Ben Lawry is the Stellar USA Team National Technical Rep and general Paddling GURU! Ben has been a great supporter of Stellar over the years and helped with the development of our S18R and ST21. Ben is located in Folsom, CA and will enhance our presence on the West Coast, providing dealer and athlete support as well as running a local demo center. Ben's vast paddling experience brings Stellar a great resource as we continue to develop models and redevelop existing boats to better fit the market and paddlers' needs!
Ben's rich experience has led to an in-depth knowledge of paddling, instruction practices, a strong commitment to quality service, as well as excellent organizational and problem solving skills. He has paddled for more than 40 years and instructed for over 30. He's had the pleasure of teaching paddling on five continents and competing on three.
His work has taken him to symposiums, shows and paddling rendezvous all over the United States and across the globe. He has been involved with design of surf skis, sea, touring and white water kayaks as well as designing paddles, accessories and clothing for all disciplines.
Ben has competed all over the world in a variety of disciplines including sprint, sea kayak, marathon canoe and kayak, outrigger, surf ski and wild-water events (as part of the US National Wild-water Team) and even slalom and rodeo. His races include the Dusi, Adige and Cesky Krumlov marathons, monthly local derbies, the Blackburn and the General Clinton just to name a few.
Ben is a coveted instructor and presenter. He teaches and travels extensively in North and South America, South Africa, Europe and Asia. He is a regular lecturer and coach at the National American Canoe Association (ACA) Conference and has presented and coached at ACA Europe Conference and National Whitewater Symposium.
When not on the water, you'll find him riding a bike, running and participating in the odd multi-sport event.
We are very excited to bring Ben into Stellar USA and know he will be a huge asset with our R&D Process as well as Dealer Support and Training! In this role, look for Ben's clinics at your local Stellar Dealership for beginners to advanced paddlers for touring, sea kayaking and racing/surf skiing.