Hi there! Thanks for visiting my website. I'm Nena (Nay-nuh), and I am completely in love with kayaking. Want to get in touch? Scroll to the bottom of this page for contact forms!
A bit of history...
If you had asked me when I was 8-years-old, I would have told you I would never go kayaking again. At 14, I owned Big Purple (the same color as everything else I was buying at the time) and worked as a cashier at BayCreek Paddling Center. I spent nine incredible summers working and paddling with customers and fellow employees who shared a passion for kayaking. The best part of kayaking is how easy it is to connect with other paddlers. Put ten random kayakers in a room, and 5 minutes later everyone has nine new friends. It's true! I've seen it happen countless times.
Today, I'm approximately 90% converted to Greenland kayaking, and I'm always trying to learn new rolls/strokes. In 2010/2011, I paddled on each of the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York. In 2011, I moved to California with Big Purple, and we spent the next three years exploring the US West Coast. During the summer of 2014, Big Purple and I traveled cross-country, taking many dips in the Pacific Ocean and Great Lakes along the way.
I moved to the Netherlands in August 2014, where I joined a kayaking club and explored old Dutch cities by water. During summer 2015 I traveled all over Europe with friends from the US, and managed to squeeze in a few paddling trips. From 2015 to 2017 I lived in Antwerp, Belgium, where I paddled many of the Belgian rivers and canals. Since April 2017, I'm back in the Netherlands, in Rotterdam, and a happy member of the Never Dry kayak club!
Did you stumble onto this blog, and are you interested in joining the paddling community in Rotterdam? Then please contact me! See contact form at the bottom of this page.
Why is it called the Naked Kayaker?
Fortunately (or unfortunately), the reason is not as exciting as the name might imply. Once upon a time, in the summer of 2004, I spent a great deal of time on Canandaigua Lake at my friends', Lauren and Alex, lake house. We often paddled their sit-on-top kayaks. One day, as I paddled ahead, my hair and the kayak seat concealed the ties on my bathing suit (I was being unsafe and not wearing a PFD), making it look like I was kayaking naked. I was awarded the nickname naked kayaker on the spot, and it stuck.
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