Great recap video of last weekend's Board the Fjord Race in Deep Cove, North Vancouver!
My name is Bob Purdy, I am the “Standup Paddle Surfing, Elder in Training” from “Paddle for the Planet”. I have been paddling my Standup Paddle Surfer every day since January1, 2011 to “Change the Way we live on the Planet”!
On September 26th I will reach a significant milestone and would like to invite you to join me as I celebrate 1,000 consecutive days of paddling! The paddle will take place at Cates Park in North Vancouver beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 26th with an opening Ceremony. Following a short introduction I will dip the paddle in the water at 6 p.m. to begin our Day 1,000 journey from Cates Park to Deep Cove, a paddle of approximately 40 minutes. Paddlers from all disciplines are invited and encouraged to participate!
I have attached more info about “Paddle for the Planet” and you will see that I have been raising funds for the “David Suzuki Foundation” from the beginning. There have been many challenges in getting to Day 1,000, including weather of all kinds. I am often asked what the coldest day has been, and that would be Day 55 back in February of the first year. With a temperature of minus 28 including a 60 km/hr offshore wind, everything above water level froze instantly. I managed to paddle for about 20 minutes, and as I approached the shoreline I stepped off the board only to find that my booties had frozen to the deck of the board. It made for an interesting dismount!
I would also like to tell you about “World Paddle for the Planet” coming up in October. Last year I invited paddlers around the World to “pick a change” they wanted to see, then “paddle for that change” on June 16th, 2012, and finally, “commit to that change” until it became a reality. For my part, I paddled from Penticton to Vernon in the Okanagan Valley where I live, a distance of about 80 miles. For the second year, I am once again inviting paddlers around the World to paddle for change wherever they live, or join me at Lake Powell, Panama City Beach, Florida this October 12th where I will paddle for 24 hours to support all the paddles happening around the Globe. The paddlers that join me in Florida will partake in a 4 day festival from October 10-13, 2013, organized and hosted by Leslie Kolovich from the SUP Radio Show, to demonstrate changes that people can make. I have attached info about this paddle for you as well, along with a SUP bio of my paddling history.
Thank you for taking the time to take a look at these events coming up soon, I look forward to seeing you on Day 1,000 at Cates Park!...Bob Purdy, Standup Paddlesurfing, Elder in Training, “Paddle for the Planet” 250-215-0241 firstname.lastname@example.org
With the addition of an exciting kids race and more family-friendly events, this year’s Kalamalka Classic SUP Festival has grown to be the largest of it’s kind in Canada. Sunday’s race across the lake, ‘The Kalamalka Crossing’, was recognized as the first-ever Canadian Championship and officially placed Vernon high up on the destination map for the fast growing sport. The event doubled in attendance from the previous year and featured events for both recreational and competitive paddlers from across Canada and the Pacific Northwest. As a fundraiser for SPKL – The Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake, the ‘Kal Classic’ attracted over 180 paddlers and has further boosted it’s ranking as the largest paddleboard event in the country.
After three year’s of hosting it under wet and cool conditions, Kalavida Surf Shop and Naish presented the annual event on a weekend full of sunshine, competition and camaraderie – Fulfilling a vision that started four years ago with just 26 paddlers when the inaugural festival was held in June 2010.
The festival was held over Labour Day weekend where Saturday’s events were all about short courses, recreational fun and a chance to get the kids engaged in a sport that lends itself to full family participation. The Eagle Dash Recreational race kicked off festivities with a 3km paddle around the North end of the lake, passing by Bishop’s Bird Sanctuary, and back to the beach. Next up, the competitive short course race dubbed ‘WikiHolo’ took centre stage – A modified sprint race that featured a beach run between each lap. It was an exciting, spectator friendly event that saw Stuart Robinson of Comox and Lina Augaitis of Vancouver take top honours. The kids then took over the course for the KeikiHolo race where they were treated to a short pre-race clinic with brothers Stuart and Andrew Robinson of Comox. The kids were then divided into age groups and raced their way into the history books as part of the largest kids race in Canada.
The afternoon on Saturday was all about participation where Naish sponsored both a Sprint and Relay event that was run using their popular ‘One 12’6” Inflatable boards. With all competitors using the same board, the races were very close and exciting. “This is way too much fun”, said Kevin O’Brien, the event’s Race Director, who designed the courses and formats. “To watch everyone having a blast, including myself, is what today is all about” he added. His thoughts were echoed by paddlers and spectators alike. “I haven’t had this much fun at a paddleboard race ever!” said Ben Wright of Langley. “My whole family got to participate and we can’t wait until next year already – Thanks to Naish and everyone organized the weekend”.
On Sunday it was the marque event – The Kalamalka Crossing - A scenic 10 mile journey across the full length of Kalamalka Lake. Over 100 paddlers between the ages of 12 and 67 departed from Oyama and finished their journey on the shores of Kalamalka Lake Beach in Coldstream. Stuart Robinson broke the Men’s course record in a time of 1:42:06 to capture the King of Kalamalka Title while Lina Augaitis of Vancouver did the same in the Women’s class with a time of 1:44:39 to capture the title of Queen of Kalamalka (her third in 4 years). Vernon’s Howard Kruschke won the Men’s Recreational division with a finishing time of 1:55:20 and was thrilled about his performance “I just wasn’t expecting to hear my name, this is pretty awesome and I’m still in shock”. Perhaps one of the most compelling feats was Mia Wheatley-Maltais of Comox BC, who became the youngest paddler to complete the crossing at age 12. She completed the trek in 2:32:01 and her efforts will no doubt stoke the fires of all the kids and parents who attended the event.
The event was a huge success and organizers would like to thank Naish and Kalavida for presenting the event along with Tourism Vernon who helped raise the profile of the event through several marketing campaigns. Special thanks go out to VantageOne Credit Union who helped support the Volunteers and supplied the tent for the entertainment and to co-sponsors Caulfields Engraving, Sanuk, Quiksilver, Rip Curl, Quickblade Paddles and Werner Paddles who provided awards and prizing for the various events.
