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Canadian Surfski Championships this Saturday in Squamish

Surfski-Champs.pngOver 100 surfski paddlers from around the world are getting ready for Saturday’s Canadian Surfski Championships (CSC) in Squamish, BC. CKBC member club, Squamish Paddling Club, is among the presenting sponsors for the event.

The CSC is a point-to-point, mass start, downwind surfski race. The 21 km race route tests paddlers’ skills and stamina as it runs downwind through the heart of the stunning Sea to Sky corridor. Racers will paddle from Porteau Cove up Howe Sound into the heart of downtown Squamish.

Last year’s overall champion, Dawid Mocke (South Africa), completed the course in just over 1 hour and 22 minutes.

A surfski is a long, narrow, lightweight kayak with an open (sit-on-top) cockpit, usually with a foot pedal controlled rudder.They are extremely fast when paddled on flat water (only an Olympic K1 or K2 kayak is faster) and the fastest paddled craft available over a long distance on ocean swells.

See the video from last year’s championships:

For more details see the event website.

 


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Over $27,500 raised in 2017 CKBC Paddle-A-Thon

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Five CKBC clubs raised $27,630.19 for much needed equipment and programs during the 2017 Canoe Kayak BC Paddle-A-Thon. Each club hosted a paddle-a-thon event in their community in conjunction with paddlers collecting donations.

2017 Participating Clubs:

  • Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club: $2,475
  • False Creek Sprint Canoe Club: $15,889.19
  • Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club: $5,772
  • Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club: $1,435
  • Yukon Flatwater Paddling: $1,689

In addition to raising money for their clubs, the paddlers also had the opportunity  to win prizes. False Creek’s Tiffany Yau, who was the top fundraiser, receives $350 towards a new paddle. And every paddler who raised at least $150 receives a special CKBC t-shirt commemorating Canada’s 150th birthday.

Top fundraisers – individual 

Top fundraisers – group 

Thanks to everyone who helped our paddlers reach their goals by donating. Your donation made a difference for our clubs as they improve their equipment and programming.

Contact Sandra at sandra@canoekayakbc.ca if your club is interested in participating in our 2018 Paddle-A-Thon.


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Finley Capstick competes at Slalom World Cup in Germany

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Chilliwack Centre of Excellence’s Finley Capstick competed at this weekend’s Slalom World Cup Slalom in Markleeberg, Germany. The event featured both traditional slalom and extreme slalom.

Capstick competed in both events, finishing 66th in men’s K1 slalom and 24th in extreme slalom.

The Extreme Slalom is a new addition to the World Cup circuit. It features a head-to-head format where four athletes race down the river at the same time while navigating through a series of obstacles. The event will make its first appearance at the World Championships this year in Pau, France at the end of September.

Other Canadians competing included Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB), who recorded her best-ever finish in World Cup Extreme Slalom today, finishing sixth in the women’s K1. Teammate, Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC) finished 10th, marking the first time two Canadians have finished in the top 10 in the Extreme Slalom event.

With the first three ICF World Cup Slalom events behind them, Team Canada will now set their sights on preparing for the National Championships on August 5 and 6  in Ottawa and the second half of the World Cup circuit with races in Italy and Spain later this year.

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David Thompson Paddlesport Classic deadline fast approaching

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The deadline for entries in the David Thompson Paddlesport Classic is July 15, 2017.

Entry forms are available by calling the race hotline at 250-814-7473 or by emailing billpollock40@gmail.com.

This event will take place on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 18-20. Paddlers will paddle and portage 125km following the path of explorer David Thompson’s canoe on the Columbia River from Mica Creek to the finish line above Revelstoke dam. The “Classic” is expected to become an annual highlight of the BC paddling community with a field of over 200 canoes, kayaks, war canoes, SUP’s and rowboats!

Lake Revelstoke is an ideal environment for this event and the old big bend highway is ideal for the 7 short portages to break up the paddling. The David Thompson Paddlesport Classic will also connect history, awesome mountain scenery and a superior recreational paddling experience in keeping with Revelstoke’s superior hospitality and friendliness. Age range of the participants is 10 to 75 plus in many boat and age classes.

It is hoped that the event will eventually bring an influx of over 2,500 outdoor oriented people to the region. The event will not only attract marathon and competitive canoe enthusiasts but also a large contingent of “in it to finish” folks in the OPEN TOURING Class. Maps of the course are available on the website, http://www.paddlerevelstoke.ca Briefly the itinerary is as follows:

  • Day One: At 5km from the start at Mica Creek is the first 500m portage on an old paved part of the Big Bend road. Another 14km of paddling brings you to the 1.6km portage through an abandoned air field at Bigmouth Creek. The finish line for Day 1 is 21km further at the Goldstream Creek boat launch. The total distance for Day 1 is about 42km.
  • Day Two: 27km from the Goldstream Creek boat launch brings you to a 460m portage north of Downie Point. Then one paddles 1.5km east across the Downie Creek estuary to a 650m portage along the old big bend road on the south side of the Downie estuary. Then back to the lake for a 14 km paddle to another 400m portage on the old highway. Then a short 2km paddle to end day 2 near Mars Creek. Total distance is about 46km.
  • Day Three: Paddle from Mars Creek 19.5km to a 400m portage at the Wadey (Laforme) Recreation Site. Then a 7.5km paddle to Martha Creek Provincial Park and a 1.25km hike through that campground to the beach followed by an 8.5km paddle to the finish line at the 5 Mile Boat Launch near the Revelstoke Dam. Total distance is about 37km. There will be a BBQ and awards ceremony on the playing field at the Columbia Park Elementary School.

