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Paddleboard Fest

Paddleboard Fest

(Above) Festival attendees enjoyed a great day of paddling and sun at the 2013 Stand Up Paddleboard Festival.  


Porpoise Bay Provincial park welcomes paddleboard racers

Stand up paddle boarding has grown in popularity here on the Coast and around the world. The sport combines surfing with kayaking and originated in Hawaii, where surf instructors back in the 1960s stood on longboards to keep watch on their students.

The Sunshine Coast Stand Up Paddle Board Festival was hosted by Alpha Adventures on July 6 at Porpoise Bay on the Sechelt Inlet. There were stand up paddle board demos, free clinics where interested attendees got a chance to take a board out for a ride and even a few races for those who wanted to reach the podium.

There was a 2.4km short course race and a 4km long course race. Local paddle boarder Dan Weinhandl won both the short and long course races this year.

All proceeds were kindly donated to the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (Coast Guard Auxiliary).

Jim Dorey,

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