One of the primary goals of the Kal Classic is to create awareness for Kalamalka Lake. Proceeds from the Festival are donated yearly to support SPrKL (Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake) – Their efforts in conservation and education have helped identify and correct a number of environmental threats to the scenic lake. Mahalo to everyone who helped make the event a huge success.
Check out full results at www.kalamalkaclassic.com and set your calendars for August 30-31 to join us for the 5th Annual Kalamalka Classic SUP Festival.
Queen of Kalamalka – Lina Augaitis, Vancouver BC
King of Kalamalka – Stuart Robinson, Comox BC
2013 Canadian Standup Paddleboard Champions:
- 14′ Displacement Men – Stuart Robinson, Comox BC
- 14′ Displacement Women – Lina Augaitis, Vancouver BC
- 12’6 Displacement Men – James Thesiger, Vancouver BC
- 12’6 Displacement Women – Shannon Bell, Vancouver BC
- Masters Men 50+ – Gary Parsons, Vancouver BC
- Masters Women 50+ – Mary Lou Brisco, Quesnel, BC
- Junior Men – Eli Fischbuch, Calgary AB
- Junior Women – Mia Wheatley Maltais, Comox BC
Eagle Dash Recreational Race
12′ Surfboard Men
- Trevor Peterson
- Tom Maxwell
- Ron Garza
12′ Surfboard Women
- Mary Anne Pearsons
- Shireen Sherwani
- Kelly Imada
12’6 Stock Men
- Todd Horne
- Taine Fischbuck
- Laurens Campbell
12’6 Stock Women
- Sandra Mowat
- Christina St-Amour
- Iris Fink
14′ Raceboard Men
- Scott Burton
- John Hamilton
14′ Raceboard Women
- Emily Pearson
WikiHolo (Short Course, Competitive)
- Stuart Robinson
- Norm Hann
- Mike Darbyshire
- Ken Larsen
- Gary Parsons
- Lina Augaitis
- Shannon Bell
- Lysanne Lavigne
- Leanne Stanley
- Diane Wenzel
Here are the results from this year's Kalamalka Crossing, the big 10 mile race component of the Kalamalka Classic SUP Festival in Vernon, put on by Kalavida Surf Shop!
|Place||Bib #||Racer nameTeam name||Category||Age||Gender||Finish time||Difference|
|1||70||Stuart RobinsonComox, BC||14' Raceboard (Canada)||32||M||1:42:06.7||-|
|2||99||Norm HannSquamish||14' Raceboard (Canada)||44||M||1:42:37.5||+0:30.8|
|3||16||Lina AugaitisVancouver||14' Raceboard (Canada)||32||F||1:44:39.2||+2:32.5|
|4||56||Mike Darbyshaize||14' Raceboard (Canada)||M||1:46:15.8||+4:09.1|
|5||50||Gary ParsonsVancouver, BC||Masters 14' & Under||53||M||1:46:16.6||+4:09.9|
|6||79||Corey LotnickWhiterock, BC||14' Raceboard (Canada)||44||M||1:48:53.6||+6:46.9|
|7||97||Dwayne LotnickLangley||Masters 14' & Under||52||M||1:49:03.0||+6:56.3|
|8||67||Ben WrightLangley, BC||14' Raceboard (Canada)||33||M||1:49:39.7||+7:33.0|
|9||81||Yannick MichaudVictoria, BC||14' Raceboard (Canada)||38||M||1:49:49.7||+7:43.0|
|10||5||James ThesigerVancouver, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||33||M||1:50:00.6||+7:53.9|
|11||41||Jason BennettNorth Vancouver, BC||14' Raceboard (Canada)||27||M||1:50:37.5||+8:30.8|
|12||58||Dale PlantBellingham, WA||14' Raceboard (Canada)||49||M||1:50:49.1||+8:42.4|
|13||69||Tim QuarlesNorth Vancouver, BC||Masters 14' & Under||54||M||1:50:59.8||+8:53.1|
|14||28||Dave BillennessVictoria, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||44||M||1:51:24.3||+9:17.6|
|15||19||Jeff ChandlerKelowna, BC||14' Raceboard (Canada)||35||M||1:51:32.1||+9:25.4|
|16||95||Duff GibsonCalgary, AB||14' Raceboard (Canada)||47||M||1:52:30.6||+10:23.9|
|17||96||Jeff FinkKelowna, BC||14' Raceboard (Canada)||45||M||1:52:39.1||+10:32.4|
|18||1||Shannon BellVancouver, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||44||F||1:53:45.9||+11:39.2|
|19||30||Ali BirtwellOn The Edge, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||26||M||1:54:25.4||+12:18.7|
|20||7||Ryan KnyshEdmonton, AB||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||26||M||1:54:31.7||+12:25.0|
|21||180||Sacha LevanduskyVancouver, BC||14' Raceboard (Canada)||33||M||1:54:46.7||+12:40.0|
|22||161||Howard KruschkeVernon, BC||14' Raceboard (Rec)||51||M||1:55:20.5||+13:13.8|
|23||36||David HazenboomVancouver, BC||14' Raceboard (Canada)||40||M||1:56:35.9||+14:29.2|
|24||77||Nick McdonaldVancouver, BC||14' Raceboard (Canada)||24||M||1:56:45.5||+14:38.8|
|25||24||Leanne StanleyWest Kelowna, BC||14' Raceboard (Canada)||32||F||1:57:18.2||+15:11.5|
|26||20||Barry O'donohoeVictoria, BC||14' Raceboard (Canada)||49||M||1:58:49.0||+16:42.3|
|27||63||John BriscoQuesnel, BC||Masters 14' & Under||67||M||2:00:05.9||+17:59.2|
|28||47||Andrew RobinsonComox, BC||14' Raceboard (Canada)||26||M||2:00:10.0||+18:03.3|
|29||4||Jason LexaPeople's Republic Of East Van, BC||14' Raceboard (Canada)||38||M||2:00:12.6||+18:05.9|
|30||2||Harry Saini||14' Raceboard (Canada)||M||2:00:23.6||+18:16.9|
|31||14||Ian MckerlichSeattle, WA||14' Raceboard (Canada)||48||M||2:00:25.3||+18:18.6|
