Shane Martin


Racer info
Age: 45
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 250 lbs
Gender: Male
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Country: Canada
Sports: Paddling
Paddling - canoe
Paddling - kayak
Sailing
Updated: Monday, December 2, 2019
My race results 275 total
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2019 Canadian Downwind Championships
Place: 6th
Time: 1:36:17.4
Category: Sski - Master M (40-49)
Gender: M
Sport: Paddling
Location: Squamish, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 13, 2019
Super Sundays - Sept 30
Place: 1st
Time: 31:25.9
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPDK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Sep 30, 2018
Super Sundays - Sept 23
Place: 1st
Time: 38:11.4
Distance: Long Course
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Sep 23, 2018
Indian Arm Challenge
Place: 2nd
Time: 2:57:09.3
Category: Men HPK
Gender: M
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Sep 8, 2018
Wavechaser 2018 Race #10
Place: 2nd
Time: 28:43.0
Distance: Long Course 6 km
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 30, 2018
TNR -August 28 - Doubles “No Cup” Cup
Place: 1st
Time: 36:45.9
Distance: Long Course 7.5km
Category: HPDK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 28, 2018
Big Chop 2018 #10 - August 23, 2018
Place: 2nd
Time: 37:51.2
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Surf 1 - Single Surfski
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 23, 2018
TNR -August 21 - Jug/Buoy Course
Place: 1st
Time: 30:23.4
Distance: Paddle /Swim
Category: HPDK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 21, 2018
Wavechaser 2018 race #9
Place: 1st
Time: 48:56.0
Distance: 9 km
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 16, 2018
TNR -August 14 -Maple Beach Multi-Sport
Place: 1st
Time: 28:15.6
Distance: Just Paddle 6km
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 14, 2018
Big Chop 2018 #9 - August 9, 2018
Place: 2nd
Time: 47:49.4
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Surf 1 - Single Surfski
Sport: Paddling
Location: Burnaby, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 9, 2018
TNR - August 7 - Camp Howdy/Buoy Course
Place: 1st
Time: 47:18.6
Distance: Long Course 9km
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 7, 2018
Wavechaser #8
Place: 1st
Time: 57:49.8
Distance: 10km
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 2, 2018
TNR - July 31 - Great Kintec Swap
Place: 1st
Time: 40:47.3
Distance: Solo Paddle 8km
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 31, 2018
Big Chop 2018 #8 - July 26, 2018
Place: 1st
Time: 44:17.1
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Surf 1 - Single Surfski
Sport: Paddling
Location: New Westminster, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 26, 2018
TNR - July 24 - Cates Park Surprise
Place: 1st
Time: 28:56.2
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPDK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 24, 2018
2018 Canadian Downwind Championships
Place: 6th
Time: 1:39:37.5
Category: Sski - Master M (40-49)
Sport: Paddling
Location: Squamish, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 14, 2018
Big Chop 2018 #7 - July 12, 2018
Place: 3rd
Time: 42:02.2
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Surf 1 - Single Surfski
Sport: Paddling
Location: New Westminster, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 12, 2018
TNR - July 10 - Joes vs Pros
Place: 3rd
Time: 40:45.2
Distance: Long Course 8.3km
Category: HPDK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 10, 2018
Jericho Wavechaser 2018 - Race #6
Place: 1st
Time: 34:47.7
Distance: Long Course 8 km
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 5, 2018

Race report

Fun short course racing tonight. We did four loops of a short (< 2km) loop between Jericho and RVYC.

It was a downwind start so we got to jump on the bump right away then surf down to RVYC. Next there was a short leg with the waves coming from the side, and then upwind back to Jericho.

The chase pack was tight to the finish (including Chris for the first 3 laps) which was cool to see.

TNR - July 3 - Stand Up Sit Down
Place: 1st
Time: 37:41.0
Distance: Long Solo
Category: HPDK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 3, 2018
Big Chop 2018 #6 - June 28, 2018
Place: 1st
Time: 41:17.2
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Surf 1 - Single Surfski
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 28, 2018
TNR - June 26 - Woodlands
Place: 2nd
Time: 35:11.7
Distance: 3 Laps
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 26, 2018

Race report

Criteriums are challenging. Criteriums in a double are extra challenging!

Wes was off in a class by himself tonight leaving us to duel with Katja and Jeff, with Daryl and Seth hanging on. The wide turn radius of the double skis left plenty of room for Daryl and Seth to sneak in, apex the corner and jump back on our wash for the next leg. I let it happen for the first half of the race then started my defence. On turn 3 we were on the outside of Jeff and Katja, Daryl and Seth so I backed it down, cut behind the pack to get the inside line, then powered up beside the pack to control the line. The goal was to keep everyone outside and force the singles to do the wider turn of the doubles. It generally worked (Seth got squeezed out, Daryl hung back on a safe spot in the wash). For the last turn the singles used their shorter turn radius to get inside again so I kept the turn wide and forced them to sprint to reconnect with our wash. Finished with an epic sprint against J&K.

Jericho Wavechaser 2018 - Race #5
Place: 1st
Time: 47:24.2
Distance: Long Course 8.25 km
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 21, 2018

Race report

Talk about fun, tight racing!

As usual I started a bit back so that I wouldn't have OC1s and SUPs drifting into me. Big mistake! Daryl was on fire and took off like a bat out of hell. I had to work hard to catch him, along with Chris, Trista and Brian. We had a big pack and someone was always challenging for the lead. At any given time, Daryl, Bob, Conner, Brian and Trista, and I all led the pack. Anytime I backed it down a bit, someone would come charging up. It was great!

