2021 Season Results


The final 2021 standings are locked in! Kudos to everyone that participated in a great season of virtual racing and motivation. All final national rankings are up on the site and highlighted below. Also, a special shout-out to 24 of you that committed to and completed every event this year!

Final Prize Draw

Infinity Flash Paddle from Infinity SUP Canada: Megan Sheppard. Congrats!

Note: We’re also sending out some Cdn Pdl League toques to the top-3 national ranking finishers for male/female/SUP/OC1. And, we have a small trophy for all of you that completed every event this year.


True North Strong

Amazing commitment by everyone on this list. We know it’s not easy to hit every event on time, in good conditions, but 24 of you stuck with it for the entire season. Trophies will be sent out to you soon:

Men SUP Results

Dan Miller finished on top of the men’s ranking in 2021 with 942.6 points. A solid performance that came with three outright wins. Sylvain St-Cyr takes second spot, helped by an impressive win in the Endurance Championship. Ryan Blake was a few points behind for third place on season. Alberta, Quebec and Ontario representing on the podium–nice!

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Female SUP Results

Danielle Holdsworth didn’t leave much to the imagination as the season closed out, dominating for the much of the year and leading the pack with 952.3 points. Wendy Tillett’s steady effort earner her second spot in the 2021 national ranking, with Megan Sheppard pushing for third.

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OC1 Results

Rob Kavcic led the men’s OC1 charge, sticking with every event through the season. Marianne Tai edged out Carole Fullerton by just a few points in a tight battle in the female group. It looks like a strong Downwind Cup was the real deciding factor after some very close times between the two!

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Season in Photos

September 2021 Recap


Monthly Prize Draw

What a great finish to the season! You guys went hard to the finish, that’s for certain. Here’s the draw for September, picked from everyone who submitted results in the 2000m, Paddle Battle and Downwind Cup.

Skog a Kust Drysak: Danielle Holdsworth
Rally Beer Co. beers: Lamond Lee
Infinity SUP swag: Chris Buott

Note: An Infinity Flash Paddle by Black Project will be up for grabs in the final 2021 recap/draw (coming soon).


2000m Results

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Dan Miller took the men’s SUP race a 12:13 time, almost cracking the 6:00/km barrier. Ryan Blake continued to move up the leaderboard as the season progressed, taking the silver medal position in the 2000m. Brad Petrus rounds out the podium.

Danielle Holdsworth, doing her business, claimed another top spot in the long sprint with a strong 12:55 time. Kudos to Julia Barnes for putting Alberta on the podium again for the women, and Megan Shepard with a strong effort to take third.

Strong paces all around in the OC1 race, with Rob Kavcic and Marianne Tai taking top honours for the guys and girls.

Paddle Battle Results

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The five-buoy course brought out some nifty designs in the Paddle Battle. While we hoped to meet up in person for a legit BoP-style race in the surf, we never quite got the conditions we wanted on the right day (until two days after the race window closed, of course!). Maybe next season we’ll widen the window so we can really have a memorable event in the surf. In the meantime, Dan Miller topped the podium, continuing a strong September showing. Ian Connor and Brad Petrus round out the podium.

Danielle was at it again in this one, with an impressive pace over 6 km including turns. Tara Imerson found the podium again, while Alanna Gergor gets a shout-out for a strong performance in this one.

OC1s on a buoy course is…interesting. Marianne Tai knocked out a beauty in 34:58, with Carole Fullerton just 12 secs behind. Rob Kavcic topped the guys.

Downwind Cup Results

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The season-long Downwind Cup was a fun one to watch as result trickled in over the past five months. Great effort by everyone that pushed their limits and took their paddling out into the open water. These point-to-point open-water paddles are not easy, so kudos to everyone that took it on, regardless of time.

Ash Adams took the men’s SUP race (point ranking), edging out Rob Kavcic with a smokin’ 5:30 pace over 15 km on Lake Huron. And there’s Dan Miller again stalking the podium.

We knew Jessica Rando was out there, and she showed up with purpose in the Downwind Cup with a 6:17 pace over 12km. Ariel Amaral found the second spot with a fast one on Lake Simcoe, and Wendy Tillett found the podium again.

The OC1s rip in the bumps, and there were some fast times here. Rob K took the pace to 4:47 over 12 km, and Marianne Tai led the girls. Shout-out to Stella Gan who found the podium with a strong pace in the bumps.

Full 2021 national rankings here. Final recap is coming soon.


This year we tried something a bit different with the ‘special event’, adding running shoes and a bike to the mix. Congrats to everyone that pushed through this one. Ryan Blake and Dan Dakin had a very close battle, and it would have been great to see this in person. Alanna Gregor topped the women’s group.

From the water

August 2021 Recap


Monthly Prize Draw

Here’s the draw for August, picked from everyone who submitted results in the Canada Cup and Endurance Championship. Note that we pulled a few repeat winners, but we’re putting those names aside for now.

