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Sara James
Sara James

Sara James

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Sara has been traveling internationally for over 30 years, first following her tri-lingual parents and later with a white water kayak in tow. She has competed in numerous international white water kayaking events and is proud to say she has lost to some of the world’s best kayakers. After finishing a Masters in Teaching Special Education, Sara moved to the Sierra Foothills to teach at an Expeditionary Learning high school. She enjoys sharing her passion for the outdoors with students, whilst supporting them with a rigorous interdisciplinary college-prep curriculum.

An avid learner herself, Sara continues to take classes for fun and is currently working on a Certificate in Wilderness Education through Lake Tahoe Community College. She has learned to skate, downhill mountain bike, backcountry ski, and climb in the last 6 years and looks forward to learning much more. Sara doesn’t believe in the mantra that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. She teaches for California Women’s Kayak Collective during her summer breaks.

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Best Kayaks of 2022

Best Kayaks of 2022

In the market for a new kayak this season? We're here to help you make the most educated choice to suit your needs and...
Old Town Vapor 10
Best Buy

Old Town Vapor 10

A simple design that delivers practicality and comfort, this kayak is a great option for those looking to get into...
Best PFD of 2022

Best PFD of 2022

Searching for the right safety equipment for your aquatic adventures? After researching over 90 top contenders, we...
Astral Layla
Editors' Choice

Astral Layla

Across a variety of shapes and sizes, this is unanimously our favorite women's life jacket. Adaptable, comfortable...
Best Life Jackets of 2022

Best Life Jackets of 2022

Be safe and stay legal by wearing the right life jacket on the water. We researched 50+ of the best models, then...
Stohlquist Flo
Best Buy

Stohlquist Flo

This is a decent life jacket for average-chested female paddlers but it didn't wow our bigger breasted friends. The...
NRS Vapor
Best Buy

NRS Vapor

This uncomplicated vest is comfortable, easy to use, and costs less than the competition. It doesn't have pockets and...
Stohlquist Spectrum
Best Buy

Stohlquist Spectrum

A decent life jacket with universal sizing. While it's not an amazing contender in any specific category, it does an...
Best Spork of 2022

Best Spork of 2022

Sporks are the perfect utilitarian utensils for eating away from the comfort of home. From workday lunch breaks to...
NRS Ninja
Top Pick

NRS Ninja

This PFD has concentrated padding, making it a comfortable low-profile vest with tons of mobility and our favorite...
NRS Zephyr
Top Pick

NRS Zephyr

This is a comfortable, simple to use, reliable PFD belt. It's made of soft, durable materials and its easy to forget...
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