TNR - June 19 - Garage Guru Night
Place: 2nd
Time: 51:39.0
Distance: Long Course 10.5km
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 19, 2018

Race report

More tight doubles racing tonight. We took turns leading the pack with Katja and Jeff, with each boat having their strong moments. We definitely suffered in the side chop and bigger boat waves...having a 3 yr old in the boat makes things a bit more challenging. :)

Jeff and Katja opened up a good lead going through the mess near Hamber, but backed it down at the entrance to Deep Cove so we could catch up, and have a strong finish together. Always fun racing with them!

Big Chop 2018 #5 - June 14, 2018
Place: 1st
Time: 48:10.0
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Surf 1 - Single Surfski
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 14, 2018
TNR - June 12 - Starboard One Design
Place: 1st
Time: 27:11.3
Distance: Short Course 5km
Category: HPDK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 12, 2018
Jericho Wavechaser 2018 Race #4
Place: 1st
Time: 27:41.6
Distance: Long Course 6 km
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 7, 2018

Race report

I accidentally gave everyone a head start, but it was all good in the end. Found myself getting squeezed on the line between OC1s on one side and a drifting surfski on the other, so I was behind the line and back paddling when the gun went. Whoops!

I settled in to a zone 3 effort and reeled in Chris at the first turn, then slowly pulled away from him on the second leg. It took until the end of the first loop to close the gap on Brian and Trista. Lucky for me there were constraints on the turn that affected their turn and gave me an opportunity to sprint up and close a 2 boat length gap. Brian started to panic when he realized I was right behind them which made it easier to pull up to their wash, then continue past them. Despite having much wider turns, they stuck with me right to the end. Great racing!

TNR - June 5 - Roche Point
Place: 2nd
Time: 42:04.6
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPDK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 5, 2018
2018 Round Bowen Challenge
Place: 8th
Time: 2:43:29.8
Distance: Whole Island Challenge
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Bowen Island, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 2, 2018

Race report

Once again, 'Round Bowen kicked my @ss! I had a strong first 20 kms but hit a wall and couldn't keep it going.

I suspect there are two parts to the failure:
1) I should have trained a bit more for the distance
2) I should have had some calories in addition to the electrolytes in my hydration

Loic had a fantastic race and answered every challenge that Wes and I threw at him early on.

I'm stunned that Wes not only closed the gap on him, but put a few more minutes in there for good measure. Well done Wes!

Big Chop 2018 #4 - May 31, 2018
Place: 4th
Time: 44:51.3
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 31, 2018

Race report

It was a fun race tonight. Bob and I agreed to take it easy tonight because the Round Bowen race is coming up. Consequently we had a nice friendly chase pack (Mike and Ash were off by themselves at the front) including me, Bob, Conner and Trevor. Everything was fine until the last couple kilometres when we approached the red mark. Bob and I both intended to shoot the gap between a sea kayak and the red mark....then the gap disappeared and we ended up sideways on the red mark getting pushed to the wrong side by the current. Important reminder: warn the people that you're passing! :D

Conner and Trevor stayed clear of the chaos and snatched victory.

TNR - May 29 - Jug Isl Lone Rock
Place: 2nd
Time: 31:10.3
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPDK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 29, 2018
Jericho Wavechaser 2018 Race #3
Place: 1st
Time: 46:06.2
Distance: Long Course 8 km.
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 24, 2018

Race report

Fun race tonight. I'd planned to take it easy and target a HR around 150bpm, but Trista and Brian were darn quick off the line so I had to bump it up a bit (158bpm) to pace them.

Had a good chuckle during the race when the chase pack aimed for the wrong mark, then realized I knew where I was going when the safety boat came by. :D

TNR - May 22 - Twinn Island
Place: 1st
Time: 51:12.1
Distance: Long Course
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 22, 2018

Race report

Victory for the family station wagon! We were a little slow off the line but Wes spotted us some time at the start and didn't have his usual jam at the finish, so we managed to hold him off.

Big Chop 2018 #3 - May 17, 2018
Place: 2nd
Time: 42:53.5
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 17, 2018

Race report

Apparently I don't have the stamina that I used to. Fifth race in ten days, and I felt it. Had a good start but halfway out to QC I hit the wall and my HR dropped to 150. Just couldn't get it up to race rate. Hopefully I'll be recovered in two weeks for a rematch. :D

TNR - May 15 - Secret Race
Place: 1st
Time: 32:27.9
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPDK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 15, 2018

Race report

We had a much better start and got clear of the chase pack before rounding the 5 knot can tonight, which was a definite improvement. Alex was extra wiggly tonight which impacted our power and speed a bit. The cherry on top was after giving Bob plenty of room to get around the mark in Belcarra Bay, he still couldn't turn tighter than a 25' double. Sorry Bob, next time I'm running you into the mark.

Board the Fjord + 2018
Place: 8th
Time: 1:09:01.1
Distance: 14km
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 12, 2018

Race report

It took 3/4 of the race but I eventually got past Carl and Loic then connected with Wes so we could take turns pulling. Couldn't get him on the final sprint though. Next time! ;)

Jericho Wavechaser 2018 Race #2
Place: 1st
Time: 45:04.1
Distance: Long Course 8 km.
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 10, 2018

Race report

In anticipation of the Board the Fjord race on Saturday, I wanted to take it easy tonight. Kept the HR below 150 and focused on technique.

TNR - May 8 - Bedwell / Buoy Course
Place: 2nd
Time: 28:29.8
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPDK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 8, 2018
Big Chop 2018 #2 - May 3, 2018
Place: 1st
Time: 39:00.5
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Surf 1 - Single Surfski
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 3, 2018

Race report

Ash and Kelsey put on a strong challenge and stayed close for most of the race. I had to bump up the intensity to ~160 bpm to make sure they didn't get a chance to wash ride.

