new ACA SUP Yoga program, please visit www.americancanoe.org/SUPYoga.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Welcome New ACA Staff Member - Hillary



 
 
Hillary joined the ACA's Membership Department in August of 2014. Originally from Chincoteague Island, Virginia, Hillary has long held an appreciation and respect for the outdoors. Prior to joining the ACA, Hillary worked as a kayak instructor and eco-guide for SouthEast Expeditions on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and as an AmeriCorps VISTA Environmental Educator on Jekyll Island, Georgia.

 

Hillary is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and enjoys surfing, gardening and sittin’ on the porch. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sanctioned Event of the Year - StreamSweepers

A big congratulations to StreamSweepers, winners of the 2014 ACA Sanctioned Event of the Year Award!

StreamSweepers is a youth training and job corps for college-aged youth in Virginia. The group navigates by canoe while performing river health diagnostics and cleaning up all kinds of trash from local waterways. Read more about their work here


Each year, as part of the ACA Annual Banquet, a series of prestigious national awards are presented to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, service, and dedication to paddlesports. 

This year's Annual Banquet will be held as the kick-off event to the ACA Adaptive Paddling Summit in September 2014! We hope to see you there. 

Stay tuned as we announce more winners of the 2014 ACA National Awards in the coming weeks.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Increasing Access to Virginia's Waterways

Today, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is dedicating a new canoe-in campground at Caledon State Park located on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National History Water Trail. 



This 3,000-mile water trail traces the English explorer’s famous voyage. The campground helps fill a critical need for public access to the Potomac River from Virginia.

Looking for your next adventure? Use the ACA's Water Trail Directory to find great places to paddle near you.