About 

   Paddle With Style began in 2009.  We were originally only a small program designed to help kids in central Texas learn how to canoe. Within a year we began offering lessons geared for the Texas Water Safari, which led to offering lessons for everyone of all interests, ages, and skill levels.

   We are grateful for supportive friends and community which has allowed us to continue growing and reaching out to different areas of paddlesports through rentals and guided trips.  Due to our growth, we split the company in 2020. Our fellow company, Texas Canoes and Kayaks, offers the recreational rentals and guided trips, allowing Paddle With Style to return to its original focus of instructing.

Meet Holly Orr  
Owner and Instructor 

Related Certifications

  • Wilderness First Responder (NOLS)

  • Basic Adult, Child & Infant First Aid & CPR/AED

  • Certified ACA Canoe Instructor Trainer Level II

  • Certified ACA Kayak Instructor Trainer Level II

  • Certified ACA Stand Up Paddle Board Instructor Level I

  • Certified as a United State Canoe Racing Association Canoe Instructor

  • Certified CAPPA Fitness Trainer and Educator

  • Boy Scouts of America Canoe/Kayak Merit Badge Counselor 

Holly is an outdoor enthusiast. While she enjoys backpacking and hiking adventures, her passion is distance paddling. In 2001, she began competing in ultra marathon canoe races. She also began teaching kids kayaking camps as a summer job. Currently, she still enjoys racing, but her main focus is on instructing and getting people outside. 

 

Holly is proud and grateful for the opportunity to have held courses all the way from Vermont to California working with various individuals and organizations including Texas Parks & Wildlife,  REI, United States Geological Survey (USGS), Boy/Girl Scouts, Texas State University & Baylor University in addition to many others. 

 

Staying active in the community, she has volunteered and served on the local fire/river rescue team, serves as a TCKRA Board Member, and helps organize several river cleanups.  

Racing Accomplishments

12 Texas Water Safari Finishes

  • Broke 6 different women’s records

      (some of which her students have since broken) 

  • 9 class wins 

  • Currently holds Women’s C1 record

  • Personal fastest finishing time: 38:36

5 Colorado 100 finishes

  • All finishes are first place

  • In 2007 Holly and Fred Mynar set the current mixed course

  • record of 11:55

Other Races

  • Holly holds multiple first place Texas State Championships for Women’s USCA C1, USCA C2, and Aluminum, as well as other races throughout the state of Texas

  • First place at the 2011 Aluminum National Championships

  • MR340 – 2016 First place OVER ALL win. First time for an all-female team to win the overall title against over 400  teams in the 340 mile race across Missouri. (Team with Morgan, Mollie, Amy, Brenda, Virginia)

  • Great Alabama 650 - 2020  Second tandem (first women's),  4th over all with Mollie Binion. 

Most proud paddling accomplishment:

* Introducing her 3 kids to the joy of paddle sports 

Holly's team racing in the 2017 Texas Water Safari. 

© 2019 by Paddle With Style 

Photos used by permission.

Photo Credit: Schlegel, Yonley, Leblanc, Orr & Condie