TNR - May 1 - Figure Eight
Place: 3rd
Time: 28:32.7
Distance: Long Course
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 1, 2018

Race report

Second race in the V10 Double as a family. Small improvement on our start this week but got squeezed out as the fleet compressed going through the moored boats. Thought for sure that Tye and Ruby were going to run right over us at the 100m mark so we backed down, waited for a gap.

Once we got moving and didn't have to worry about smacking paddles (or boats), our pace was pretty good and proceeded to reel in the chase pack, then pick off Bob and Wes when they fell off the lead pack (Gareth, Katja and Jeff). Probably wouldn't have gotten Wes but he found a rock while going around one of the islands. Ouch!

A few more races and maybe we'll be able to challenge Katja and Jeff. :)

TNR - April 24 - Beachview Criterium
Place: 4th
Time: 31:14.1
Distance: 3 Laps
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Apr 24, 2018

Race report

First time paddling the V10 Double as a family. In order to fit Alex, we took out the rear footboard and added some padding to use the rear footwell as a rear facing seat. So far, it's working great!

We had a pretty tentative start but eventually got our speed up and moved through the pack. The V10D is not meant for tight turns so we would lose ground every corner, then catch up and pass during the straights...repeat for 6 x 1km pieces. ;) Couldn't quite catch Bob and Wes...maybe next week.

Big Chop 2018 #1 - 2018/04/19
Place: 1st
Time: 40:51.8
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Apr 19, 2018

Race report

Easy paddle tonight as the usual suspects (Dave, Bob, Lucas, Chris, Warren, etc.) were are MIA.

Took it easy at the start and ramped up to ~150 bpm and held it there for the race, and kept opening more distance on the chase pack. Good recovery paddle in preparation for the Dan Harris race on Sunday. :)

TNR - April 17 - Jug Time Trial
Place: 1st
Time: 24:08.1
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Apr 17, 2018

Race report

Tough time trial tonight. Knowing that Lucas would be the main challenge tonight (sorry Bob), I started behind Lucas and used the first 500m to close the gap, then get even with him. From there I kept working any bumps or flat stretches I could find to try and pull ahead. Lucas wasn't giving up though, every push was answered and by the time we reached Jug island, there wasn't more than a boat length between us. I hoped to break him coming out of the island but instead he surged up beside me as we reeled in all but one paddler in front of us. We paddled side by side all the way back. As we approached the final 500m, the safety boat cheered Lucas on and he started his finish push. Luckily I still had something in reserve and was able to surge ahead a little bit. :)

TNR - April 3 - Grey Rocks
Place: 2nd
Time: 21:07.1
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Apr 3, 2018

Race report

There is a disturbance in the force...and their names are Lucas and Seth.

Lucas, who I've never seen race before, hopped on a V12 last night and hung with the lead pack the whole race. If Bob and I hadn't been wash riding Jeff and Katja's double, he might have been strong enough to beat us.

Meanwhile Seth was mixing it up with the chase pack and throwing it down with some very experienced paddlers.

Watch out guys, these two are going to put us in the hurt locker this summer!

TNR - Sep 12 - Race of Truth
Place: 7th
Time: 20:52.9
Distance: 3 Laps
Category: Truth SK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Sep 12, 2017
TNR - Sep 5 - Grey Hamber Figure 8
Place: 1st
Time: 23:56.7
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Sep 5, 2017
TNR - Aug 29 - SUP Buoy Course
Place: 2nd
Time: 47:33.2
Distance: Long Course 7.5km
Category: PK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 29, 2017
Big Chop 2017 #10 - 2017/08/24
Place: 1st
Time: 36:18.4
Distance: Big Chop
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 24, 2017
TNR - Aug 22 Jug Isl Time Trial
Place: 1st
Time: 24:21.4
Distance: Jug Isl
Category: PK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 22, 2017
Wavechaser #8
Place: 1st
Time: 40:56.5
Distance: 9km
Category: HPK
Gender: M
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 17, 2017
TNR - August 15 - Maple Beach Multi Spt
Place: 1st
Time: 34:47.4
Distance: Just Paddle Short
Category: PK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 15, 2017
Big Chop 2017 #9 - 2017/08/10
Place: 2nd
Time: 47:46.7
Distance: Big Chop
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 10, 2017
TNR - August 8 - Camp Howdy
Place: 1st
Time: 45:49.1
Distance: Long Course 9km
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 8, 2017
Wavechaser 2017 - Race 7
Place: 2nd
Time: 40:44.3
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPK
Gender: M
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 3, 2017
TNR - August 1st -Bedwell Bay
Place: 1st
Time: 31:25.5
Distance: Short Course 5km
Category: PK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 1, 2017
Big Chop 2017 #8 - 2017/07/27
Place: 1st
Time: 44:03.9
Distance: Big Chop
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 27, 2017
TNR - Kintec Great Kayak Swap
Place: 2nd
Time: 32:23.9
Distance: Just Paddle
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 25, 2017
2017 Canadian Surfski Championships
Place: 4th
Time: 1:26:55.9
Category: Master Male (40-49)
Sport: Paddling - surfski
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 15, 2017
TNR - Grey Hamber Boulder Isl
Place: 12th
Time: 29:02.0
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 11, 2017
Wavechaser #5
Place: 1st
Time: 35:01.7
Distance: Long Course 9km
Category: HPK
Gender: M
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 6, 2017
TNR - Lone Rock Racoon Jug Isl
Place: 1st
Time: 35:34.1
Distance: Short Course
Category: PK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 4, 2017
Big Chop 2017 #6 - 2017/06/29
Place: 1st
Time: 41:26.2
Distance: Big Chop
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 29, 2017
TNR - Muscle Mlk - Sit Down Stand Up
Place: 1st
Time: 38:45.2
Distance: Solo Paddle
Category: PK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 27, 2017
Wavechaser #4
Place: 1st
Time: 47:37.7
Distance: Long course
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 22, 2017
TNR - Starboard One Design
Place: 2nd
Time: 40:11.7
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 20, 2017
Big Chop 2017 #5 - 2017/06/15
Place: 1st
Time: 38:35.4
Distance: Big Chop
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 15, 2017
TNR - June 13 - Roche Point, Maple Beach
Place: 2nd
Time: 49:25.0
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 13, 2017
Wavechaser 2017 - Race 3
Place: 1st
Time: 41:04.2
Distance: Long Course
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 8, 2017

Race report

The combination of both SW and SE wind chop, plus some swell from the NW made for lumpy and confused seas. Kudos to everyone for getting around the course!