|32||90||Chris HellesoeWinnipeg, MB||14' Raceboard (Canada)||35||M||2:00:52.8||+18:46.1|
|33||8||Liam CursleyEdmonton||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||14||M||2:00:57.1||+18:50.4|
|34||65||Andrew MacraeKelowna, BC||14' Raceboard (Canada)||41||M||2:00:59.7||+18:53.0|
|35||85||Michael Von HahnQuesnel, BC||Masters 14' & Under||60||M||2:01:57.5||+19:50.8|
|36||73||Richard ClelandVancouver, BC||14' Raceboard (Canada)||40||M||2:02:16.4||+20:09.7|
|37||134||Todd HornVictoria, BC||14' Raceboard (Rec)||32||M||2:02:39.2||+20:32.5|
|38||62||Mike GrantGenelle, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||36||M||2:03:25.8||+21:19.1|
|39||61||Troy KaltiainenVernon, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||37||M||2:03:30.5||+21:23.8|
|40||119||Scott BurtonSunny Surrey, BC||14' Raceboard (Rec)||37||M||2:03:41.7||+21:35.0|
|41||45||Debbie ChadwickEnderby, BC||14' Raceboard (Canada)||47||F||2:03:45.4||+21:38.7|
|42||51||David JianuVancouver, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||48||M||2:03:51.6||+21:44.9|
|43||76||Andrew DyeVancouver||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||35||M||2:04:26.0||+22:19.3|
|44||142||Nick WidemanKelowna, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Rec)||17||M||2:05:23.5||+23:16.8|
|45||87||Catherine BruhwilerTofino, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||37||F||2:05:43.5||+23:36.8|
|46||89||Chris ChasterKamloops, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||45||M||2:06:20.6||+24:13.9|
|47||140||Al SaundersNorth Shore||14' Raceboard (Rec)||54||M||2:06:25.0||+24:18.3|
|48||26||Lysanne LavigneVictoria, BC||14' Raceboard (Canada)||30||F||2:07:25.6||+25:18.9|
|49||38||Brian MillerColdstream, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||39||M||2:08:08.0||+26:01.3|
|50||80||Hopper PrimoWinnipeg||14' Raceboard (Canada)||44||M||2:09:21.3||+27:14.6|
|51||10||Matt KnyshEdmonton, AB||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||22||M||2:09:43.7||+27:37.0|
|52||13||Mark HaccouVernon, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||37||M||2:10:30.2||+28:23.5|
|53||48||Brian RaymerVictoria, BC||Masters 14' & Under||57||M||2:10:42.4||+28:35.7|
|54||185||Jeremy PoettckerGrandiso Prairie||14' Raceboard (Rec)||42||M||2:10:57.5||+28:50.8|
|55||39||Gulia CapelliVictoria, BC||14' Raceboard (Canada)||49||F||2:10:58.1||+28:51.4|
|56||21||Ian ChadwickEnderby, BC||Masters 14' & Under||61||M||2:12:02.5||+29:55.8|
|57||93||Stefan IdzanKelowna, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||36||M||2:13:10.8||+31:04.1|
|58||25||Jennifer LawsonPeople's Republic Of East Van, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||32||F||2:13:21.0||+31:14.3|
|59||40||Michael JodoinVernon, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||42||M||2:13:26.5||+31:19.8|
|60||18||Kevin KorolColdstream||14' Raceboard (Canada)||49||M||2:14:14.8||+32:08.1|
|61||9||Eli FischbuchCochrane, AB||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||15||M||2:14:32.3||+32:25.6|
|62||148||Mark CorbettSalmon Arm, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Rec)||34||M||2:14:45.9||+32:39.2|
|63||60||Jenny PoppitKelowna||14' Raceboard (Canada)||35||F||2:14:52.8||+32:46.1|
|64||17||Brock ShabadaOnoway, AB||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||23||M||2:15:47.3||+33:40.6|
|65||120||Laurens CampbellKelowna, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Rec)||48||M||2:15:48.8||+33:42.1|
|66||59||Glen WoodruffNorth Vancouver, BC||Masters 14' & Under||53||M||2:16:05.0||+33:58.3|
|67||42||Kim DolezsarVernon, BC||Masters 14' & Under||58||M||2:16:26.1||+34:19.4|
|68||91||Dan AndersonColdstream, BC||Masters 14' & Under||53||M||2:16:30.0||+34:23.3|
|69||49||Catherine SalinasVancouver, BC||14' Raceboard (Canada)||41||F||2:16:42.4||+34:35.7|
|70||162||Neal GregoryAbbotsford, BC||14' Raceboard (Rec)||40||M||2:17:55.7||+35:49.0|
|71||15||Bob PurdyKelowna, BC||Masters 14' & Under||60||M||2:18:22.8||+36:16.1|
|72||44||Scott LinttellKelowna, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||48||M||2:19:40.3||+37:33.6|
|73||86||Alistair WardlawSummerland||Masters 14' & Under||52||M||2:22:17.4||+40:10.7|
|74||146||Jim CooksonVernon, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Rec)||52||M||2:22:23.6||+40:16.9|
|75||160||Christina St-AmourKelowna, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Rec)||35||F||2:25:19.4||+43:12.7|
|76||71||Mary Lou BriscoQuesnel, BC||Masters 14' & Under||56||F||2:26:30.9||+44:24.2|
|77||149||Heide SaundersVernon, BC||12' Under Surfboard||52||F||2:28:25.9||+46:19.2|
|78||64||Amanda LounsburyKelowna, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||34||F||2:28:48.8||+46:42.1|
