After a week of temps in the 30s the water is perfect right now no suit or neoprene needed. Without the boil in a bag feeling I was able to shave another minute off my 4km time. Its great to finally feel this new board without any booties and get to work on foot work and balance needed for this 21.5” board. Still time to improve and get this time down some more. 🤙 Happy Paddling
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Glassy conditions on a brisk fall morning at Bearspaw. Brisk was not -99degrees as my Strava indicates, but just cold enough for numb fingers. No eagle sightings this morning. You would have seen my orange shirt.
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.
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.
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?)