Alpacka Raft Founder Receives Golden Paddle

Photo: 2013 GOLDEN PADDLE AWARD</p><br />
<p>The Board of Directors of the American Packrafting Association has chosen Sheri Tingey, founder and owner of Alpackaraft, as the recipient of the 2013 Golden Paddle Award!</p><br />
<p>The award is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of packrafting. Without Sheri's vision and design excellence the sport of packrafting would not be what it is today. </p><br />
<p>"Honestly, designing these boats has been one of the greatest joys of my life," said Sheri on learning of the prize. "I come to the shop every day still excited to think about what stuff I can come up with that would make the boats a little bit better or new things that would be good for packrafting.  I feel so blessed to be able to do this.  It just makes my heart soar every time I think of all the amazing adventures people with these funky little boats.  What a hoot that you can have such a great time in such a simple little boat."</p><br />
<p>We are all grateful for the joy and adventure that Sheri and Alpackaraft have brought to us and the world.  Look for more exciting innovations in 2014 from the mad genius of packrafting!

Sheri Tingey, founder and owner of Alpacka Raft, became the 2013 recipient of the Golden Paddle Award, given out annually by the American Packrafting Association.

The award is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of packrafting. The board of directors of the APA recognized Sheri for her vision and design excellence through Alpacka Raft, calling her the “mad genius of packrafting!”

“Honestly, designing these boats has been one of the greatest joys of my life,” said Sheri on learning of the prize. “I come to the shop every day still excited to think about what stuff I can come up with that would make the boats a little bit better or new things that would be good for packrafting. I feel so blessed to be able to do this. It just makes my heart soar every time I think of all the amazing adventures people with these funky little boats. What a hoot that you can have such a great time in such a simple little boat.”

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