|79||57||Dorine BerubeKamloops, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||48||F||2:28:51.2||+46:44.5|
|80||127||Rhona LotnickWhiterock, BC||14' Raceboard (Rec)||44||F||2:31:08.8||+49:02.1|
|81||135||Suzanne FosterClearwater, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Rec)||49||F||2:31:40.0||+49:33.3|
|82||122||Mia Wheatley-MaltaisComox, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Rec)||12||F||2:32:01.7||+49:55.0|
|83||83||Leah PodollanColdstream||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||41||F||2:33:04.8||+50:58.1|
|84||141||Lynn ChaulkVancouver, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Rec)||44||F||2:35:10.8||+53:04.1|
|85||187||Ross MckerlichKelowna, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Rec)||46||M||2:36:54.2||+54:47.5|
|86||78||Chantelle KshykKelowna, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||28||F||2:36:58.3||+54:51.6|
|87||118||James MatzkeKelowna||12' Under Surfboard||38||M||2:39:35.0||+57:28.3|
|88||184||Virginia SellarsVernon, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Canada)||40||F||2:40:04.4||+57:57.7|
|89||113||Jim McewanLumby||12'6 Raceboard (Rec)||55||M||2:45:57.2||+1:03:50.5|
|89||114||Maureen McewanLumby||12'6 Raceboard (Rec)||47||F||2:45:57.2||+1:03:50.5|
|91||136||Vanessa FischbuchCochrane, AB||12' Under Surfboard||50||F||2:47:03.0||+1:04:56.3|
|92||183||Christiel Benjaminsen||12'6 Raceboard (Rec)||F||2:47:57.2||+1:05:50.5|
|93||117||Tiffany MatzkeKelowna||12' Under Surfboard||29||F||2:49:38.3||+1:07:31.6|
|94||154||Tom KonopskiSpookmak, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Rec)||61||M||2:50:29.1||+1:08:22.4|
|95||197||David SwirpCalgary, AB||12' Under Surfboard||39||M||2:53:08.5||+1:11:01.8|
|96||188||Sharon InkpenVancouver, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Rec)||31||F||3:01:30.2||+1:19:23.5|
|96||189||Susie INKPENCOQUITLAM, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Rec)||31||F||3:01:30.2||+1:19:23.5|
|98||163||Hans DanielssonVernon, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Rec)||44||M||3:02:20.6||+1:20:13.9|
|98||164||Robyn DanielssonVernon, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Rec)||42||F||3:02:20.6||+1:20:13.9|
|100||133||Krista KingKelowna, BC||12'6 Raceboard (Rec)||39||F||3:07:46.2||+1:25:39.5|
|101||130||Kelly ImadaKelowna, BC||12' Under Surfboard||35||F||3:08:11.0||+1:26:04.3|
|102||131||Megan HattoriKelowna, BC||12' Under Surfboard||33||F||3:08:56.0||+1:26:49.3|
|103||196||Lise MaltaisComox, BC||12' Under Surfboard||50||F||3:22:59.5||+1:40:52.8|
|104||150||Amanda Ulmer||12' Under Surfboard||38||F||3:26:28.3||+1:44:21.6|
August 25th, 2013 - Blu Wave Paddleboards, sponsored the Surfer's Healing Camp for Kids with Autism this week at Cherry Beach as part of the 2nd annual Aloha Toronto, an all weekend beach festival which included SUP demos, races, live music, beach vendors and a charity auction. The first all-in-one beach party, concert venue, and autism charity event of its kind in Toronto, Aloha Toronto took over Cherry Beach August 24th and 25th, with an opening night kick off all-white dress code party at The Balmy Beach Club.
Saturday featured a charity elite and leisure stand up paddleboard competition benefiting Surfers Healing. The main event, SURFERS HEALING, featured legendary surfer Izzy Paskowitz, legendary long-board surfer and co-founder of Surfers Healing (a surfing day camp for autistic children and their families), and other celebrated surfers--including Guinness Book Big Wave surfer Garrett McNamara--hosting Surfers Healing's only Canadian surf clinic. Paskowitz, whose son Isaiah was diagnosed with low-functioning autism, started the surfing camps after discovering the powerful, therapeutic effects surfing had on Isaiah. Both Saturday and Sunday included not only the Surfers Healing camps, but also performances from Aloha Toronto 'surf' house band The Calrizians musicians, traditional Hawaiian dancers from The Spirit of Aloha 'Ohana Hula, DJs and entertainers, as well as classic surf films.
"I experienced the magic of Surfers Healing at Pacific Beach, California in 2009. That compelling moment offered a promise to Izzy and Danielle Paskowitz - to bring this incredible free camp to Toronto. I am thrilled beyond belief that (now four years later), this profound experience has happened in our own backyard. The entire weekend will celebrate traditional beach culture, surfer stoke while making a difference! We couldn't do it without Blu Wave Paddleboards, who sponsors the Surfers Healing camp and provides all the boards for these kids to experience surfing and stand-up paddleboarding for the first time" said Helen Hatzis, founder of Aloha Toronto.
Results for the 2013 Vancouver SUP Challenge at Jericho Beach!
