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Call for Candidates: CKBC Standing Committee – Whitewater


Canoe Kayak BC is looking for individuals to join the CKBC Standing Committee – Whitewater. The Whitewater Committee manages the development of whitewater paddling within the Participation and Technical Development Pathways.

This is an ad-hoc committee until CKBC’s new bylaws and governance structure are approved at a Special General Meeting. The members of the committee should be prepared for the first meeting in early November and during the winter prior to the CKBC Special General Meeting and AGM.

This is a volunteer position. Interested candidates are required to complete the application form in order to be considered for the position. Deadline for applications is Monday, October 16Note: Please download the form to your computer and open using your PDF reader before completing the form.

The board will review the applications and select those they feel best suited at their October board meeting. A formal election of members will take place at the 2018 AGM.

Please send applications to CKBC, by email to: info@canoekayakbc.ca.

For more information, see the Terms of Reference.


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Austin Atkins finishes 20th in extreme slalom at World Cup


Austin Atkins (Chilliwack) and the rest Canoe Kayak Canada’s Canoe Slalom team was back on the river in La Seu D’Urgell at the International Canoe Federation’s Canoe Slalom World Cup Final. This was the last event in the five-race World Cup series.

Atkins placed 67th in the men’s kayak event where France’s Boris Neveu returned to world-class form and won the qualification round setting the quickest time of the day of 91.52 seconds. Edmonton’s David Ford finished 58th and  Ottawa’s Michael Tayler finished 69th.

In the extreme slalom event, Atkins finished 20th. Other Canadian results were Florence Maheu of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield who finished 8th overall while teammates Haley Daniels and Cameron Smedley both ended up 14th.

“The extreme slalom event is very dynamic and you never know who will make it through each round. We are watching closely to see how the event will play out at the World Championships in Pau where it will become an official medal event for the first time,” added Canoe Kayak Canada’s head coach, Michal Staniszewski.

The Canadian Team will now take a few days off to recover and before resuming training in Pau, France for the World Championships beginning September 27.


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B.C. wins 17 medals at Whitewater National Championships


Led by Jakob Kryworuchko’s five gold medals, B.C. paddlers brought home 17 medals from the 2017 Whitewater National Championships. The championships took place July 31-August 6 in Ottawa.

In the open age championships, Ottawa’s Cameron Smedley was the most dominant performer of the day, confirming his status as Canada’s top male slalom paddler, winning gold in the Men’s C-1 as well as the top spot in the Mixed C-2 alongside sister, Alison.

The Men’s K-1 featured a surprise champion in 34-year-old, John Hastings who beat out five other Ottawa paddlers despite retiring from the National Slalom Team to focus on preparations for the upcoming Extreme Slalom World Championships. Hastings’ victory, along with the dual titles by the Smedleys, helped Ontario capture the Brian Creer Cup, an award given annually to the top province at the National Championships.

Complete B.C. results:

Name Results
Maddison Atkins

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: Bronze (40.10)
K-1 Junior Age Group Championships: 4th (169.29)
Finn Wakeling

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Cadet Downriver Sprint: Gold (41.62)
C-1 Cadet Downriver Classic: Gold (792.27)
C-1 Cadet Age-Group Championships: Silver (138.01)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Silver (267.72)
K-1 Cadet Age-Group Championships: 6th (277.14)
Jakob Kryworuchko

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: Gold (40.22)
K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 8th (37.13)
C-1 Junior Downriver Classic: Gold (800.84)
C-1 Junior Championships: Gold (101.67)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Gold (210.87)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 10th (108.60)
K-1 Junior Team: 5th (442.44)
C-1 Open Championships: 8th (134.75) [1st Junior]
C-2 Open Championships: Gold (196.70)
Avery Wilkins

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 4th (42.56)
K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 5th (35.39)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: 4th (660.23)
C-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 6th (162.93)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 11th (108.62)
K-1 Senior Team: Bronze (487.19)
K-1 Open Championships: 10th (119.03) [5th Junior]
Austin Atkins

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 11th (37.82)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: Silver (626.94)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Gold (210.87)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 6th (97.34)
K-1 Junior Team: 5th (442.44)
C-2 Open Championships: Gold (196.70)
Alsek Watt

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 14th (40.51)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: 8th (682.81)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Silver (267.72)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 17th (114.98)
K-1 Senior Team: Bronze (487.19)
Finley Capstick

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 18th (42.36)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: 7th (673.68)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 7th (100.36)
K-1 Junior Team: 5th (442.44)
Maksym Kryworuchko

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Senior Downriver Sprint: 8th (44.56)
K-1 Senior Downriver Sprint: 7th (39.52)
K-1 Senior Team: Bronze (487.19)

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B.C. paddlers ready for the 2017 Canada Summer Games


Twenty sprint paddlers from eight clubs are wrapping up training as they get ready for the 2017 Canada Summer Games. The paddling competition begins on Monday, August 7 and takes place at the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Centre.

