Doug Van Doren

Doug Van Doren has been a practitioner of the “Traditional” (Greenland Inuit influenced) style since he began paddling in the early 90’s. He is one of an early handful of North American paddlers to research, experiment with, and honor the traditional paddling style and equipment and to show its proficiency for padding in any sea condition. He is a regular instructor at several symposiums, and has instructed and done rolling demonstrations throughout the U. S. as well as Canada, Wales, and at the International Symposium in Llansa, Spain. He was also invited to instruct several high level British Canoe Union instructors in the use of the narrow blade. Doug produced and is the on-air instructor for the teaching video, “Greenland Style Kayaking: Instruction In Narrow-Blade Paddling Technique.” He was also featured in Justine Curgenven’s video, “This is the Sea Two.” Doug retired in July of 2018 after 40 years as pastor of Plymouth United Church of Christ, a progressive, socially active congregation in Grand Rapids, MI. He serves on various national and local boards related to his denomination and social justice issues. He has been married to Colleen Mahon-Van Doren for 42 years and they have two sons, Camilo (deceased) and Aidan, age 21, who is an accomplished sea kayaker.