BOARDSTARS
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Vancouver to Squamish, solo!

Hi, well, that was fun! My training partner and I decided it would be cool if we went from Vancouver to Squamish. He broke his hand so the thought of doing it with him ended with his surgery. I decided to do it solo!! It took me 7.42mins! I didn’t really stop or sit down. I just kept plugging away!! Right in the middle of Howe Sound!! There was some headwinds and some swell I had to fight but it could have been worse. Overall it was tough but super awesome and I am stoked to have done it, solo or not!! 45K!! woot, stay tuned for the next big adventure. #bogasup, #bogaboards

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Howe Sound and Back!

Recently a couple of mates, Andy and Ben and I took on the Howe Sound for a little adventure. We estimated roughly 100k in four days and 3 nights. We would see how far we could go and what camp sites were available. We stayed at Zorro Bay, Ramilez Bay and the awesome Isltet Bay. We went as far north as Pt Melon and around Woldrige Island which was nuts. To be honest, the conditions for the journey were tough to insane for the majority of time and with us all agreeing that lesser paddlers would have been at the bar on the first day and not have even fought against the 30k winds and over one foot swell!! With boards full packed I might add. The wildest was when Andy and I came back from behind Anvil and pushed across the channel to Brittania Beach. It was blowing a steady 25k with some really good swell!! We ended up paddling the whole way, over 5k on the left side! There wasn’t really much of a point to paddle the other side as it would just carry us further from our destination. We did it and it was awesome! Actually, the waters from the last bit of Brittania Beach to the point was some of the most challenging water of the trip and Andy and I both fell in twice!! To give you perspective we paddled 100k in all conditions and that lonely spot was the only area that gave us grief, alas, we sat on our boards for 5 minutes being pushed passed all the mixed up currents then boom!! Downwind central!! Before we knew it we were back at our starting point at the Marina and we were high fiving our accomplishments!!

Our boards fully loaded travelling the Howe Sound.

That time we got lucky!!

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 Some may know but for most of you that don’t the allure of catching our dinner from our paddle boards is something we have tried for a while. We spent much money in search of this goal to only be usurped many times. Well, are luck changed the other day!! We got crabs!! Not the kind you get from a rambunctious evening about town but the ones from the ocean!! Only two, but, they were the best two!! One red and one dungeness. If someone doesn’t understand the challenges involved, let me explain. First, you have to have a paddle board, in our case. Then, you have to have all the gear. Then, I know, no more and then, you have to know how to use the gear and be able to stay upright on the board. The last two times have proven to be quite challenging. The wind and waves were not cooperating. The hauling in of the traps in stormy seas on a board is something to consider highly!! Either way it was a great day with a great outcome. We giddily drove home with the notion that we finally got a part of dinner!! We shared them with the wives and a friend and enjoyed a happy evening thanking the little critters for jumping in to our crab nets and we thank you! Also, some super stokey news!! I just got sponsored! It has seemed like forever since I was last sponsored, which was over ten years ago. Either way I am super happy to announce that http://www.backendgear.com will be sponsoring many of my and our upcoming missions!! I look forward to help them grow as a company and give the best feedback possible as a ambassador. Here is to a great future with a wonderful new product! As always, stay tuned for more exploits soon!! cheers   #backendgear, #crablife, #crabsforlife, #blackfishpaddles, #crabbingisthelifeforme, #whowantstogocrabbing,

Frosty Weather won’t stop men in Rubber Suits!

Andrew Logan and I paddling Alta just as she is setting up!!

Andrew Logan and I paddling Alta just as she is setting up!!     

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Its my least favourite time of the year! Its cold, wet and wild! And….. I have to put on either rubber suits or ones that are rubbery? with some sort of limited breathability.  Man, I long for the summer days when I don’t have to wear anything but my body’s!! ahhhhh. I am not saying I don’t like snow or skiing or snowboarding anymore, its just that Suping is so awesome and I want to do it every day but can’t. Either way I am living in a great spot that allows me to do both without that much concern. Just a little drive either direction and bam! I am in happy country!! So, make the most out of your day and have fun no matter what you do!! ps, I am going skiing tomorrow! Wanna come?

Bowen Island is done as well as many other firsts!!

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gopr8833Well, this year is again as all years very interesting. And I am not talking about the freaking election. I am talking about supping!! This was/is a great year for firsts!! With my training partner, Andrew Logan we completed the Bowen Island race in stellar times for both of us!! We were lucky with good weather and not that bad winds, heck, we even had a bit of a tail wind coming back on the west side of the island! Awesome!! Finishing that race Andrew and I decided that it was time to step it up and do something longer. After looking at what events are long I realized, there is nothing longer in a true race format than Bowen, so… we made the Whistler Fifty!! or, as Andrew liked to call it, The Whisty Fisty. Ohhh, that kid. So, the idea was to do 55k!! All around green lake and we would raise some money for charity. We did both in the end, raised money for wag and completed the 55k in 9:57 minutes!! Yup!! No swell assist or wind to really speak of to help us, which is ok, sorta. We did it. Now, time for some longer ones. We are planning some cool things in the future and will keep you sort of up to date! cheers and go paddle!!

