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

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!

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!

True North Strong

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…