Greg Stamer

Greg Stamer

 Greg was on the first American team to compete in the Greenland National Kayaking Championships, in 2000. He placed first in his division, earning one gold medal, and two bronze medals (competition results are posted at ). In 2002, he returned and won gold in rolling, and the majority of the “international class” events.

Greg is Founder and president of Qajaq USA; .
Mission statement:  “Qajaq USA is a nonprofit membership organization that is officially recognized by Qaannat Kattuffiat (The Greenland Kayaking Association). Qajaq USA is committed to supporting Qaannat Kattuffiat and their efforts to preserve, study and promote the traditions and techniques of Greenland kayaking while seeking to further the appreciation and development of Greenland-style kayaking in the United States”.
Webmaster for the organization and created Qajaq USA’s website ( ).
Past-president and also past-training director of FKSA, the Florida Sea Kayaking Association;
Greg has written for a variety of kayaking publications including the following articles for Sea Kayaker Magazine:
August 2000; “The Petrussen Maneuver: A New Twist on an old technique”.  Article text available at .
February 2001; “2000 Greenland National Kayaking Championship.
February 2003; “Allunaariaqattaarneq – Inuit Rope Gymnastics. Article text available at .
October 2008, “Lost in Iceland” (Record Icelandic Circumnavigation with Freya Hoffmeister)
Greg  authored a chapter of “Using Greenland Paddles” in:
Eastern Arctic KayaksHistory, Design, Technique
John D. Heath and E. Y. Arima
with contributions by John Brand, Hugh Collings, Harvey Golden, H. C. Petersen, Johannes Rosing and Greg Stamer.

Video Appearances:
Nigel Foster’s Sea Kayaking Series (Video / DVD)
Greg provide the instructional content for Greenland-style kayaking in this video series. Volume 5 (Forward Paddling) contains his lecture on the canted forward stroke method with a Greenland paddle. Volume 6 (Rolling and Bracing) contains his lecture and short demo on “Greenland Rolls and Bracing”. Also included is discussion of safe, rapid and effective paddle extension with a Greenland paddle.
 This is the Sea (DVD);
Justine Curgenven features a full chapter biography of Greg  in her popular video series.

Greg’s main passion is teaching kayaking, particularly Greenland-style kayaking and forward stroke workshops (Greenland, Wing, “Euro”). He has taught extensively from coast-to-coast in the United States (Florida, Michigan, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Washington, Washington DC) and also in Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Wales, and Newfoundland.

Iceland 2007
He Teamed with Freya Hoffmeister to circumnavigate Iceland in record time. They completed their journey 20 days faster than the previous best time. They were out for 33 days overall, 25 paddling days, 8 weather days, covering 1620 km (1007 miles), and averaging 65 km (40 miles) daily.  Publicity generated included speaking appearances on the symposium circuit and a Sea Kayaker magazine article devoted to the expedition.
 Newfoundland 2008:
Solo Circumnavigation of Newfoundland in record time (22 days faster than previous best time).
Total distance paddled was 2,102K (1306 miles), 44 paddling days, 9 weather days, with a daily average of 60.05K (37.3 miles). Publicity generated included an article on Outside Online and being the main speaker for the Rough Water Symposium in Maine, The Michigan Training Camp and the Delmarva Retreat.