Friday, December 9, 2016

Our Adaptive Paddling Program

The ACA would like to personally thank Janet Zeller for her 25+ years of service and dedication to the ACA’s Adaptive Paddling Program. The program was initiated in the late 1980s by Janet and several other talented and motivated ACA instructors including Colin Twitchell and Anne Webre.
Janet has dedicated her time to sharing her passion for paddling with paddlers of all abilities, all over the country, and she has hosted dozens upon dozens of Adaptive Paddling Workshops to further share her knowledge and experience with other instructors who share the goal of identifying the unique abilities of every paddler.
The ACA Adaptive Paddling program has grown to include many extraordinary Instructors, Trainers, and Educators, and the family structure they have formed is due to Janet’s  leadership and passion for the program.
Please join us in congratulating Janet on the legacy that she leaves in the hands of the ACA Adaptive Paddling Program, and wishing her well on her continued paddling journey. Janet – thank you for everything that you have done to make paddling accessible for people everywhere!

Check out the Adaptive Paddling Program here:

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Land Wa'a - Hokulea

Have you heard about the Hokulea? This large canoe is taking a trip around the world and has recently spent a lot of time on the East Coast! We are so proud of our friends and are pleased that they are happy to partner with us as well! We are honored to be part of such a powerful experience and be able to make it easier by loaning them a Subaru to help make their voyage flow smoothly. 

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

ACA's State Director Conference in Puerto Rico

Thanks to Omar and Jessica of Paddle Paradise, ACA Puerto Rican members threw a fiesta for the State Directors to kick off the ACA's State Director Conference in Gurabo, PR this weekend.

ACA members from Alaska to Florida joined together for a working, yet fun, weekend. From dinner at Barrachina's (where the Pina Colada was invented) in Old Town San Juan to kayaking in the bioluminescent bay in Fajardo, the conference had plenty of time for networking opportunities.

But, when the State Directors rolled up their sleeves for the working portion of the conference, a significant amount of positive synergy was achieved.  From discussions on how to handle potential boat registrations to enhanced social media techniques (thanks Tim Chandler!) to how to provide better benefits to members in each state, the volunteer State Directors are working hard on behalf of paddlers across the United States.

For more information about how ACA volunteers are making a difference in your state, please visit: 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Urban Surf 4 Kids

The ACA would like to highlight Urban Surf 4 Kids because of their positive influence on orphan and foster kids through paddlesports and community involvement! Their mission is to empower these kids through having fun, and then by giving back to their community by service projects. There are chances to volunteer
and donate to their cause! 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fall and Winter Paddling

Fall and Winter paddling can be peaceful and beautiful. Ensuring that you are dressed for the weather will help keep you and your loved ones happy this season! Making sure that you are properly dressed,  are wearing a PFD, and letting someone know your paddling are important steps to make before beginning your paddle!

Check out the Boat U.S. article about it here:

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The ACA relies on our members, donations and our sponsors to continue to do great things.  One such sponsor, Werner Paddles, has a storied 51 year history of designing and handcrafting paddles for touring, fishing, SUP, whitewater and canoe.  Family owned and still handcrafted in Sultan, WA we are proud to have support from a company like Werner.  To watch this exciting short video of their paddles on the water, please follow 

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

World Paddle Awards

The World Paddle Awards (WPA) are awarded annually to celebrate the most remarkable men and women in the world of paddlesports. The Nominees for the World Paddle Award are in! Now is the time to make your voices heard! Please join us in cheering on Michele Eray, former USA Olympic Coach, as well as the US Nominees, Sage Donnelly, Peter Holcombe, and Dr. Jessie Stone! 

If you would like more information about the WPA nominees, please follow