Summer?

DCIM103GOPROIt just turned to May and we have already hit 30 degrees. I screwed up my first phone, paddled hundreds of kilometres, traveled around the world and went to Tsukiji market in tokyo. Jeez, this year is turning in to a kicker. Became one of the only white? guys to circumnavigate lake Sowa in the Chino district of Nagano, 20k. Lets hope the rest of the year is as exciting as the first part!! woot woot, go paddle boarding!!

The end.

4 inches of snow on a lake. So hard but so cool

4 inches of snow on a lake.
So hard but so cool

Well, it may signal negativity to some, but others relish the onset of new. Me, kinda excited about what the new will hold. Were I will go, how I will do and, will I get a new board? hehe. All the wonderful thoughts about the new year. As far as 2015 it was a tough one but I learned a lot and obviously I will keep learning cuz thats the type of guy I am!! Had some great fall paddles!! The wildest was definitely the one on Alta Lake with almost 4 inches of wet snow on the water!! What a slog!! Soooooo awesome though, only did about a k, but it was one of the toughest ever!! Got the pics to show for it!! Thank you Joern Rhode!!! Sorry about the wardrobe malfunction. Lets look forward to a great year with great success and lots of fun and wicked stories!! Make sure you keep your cameras handy to catch the moment!! Cheers and go paddle!!

Deep Cove Race 2015!!!

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Well, finally I do not have to use the weather as an excuse!! I almost did because the weather in the morning before the race was unbelievable!! Torrential rains mixed with 50 plus k winds!! Everyone was thinking I was crazy!! My wife of course, she kept asking me as we were driving down, Are you sure you wanna do this? I said yup. Just before the race the rain let up and everything was looking good!! The field was strong!! Only 30 people in the 14k but that was ok with me as I don’t care about anyone but myself and trying to best my training time was my goal. I estimated that it would be a time of 1:45 hours for the 14k course. I did it in 1:46 hours. I did fall in once and when I got on my board I realized that my leash was wrapped around my left foot!!! arghh! It was my first foray in to flat water and I loved it!! Now all I have to do is get a new board and train hard!! What a great race Deep Cove Kayak put on!! Thank you and what a great spot you have there Bob Putnam!! Look forward to next year!! ps the famous Simon Whitfield only beat me by 4mins!! woot woot!! Next year I will crush him!!

Another post about supping

Hi everyone!!  You must be bored with my paddle board entries, and, if not? Let me shove another one down your visual throats!! As of a couple of weeks ago I ventured in to the realm of long distance racing, open ocean racing. Actually, racing around a freaking island type racing. It was called the Race around Bowen Island Challenge. Wow! Race and Challenge in one sentence!  What a humbling experience. It was not due to lack of training, or the wrong food, or even dehydration. It was the conditions! As most good races are only abruptly stopped by weather. Case in point this time.

As last year, which in my opinion was the wrong choice, we went north around the island. Everything was somewhat groovy as we headed in to the channel except for the fact that I was on the wrong board and I found that out quickly as everyone but a small handful pulled away. Things were not bad yet. It was when we came around the north coast and headed south in the channel that the shit hit the preverbal wall! The first thing that sucked the most was that we had a constant 22 knot wind, aka 35 kmh winds head on. Then, we were privy to 3 to 4 foot swell, side chop, tide and boat wakes. Needless to say it was half way during the race that the support crew came and picked a bunch of us out of the water.

The race was over and I hadn’t even done more than half of the intended distance. What a disappointment. Alas, even getting on the support boat in those conditions was a legendary feat.

I know what I have to do for next year. Drink more beer!

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details to come?

the end of the line

the end of the line

Paddle Buoys and the Killer Whales!

Andrew got to Bowen first

Andrew got to Bowen first

Well! That was one of the best days Paddling ever! Andrew Logan and Jon P and myself went to Horseshoe Bay. From there we paddled to Bowen Island. We took a short break and headed out to wait for the Ferry so we could ride it’s wake! While waiting we were greeted with the most unsuspecting surprise ever! A pod of Orca went right by us!!!! We were a few hundred metres away and couldn’t quite catch up to them, alas, we were near enough!! We then did catch the Ferry’s wake but this weeks was smaller than last. We couldn’t really ride it as it was a smaller. Though it still was one of the best days paddling ever!! ahhhhh