2017 Canadian Surf Ski Championships
Last month, in the spectacular Howe Sound in Vancouver’s Sea to Sky Corridor, the world’s finest surf ski paddlers left it all on the water in the 2017 Canadian Surf Ski Championships. The video by race sponsor Deep Cove Kayak captures the mood before, during and after. Look carefully and you might even see Paddle Monster Coach Teneale Hatton, who won the women’s division. Sean Rice took top spot on the men’s podium.
Here’s a description of this race from its web site:
The CSC is a point-to-point, mass start, downwind surfski race. This 21 km race route will test paddlers’ skills and stamina as it runs downwind through the heart of the stunning Sea to Sky corridor. Racers will paddle from Porteau Cove up Howe Sound. Starting just south of Porteau Cove racers will sprint cross wind approximately 2 km to the middle of Howe Sound and contest for the THINK Hotspot. From here paddlers will make a 90 degree turn and run north up Howe Sound. Wind and waves will build as paddlers approach Watts Point, approximately 10 km after the THINK Hotspot. As paddlers round Watts point, tactical decisions will have to be made with regard to your route in consideration of tidal currents, Squamish River currents and wind speed. As you approach the head of Squamish Harbour you will enter the mouth of the Mamquam Blind Harbour for 3 km flatwater finish into the heart of downtown Squamish.
Read the race report here.