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Paddle Report: Great weekend out on the Holmes River


The Northwest Paddle Brigade Club hosted their annual Paddlefest from June 15-17 on the Holmes River. Thirteen participants took part in the event outside of McBride, BC.

Here is the paddle report from the Northwest Brigade Paddlefest from the club’s president.

“Great Weekend out on the Holmes river. Two individuals arrived Thursday night to start holding down some camp sites at the recreation site, while others trickled in during the day on Friday and into the evening.

A safety talk was given to each arriving individual about the active logging traffic happening on the Beaver Forestry Road on Friday. The Radio channel was shared and communication with the logging crew was made by Kim (president) on Friday afternoon. No logging traffic was to be present over the Saturday and Sunday.

First run on the Holmes was Friday afternoon. Saturday morning started off to a lazy start, a safety/pep talk was given by Kim at 10 a.m. to all paddling members and shuttle drivers. We covered first aid kit locations, river signals, and answered any questions concerning the river or its access.

Two runs were done on the Holmes on Saturday. The club sponsored Smokey lunch went over great, with paddlers arriving back after the first run to a lit BBQ and fire for roasting.

Before Saturday’s second run, another safety concern “arrived”. A small jet/river boat was put in above the falls at the recreation site. We approached the owner explaining our event and our concern for the paddlers and all went well.

Saturday evening was a much quieter fireside due to the fun had during the day.

A final run was completed Sunday morning after a lite breakfast served up by the club.

River level was low-med level. Lots of catch on the fly play waves/holes. There were some amazing surfs at “lunchbox” and the head of the canyon. Beaver Falls was enjoyed by all. The Dore River was not paddled this Festival Year, there are a few looking to paddle it next year! 😀

Great weekend with tons of smiles and laughter. We hope to have more folks join us at our annual event.”

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If you’re interested in learning more about this event or the Northwest Brigade Paddling Club, please visit them on Facebook.

To have your club’s event featured here, please submit the CKBC event report and send your photos to sandra@canoekayakbc.ca.



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Sprint Officials Courses scheduled for Lower Mainland


CKBC has scheduled introductory (Level 1-2) and advanced (Level 3) sprint officials courses on the Lower Mainland. It is critical that we have trained officials to deliver CKBC and CKBC club events.

Space is limited in each course due to room availability so please register ASAP to help us continue to run safe and efficient events for our members.

Early bird registration deadline is June 29.

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12 sprint athletes competing at National Team Trials


A record number of B.C. sprint athletes will compete at the third National Team Trials in Montreal from June 22-24. In total, 12 athletes from four clubs will vie for spots on national teams and assignments to international competitions.

Leading the B.C. contingent is Brian Malfesi (Ridge) who is competing to represent Canada at the Senior World Championships. At the last set of trials, Malfesi demonstrated he is one of the fastest paddlers in Canada.

Also looking to represent Canada at upcoming competitions are Burnaby’s Alex Brent and Matthew Koehler for the U23 World Championships. False Creek canoeist Ydris Hunter, who represented Canada and B.C. at the 2017 Olympic Hopes regatta, is looking at the Junior World Championships this year.

B.C. athletes competing at National Team Trials

Burnaby: Alex Brent, Matthew Koehler, Samantha Loutet, Ivan Strashenko

False Creek: Elisa Robson-Brown, Tiffany Yau, Ydris Hunter, Marvin Bader, Quinn Thomson

Kamloops: Spencer Robinson, Aiden Tabata

Ridge: Brian Malfesi

The U17 and U16 athletes can qualify for Olympic Hopes, which is a stepping stone to Junior Worlds. The athletes can also qualify for the University Worlds (Hungary) and Pan Am Championships (held in mid-September in Nova Scotia).

“I’m excited to see such a large contingent competing at the Trials. We’ll be bringing a competitive team,” said Blake Dalton, CKBC’s provincial coach. “A number of these athletes have a great opportunity to qualify for one of the international teams.”

In addition to competitions, athletes may also qualify for the National Team and inclusion in the Athlete Assistance Program which provides funding for training.