TNR - June 6 - Garage Guru Race
Place: 2nd
Time: 30:35.5
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 6, 2017
Big Chop 2017 #4 - 2017/06/01
Place: 2nd
Time: 46:39.1
Distance: Big Chop
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 1, 2017
TNR - May 30 -Twin Isl
Place: 1st
Time: 50:42.0
Distance: Long Course -10km
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 30, 2017

Race report

Learned my lesson from the past few races...Bob is too strong to take lightly. I can't get away with pulling the pack all the time and still out sprint everyone at the finish. :)

Instead I let Bob take turns pulling, and backed it down a bit late in the race to rest a bit before the final sprint. :D

Wavechaser #2
Place: 2nd
Time: 43:07.3
Distance: 8 km
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 25, 2017

Race report

The westerly filled in, and did not fade so we had some fun racing tonight! I towed Bob (aka Wash Riding Scum) upwind to the second dolphin, then we had an epic surf battle to the finish. In the end, Bob managed to squeak out a boat length lead at the final turn mark and I couldn't get past him.

Congratulations on your first ever win Bob! Next time I won't be sandbagging with my 10 year old V10 Performance. ;)

TNR - May 23 - Roche Point Return
Place: 2nd
Time: 42:17.6
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 23, 2017
Big Chop 2017 #3 - 2017/05/18
Place: 1st
Time: 43:58.0
Distance: Big Chop
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 18, 2017

Race report

Extra fun racing tonight. The top five surfskis all lead the race at some point with plenty of leader changes, jockeying for position, the occasional hard brace!

TNR - May 16 - Surprise Course
Place: 1st
Time: 29:47.5
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 16, 2017
Indian Arm Challenge
Place: 7th
Time: 2:56:18.0
Category: Men HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 13, 2017
TNR - May 9 - Bedwell & SUP Buoy Course
Place: 2nd
Time: 28:04.3
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 9, 2017
Big Chop 2017 #2 - 2017/05/04
Place: 1st
Time: 31:29.5
Distance: Big Chop
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 4, 2017
TNR - May 2 -.Grey Rocks Hamber Light
Place: 3rd
Time: 23:43.7
Distance: Long Course 5.5km
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 2, 2017
TNR - May 2 -.Grey Rocks Hamber Light
Place: Unplaced
Distance: Short Course 4km
Category: HPK
Gender: M
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 2, 2017
TNR - April 25 - Beachview Criterium
Place: 1st
Time: 33:43.6
Distance: 3 Laps - 6km
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Apr 25, 2017
Big Chop 2017 #1 - 2017/04/20
Place: 2nd
Time: 38:19.0
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Apr 20, 2017
TNR - April 18 - Jug Isl Time Trial
Place: 5th
Time: 24:58.1
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Apr 18, 2017
TNR - April 11 - Lone Rock
Place: 3rd
Time: 26:06.7
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Apr 11, 2017
TNR - April 4 - Grey Rocks
Place: 4th
Time: 22:02.0
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Apr 4, 2017
PNWORCA #5 - March 4, 2017
Place: 3rd
Time: 51:40.4
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Date: Mar 4, 2017

Race report

Still not fit but at least I'm improving. At the Jericho race I was ~1min slower than The Magus, this time I was ~2min faster than him.

I drew Chris off and we tried to get around David by taking a less direct course that got us out of the current a bit. Unfortunately Mike and James were pulling hard so we didn't reap the benefits. Probably should have just drafted and done a sprint finish but it's early in the season and we need the volume anyway. :)

PNWORCA Winter Series Race 2 - Jericho
Place: 3rd
Time: 57:47.2
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jan 21, 2017

Race report

Big kudos to Rob Magus...my ego took a big hit when he passed me. Surfskis aren't supposed to get passed by OC1s on flat water. ;)