5 km 14' Competitive (BC SUP Cup)
|Place||Bib #||Racer name||Category||Age||Gender||Finish time||Difference|
|1||34||Stu Robinson||14' board - Male||32||M||35:14.4||-|
|2||28||Dan Gavere||14' board - Male||M||36:13.5||+0:59.1|
|3||27||Lina Augaitis||14' board - Female||32||F||36:21.9||+1:07.5|
|4||5||Yannick Michaud||14' board - Male||38||M||37:15.2||+2:00.8|
|5||1||Ken Larsen||14' board - Male||33||M||37:17.5||+2:03.1|
|6||24||James Thesiger||14' board - Male||32||M||37:26.1||+2:11.7|
|7||25||Shannon Bell||14' board - Female||39||F||37:26.8||+2:12.4|
|8||31||Ben Wright||14' board - Male||33||M||37:46.8||+2:32.4|
|9||12||Dion Maxwell||14' board - Male||26||M||38:15.7||+3:01.3|
|10||3||Dave Billenness||14' board - Male||44||M||38:20.8||+3:06.4|
|11||11||Kelvin Humenny||14' board - Male||45||M||38:29.1||+3:14.7|
|12||30||Tim Quarles||14' board - Male||54||M||38:32.5||+3:18.1|
|13||26||James Bennett||14' board - Male||27||M||38:34.5||+3:20.1|
|14||4||Jeff Chandler||14' board - Male||35||M||39:17.1||+4:02.7|
|15||46||David Peabody||14' board - Male||23||M||39:20.6||+4:06.2|
|16||36||Dale Plant||14' board - Male||49||M||39:48.6||+4:34.2|
|17||48||Sacha Levandusky||14' board - Male||33||M||40:20.3||+5:05.9|
|18||37||Michael Hammer||14' board - Male||51||M||40:51.9||+5:37.5|
|19||35||Brian Smart||14' board - Male||46||M||41:15.4||+6:01.0|
|20||22||Paul McNamara||14' board - Male||52||M||41:21.3||+6:06.9|
|21||45||Paul Torriero||14' board - Male||46||M||42:25.3||+7:10.9|
|22||38||Warren Bruce||14' board - Male||57||M||42:57.2||+7:42.8|
|23||18||Todd Horn||14' board - Male||32||M||43:10.5||+7:56.1|
|24||32||Richard Cleland||14' board - Male||40||M||43:21.7||+8:07.3|
|25||49||Ian Green||14' board - Male||M||43:30.3||+8:15.9|
|26||14||Peter Alfred||14' board - Male||45||M||43:31.9||+8:17.5|
|27||33||Kevin O'Brien||14' board - Male||46||M||44:09.4||+8:55.0|
|28||9||Harry Saini||14' board - Male||39||M||44:16.7||+9:02.3|
|29||44||Scott Burton||14' board - Male||37||M||44:36.7||+9:22.3|
|30||15||Chris Dobrovolny||14' board - Male||46||M||44:58.7||+9:44.3|
|31||39||Shane Martin||14' board - Male||35||M||45:18.7||+10:04.3|
|32||42||Taylor Fulde||14' board - Male||42||M||45:45.7||+10:31.3|
|33||8||Leanne Stanley||14' board - Female||32||F||47:40.7||+12:26.3|
3km 12'6 Competitive (BC SUP Cup)
|Place||Bib #||Racer name||Category||Age||Gender||Finish time||Difference|
|1||34||Stu Robinson||12'6 board - Male||32||M||26:15.7||-|
|2||27||Lina Augaitis||12'6 board - Female||32||F||26:27.1||+0:11.4|
|3||25||Shannon Bell||12'6 board - Female||39||M||26:55.8||+0:40.1|
|4||47||Gary Parsons||12'6 board - Male||M||27:28.1||+1:12.4|
|5||1||Ken Larsen||12'6 board - Male||33||M||27:37.1||+1:21.4|
|6||3||Dave Billenness||12'6 board - Male||44||M||27:40.3||+1:24.6|
|7||11||Kelvin Humenny||12'6 board - Male||45||M||28:01.1||+1:45.4|
|7||24||James Thesiger||12'6 board - Male||33||M||28:01.1||+1:45.4|
|9||5||Yannick Michaud||12'6 board - Male||38||M||28:32.4||+2:16.7|
|10||50||David Jianu||12'6 board - Male||42||M||28:35.2||+2:19.5|
|11||30||Tim Quarles||12'6 board - Male||54||M||28:47.2||+2:31.5|
|12||46||David Peabody||12'6 board - Male||23||M||29:09.1||+2:53.4|
|13||37||Michael Hammer||12'6 board - Male||51||M||29:19.0||+3:03.3|
|14||4||Jeff Chandler||12'6 board - Male||35||M||29:29.0||+3:13.3|
|15||36||Dale Plant||12'6 board - Male||49||M||29:42.2||+3:26.5|
|16||21||Jason Lexa||12'6 board - Male||38||M||29:46.9||+3:31.2|
|17||17||Lysanne Lavigne||12'6 board - Female||30||F||29:58.9||+3:43.2|
|18||9||Harry Saini||12'6 board - Male||39||M||30:10.2||+3:54.5|
|19||23||Liam Cursley||12'6 board - Male||13||M||30:46.8||+4:31.1|
|20||31||Ben Wright||12'6 board - Male||33||M||30:55.1||+4:39.4|
|21||20||Jennifer Lawson||12'6 board - Female||32||F||31:04.9||+4:49.2|
|22||40||Eli Fischbuch||12'6 board - Male||15||M||31:34.4||+5:18.7|
|23||8||Leanne Stanley||12'6 board - Female||32||F||31:36.8||+5:21.1|
|24||51||Glenn Woodruff||12'6 board - Male||53||M||31:53.5||+5:37.8|
|25||49||Ian Green||12'6 board - Male||M||32:10.9||+5:55.2|
|26||26||Jason Bennett||12'6 board - Male||27||M||32:25.5||+6:09.8|
|27||2||Cindy Wright||12'6 board - Female||46||F||34:19.5||+8:03.8|
|28||6||Neal Gregory||12'6 board - Male||40||M||36:36.7||+10:21.0|
|29||7||Chantelle Kshyk||12'6 board - Female||28||F||37:13.6||+10:57.9|
|30||10||Kathleen Saini||12'6 board - Female||37||F||41:07.8||+14:52.1|
|Place||Bib #||Racer name||Category||Age||Gender||Finish time||Difference|
|Place||Bib #||Racer name||Category||Age||Gender||Finish time||Difference|
|4||62||Ocean Bell Parsons||Boys||7||M||8:57.8||+1:23.7|
|12'6 and under - Sprint Race|
|Men - Heats|
|Heat 1||Heat 2|
|1||Dan Gavere||28||Stu Robinson||34|
|2||Ken Larsen||1||Gary Parsons||47|
|3||Dave Billenness||3||Tim Quarles||30|
|4||Yannick Michaud||5||David Peabody||46|
|5||Kelvin Humenny||11||Kevin O'Brien||33|
|6||Liam Cursley||23||Mitchell Santaga||52|
|7||Ben Wright||31||Jason Bennett||26|
|8||Chris Dobrovolny||15||Dale Plant||36|
|9||Eli Fischbuch||40||Michael Hammer||37|
|12'6 and under - Sprint Race|
|Men - FINAL|
|12'6 and under - Sprint Race|
|Women - FINAL|
Bodie Shandro from Paddle Surfit in Heffley Lake, BC is organizing a week long SUP surf trip to Punta Mita in Mexico.