While the selection criteria for the national team is extremely detailed, the overall process for selection to the national team is:

  1. Performance at last year world championships
  2. Performance at this year’s world championships
  3. Selection to this year’s world championships
  4. Performance at NTT#1, NTT#2 and NTT#3

“We also have some young athletes who have never competed at National Team Trials,” added Dalton. “This is a fantastic opportunity for them to learn the process of racing at Trials. The competition operates under different rules and format than that of Nationals and local regattas.”

The trials take place at the Olympic Basin in Montreal from June 22-24. The draw and results can be found on the event website or via the CKC IOS app.

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Canoe Kayak BC t-shirt design contest for our BC Summer Games uniform 

T-shirtIt’s time for a new design for our BC Summer Games uniforms. So we’re holding a contest to find the best canoe kayak design for our zone t-shirts for the 2018 BC Summer Games (and beyond)!

Here’s how you can be the winning artist:

  • Submit your design for a chance to win the CKBC t-shirt design contest and have your design used on the 2018 BC Summer Games t-shirts.
  • The CKBC team will select its favourite designs for the contest finals and voting by the public.
  • The four final designs will be posted on the CKBC’s Facebook and Instagram pages for the public to vote on which design will be on BC Summer Games t-shirts.
  • For all exclusions, restrictions, submission guidelines and further details about the contest, please see the Official Rules & Regulations.

Finalists and winner:

All finalists will be selected by the CKBC staff based on specific criteria and the final winner will be selected through a public online vote on CKBC’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Key Dates:

  • Submission of t-shirt designs: May 23, 2018 – June 6, 2018 at noon PST
  • Judging of all t-shirt designs: June 7 – 8
  • Voting on four finalist designs: June 9 – June 20 at noon PST

Download information

T-Shirt Design Contest Guidelines

T-Shirt Design Official Rules and Regulations

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Welcome to the 2018-19 CKBC Board of Directors


CKBC is pleased to announce the 2018-19 Board of Directors. These directors were selected at the recent CKBC AGM, as committee representatives and by our provincial team athletes to elect the Athlete Representative.

CKBC 2018-19 Board of Directors

President Rob Fletcher
Past President Rhys del Valle
Facilities & Water Access Director Sara Hopkins
Finance Director Vacant
Athlete Representative Matthew Koehler
Participation Director Steve Juranovics
Development Director Francis Vaillancourt
Marathon Chair Scott Decker
Whitewater Chair Vacant
Sprint Chair Darren Koehler
Member at Large To be elected in 2019

Congratulations to everyone! And thank-you to our past board members for your hard work on behalf of CKBC.

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CKBC hosting CanoeKids Instructors Courses


CKBC is hosting CanoeKids Instructors Courses in preparation for summer camps and community programming. Courses are currently scheduled for Pemberton, Penticton, Prince George, Burnaby and Nelson in June and July.

CanoeKids is a Coaching for Community Sport National Coaching Certification Program recognized course. It is required for anyone delivering summer programs at CKBC registered clubs. The course is also suitable for anyone delivering community canoe/kayak programs.

An introductory paddling skills development program, the course focuses on development of flatwater canoe and kayak paddling skills in a safe and fun environment.

CKCB is also including an extra module to assist with final preparations for summer programming.

Those who have summer camp experience and have previously taken this course are invited to return for a complimentary ‘refresher’ . Please register and indicate that you are auditing in the comments section.

Upcoming Canoe Kids Instructor Courses

Registration is on-line and there is a $50 early bird registration fee discount.

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Brian Malfesi wins two finals at National Sprint Team Trials #2

malfesi-Trials-May2Ridge’s Brian Malfesi won two of three finals at this past weekend’s National Sprint Team Trials #2. This second set of team trials took place on Lake Banook in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

In the Men’s Senior K-1 500 A Final, Malfesi finished in 1:43.721 ahead of Vincent Jourdenais and Zane Clarke. He repeated this winning ways in the Men’s Senior K-1 1000 A final with a victory over Hunter Morrissey and Jacob Steele. Malfesi’s final race was the Men’s Senior K-1 200 A final where he finished 8th.

“While our World Cups teams are competing in Europe, these trials are a second competition opportunity for our Canadian paddlers to gain points in the selection process for the carded national sprint teams and the event will also serve as part of the selection process for the 2018 FISU World University Canoe Sprint Championships,” said Graham Barton, Chief Technical Officer at Canoe Kayak Canada.

Complete results