TNR - Sep 13 - The Crown Course
Place: 2nd
Time: 26:39.8
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Sep 13, 2016
TNR - Sep 6 - Hamber Grey Figure 8
Place: 1st
Time: 26:13.9
Distance: Long Course 6km
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Sep 6, 2016
TNR - Aug 30 - Doubles
Place: 1st
Time: 28:15.7
Distance: Long Course 6.25km
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 30, 2016
Big Chop 2016 Race #10 - August 25
Place: 4th
Time: 38:27.2
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Surf-M
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 25, 2016
TNR - Aug 23 -Jug Time Trial
Place: 1st
Time: 23:47.5
Distance: Long Course 5km -Jug
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 23, 2016
TNR - Aug 16 -Maple Beach Multi
Place: 1st
Time: 38:09.8
Distance: Paddle - Long
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 16, 2016
Big Chop 2016 Race #9 - August 11
Place: Unplaced
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Surf-M
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 11, 2016
TNR - Aug 9 - SUP Buoy Couse #3
Place: 2nd
Time: 45:30.0
Distance: Long Course 9.5
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 9, 2016
TNR - Aug 2 - Bedwell Bay 5kn Can
Place: 2nd
Time: 39:49.1
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 2, 2016
Big Chop 2016 Race #8 - July 28, 2016
Place: 1st
Time: 41:37.7
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Surf-M
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 28, 2016
TNR - July 26 - Jug to Hamber Isl
Place: 2nd
Time: 33:51.6
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 26, 2016
2016 Canadian Surfski Championships
Place: 6th
Time: 1:34:24.0
Category: Master Male (40-49)
Sport: Paddling - surfski
Location: Squamish, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 16, 2016
Big Chop 2016 Race #7 - July 14, 2016
Place: 1st
Time: 45:28.1
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Surf-M
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 14, 2016
TNR - July 12 - Pro Race
Place: 15th
Time: 28:59.7
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 12, 2016
TNR - July 5 - Lone Racoon Jug
Place: 3rd
Time: 37:16.9
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 5, 2016
Big Chop 2016 Race #6 -  June 30, 2016
Place: 1st
Time: 37:59.8
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Surf-M
Sport: Paddling
Location: Surrey, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 30, 2016
TNR - June 21 - One Design SUP Race
Place: 1st
Time: 28:32.5
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 21, 2016
Big Chop 2016 Race #5 - June 16
Place: 1st
Time: 39:04.7
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Surf-M
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 16, 2016
TNR - June 14 - Roche Point
Place: 2nd
Time: 48:40.9
Distance: Longest Course
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 14, 2016
TNR - June 7 - Grey Rocks Roche Point
Place: 2nd
Time: 39:02.7
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 7, 2016
Big Chop 2016 Race #4 - june 2 2016
Place: 4th
Time: 44:05.5
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Surf-M
Sport: Paddling
Location: Burnaby, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 2, 2016
TNR - May 31 - Surprise Race
Place: 4th
Time: 30:50.1
Distance: Long Course -6-8km
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 31, 2016
TNR - May 24 - Twin Island 10km
Place: 5th
Time: 50:50.4
Distance: Long Course -10km
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 24, 2016
Big Chop 2016 Race #3 - May 19
Place: 2nd
Time: 39:21.4
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Surrey, BC, Canada
Date: May 19, 2016

Race report

A fun night on English bay. Even though I know better, I decided to try out a new blade for tonight's race and used Chris' Jantex Gamma Rio. Nice catch and easy exit but the shaft felt really weird and slippery. Had to grip a lot more than I'm used to with my Epic which lead to forearm cramps mid way through the race. Dave and Daphne were super strong and paddled away while tried to get my groove back. At least I held off Warren, Chris and Ty! Great racing everyone!.

TNR - May 17 - Jug Isl Lone Rock
Place: 2nd
Time: 29:05.1
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 17, 2016
Tour de Indian Arm 2016
Place: 3rd
Time: 1:19:55.0
Distance: 17km Long Course
Category: Men HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 15, 2016
TNR - May 10 - Bedwell Bay/Buoy Course
Place: 2nd
Time: 27:24.2
Distance: Long
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 10, 2016
Big Chop 2016 Race #2 - May 5
Place: 1st
Time: 40:37.0
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 5, 2016

Race report

Great westerly breeze in the bay today with some really nice bumps...but the course took us into sheltered water instead. :(

It's unfortunate but from a safety POV it makes sense.

We had a following swell at the start so the first 250m had Chris, Warren, Norm, Dion and I running side by side on the bumps. Then we passed under Burrard bridge and flatwater fitness took over with Chris and Warren falling back, Dion getting dropped hard and Norm completely vanishing.

There were little bumps to ride most of the way down to Science World, some of which were courtesy of the safety boat. Thanks Jim!

The return trip was a grind but we got to finish by pushing out past the mouth of False Creek, rounding the red mark and surfing back to the finish line. This is where I found out I've been putting to much pressure on the balls of my feet for leg drive...snapped off a pedal on the last leg! Limited steering makes for interesting surfing!

TNR - May 3 - Hamber, Grey Rxs Figure 8
Place: 2nd
Time: 26:05.2
Distance: Long - 6km
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 3, 2016
TNR - April 26 - Beachview Criterium
Place: 2nd
Time: 29:44.4
Distance: 3 Lap- 6km
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Apr 26, 2016
Big Chop 2016 Race #1 - April 21
Place: 1st
Time: 43:46.7
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Apr 21, 2016

Race report

First Big Chop of the season! It was nice to be back out in English Bay with some great competition. Dave and Daphne brought their A game (but thankfully forgot a non-sprint blade for Daphne) and kept me honest the entire time. My saving grace was that they couldn't change gears effectively while using large wing sprint blades. :)

Looking forward to a rematch!

TNR - April 5 - Grey Rocks
Place: 3rd
Time: 20:00.3
Distance: Long
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Apr 5, 2016
TNR - Sept 15 -Last Race Cove Lap
Place: 2nd
Time: 33:41.8
Distance: 3 Laps - 6Km
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Sep 15, 2015
TNR - Sept 8 - Grey Rocks Figure 8
Place: 2nd
Time: 27:00.7
Distance: Long
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Sep 8, 2015
Superchop August 29, 2015
Place: 1st
Time: 1:19:25.7
Distance: 15 km Super chop
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Sep 4, 2015

Race report

This is one of those races where the unexpected hit hard. Forecast wasn't for anything out of control (10-15 knots from the east, clocking around to SW 15-18 knots) so I wasn't expecting much in the way of wind or waves between Vanier Park and QC.

The first loop out to QC and back was tame...flat water, minimal wind, very little bump. Near the midway point of the second loop I started to noticed some decent puffs were cannonballing out of Stanley Park. Then I turned at QC and started the last upwind leg. I'd chosen a course tucked into shore to get out of the wind and current for the return trip. First I noticed that I was getting sand in my eyes. Then I started seeing loose twisters on the water. Finally I got nailed by some very strong breeze (35-40 knots) which dropped me down to 4km/h of headway. Made it back but there were a few moments where I imagined Daryl's carbon Ion rolling downwind all the way to Nanaimo...I'd forgotten to put a leash on my borrowed boat!

