Sharing the Waterman Lifestyle

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Stand Up Paddling has many disciplines, and one of the best is downwind paddling. The Columbia River Gorge is one of the world's top locations to downwind, and now you have the opportunity to experience it with the world's best downwinder, Dave Kalama. Our home base for the Kamps will be in Hood River, a picturesque mountain town located directly on the Columbia River Gorge. This year Kalama Kamps is offering two, 1 day Kamps that will take place the week before the 'Columbia River Gorge Challenge' races, which are scheduled for the weekend of the 22nd & 23rd August. If you are taking part in the events, you will be able to hone your skills at Kamp in preparation for the competition.

Come experience some of the best downwinding conditions with the downwinding legend Dave Kalama...
"I have caught some of my longest glides at the Gorge.  This is one of the top spots in the world for downwinding"
-Dave Kalama

What's Included

• World class instruction from Dave Kalama, John Denney and Brody Welte
• Transportation for downwinders
• Meals for the day : A light breakfast, lunch, end of day snack and refreshments.

Our two, 1 day Kalama Kamps will be based out of the picturesque town of Hood River.

If you require equipment, our friends at Big Winds will get you on the water; offering a discounted price on rental equipment to all Kampers.
If you require accommodations, we can recommend The Hood River Inn A unique hotel on the Columbia River shoreline. It's location is convenient to nearby attractions and recreational opportunities in the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood area.

$575* per person for Wednesday 19th August, 2015 full day Kalama Kamp.
* Plus Hawaii State GE Tax @ 4.166%

$575* per person for Thursday 20th August, 2014 full day Kalama Kamp.
* Plus Hawaii State GE Tax @ 4.166%


Kalama Kamp is excited to return to visit our friends at Big Blue Unlimited, in Turks and Caicos ( On our trip we typically enjoy surfing, downwinding, and exploring the islands. Turks and Caicos are a group of islands, with the Caribbean on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, thus offering a variety of paddling experiences in a fun and beautiful setting. The crystal clear blue waters are some of the best in the world to paddle.

What's Included

• Daily transportation to/ from accommodations to/ from Big Blue
• A selection of stand up paddleboards, paddles, hydration packs and leashes
• Boat support where needed (ie on the waves/ reef, for down winders and "backcountry" safaris
• Modest all-inclusive hotel accommodations at Club Med
• All meals provided

Kalama Kamp accommodations will be at Club Med Turkoise. An All-Inclusive resort with panoramic views, talcum-soft sand and clear turquoise waters on one of the most gorgeous beaches on the globe.  We have partnered Big Blue Unlimited for the Kamp which has continued to set the standards in adventure in the Turks & Caicos Islands.
"Philip and the gang at Big Blue provide a tremendous experience of the beautiful islands of Turks and Caicos.  We are always excited to come back to the islands where there is so much to offer."
-Dave Kalama

• Single room occupancy : $4375
• Double room occupancy : $4175
• Hawaii State GE tax @ 4.166% will be added to the total
• Deposit : $500


It is difficult to put into words, the experience of taking a 30 minute boat ride to a small island surrounded by world class surf breaks and pristine blue waters. Our home for the week, the tiny island in Fiji called 'Namotu', will be exclusive to our Kalama Kamp, and is where you will experience world class surf, fishing, snorkeling, and hospitality from of the friendliest cultures in the world. Our Namotu trip has quickly become our most popular, and we can understand why. Our main focus will be SUP surfing, but we always have time for downwinding and exploring the Fijian coast.

What's Included

• Accommodations
• Meals
• Airfare from either LAX or Honolulu
• All ground and water transportation on Fiji
• Fishing, snorkeling, Eco hikes and trips to other islands
• SUP Instruction including surfing from Dave and the team
• Non motorized activities such as kayaking, outrigger, Hobie Cat, soft top long boards, snorkeling

What's Not Included

• Board equipment is not included in the price, but can be supplied for $200 per board for the week
• Alcohol is not included in the price, but is available separately for purchase, direct from the resort
• wifi service is not included in the price, but is available for $100 per week, direct from the resort

Beach Bure

A two person room with two separate beds and shower. This room must be booked as a pair (i.e. wife/husband, two friends etc.)
Cost: $5400-$5700 per person (based on 2 people sharing)
Deposit: $1000 ($500 PER PERSON)  
* plus GE tax @ 4.166%

VIP Bure

A six person room with individual beds and shower.
Cost: $5100 per person
Deposit: $500
* plus GE tax @4.166%


Letters from Kamp


I just returned from my week in the Turks and Caicos and a venture of a lifetime. I literally came away from this experience with a different perspective on life.

Phillip Shearer and his team at Big Blue Unlimited are true professionals in every sense. With thee first priority of safety and concern, Phillip’s experience and knowledge of the ocean and his geographic area was spot on. Big Blue’s entire team made our comfort and participation in this quest precedent. And all of this with a British/Indies accent!

The Big Blue Unlimited watersports facility provided us with top-notch equipment, “Ferrari” style. Big Blue is not some typical recreational “rental” facility, but rather a true and competent professional watersports headquarters. It was obvious that all of Big Blue’s gear was in perfect working condition, from their boats through all watersports gear. Before our excursions each day, everything was made ready in advance, including the details of fresh water through sea-worthy vessels. I would trust Phillip and his crew with deepest respect in any conditions on open water. In simple terms, there is no substitute for the assurance I gained with Phillip & Co.

As for Dave Kalama and his amazing KalamaKamp, I can only repeat the above. It was my honor to share a week with Dave and gain insight to everything from intense paddle technique to wave riding. Dave had a way of coaching each and every member of our quest with individual detail and practical application. While our Kamp members ranged vastly in ability and age alike, everyone was included on all events to their own comfort level, at all times. I learned more in one week of coaching with Dave than in my past six years of paddle boarding/surfing on my own and through other workshops. It goes without saying that Dave is a master in ability and knowledge at the top of his craft. The trip paid for itself to just watch Dave’s skills on the water.

Added to the camp was John Denney’s heart mapping and paddle fit knowledge. We were guided through methods of breathing and controlling heart rhythms, which apply far beyond sports. This key element of the camp is something I will continue to apply in my life’s path. I can only describe this as like watching a TED Talk on Oxygen combined with a dripping Hot Yoga class, which leads me to my final point.

Beyond water sports, I must confess the most enjoyable and abundant portion of this experience can be summed up in one word; Laughter. I found myself in tears laughing more in seven days than I have in the past seven years combined. Everyone’s personalities came together to make this an amazing divine reality.

Dana H

Turks & Caicos 2014

Kamp Photos