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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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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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Canoe Kayak Canada and Citadel Canine to Host Paddling Event in Honour of Cpl Nathan Cirillo

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Canoe Kayak Canada has partnered with Citadel Canine to host the Cpl Nathan Cirillo Memorial Cup Challenge. The event will take place on October 1 and 2 at the Rideau Canoe Club in Ottawa to honour Cpl Nathan Cirillo who was tragically killed at the National War Memorial in 2014. Cpl Cirillo had an affection for service dogs so his regiment, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, and his family have graciously granted naming rights for the paddling event to the Citadel Canine Society.

“It was a tragedy that really affected the entire country,” said Brian Archer, President of the Citadel Canine Society. “This event is an opportunity to do something meaningful in Nathan’s memory.”

The event will support Citadel Canine’s service dog program, their BOOTS4PUPS committee in Ottawa and Canoe Kayak Canada. The Citadel Canine Society supplies service dogs for new military veterans and first responders dealing with personal Post Traumatic or Occupational Stress challenges. Canoe Kayak Canada administers national programs to enable Canadians to enjoy paddling and achieve success at the highest levels of competition.

“We’re honoured to be involved with such a significant initiative,” said Casey Wade, CEO of Canoe Kayak Canada. “For members of the public to join together and go for a paddle is a really special way for Canadians to remember Corporal Cirillo.”

The challenge on Saturday, October 1 is open to the public. Participants will take part in a four kilometer paddle at Mooney’s Bay, open to all types of paddle-boats. On-site registration will take place at 1 p.m. with the on-water challenge commencing at 2 p.m. after a moment of silence to honour Cpl Nathan Cirillo.

The public event will be followed by eleven races for competitive paddlers starting on Saturday at 4 p.m. and continuing Sunday. There are races for competitive paddlers under the age of 15, right up to senior-level athletes. The longest competitive race spans 24 kilometres and includes six portages. Competitive paddlers will compete for their clubs and the winning team will be presented with the Cpl Nathan Cirillo Memorial Cup at the end of the regatta on Sunday.

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Paddle Together – Friday, May 13

On Friday, May 13 come out and celebrate the remarkable diversity of paddle craft in Vancouver. At least five First Nations canoes, dragon boats, kayaks, voyager canoes, outriggers – virtually any type of paddle craft imaginable are coming to the new docks just beside the Creekside Community Recreation Centre.

Schedule of events:

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – arrival of the First Nations canoes. These canoes will paddle up false creek in a flotilla and land at the new paddling centre just in front of the Creekside Community Recreation Centre.

5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – formal Squamish welcome to the territory by a Squamish Elder

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Inside the centre (upstairs in Multipurpose Room 4) there will be refreshments, photographs, paddle displays and other paddle related information. There will also be a special area for children’s activities.

8:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. – Sanford Osler will give a talk based on his book ‘Canoe Crossings” which will tie together all the paddling communities of B.C.

9:30 p.m. – event end

More details and register online