Bryant Burkhardt was an American Canoe Association Instructor Trainer in both Coastal and Whitewater Kayaking. In addition to his career as a respected teacher, he has managed instructional programs, published videos, and written articles for national magazines. He no longer teaches, but this blog documents his time on the water, sharing his stories and pictures, and often a little video as well.

His memoir, A Paddler’s Journey, recounts his decades-long transition from novice paddler to seasoned expert. He’s now pursuing a career as a novelist, working and playing along the Mendocino Coast.

More information can be found on his website:


  1. Hey! Im moving to your great state at the end of this month and was curious if there is a paddling community I can hook up to possibly hit the American and the Stanislaus? Im looking around the 27-29 and would love some people and beta on theses rivers. Please email me at mcnew.77@gmail.com or find me on facebook at McKenley Newman. Thanks so much!

    1. Best place to start is boof.com. There are also several paddle clubs in the area, including Gold Country Paddlers and Loma Prieta Paddlers. Since it's the only reliable, convenient river, the American always has people and is a great place to meet other paddlers. Once you're on the river it's easy to find many different communities.