With the promise of west winds and waves I made the trek to Lake Erie in the hopes of some decent downwind conditions…but I’m starting to wonder if Lake Erie ever produces these ;). Instead I was met with knee high chop from 3 directions and random rogue waves bouncing off the bluffs. Once I was out I figured I may as well make the most of it, but it certainly was anything other than ideal. It was a slow slog, thats for sure. Will post this one in case I don’t get another chance at this event, but oy vey…what a mess. On the bright side however, I sat down at the 6km mark and enjoyed the sunset for awhile before continuing on – lol! Certainly not paddling for time on this one 🙂
The action heated up in June, with the Distance Challenge complete, and the 1000m and Fastest Five events underway. We’re now entering the heaviest part of the season with some competitive and challenging events getting underway. Here’s the monthly prize draw and recap of the Distance Challenge – the event everyone loves to hate!
Monthly Prize Draw
Here’s the draw for June, picked from everyone who submitted results in the Distance Challenge:
Tim Oliver took the men’s SUP race, covering almost 20 km in 2 hrs. Yikes! Shout-out to Dan Miller and Brad Petrus for rounding out the podium.
Jessica Rando makes its three-for-three to start the year, covering just over 17 km in 2 hours. Danielle Holdsworth was on her tail again to finish second, and Julia Barnes rounded out the podium.
Tim, Dan and Rob Kavcic topped the OC1 leaderboard, each of them doing double-duty again in June along with their SUP entries. In the women’s division, Marianne Tai edged out Christine Lefebvre by less than half a km over the 2 hour challenge.
From the water
We love seeing the photos of your virtual racing… keep them coming! Half the fun of this league is sharing and seeing where everyone paddles. Here are some shots from the Distance Challenge!
What an incredible turnout in the April/May Canadian Paddle League virtual events. There are obviously a lot of motivated paddlers out there, and they came out hard to start the season. So far we’ve seen representation from B.C., Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, the USA and International; and SUP, OC1 and prone. If the early events are any indication, 2021 is going to be great and competitive!
Monthly Prize Draw
Here’s the draw for May, picked from everyone who submitted results in the 500m Sprint and Spring Classic:
Tim Oliver took the 4k race over Dan Miller, in what will probably be a season-long rivalry. Kudos to Brad Petrus who cracked the podium!
The female board looks familiar, as the same three girls topped the podium in the 4k Spring Classic.
Final shout-out to the OC1 paddlers, most of whom are doing double-duty with their SUP races. Congrats to Tim Oliver and Carole Fullerton for taking these races. We’re looking forward to more OC1 rivalries developing this season!
From the water
We love seeing the photos of your virtual racing… keep them coming! Half the fun of this league is sharing and seeing where everyone paddles. There are some really beautiful spots out there!
Early morning paddle around Vacation Island on Mission Bay in SD. Best to get out there early on this long weekend, as it’s VERY popular will all types of watercraft.
Mission Bay is the largest water park in the USA, and I have been paddling there almost every day in May. Race SUP are not as common as Surf Ski, OC and recreational paddlers, so I’m missing group training with North Swell Paddle Club back home in western Canada…see you soon!
Some recognition for those that completed every regular-season event this year. This recognition is well earned, as these guys and girls paddled all season, in various conditions, covering everything from an all-out sprint to a 25 km-plus endurance challenge. Much respect to all of you…
Greg, Jp and I saw some 11 mph winds the day before on Windy, planned everything then realized upon waking Sunday morning the wind was down to 7 mph with no gusts. We paddled in the middle of a 80 degree F day with more boat chop then ever. It was non stop chop for 7 miles with no wind or waves to ride. So, it really just ended up being a slow, very challenging 7 miles.
Although not pretty, it will work for some bottom feeder downwind race points!
…And I got to steal my wife’s new Infinity 2020 14×23 Blackfish dugout for a nice maiden voyage!