TNR - Sept 1 - South Island - SUP Buoy
Place: 1st
Time: 28:29.3
Distance: Long - 6km
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Sep 1, 2015

Race report

That was entertaining! Tonight was the no-cup Doubles Championship...Bob and Warren turned a V10 Double into a rocket ship. I had a pretty fast start and was cruising along nicely when they blew by me like I was standing still. I only caught them when they decided to back down and let me catch up.

They toyed with me until the return from Hamber Island where Bob decided we should do 1 min intervals. Even when given a head start I could barely hold onto their wash! Awesome paddle guys!

TNR - August 25 - Individual Time Trial
Place: 1st
Time: 23:48.5
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 25, 2015
TNR - August 11 - Bedwell Bay 5knot
Place: 3rd
Time: 38:47.7
Distance: Long
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 11, 2015
Big Chop 2015 - Race #8 - August 6, 2015
Place: 2nd
Time: 40:50.8
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 6, 2015
TNR - Aug 4, 2015 Roche Point
Place: 1st
Time: 39:27.7
Distance: Long - 8.6km
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 4, 2015
TNR - July 28 - Hamber Isl Jug
Place: 1st
Time: 33:28.1
Distance: 7km
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 28, 2015
The Wild Side 2015
Place: 8th
Time: 2:49:32.8
Distance: Surfski
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Portland, OR, United States
Date: Jul 24, 2015
North Am Champs
Place: 27th
Time: 1:41:08.1
Distance: Surfski
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Hood River, OR, United States
Date: Jul 23, 2015
2015 Canadian surfski Championships
Place: 13th
Time: 1:35:44.6
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling - surfski
Location: Squamish, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 18, 2015

Race report

You know you're Canadian when you're given a yellow number (i.e. top 20) with a free pass to line up first row and you still let yourself get squeezed back to the second row because you don't want to interfere with the elite paddlers. ;)

That said, still had a decent start and got to the hotspot in good company with Greg, Wes and Teneale. Unfortunately I seem to have forgotten how to surf the smaller stuff and not only did Greg and Wes take off, but Gareth, Jan, Teneale, and Cameron passed me all to quickly. Luckily the wind filled in closer to the point and I was able to pass Jan and Teneale.

A good line into the back eddy allowed me to close Gareth's 10 length lead and enter the slough side by side. We cruised in together until about 250m from the finish. I saw his bow surge and rated up (thanks Kenny!) to pull ahead. Gareth backed down and I eased up. Then he surged a second time so I rated up and kept at it until the finish, narrowly edging him out. Fun stuff!

TNR - July 14 - Jug Isl Hamber Isl
Place: 7th
Time: 31:21.6
Distance: 6.75km
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 14, 2015
Big Chop 2015 - Race #6 - July 9, 2015
Place: 2nd
Time: 39:01.0
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jul 9, 2015

Race report

Nothing like having the big guns come out to humble you.

Ken and Macca came out to play and put the hurt on all of us. The only reason we got ahead was that they decided to switch boats after the first lap. One might think that it's bad enough they beat us while doing a boat swap...they were also paddling a Think Ace and a Think Evo II. Yes, we were chasing short, fat surfskis with our narrow, tippy ones!

Well done lads, you're putting us in our place. :)

TNR - June 30 - Lone/Raccoon/Jug
Place: 3rd
Time: 38:24.4
Distance: 8km
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 30, 2015

Race report

Fun times tonight. All surfski paddlers started in deep water beside their boats and had to do a remount at the start horn. Definitely separates those who are comfortable with their remounts from those who aren't. Consequently, Wes gave me a huge lead at the start. :)

Had a solid remount (not the fastest but not too slow) and passed everyone but Ken Rice by the 200m mark. Ken and I paddled side by side until midway to Lone Rock where I was able to point out all the turns he needed to make, and he promptly dropped me.

Wes eventually caught up and we took turns leading until Raccoon Island where he opened up a 3 boat gap. After rounding the island I decide I wasn't going to give up and sprinted up beside him again with Jamie close behind me. Coming into Jug Island, I decided my best bet was to force the next remount in front of the camera boat and hope that Wes got distracted and gave me a lead. Didn't work, we left together but we did drop Jamie in the chaos.

2015 Round Bowen Challenge
Place: 3rd
Time: 2:49:48.9
Distance: 32 km
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Bowen Island, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 27, 2015

Race report

As always, this race kicked my butt.

Had a solid start, not too fast, and formed up a lead pack with Wes and Ken but it didn't take long for Ken to pick up the pace and open up a gap. Wes tried to go with him but knowing how this race has hurt me before, I held my pace and continued to cruise.

Wes opened up a few boat length lead on the north side but I managed to play the current and waves to erase it and we paddled side by side right up to Cape Roger Curtis. The west side of Bowen was a slow grind...barely holder 9.5 km/h for a large part of it.

The south side got fun with some nice 2-4' swells coming through with the occasional 6'. Had nice surf runs all the way to the SW corner then smaller runs heading north again. Tried to reel in Wes but the dreaded forearm cramps came back again and I couldn't put full power into my stroke. Watched Wes open a two boat length lead to 4 minutes. Ouch.

Next time!

Big Chop 2015 - Race #5 - June 25, 2015
Place: 5th
Time: 45:23.4
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Surrey, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 25, 2015

Race report

Fun race tonight. I started on the wrong side, behind a bunch of SUPs, and still had fun. Hugh led the pack off the line towards 2nd beach. I squeaked through a gap and slowly started reeling in the lead pack. With Round Bowen on Saturday, I didn't want to push too hard so I kept a reasonable effort, focused on leg drive, and tried to catch whatever bumps were around.