Looks like a pretty fun time!
Hip, Slick, Chic, Surf. Learn to SUP Surf in luxury with Paddle Surfit in Punta Mita November 9-16. A safe an picturesque fishing village nestled on Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, Punta Mita is an oasis of white sand beaches and turquoise waters boasting one of the world’s best waves for aspiring stand up paddle surfers right out your doorstep. Enjoy exploring the calm bays along the coast, or the playful reef waves of El Anclote!
CINCO Hotel combines the gorgeous Pacific coastline of Mexico with an unpretentious, pristine organic living experience in a refined luxurious atmosphere. Two or three full bedrooms with over 2,700 square feet of luxury accommodations. All bedrooms have a private full bathroom. Rooftop casual dining can be enjoyed at the Sunset Bar & Grill or enjoy one of 2 pools, spa and fitness center. See cincopuntamita.com
Your 7 day couples SUP Surf adventure includes shared luxury (King) accommodations, Airport transfers, SUP Rentals, 2 Sup Surf Lessons, 3 Gourmet rooftop dinners, Grocery provisioning, and couples massage. Optional excursion activities include Panga Surf Tours, Mountain Biking, Snorkeling, Fishing, and Golf!
Package price only $1499 US/person Limited space available, 250.318.0722 to book.
*Punta Mita is serviced by very economical airfares into Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. For further information please contact Bodie Shandro, email@example.com
Just a reminder to register by tomorrow, aka Wednesday August 21st 2013, for your chance to win a free night at the Sparking Hill Resort near Vernon.
Click on this handy link to register right now. But wait, you don't know what this Kalamalka Classic is all about? Well then, read on after this stylish banner...
2013 Kalamalka Classic SUP Festival
A Paddleboard race for everyone / Proceeds go to protect Kalamalka Lake
Kalamalka Lake, BC – Organizers of the Kalamalka Classic Standup Paddleboard Festival are stoked to announce the schedule for this year’s annual event. Saturday’s events are even more spectator friendly with short courses and relays for kids and adults of all skill levels. Sunday’s Kalamalka Crossing, the 10-mile trek across the length of the lake, will be now recognized as the first ever Canadian Championship where everyone can compete to earn a Canadian ranking (or just do it for the fun). Widely recognized as the largest festival of it’s kind in Canada, the ‘Kal Classic’ is staged on the colourful waters of Kalamalka Lake and is expected to draw over 100 paddlers from across North America.
Now in it’s 4th year, the event is designed to encourage local participation, whether it’s a fun short course, Team Relay, or even the Kalamalka Crossing – the marquee event that will now serve to crown the first Canadian Champions. “When we developed the format for the Classic, it was to reach out to our community and provide a recreational competition with the emphasis on fun for everyone”, said Kevin O’Brien, the event’s Race Director. “It’s a chance to connect with paddlers from around the country for a fun day at the beach without all the travel – and that’s pretty unique” he added.
Saturday’s events include the Eagle Dash, a short Recreational competition (all ages, any board) – Open to anyone who has a board and wants to do a ‘social race’. For the spectators, the competitive paddlers will showcase their skills on a buoy-riddled short course called WikiHolo (Fast ride in Hawaiian) where they have to do a short beach run to complete each lap. The kids get into the action with their own race dubbed ‘KeikiHolo’ – A short course in and around the Kal Dock with the emphasis on fun. The afternoon events are sponsored by Naish who will supply a fleet of inflatable race boards for everyone to use for a pair of fun events. One of the most popular events will be the Mixed Team Relay – Teams of 4 or Teams of 2 (Adult and kid) will form right on the beach and compete head-to-head with each other for prizes and good times. There is also a corporate team relay division so get your co-workers together and go for it.
On Saturday afternoon, fans and competitors alike can slip into the Pacifico Beer Garden while enjoying a day at the beach and watch the action with a cool beverage in hand. Beach Day!
Sunday features the 4th annual Kalamalka Crossing where paddlers start their journey in Oyama and blaze a watery trail across the full length of the lake. Do it for the exercise, for the challenge, or race it to beat the clock and a shot at the first-ever Canadian Championship Title. This year the Kalamalka Crossing will be recognized as the first Canadian Championship for Standup Paddleboarding, complete with special awards. The event is presented by Naish Boards and Kalavida Surf Shop with support from VantageOne Credit Union, Quiksilver, Sanuk, Quickblade Paddles and Pacifico.