Skog a Kust Drysak: Marianne Tai
Rally Beer Co. beers: Michael Taber
Infinity SUP swag: Trevor Quinton

Note: An Infinity Flash Paddle by Black Project will be up for grabs for everyone that finishes all 2021 events.


Canada Cup Results

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Tim and Dan battled it out again in the 10 km Canada Cup, with Tim topping the leaderboard in 1:02:05. Sylvain St-Cyr found the podium with a very strong 1:05:02 time. This event hurt a bit being straight out and back for most paddlers.

Danielle Holdsworth continues to run away in the female season SUP ranking, taking the Canada Cup in a very strong 1:08:56. That’s a very fast sub-7:00 pace over 10 km. Kimberly Kenyon put B.C. on the podium, and Megan Cynowa took up the U.S. flag. Great showing by all girls in this one!

The OC1 race was tight at the top. Rob K brought it home in under an hour to lead the guys. Marianne Tai almost broke the 1 hr mark to finish atop the girls podium.

Endurance Championship Results

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This was a big one. When we set the endurance format for this season (12-hr all-you-can-paddle), we weren’t quite sure what the response would be. But the distance junkies went out with purpose. Sylvain St-Cyr knocked out 80 km to lead all SUP paddlers (which is probably about twice what we thought people would put down), surely one of the most noteworthy efforts of the season so far. Max Ackford and Ryan Blake each topped 70 km to round out the podium.

Danielle was at it again in this one, posting a 70 km total, while Tara Imerson and Megan Sheppard each broke 50 km. These are impressive efforts to say the least!

Catherine Smyth led the OC pack with nearly 100 km within 12 hrs! Marianne and Carole Fullerton took it past 50 km to round out the podium. It looks like the OC1 boys played it cool in this one (or maybe ran out of time?)

Keep an eye on the full 2021 national rankings here, with two events left to go.

From the water

July 2021 Recap

Final 2021 recap here.

Amazing effort all around in July. The sprints are getting faster, and the endurance tests are getting tougher!


Monthly Prize Draw

Here’s the draw for July, picked from everyone who submitted results in the Fastest Five and 1000m Sprint:

Skog a Kust Drysak: Julia Barnes
Rally Beer Co. beers: Dmitri Tsvetkov
Infinity SUP swag: Ryan Blake

Note: An Infinity Flash Paddle by Black Project will be up for grabs for everyone that finishes all 2021 events.


Fastest Five Results

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This was a new concept for Season 2021, and we’re not sure if we love it or hate it! It certainly brought in some variety, where paddlers were able to hunt down the fastest water they could find. Western Canada dominated, with plenty of fast-flowing river current. Andrew Cline topped the podium with a 3:31 average pace for 5 km!

Julia Barnes topped the female SUP podium. In fact, the Bow River was all over the podium with three girls from Alberta finishing on top.

The OC1 race was a bit more spread out. Dan Miller took to the Bow River again; Rob Kavcic found some some downwind conditions; and Carole Fullerton topped the girls’ leaderboard in the Pacific Ocean.

Sprint 1000m Results

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Just in time for the Olympic sprint event, our 1000m was competitive and probably full of pain for many of you. Tim Oliver and Danielle Holdsworth are your gold medalists for men and women, respectively.

Rob Kavcic took the OC1 sprint with a 5:18 time, and we’d love to have seen a live race with Dan Miller just 2 seconds behind!

Don’t forget the prone posse! Keep it coming guys…

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 July!

Downwind (but not really)

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 🙂

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Danielle Holdsworth

June 2021 Recap

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:

Skog a Kust Drysak: Tara Imerson
Rally Beer Co. beers: Brad Petrus
Infinity SUP swag: Alanna Gregor
Vaikobi Shirt: Rod Albrough

Note: We’re reserving some bigger prizes for the end of season, for those that complete every 2021 event! Teaser: An Infinity Flash Paddle by Black Project.


Distance Challenge Results

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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!

May 2021 Recap

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:

Skog a Kust Drysak: Lisa Champion
Rally Beer Co. beers: Robb Hobbs
Infinity SUP swag: Dan Zucconi
Vaikobi Shirt: Stella Gan

Note: We’re reserving some bigger prizes for the end of season, for those that complete every 2021 event! Teaser: An Infinity Flash Paddle by Black Project.


500m Sprint Results

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Dan Miller took the men’s SUP race with a smokin’ 2:41. It took a sub-3:00 paddle to crack the men’s podium.

Jessica Rando starts the year atop the leaderboard yet again, almost cracking the 3:00 mark, but Danielle Holdsworth is showing some early-season form.

Tim, Dan and Rob also topped the OC1 leaderboard, doing double-duty. In the women’s division, Carole Fullerton put B.C. atop the board with a fast 2:51 time.

Spring Classic 4k Results

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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!

4 km paddle around Vacation Island on Mission bay

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!

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Jacqueline Pinsonneault