Took the lead at 2nd beach and led the remainder of the race. :)

I used my very old, V10 Performance tonight. She's 35lbs and kinda beat up but she's never let me down. Tonight the extra weight meant I could punch through waves upwind and keep my momentum up downwind. Always fun to mix things up a bit.

TNR - June 23, 2015
Place: 3rd
Time: 29:47.8
Distance: Long -6km
Category: MHPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 23, 2015
TNR - June 16 - Admiralty Point
Place: 3rd
Time: 50:33.2
Distance: 10km
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 16, 2015

Race report

Solid first half tonight. Good start, let Jan leapt out front and cause havoc with the usual leaders and had a clean run to the first turn. Pulled the lead pack until Grey Rocks then slipped back onto Gareth's wash. Gareth is paddling really well right now. We were pulling ~13 km/h into the current and he still had enough in the tank to drop in 14.7 km/h sprints every so often!

Coming into Cates I dropped off the wash so I could focus on technique. I changed out my steering cables on the weekend and hadn't taken the time to stretch them in properly. As a result, my peddles were spongy and misaligned which made steering while wash riding an interesting challenge. Decided I'd rather focus on technique than steering so I peeled off and paddled solo the rest of the race.

Tough conditions out to Maple Beach...the current was all over the place so it was a case of snakes and ladders. :)

Big Chop 2015 - Race #4 - June 11, 2015
Place: 1st
Time: 34:07.1
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 11, 2015

Race report

Tonight was the first race of the season where I felt I paddled well for the entire race. Solid leg drive, good catch, I raced my own race, didn't worry about anyone else and pulled hard the entire time.

Now to try and repeat it!

TNR - June 9 - Cates Park
Place: 4th
Time: 41:01.2
Distance: Long course
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 9, 2015
TNR - June 2 - Surprise Course
Place: 2nd
Time: 39:23.7
Distance: Long course 8.6km
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 2, 2015
Big Chop 2015 - Race #3 - May 28, 2015
Place: 1st
Time: 40:53.9
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 28, 2015

Race report

Technically speaking, Warren was the fastest guy on the water tonight. Unfortunately he didn't factor in that in my sleep deprived, sick state I might not be able to lead him around the course like I usually do and he didn't check the course beforehand. Consequently he missed the the last turn and disqualified himself. Next time Warren, you'll win fair and square!

TNR - May 26 - Twin Island
Place: 2nd
Time: 50:09.7
Distance: Long course
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 26, 2015

Race report

I think Warren, Corey and I paddled side by side for the entire race. Early on, Corey made it clear he was happy to wash ride and would not be trying to sprint past us at the finish. Warren paddled a solid race, sometimes pulling, sometimes drafting, but mostly paddling side by side and working hard! He's building up for the World Surfski Champs in Tahiti and pushing himself to get stronger and faster...I'm already worried about how much faster he's going to get!

TNR - May 19 Jug Isl Lone Rock
Place: 3rd
Time: 33:52.6
Distance: Long course
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 19, 2015

Race report

Some nights you feel fast, some nights you get put in your place!

I had a great start and found myself in good position with Gareth and Wes...unfortunately they had a gear that I couldn't match. The first time they dropped me was at Jug island. Then Gareth went off course taking Wes with him and giving me an opportunity to cut the corner at the Bedwell Bay light. Wes and I stopped and waited for Gareth to reconnect. Warren and Chris kindly held back and waited as well...we're a very considerate group. ;)

Mid way from Jug to Lone Rock I got dropped a second time. Not sure what happened but suddenly I could not hold pace with the big guns and got dropped. I held my distance until the 5 knot can then they engaged the overdrive and took off! Well done done guys!

Big Chop 2015 - Race #2
Place: 1st
Time: 46:04.8
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 14, 2015

Race report

A fun night for my first Big Chop of the season. The westerly gave us a bit of chop to play with and kept things interesting. I dug my Ion out of storage for the first time since last summer and it took a bit of getting used to.

I had a reasonably strong start and soon found myself out front with Warren beside me. He alternated paddling side by side and directly behind me. He wasn't drafting (so he says), just "getting out of the sun". Someone didn't bring sunglasses and couldn't see when were paddling west into the setting sun. :)

It was tight racing as we grinded upwind to the barge can, then on to Royal Van, and finally turned back downwind towards Kits. Warren and I were trading waves most of the way down. On the crossing from Kits to False Creek I opened a small gap which meant Warren had no reprieve from the sun on the second upwind and gave up a little more distance.

We had little bumps to chase all the way back to the finish. Fun times!

TNR - Bedwell Bay nav light
Place: 2nd
Time: 28:15.5
Distance: Long course
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 12, 2015

Race report

Tough race with great pack work tonight. I opted for clean water at the start so I had to hustle to connect with the lead pack of Chris, Warren, Ty and Hugh. Hugh set a blistering pace while Chris and I did our best to hold onto his wash. Eventually he settled in and took turns pulling. As we were coming back along Jug Island, Hugh had an oops moment and capsized. Warren narrowly avoided damaging his boat on Hugh's head. ;)

Soon we had a solid pack, five across with me, Chris, Warren, Daryl and Ty. Warren started the final push with Chris and I chasing. Chris apparently had a little bit more in the tank and kept going to take line honours. Way to go Chris!