Proceeds from the event go to support SPrKL – The Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake. Their efforts help preserve the health of Vernon’s drinking water and create awareness for the local environment – Keep Kal Lake Blue! Live updates will be available throughout the weekend on OKSUP.com, Paddlesurf.ca followed by post-event coverage in various magazines and internet sites.
See full details and register at www.kalamalkaclassic.com. Sign up now!
Check out these photos from last week's record setting ride of the Petitcodiac River tidal bore in New Brunswick.
- Charles LeGresley: Bridge & surf photos
- Chris Harrigan: Moncton Tourism: TV Interview photo
- Gilles Daigle: Aerial photo of Moncton
I recently had the opportunity to test out Starboard's brand new 12'6 Touring, and have to say I came away mightily impressed!
The Touring seems to be a distant cousin to their Race BOP from a couple of years ago, but oriented more towards all-round stable touring as opposed to being a dedicated race machine.
The testing waters were around the Western shores of West Vancouver which tend to be pretty cross choppy, with some wind swell mixed in with a bunch of rebounds off the steep rocky shorelines. Mix in some funky eddies and sometimes quick moving tides, and you've got an interesting mix of water conditions.
The back story... I had a K15 a couple years ago, and while I absolutely loved its glide on the glass but I ended up selling it because it rarely saw the water due to the mixed bag conditions we get around here.
To replace, I picked up the 2011 Starboard Race 12'6 x 28.5, which I found to be exceptionally stable and fairly fast. That said though, as much as I really liked the Race, I found it tends sacrifices a bit too much speed for its bountiful stability.
So all this finally led me to the Touring, Starboard's new recreational touring and race board, and overall I came away mightily impressed!
The board is available in a 14' and 12'6 length, and the 12'6 is available in three different widths to accommodate different abilities.. a 29", 30" and 32". The 14' is only available in the 29' width. These widths aren't going to win many (or any) races, but for all around touring performance, and some recreational funtime racing, these boards should fit the bill perfectly.
My tester board was the 12'6 x 30", and found it had a terrific mix of speed and exceptional stability.
Especially around here, where water temps tend to dip to less than comfortable for large parts of the year, it's nice to find an exceptionally stable board that still gives good glide.
The piercing nose is the highlight of this board's design. In glassy conditions the nose slices through the water like a knife... Very gently and smoothly pushing the water aside. In fact it's mildly hypnotic!
In rougher conditions, the nose not only sheds water quickly, but in larger chop it tends to almost to submarine directly into the chop. This first started to sketch me out, as I thought the board was going to get all squirrelly, but by submarining, I actually found that the board GAINED stability, almost felt like training wheels!
The finish on this board is exceptional, and another nice touch is the Touring has an array of tie down points, so you can store your gear on deck and head out on a weekend adventure!
All in all, the Starboard Touring is a great choice if you're looking for a general touring board, or just getting started in some mellow recreational racing.
Check out Deep Cove Kayak's Mike Darbyshire video review here:
Paddling TV takes a look at stand up paddling around Victoria's local waters.
WHO: Duff Gibson (@duffgibson), a proud Calgary Fire Fighter, former Olympic Skeleton Champion and the current National Skeleton Team Coach. Joining me is Kelly Forbes, my former teammate and now co-coach of the National Skeleton Team. Kelly is also the only person I've ever met who has an alter ego (@bodehawkins)! The third Dare Devil is Bruce Kirkby (@magicwillhappen) and as an accomplished adventure traveller, writer and photographer, he adds a bit of clout to the team. Please follow us on Twitter for news leading up to, and during, the Dare!
WHAT: We are daring to paddle 100 kms on SUP's (Stand Up Paddleboards) over a 24 hour period, non-stop. On flat-water, that's a long-day!
WHY the Dare Devils? Because we're raising money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation as part of the Dare Campaign! It almost seems as though the HIV/AIDS panemic has been put on the back burner in terms of the public consciousness, even though there are millions and millions of orphans in sub-Saharan Africa being raised, if tey're lucky, by a sibling or a grandmother. HIV/AIDS is still a brutal reality and that's why the SLF talks about "turning the tide of AIDS in Africa". When my wife and I visited Ethiopia to adopt our boys in '08, that part of the world became very close to our hearts. The trip also showed us very dramatically what a seemingly small amount of money can do when in the hands of certain grassroots organizations.Please join us in making a tremendous difference in the lives of those on the frontlines who are turning the tide of the pandemic in their communities.
WHERE: On the beautiful Kalamalka Lake, Vernon B.C., and very kindly hosted by the Kalavida Surf Shop in Vernon.
WHEN: June 3rd and 4th
ALSO: If you're a SUP'er, or paddler of some kind, make a donation here online or on the day of the event, and join us for part of the trip!We'd love the company and the whole point is to raise money for the SLF so DONATE and come out if you can!
The money we raise will go directly to support the inspiring transformation in sub-Saharan Africa, where community-based organizations are working to turn the tide of AIDS. To make a donation, please click on the Donate button above the thermometer. It’s simple, fast and totally secure and will make such a difference to the incredible African women and men who rise to meet the challenges of the pandemic with extraordinary acts of courage, ingenuity, determination, and strength in their communities. So please dig deep and donate now. Thank you!
More information at thedaredevils.ca
The World premiere of STAND is happening on May 3, 2013 at the Frederic Wood Theatre at UBC. More information about the event.
And here's a summary of the film and its importance within BC's SUP community...
STAND, presented by Quiksilver Waterman is an independent, cinematic and controversial ocean sports film that sheds light on the threat of an oil spill on BC's west coast as a result of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker route.
Visually stunning, the film follows the journey of professional, expedition stand-up paddle-boarder, Norm Hann, as he paddles the 350km east coast of Haida Gwaii, directly adjacent to the proposed tanker route through Hecate Strait. Narrated by Hann, the film highlights the natural beauty and diversity of the marine and terrestrial environment.
