An anonymous paddlesport fund

Share the Experience Fund

At The Power of Water, we have strived to create a space for people to share their experience with water. Witnessing immense growth not just as paddlers, but as individuals and teams. One couple in our community approached us with the desire to pay it forward by anonymously donating a TPOW trip. They had experienced transformational change through YOU and TPOW. Now they want to give back in creating a path for others who may not be able to see the line, to encounter not just the sport, but the community and coaching. Guided by their vision to pay it forward, we have set up the Share the Experience Fund.  Our goal is to provide access to learning experiences for those who might not take that step on their own.


How It Works


If you feel inspired to pay it forward, you can choose to donate a trip or a class or choose a custom amount. This fund is designed specifically for anonymous donations, where the matching of trips to recipient are based on the best fit for the individual. Currently, recipient selection criteria is at the discretion of TPOW. The fund is evolving and we’re excited to see where it goes.


And yes, there was much thought given to naming it the “Just Suck Less Fund” ….


Share | Gary Van Valkenburgh

I grew up in somewhat rural Michigan, learned to swim and went canoeing a few times, but I always wanted learn to whitewater kayak. So, one day on the well-meaning advice of other people I went to Dick’s Sporting Goods and bought myself a “nice kayak”, paddle and pfd....

Share | Tara Fairty

One of my earliest memories is sitting on one of my parent’s laps in their boat as we paddled around lakes, rivers, and on the ocean. While they ran courses and lessons I was mesmerized by the water.  I remember the drops of water falling from the paddle shaft onto my...

Joe Ellis–My Power of Water Story

As far back as I can remember, I've been drawn to bodies of water.  Whether it is a small backwoods pond, a trout stream, a rapid river, an inland lake, a Great Lake, or the Pacific Ocean - the Power Of Water is undeniable. My first vivid memories on the water come...

Trey Rouss–My Power of Water Story

Water is transforming. Beautiful. Intimidating. Clear. Distorted. Exhilarating. Ominous. A release. An escape. And a sanctuary. Life. Water is and so am I. My first real memory of THE POWER OF WATER was at ten, eleven years old. We were camping at a beach in Last...

Jacob Korrey — My Power Of Water Story

Jacob Korrey's Power Of Water Story is a video!     Jacob Korrey My Power of water Story

Hannah Easterle–My Power Of Water Story

One of the key words that The Power Of Water stands for-Play. I got to play in a kayak for my first time on Friday, during the winter! I never knew there were places to use kayaks during the winter months. I am newly enjoying the lessons and fun that there is to be...

Doris Landry-Kruse–My Power Of Water Story

On an early Tuesday morning in May of 2013 the sky was ominous but we were eager to paddle. The radar indicated we would be rain free for the day on the Little Muskegon River.  Unfortunately we didn't check to see if the night's rain filled the river.  It looked high...

Scott Fairty–My Power Of Water Story

My First Encounter with The Power Of Water I signed up for a whitewater kayaking pool course at the local YMCA in the winter of 1981.  The course covered the basics of boat control and eskimo rolling over the course of several weeks.  The course included an optional...

Another way to share an experience is through sharing your own story. Check out our SHARE page to read stories of those who have also been impacted by TPOW and this community.