As a pioneer of water sports on the Columbia River Gorge, JD has nurtured canoe and paddle sports in the Northwest. He is a key distributor and community leader.
JD’s love for paddling, ability to train paddlers and educate them on safety, technique, and team-building tremendously influenced the growth of paddling in the Northwest. The Gorge is now a bucket-list race for paddlers around the world, as thousands of paddlers converge for The Gorge Outrigger Race and Gorge Downwind Championship.
“Our vision is to support the growth of the sport in the Northwest and enrich the paddling lifestyle. We seek to accomplish this through involvement with races, canoe clubs, coaching, event organization, athlete education, and access to the best quality outrigger canoes, OC1, OC2, OC6, Surfski Kayak, Paddles, Accessories, and more.”
Contact JD to learn about how he can help you learn more about paddling, or if you would like to demo a canoe for yourself or your canoe club. Use the consultation form to inquire about products or contact for general inquiries.