Tour de Indian Arm
Place: 3rd
Time: 1:23:46.6
Distance: 17km Long Course
Category: Men HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 9, 2015
TNR - Grey Rocks Hamber Figure 8
Place: 1st
Time: 29:10.6
Distance: Long course
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: May 5, 2015

Race report

The conditions tonight were probably the best I've had for an afterwork race. Choppy, lumpy and surfable! Chris and Warren were the powerhouses off the start forcing Wes and I to reel them in as we closed on the 5 knot can. We edged them at the can then Wes powered up and took the lead while Warren and I chased him down. I closed the gap coming into Grey Rocks and pulled up beside Wes for the grind upwind to Hamber. I caught a little runner as I rounded the north end and surfed away from Wes, finally taking the lead. I held off Wes until we rounded Grey Rocks for the second time then he pulled up and put on the power. I decided to take a different line and headed for shore hoping to get the rebound bumps. Half way back to the Cove Wes decided the outside wasn't any faster and we reconnected on the shore with him taking the lead. On the final turn I caught the first useful bump and opened up a small lead. Wes powered past me to overtake and we had a sprint finish. Epic!

TNR - Beachview Criterium 04/28/15
Place: 2nd
Time: 29:56.7
Distance: 3 Laps - 6Km
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Apr 28, 2015

Race report

Criterium racing is tough but so much fun. Every turn is an opportunity to succeed...and an opportunity to fail. It's the sort of racing where after 6km, racers can finish less than a second apart.

Chris and I were only 0.3 second apart...until results were posted we didn't know who got it. Jeff and Bob did the same with only 0.3 seconds between them. Lots of other pairs were less than 2 seconds apart. Fun, tight racing!

Wash riding made all the difference for me tonight. Used Ben and Eric to get close to Warren. Used Warren to get close to Chris. Used Chris to stay near Wes. Used the corners the keep things tight and had Wes and Chris the corners against me in turn. Everyone took the lead at some point and made it fun. :)

TNR - April 21- Jug Island Time Trial
Place: 1st
Time: 24:47.3
Distance: Jug Time Trial
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Apr 21, 2015

Race report

Dryland training is paying off. Started second from last and managed to catch everyone, and open up time on Chris (who started last). It helped that a strong breeze filled in so there was side chop in Indian Arm which benefits stable grinders like me. Need to put in some volume and log additional miles though. My technique (such as it is) fell apart in the second half as I got tired. Over a minute off my 2014 pace so lots of room for improvement!

Awesome to see Warren and Daryl so close (0.4 sec!) and both are nipping at Chris' heels!

TNR - April 14- Lone Rock 2015
Place: 3rd
Time: 26:01.0
Distance: Long course
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Apr 14, 2015

Race report

Second time back on the water. No additional water time for practice but did get a couple dryland sessions in since last week. I lined up behind Chris and used him for a quick pull off the line then swung into the sweet spot between him and Wes once he got tired. Managed to hold onto Wes' wash all the out to Lone Rock but couldn't hold position through the turn. I was outside and while Wes pushed wide around Lone Rock, Chris apexed the corner, tucked in tight and came out of the turn ahead of both of us. Wes accelerated to reel in Chris and I got dropped. Managed some sustained speed and closed a four boat gap on Chris then fell back again. Need to train more!

TNR - April 7- Grey Rocks 2015
Place: 5th
Time: 20:18.4
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Apr 7, 2015
PNWORCA Jericho #2
Place: 1st
Time: 50:46.3
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jan 24, 2015

Race report

First race of the year for me...and the first one always hurts. :)

I launched nice and early to get a good warmup and promptly broke my foot plate. Back to shore, ran to the car to grab tools, quickly adjusted the foot plate, stashed the tools and made to the start line with very little time to spare. I'd torn the bracket that holds the foot plate to the rails so I was okay to push but I was worried I'd tear it completely off if I pulled too hard.

Alan and Eric were on fire for the trip out and it took everything I had to stay with them out to Pt Grey. The sandbar factored in to the return trip (for us heavy guys anyway) and I was able to open a small lead when they got bogged down.

It was great seeing the solid chase pack of skis (Peter, Bob, Reivers, John and Paul) duking it out. I didn't get the memo that it was fat ski day so I was paddling my V10 while the group was in an assortment of 19" skis. Sorry guys, unfair advantage on my part.

TNR-Sept 9- Last Race- Cove Laps
Place: 2nd
Time: 22:55.0
Distance: 2 Laps
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Sep 9, 2014
TNR-Sept 2- Grey Rocks Hamber Figure 8
Place: 5th
Time: 26:36.7
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Sep 2, 2014
TNR-Aug 26- Double Race
Place: 3rd
Time: 28:08.4
Distance: Long Course
Category: HPDK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 26, 2014
Canadian Surfski Championships 2014
Place: 23rd
Time: 1:34:11.2
Category: Overall
Sport: Paddling - surfski
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 23, 2014

Race report

It wasn't an epic downwind but it was great racing regardless! Bob, Ian, and their legion of volunteers put on an excellent event and everything went according to plan...or if there were issues, they hid them well! :)

I made my usual mistake at big surfski events and was not aggressive enough on the pre-start setup. I figured the top dogs pushing the line would get pulled back (no luck) and started a couple boat lengths back from the leaders. Still had a strong start and quickly found myself jockeying with Dion and Eric going into the hotspot. Managed to drop them both and focus on reeling in the nearest guys.

Had a great back and forth duel with Brian Kummer for most of the race...these SoCal guys don't give up! Actually, no one gives up...every time I thought I had pulled on either DK (outside) or Corey (inside) they would hunker down and pull away again. I wasn't able to catch Corey but a good line from Watts point to Squamish got me well ahead of Don. Finally got him!

Big Chop - August 21st, 2014
Place: 1st
Time: 37:57.8
Distance: Big Chop
Category: Surf-M
Sport: Paddling
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 21, 2014
TNR-Aug 19- Jug Island Time Trial
Place: 6th
Time: 23:39.3
Category: HPK
Sport: Paddling
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Aug 19, 2014