James started kayaking as an 18 year old surf kayaker off the coast of the Isle of Wight, England. After immigrating to Canada in 2003 he transferred all of this surf skills into a sea kayak. His love of guiding kayaking expeditions and teaching paddling skills has taken him all over Canada from the Great Lakes, both the East and West coast and up on Hudson’s Bay in Puvirnituq, Nunavik. Paddling has also take him to Iceland, Greenland, USA, England, Arctic Norway and the sea of Cortez, Mexico to name a few. James’ speciality is getting people to roll proficiently, baking in a wilderness environment and making sea kayaks dance in the surf.
OSKC won “Best kayaking school in eastern Canada” Voted by readers of Sea Kayaker magazine.
In 2014 James travelled to Greenland to compete in the Greenland national Qajaq championships and won gold for Canada.
Filming during his Greenland experience he then wrote and directed “Greenland Bound - A Paddlers Pilgrimage”
a documentary about the competition in Greenland. The documentary won “ Best Accomplished documentary” in the National Paddling Film Festival, “ Best sea kayaking Film” in the Reel Paddling Film Festival and “ Best Educational” in the Waterwalker Film Festival.
James delivered the keynote speech for the Vancouver International Film Festival in Toronto.
Started in the outdoor industry after attending Algonquin College he graduated with honours as an Adventure Naturalist.
Contributions to the Paddling industry
He also sits as a volunteer on Paddle Canada’s marketing committee.
As a regular contributor to Ocean Paddler, Adventure Kayak and other paddling magazines he is keen to share what he learns as a professional in the paddling industry including photos from beautiful locations!
Lendal Wrecking Crew
Paddle Canada Level 4 skills, Level 3 Instructor, Level 2 Instructor Trainer, Rolling instructor Trainer.
Adventure Naturalist Diploma with honours.
SKGABC certified sea kayak guide
AESKCO certified sea kayak guide
Wilderness First Responder (Wilderness Medical Associates)
VHF Marine operators license
Parks Canada Certified backcountry guide.
Favourite places to paddle
Cornwall, UK on a warm summers day with Atlantic swell pumping in, West coast of Vancouver Island for lush big-tree rainforest exploring with bustling oceanlife and surf beaches, Pukaskwa National Park, Lake Superior for freshwater wilderness and solitude and of course Compton Bay-Isle of wight-UK, my home wave.
Dream Paddling Trip
Outer Hebrides, Newfoundland, Circum-nav of Vancouver Island, Hawaii.....and pretty much anywhere else.
Interests, hobbies, random skills
Photography, Woodwork, Canoeing, learning songs on guitar, I can take a mouthful of water and make it come out of my nose, I can juggle, reverse a trailer between a merc and a BMW without breaking a sweat.