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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 Kayak Paddle of 2022

Best Kayak Paddle of 2022

Want to get your kayak out on the water? Not sure which paddle to buy? Let us share our extensive hands-on research with you, to help you find the best touring paddle to suit your kayaking...
Best Sporks

Best Sporks

Sporks are the perfect utilitarian utensils for eating away from the comfort of home. From workday lunch breaks to alpine adventures, this hybrid spoon-fork is an ingenious tool to keep...
Werner Baja
Best Buy

Werner Baja

This award-winning budget paddle offers impressive performance and durability at an incredible price.
Wilderness Systems Pungo Glass
Editors' Choice

Wilderness Systems Pungo Glass

A podium placer across all the testing metrics, the Wilderness Systems Pungo Glass is the winner of our Editors' Choice award. Durable and simple to use, this paddle has the bonus of being...
Bending Branches Whisper
Best Buy

Bending Branches Whisper

This Best Buy award winner is perfect for recreational kayakers on a beans and rice budget. Basic but durable, this paddle is unlikely to be damaged significantly and can be thrown into...
How to Choose a Recreational Kayak Paddle

How to Choose a Recreational Kayak Paddle

We have all heard that proverb warning us about being without a paddle. A paddle is an essential tool for any kayaker who wants to be in control of their boat. Let us guide you on how to...
Werner Kalliste
Top Pick

Werner Kalliste

Don't tempt yourself with touching this superior paddle unless you are willing to let yourself be forever dissatisfied with the mid-range paddle you previously thought was "good enough".
Carlisle Magic Plus
Top Pick

Carlisle Magic Plus

The fiberglass-reinforced polypropylene blades make this paddle slightly heavier, and significantly more durable than some of the other options tested. Identified as a Top Pick for...
Bambu Large

Bambu Large

This lightweight spork, notable for its use of certified organic bamboo, offers comfortable eating and reliable cooking capability at a very affordable price.
Wilderness Systems Apex FG

Wilderness Systems Apex FG

If you are looking for a performance paddle that is also easily adjustable, this is a paddle that you should get in your hands.
Pelican Poseidon

Pelican Poseidon

This paddle will get you out enjoying the water in no time, however, it is unlikely to win you any races. The flexible blades and wobbly shaft will reduce your paddling efficiency but may...
Light My Fire Titanium

Light My Fire Titanium

Don't lend this to a friend, they may avoid giving it back. The titanium version of this popular spork is ultra-durable, which its plastic predecessor can't claim.
Aqua Bound Sting Ray FG

Aqua Bound Sting Ray FG

This no-nonsense durable design of this paddle makes it a perfect option for a variety of users. This paddle is heavier than some but has the benefit of being less expensive than most...
Aqua-Bound Sting Ray Carbon

Aqua-Bound Sting Ray Carbon

The Aqua-Bound Carbon Sting Ray is a top contender for overall scores due to its lightweight feel, unwavering Ferrule Posi-Lock system, and carbon-reinforced blades, all of which combine...
Werner Camano

Werner Camano

The high-quality blade design and lightweight construction give the Camano paddle a smooth, effortless stroke. Testers preferred this paddle's patented Werner Smart view adjustable system...
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