Ann Dwyer, Inventor of the Recreational Kayak Dies

Friday, 16 January 2009
Ann Dwyer of Healdsburg, California died this week after suffering a stroke. She was 83.

She is regarded by some as the inventor of the recreational kayaker by designing short stubby kayaks and worked tirelessly on promoting kayaking as a sport that anybody can particpate in.

Over the years, she ran several companies (including Kiwi Kayak Co.) that imported and manufactured boats, designed dry bags and lead trips all over the US of A. She also wrote several guidebooks.

She taught paddling and led trips on the Russian River and other local streams. Her river-running classes, called "Kayaking for Timid Souls," emphasized safety and enjoyment of the outdoors.

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David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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