Whitewater

2009 Eskimo Kendo

Brand: 
Eskimo
Model: 
Kendo
Year model: 
2009
Location:
Albuquerque, NM, 87109
Condition: 
Very good - Below normal use.
Color: 
Yellow / Mango
Price: 
$700.00
Specifications
Length: 
8'9"
Width: 
23"
Weight: 
32 lbs
Volume: 
53 gallons
Hull Design: 
Planning Hull
Eskimo is known for making incredibly stiff plastic.  The end result is a very durable, light-weight boat, with one of the highest strenght-to-weight ratios of any boat.  I bought this boat in 2009 for teaching adventure racers who needed a durable whitewater boat, that would take a beating, and is light-enough to carry miles, if needed, depending on the layout of the race.  The Kendo is the adventure-racer's dream for any kind of whitewater race.The Eskimo Kendo is a super fast boat, and it's length gives it stability, making it quite beginner friendly.

(2) 2009 Jackson Funs

Brand: 
Jackson Kayak
Model: 
Fun
Year model: 
2009
Location:
Albuquerque, NM, 87109
Condition: 
Very good - Below normal use.
Color: 
Yellow
Price: 
$650.00
Specifications
Length: 
6'6"
Width: 
25.25"
Weight: 
29 lbs
Volume: 
54 gallons
Hull Design: 
Planning Hull
$650 each. 

2009 Jackson 4Fun

Brand: 
Jackson Kayak
Model: 
4Fun
Year model: 
2009
Location:
Albuquerque, NM, 87109
Condition: 
Normal wear & tear - I work hard, play hard, paddle hard.
Color: 
Orange
Price: 
$725.00
Specifications
Length: 
6' 9 1/2"
Width: 
25 3/8:
Height: 
14 1/8"
Weight: 
31lbs
Volume: 
61 3/4
Cockpit Dimensions: 
36 x 21"
Hull Design: 
Planning Hull
The Jackson Fun series is one of the most popular kayaks ever made. It's great for Northern New Mexico, where our local runs are relatively short and playful. Beginners like this boat because it's fun and easy to grow into. Intermediate and advanced boaters like it because it's difficult to outgrow.

The Kayak Roll, Part 2 of 2

Location:
West Mesa Aquatics Center
6705 Fortuna Road NW
Albuquerque, NM, 87121
United States
See map: Google Maps

I took a roll class from Kelly. I have had some previous instruction in rolling and in boat handling techniques, but I learned more from Kelly in three hours in the pool than I did in a two day course from another instructor. I am very close to being able to roll after only one class. I'm sure with another class I'll be able to roll quite well. Kelly has a unique capability to explain how to roll, and has the patience to work with people who are having difficulty learning. He is a great teacher!

Doug Chinn

I like the emphasis on kayaking as a positive experience.  After taking the classes, you realize that you can have a very fun time, even before mastering the roll.  Other classes I've taken make the roll seem like a necessity, and learning to roll (or not), becomes the focus, which eclipses the fun of kayaking.

Betsy Glenn

The Kayak Roll, Part 2 of 2

Location:
Salvador Perez Pool
601 Alta Vista St
Santa Fe, NM, 87505
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kelly is friendly and professional and seems to know what he is talking about and an absolutely wonderful teacher.  Kelly is very professional, sincere and a dedicated teacher.  He worked very hard to teach me, and I was able to roll within 20 minutes of his instruction. Rest of the evening was one roll after another.  I hope he can continue to hold more similar clinics on other advanced techniques.  Thank you Kelly. Amit.

Amit Goswami  -  M.D. VA Hospital

My learning curve has been exponential. I never imagined I would learn this much, so fast!

Chuck Washington  -  Resident MD, UNMH

The Kayak Roll, Part 1 of 2

Location:
REI - Santa Fe
500 Market Street
Santa Fe, NM, 87501
United States
See map: Google Maps

The roll class with Glenn and Michael was awesome.  The roll has been frustrating to me.  Thanks to the instruction the other night I think I have my roll about 95 percent mastered and I know exactly what I need to work on to get the other 5 percent.  I've taken other roll classes but this one was the best. After these classes I feel very clear about what I need to work on.  I can't wait to get back on the water ASAP to work on my roll and forward stroke.