Leading the team is Games veteran Alex Brent (Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club) who competed at the 2013 Games in Sherbrooke and the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games. Brent was the Team BC flagbearer at the 2015 Games and is a multiple medal winner at Canadian Championships.

“To be part of Canada Summer Games during its 50th anniversary and during the 150th year of Canada as a nation, will be a unique and exhilarating experience,” said Brent following his selection to the team in May. “Beyond that, multi-sport games are always exciting and I am immensely proud to be a part of Team BC at the Games.”

Entry to Canoe Kayak competition is free courtesy of Manitoba’s Credit Unions. No ticket is required. For those wishing to cheer the team from B.C., the competitions will be streamed live online.

Team BC:

Women’s Kayak

  • Cassidy MacPherson (Ridge)
  • Katrina Loutet (Burnaby)
  • Jia Kim (Ridge)
  • Elisa Robson-Brown (False Creek)
  • Meghan Cheung (Fort)

Women’s Canoe

  • Samantha Loutet (Burnaby)
  • Anna Zhang (False Creek)
  • Zaffia Laplante (Burnaby)
  • Heather Potkins (Nelson)
  • Melody Oh (Ridge)

Men’s Kayak

  • Alex Brent (Ridge)
  • Matthew Koehler (Ridge)
  • Cameron Antifave (Nanaimo)
  • Coen del Valle (Chinook)
  • Michael Lanyon (Kamloops)

Men’s Canoe

  • Ydris Hunter (False Creek)
  • Alexander Demishkevich (Kamloops)
  • Quinn Phare (Pemberton)
  • Omar Said (Ridge)
  • Noah Said (Ridge)

Support Staff

  • Diane Tam – Coach (False Creek)
  • Peter Majewski – Coach (Ridge)
  • Blake Dalton – Manager (CKBC)
  • Cory Rublee – Technical Support (CKBC)

Six additional athletes were selected as alternates and have participated in team training camps: Lauryn Cheung (Fort); Mika Asano (Burnaby); Emily Robinson (Kamloops); Ivan Strashenko (Burnaby); Liam Stewart (Fort) and Quinn Thomson (False Creek)

Learn more about Team BC, including their favourite snacks and goals for the Games on the CKBC website.

The Canada Summer Games are the country’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes. Among the Games’ alumni are paddlers Hugh Fisher, Sue Holloway and Adam Van Koeverden and athletes in other sports such as Andre de Grasse (athletics), Eugenie Bouchard (tennis) and Sydney Crosby (hockey).

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


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 launches casual clothing line through online store


Paddling fans now have a new way to show off their love of the sport. Canoe Kayak Canada is rolling out a new line of casual clothing through online sales. The line features quality made-in-Canada products, designed for those who embrace the paddling lifestyle.

“Clothing to compliment your rugged passion for paddling.”

The new line is anchored with four main products including the Steadfast Tee, the Portage Raglan, the Dockside Trucker Hat and the Crosswind Zippered Hoodie. There are colour and style variations for several of these products with new designs to be introduced throughout the season.

Customers can feel good about making a purchase knowing they are supporting paddling programs and Canadian athletes. All profits will go towards Canoe Kayak Canada’s programs to further its mission of encouraging Canadians to enjoy the sport of paddling and achieving success at all levels of competition.

Shop online now – shop.canoekayak.ca  *first shipments will go out by the end of May

CKC-teeSteadfast tee – $30/$35

Stand tall and be proud. This timeless Canadian-made tee is best worn on a fine summer day​, but we know you’ll stretch the season. Because you’re Canadian – and a paddler​ – t​his sport is a part of who you are and t​his tee, with its ultra-soft fabric, soon will be too​​.


ckc-raglanPortage raglan – $40/$45

It’s the perfect fresh shirt to put on after a paddle. The Portage Raglan is casual and can be worn anywhere, and in between. Before you load up your gear and traverse on to whatever lies ahead, take a moment to feel the soft sleeves as you reflect on your journey. Canadian-made with two complimentary fabric colours, this raglan features heritage artwork to connect you to your sport.

ckc-hoodieCrosswind Zippered Hoodie – $90

Crosswind, headwind or tailwind, this hoodie will keep you warm from whichever way the breeze is blowing. This quality Canadian-made sweater is perfect for a morning or evening leisure paddle, for staying warm between races, or for the all-weather fans who are prepared to brave frigid temperatures.

ckc-hatDockside Trucker Hat – $30

Whether you’re a sprinter or in it for the long haul, you might as well look good doing it. The dockside trucker hat will keep the sun out of your eyes from the time you leave home until the sun sets, whether you’re commuting to the cottage or across the country to compete. Its mesh back will keep you cool, its snapback will adjust to the headset you’re in. And its style will surely harness your tranquility whether you’re on your way for a paddle or just dreaming about it.