The Revelstoke Paddlesport Association is a not-for-profit BC Society whose purpose is to develop, provide and promote recreational and competitive paddle sports activities and events in and around the city of Revelstoke.


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Registration open for David Thompson Paddlesport Classic taking place in Revelstoke from August 18-20

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The first annual 3-day David Thompson Paddlesport Classic will be held on Lake Revelstoke August 18 – 20, 2017. The lake is long and narrow, stunningly beautiful, with clear turquoise water and surrounded by snowcapped mountains. The event is named after explorer David Thompson who was the first European to descend the river in a home-made canoe in the early 1800s .

Participants will paddle and portage 125km following the path of David Thompson’s canoe on the Columbia River from Mica Creek to Revelstoke. More than a race, the “Classic” expects to become an annual highlight of the paddling community with a field of over 200 canoes, kayaks, war canoes and rowboats – about 800 enthusiasts!

The sheer beauty of the lake should attract many recreational paddlers to come and spend three summer days with family and friends. Age range of the participants will be 10 to 75 and up in many boat and age classes.

It will attract marathon and competitive canoe enthusiasts but also a large contingent of “in it to finish” folks in an OPEN TOURING Class. All participants receive a T-shirt, snacks, a shuttle back to their vehicles and a post-race BBQ meal.

Awards will be presented to the first 3 places for each competitive class and mileage pins will be presented to all those who beat the daily cut-off times. The BBQ and awards ceremony will complete the agenda near the finish line. The event is limited to 100 boats. Entry deadline is July 15.

More information and Entry forms are available at www.paddlerevelstoke.ca or by phone at 250-814-7473 or by mail at P.O. Box 78, Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0. Or email billpollock40@gmail.com.

The Revelstoke Paddlesport Association is a not-for-profit BC Society whose purpose is to develop, provide and promote recreational and competitive paddle sports activities and events in and around the city of Revelstoke.


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Brendan Curson joins Chilliwack Centre of Excellence as head coach

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The Chilliwack Centre of Excellence is thrilled to welcome Brendan Curson as their new head coach.

Brendan has been involved in the sport of kayaking as an athlete and coach for the past 30 years. During that time he has built a reputation nationally and internationally as a positive and driven coach, leader, and educator.

For the last 10 years, Brendan has been the Head Coach for the Saskatoon Whitewater Kayak Club developing top level whitewater athletes in a variety of disciplines in Saskatchewan.

He has also worked with the National Slalom program as a technical coach since 2008. Most recently he spent the last three years with the Junior/U23 Slalom team.

Brendan is a NCCP Competition Development Level III Canoe & Kayak Coach as well as a NCCP Level II Learning Facilitator for Canoe Kayak Canada.

With a background in education and a proud father of three children, Brendan brings with him a strong coaching philosophy and excellent knowledge of student-athlete development in Canada’s sport system.

Please join CKBC in welcoming Brendan and his family to British Columbia.


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Message to Canoe Kayak BC members regarding cross-border events

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Dear members:

Recently our Board of Directors discussed the changes in US border policy.

The impacts of the new US Travel ban are being negatively felt by many Canadians from diverse backgrounds. Some, in particular, are experiencing heightened “profiling” with intrusion into their electronic devices and requests for passwords, are being held, fingerprinted, rejected and some are banned.

Canadian School Boards appear the first to publicly announce their policy changes. The Ontario School Board, citing “safety” and “equity”, has unilaterally cancelled cross-border school trips. This week the Superintendent of the Victoria School Board stated: “In our strategic plan we outline our values such as equity and social justice and the notion that if it affects one student in our community, it affects all of us.” (italics mine), when announcing their cross-border trips cancellation.

While Canadian school boards wrestle with these policy issues, it would be fair to say that these values represent the view of the CKBC Board.

Canoe Kayak BC sanctions member participation in Ted Houk, an annual sprint regatta in Seattle which many BC clubs have attended in the past. As we act to ensure equity for, and inclusivity of, our individual athletes, family members, coaches and officials, CKBC will not require attendance at the Ted Houk Regatta as a pre-requisite for building our Canada Summer Games team.

We recommend thoughtful examination is given the potential outcomes, and impacts, of cross-border trips on club members and yourself, in whatever capacity you serve in our organization. We encourage you to go to the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association website at bccla.org/2017/02/border-rights/ for further information on your rights and obligations.

Rhys del Valle
President
Canoe Kayak BC
On behalf of the Board of Directors