Reed Mencke  -  Retired
I was a self-taught kayaker who constantly got caught in situations that were either dangerous or beyond my skill.  In fact, I almost gave up the sport multiple times before I met Kelly.  After taking his courses, I found that I was in much better control on the river and began to enjoy it more.  I never realized how much technique went into boat control and reading the river.  Kayaking changed for me from a sport that constantly terrified me, to a sport where I felt exhilarated and challenged, but still in control.  Kelly’s classes focus on reading the river, developing paddling skills, safety, and responsible fun.  The best part of taking his courses is meeting new people to paddle with.  I am now surrounded by like-mined paddlers whom I can trust on the river, for I know they received the same training.  Kelly’s classes turned me into a life-long kayaker.
Glenn Wellman  -  High School History teacher, APS

Introduction to Kayak, Part 2 of 2

Location:
Rio Grande High School
2312 Arenal Road SW
Albuquerque, NM, 87105
United States
See map: Google Maps
Excellent, well-organized class and instruction. The individualed attention on the Rio Grande trip really helped me put newfound skills into practice. I also learned many skills best taught in open river conditions.  It's really a pleasure to experience top-notch teaching.  --Kate O'Neill, 54yo teacher
Kate O'Neil  -  Teacher / UNM Taos

Before i took Kelly's class, I was convinced that a sit-inside kayak was a FLOATING COFFIN (don't mean to be so morbid).  But now with what I learned in the Intro to Kayak class I feel CONFIDENT in a sit-inside kayak and my opinion has DRAMATICALY CHANGED.  Looking forward to more days on the water. Thanks Kelly.

Michael Fernandez  -  Retired

Introduction to Kayak, Part 2 of 2

Location:
Los Altos Pool
10100 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM, 87112
United States
See map: Google Maps

I just took Kelly's Intro to Kayaking class at the Chavez Center in Santa Fe and really enjoyed it.  He was able to work with all levels (I'd never been in a kayak with the skirt on before) and even helped me overcome my fears after the initial freakout of being strapped to my boat underwater.  Great teacher, I'm looking forward to the roll class!

Liz Miller
Really fantastic lesson. Thank you so much for the incredible instruction. Ellen and Bart were wonderful instructors! I'm so excited to get out on the water with my own kayak and put my new skills to the test. Even, *gasp* rolling over! Best, Wren
Wren Chambers

Introduction to Kayak, Part 1 of 2

Location:
REI, Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM, 87107
United States
See map: Google Maps
Great course, tons of information, practice. Marcel and Kelly are the perfect teaching duo, the Oliver and Stan of coastal waters techniques. Enjoyed sharing the experience with everyone who attended.
Zoe Krasney  -  Freelance writer & journalist
Thanks for the info and the good class.  Even though I've owned recreational kayaks for many years, I learned far more than I ever knew before.
Tom Pherson

The Kayak Roll, Part 2 of 2

Location:
Los Altos Pool
Albuquerque, NM, 87112
United States
See map: Google Maps
I was a self-taught kayaker who constantly got caught in situations that were either dangerous or beyond my skill.  In fact, I almost gave up the sport multiple times before I met Kelly.  After taking his courses, I found that I was in much better control on the river and began to enjoy it more.  I never realized how much technique went into boat control and reading the river.  Kayaking changed for me from a sport that constantly terrified me, to a sport where I felt exhilarated and challenged, but still in control.  Kelly’s classes focus on reading the river, developing paddling skills, safety, and responsible fun.  The best part of taking his courses is meeting new people to paddle with.  I am now surrounded by like-mined paddlers whom I can trust on the river, for I know they received the same training.  Kelly’s classes turned me into a life-long kayaker.
Glenn Wellman  -  High School History teacher, APS

I want you to know how much I benefitted from your white water and roll classes.  Kelly your presentations Saturday and Sunday were always clear and packed with vital information.  The way you sketch out the hazzards and river features makes them surprisingly easy to remember on the river.  On the river you worked hard with each of us and I thought we class members got far more feedback and individual attention than in other kayak classes I have taken.  Glenn and Michael also seemed genuinely interested in our progress and were always willing to answer my questions and provide good feedback.  All in all the class was both challenging and a lot of fun and I feel it greatly accelerated my development as a white water kayaker.

Reed Mencke  -  Retired
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