FreeStyle Canoeing

obedience training for your canoe



Solo Canoe Rendezvous

June 3-5, 2016

Coopers Lake Campground

Slippery Rock, PA


Wisconsin Canoe Symposium

June 17-19, 2016

Pine Lake Camp, Westfield, WI



Ferienpark Teichmann,

Hessen, Germany


Adirondack Canoe Symposium

July 14-17, 2016

Adirondacks, New York


Midwest Canoe Symposium

September 9-11, 2016

Peninsula, Ohio


Pine Barrens Functional

FreeStyle Workshop

October 14-16, 2016

Camp Ockanickon, Medford, NJ



Interpretive FreeStyle

Exhibition & Competition


September 10th, 2016

Midwest Canoe Symposium

Bring a lawn chair, and

come to watch!


The competition and exhibition

is open to the public

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    FreeStyle Canoeing is the "art and science" of quietwater paddling.


    FreeStyle Canoeing emphasizes smooth, efficient flatwater paddling and precision boat control.


    FreeStyle can be applied to all canoeing situations.


    Many FreeStyle canoeists paddle to music making an expressible, interpretive art form.


    FreeStyle paddling requires no special equipment other than a boat, a paddle, a life jacket, and in most cases a kneeling pad.

    What is FreeStyle Canoeing?

    photo: john powell

    We lost Tom MacKenzie, October 20, 2015 after a long illness.


    Tom was an environmental educator before becoming interested in boat building; initially traditional birch bark, then in cedar and fabric.  Tom’s cedar / Dacron canoes built on forms co- designed with David Yost, were the gold standard, the finest paddlecraft of their type.


     A long time officer in the Wooden Canoe heritage Association and Assembly organizer, Tom was also active in paddlesport instruction.  He participated in Canoe Magazine’s famous ’85 solo rendezvous in the Boundary Waters and was one of the founders of the American Canoe Association’s FreeStyle Committee, serving as it’s second chair.  He supported the Conclave series of on-water events and the Texas Canoe Rendezvous and initiated the Adirondack Canoe Symposium.


    His many friends will remember a keen intellect, a kind voice with a generous laugh and an abiding dedication to the sideslip in all it’s variations.


         -- Charlie Wilson


    click to view an excerpt from Tom's Celebration of Life

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