Port Alberni Rocks Out on Stand Up Paddleboards

Posted by Dave Koszegi on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 at 1:21pm.

Have you ever heard of stand up paddleboarding - also known as SUP? The width of the board makes it easy to stand on, but balancing yourself in an upright position sure provides a full-body workout! 

Big board, small car? No problem! Photo credit to Brenda Widdess.Big board, small car? No problem! Photo credit to Brenda Widdess.

Last weekend, SUP pros from all around the province gathered in beautiful Port Alberni to compete in the annual Alberni Canal Downwind Challenge. Port Alberni’s waterfront was booming as observers gathered to check out the competitive SUP race from China Creek to Canal Beach, as well as participate in the fun relay race (for those not so steady on the paddleboard) and indulge in some sweet treats offered by local vendors.

 Dave raced on Ean’s team, with Isaac, Darrell, and Damien! Here they are posing for a photo pre-race… 

Before getting serious about stretching to limber up pre-race with Slammer’s Gym:

Dennis See’s drone captured this awesome image of Canal Beach during the event!

A HUGE thank you goes to Sandra Innes Gentleman, Rob Gentleman, Crystal-Anne Smith, Alicia La Rue, and Owen Brown, as well as all of the other organizers, volunteers, and sponsors. It was awesome to see the community getting together for such a fun activity. And congratulations to the winners (Bigwavedave took the trophy and gold, and Yannick and Simon brought home the Silver and Bronze) and to everyone who got out there and challenged themselves!

   ACDC organizers Crystal-Anne Smith, Alicia La Rue and Sandra Gentleman rock out on their standup paddleboards at Canal Beach on May 19 prior to the event. Photo credit to Katya Slepian of Alberni Valley News.

Another fantastic community event for Port Alberni.

Who’s looking forward to next year’s already? 

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