Episode #123 ~ Juniper LeBaron, joyous kayak roller!

On a Happy Birthday to Canada Day, Lynn Thompson and Juniper LeBaron sat down together in a shady place in the yard of the home of her grandparents on Denman Island to review information and motivation, all about the transformative element of KAYAK in Juniper's life. This includes her inspiration, as one of many, directed to honouring the kayak tradition of Greenland.

Juniper Le Baron first learned to roll a kayak as a teenager, in order to stay in the surf longer, without having to haul the kayak out and dump the water out every time she capsized. Living on Denman Island, BC, Canada, there is an abundance of beautiful places to explore by kayak, and confident self-rescue skills made the journeys safer and more fun. Almost two decades of recreational kayaking later, friends introduced her to the balance brace: a technique of maintaining balance in your kayak while lying back on the water. She was enchanted by the feeling of connectedness with the water and with the elegance of this traditional Greenlandic kayaking skill, and began leaping along the path to learning more traditional kayaking skills from Greenland. After learning about the benefits of the revival of traditional kayaking to the people of Greenland, Juniper became curious about kayak traditions in the Canadian arctic. She is currently planning a program of university study that will enable her to explore and support the revival of Canadian Inuit kayaking traditions. Juniper is planning to compete in the Greenland National Kayaking Championships in July, 2009.

Greenland 2009 >> here she comes ~ fundraising demonstrations of kayak rolling every Saturday, through summer 2008 at Gravelly Bay on Denman Island (where the ferry leaves for Hornby Island). Hear, here, all about it.

Links: Supporters are welcome to contact Juniper by e-mail: jennifer_lebaron@yahoo.ca

Cheri Perry and Turner Wilson: www.kayakways.net




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