Also speaking out about the proposal is a Heiltsuk Grade 12 woodworking class building their own cedar stand-up paddle-boards as a means of connecting with their traditional territories and protest. Construction of the students' paddle-boards coincided with the Bella Bella Joint Review Panel hearings where 11 students participated in a 48 hour hunger strike—a radical gesture.
Joining Hann is surfing icon and Tofino-native, Raph Bruhwiler. Bruhwiler demonstrates the lifestyle and connection to the coast that many on Vancouver Island maintain and highlights how the proposal's potential affects are not limited to BC's North and Central Coast, but would alter an entire west coast way of life.
STAND traverses the Great Bear Rainforest, Haida Gwaii and Vancouver Island, portraying the diversity of people, landscapes and wildlife that would be threatened by an oil spill one paddle stroke at a time.
“One part surf, one part nature, and one part environmental documentary, STAND doesn't fit into a traditional category of film,” says Hann. “We wanted people to feel like they are truly experiencing this special place that is, in fact, quite difficult to access yet highly threatened.”
“We hope to offer an insight in the culture, landscape and freedom of the west coast, and along the way raise awareness about what is at stake,” says co-director Nicolas Teichrob.
Leveraging the popular crowd-funding platform, IndieGoGo.com, STAND raised over $12,000 from the public to supplement sponsorship contributions.
Presented by Quiksilver Waterman Supported by Ikelite USA, Wefi Surfboards, The Escape Route, Pacific Wild and Boardworks Surf Canada.
Additional support provided by SBC Surf, Coast Mountain Culture, the Dogwood Initiative, Soul Haven Sailing, Mountain Surf Adventures and Tofino Surf Adventures.
Facebook page: fb.com/standfilm
Visit standfilm.com to find a show near you or for more information about hosting a screening of Stand.
Check out this short documentary by Darin L. Steinkey about the process of shaping a custom SUP.
It loosely follows the shaping process with independent shaper in Victoria, Jason Heinz mentoring a younger upstart. At just under 13 minutes, the growth and popularity of SUP in Canada and, specifically, on Vancouver Island, is addressed as well as what it means to support local surfing.
Kalamalka Lake is widely recognized as the Okanagan’s most pristine watery playground and has become a popular destination for Standup Paddleboarding (SUP) in the province. With the increase in popularity comes a level of responsibility to help maintain the lake’s colourful and clean waters. Kalavida Surf Shop is proud to announce a donation of $1,000 to SPrKL (The Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake) to help with their efforts to educate, activate and inform the public about the various issues that continue to challenge the watershed.
The 18-km freshwater lake is enjoyed by all types of water sports both motorized and human powered and as public usage increases, so do the challenges of keeping it clean and safe. Kalavida is an ongoing partner with SPrKL and is proud to help protect and preserve what many consider one of the best places to paddle in the region. Many of the local paddle boarders are members of the society and act as ambassadors throughout the year.
“With an increase in SUP activity on the lake, we felt it was our responsibility to take a proactive approach” said Michelle Mitchell of Kalavida. “Our shop is right across from Kal Beach which allows us to monitor it daily throughout the busy months.” The SUP community as a whole continues to dedicate efforts to a variety of environmental causes - A group that includes two of Kalavida’s own ambassadors; Bob Purdy (Paddle for the Planet) and Norm Hann (Standup for Greatbear). The annual donation has doubled each year since 2010 and was raised through a variety of events including the Kalamalka Classic SUP Festival – An event recognized as the largest Standup Paddleboard event in Canada. For more details about SPrKL and Kalavida, visit their websites at www.spkl.ca and www.kalavidasurfshop.com.
Bob Purdy's Paddle for the Planet keeps on truckin along... Today (October 12, 2012) marks his 651st consecutive day on the water!
For 2012, Bob is planning an even bigger follow up with World Paddle for the Planet Day, with the main event scheduled for Lake Powell near Panama City in Florida!
Here's the word from Bob...
Bob Purdy from “Paddle for the Planet” and Leslie Kolovich from the “SUP Radio Show” are pleased to announce “World Paddle for the Planet Day 2013”!
Once again we will be inviting paddlers around the Planet to paddle for the change they would like to see in 2013! It’s easy, wherever you are in the World, pick a change you would like to see environmentally, socially or economically. Paddle for that change on “World Paddle for the Planet Day” and then commit to it until it becomes reality! Last year’s paddle generated a lot of changes for the Planet, everything from banning plastic bottles in a kayak touring company, to Beach cleanups, to a SUP instructor course to share the SUP stoke, to donations made to the “David Suzuki Foundation”.
You are also invited to join Bob for his personal paddle that Leslie will be hosting on Lake Powell near Panama City Beach in Florida. Bob will paddle for 24 hours straight beginning at noon on October 12th! Paddle all 24 hours, or create a relay team to help us send a “SUP Wave of Change around the World”!
In addition to the 24 hour paddle, Bob and Leslie have created a summit of the World’s top “Planet Paddlers” and “Planet Changers” over the weekend of October 10-13th, 2013. These are people who are really making a difference and influencing change in the World. The summit will create a forum to discuss ways to come together and send a stronger message of change to benefit the Planet. Many of these amazing people have projects that are inspirational and will be showcased during the expo to be held the same weekend! The summit and expo will be a great way to get motivated and discover ways to “Change the Way we live on the Planet”! Come and get inspired!
Dr. David Suzuki has done a lot to “Change the Way we live on the Planet”. Again this year you can donate to the “Foundation” that bears his name, just visit www.paddlefortheplanet.ca and find the donate link. Our target is $100,000 and every penny you donate will go to the “David Suzuki Foundation”!
We would love to see you in Florida October 10-13th! If you are not able to make it there, plan an event in your part of the World! One person is the difference, stand up and be that person! Together we can send a “SUP Wave of Change around the World”!...
Visit and like our new “Paddle for the Planet” facebook page, for more info. You can also contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org!