Paddlers Stories

It’s always fun to read paddler’s stories of the races and places that paddling has taken them.

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By Jim Farintosh - 1st time paddler with CanadaAnuenueKaa - 60+ crew, member of Pickering Rouge Canoe Club (in Pickering) and the Outer Harbour Dragon Boat Club (in Toronto), ON.

Hale O Lono Harbor
The road to Hale O Lono harbour on Moloka’i Island is the first challenge. [click to continue…]

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Vaka Eiva Final Day

Jan – Jericho The final day of racing was all Sprints and all fun. This was a change in the order of events from previous years, which wrapped up with […]

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Vaka Eiva Day 5

Jan – Jericho Up at 5am for a 7am Round Rarotonga change race start. There’s a bit of cloud cover but it’s mostly going to be a sunny hot day. […]

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Vaka Eiva Day 4

Jan – Jericho Iron races Monday morning we wake up to a cool (22) and windy day. It stayed overcast for most of the day – good for racing but […]

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Vaka Eiva Day 3

Jan -Jericho Driving It’s on the left. Other than everyone regularly turning on windshield wipers instead of the signal light, we’ve adapted pretty well. It helps that the main road […]

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Vaka Eiva Day 2

Jan – Jericho The races begin with OC1 and V1 events. For the non-racers, it’s market day and we all head down there early to stock up on fresh fruit, […]

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Vaka Eiva Day 1

Jan – Jericho Here we are, in Rarotonga, for the 2011 Vaka Eiva (http://www.vakaeiva.com). Been here just over a week now. Today is the canoe blessing and opening ceremonies, tomorrow […]

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2006 New Zealand

2006 – 12th Annual World Sprints in Lake Karipiro, New Zealand * Bronze in Golden Master’s V1 500m – John Roberts, Calgary. * Bronze in the 500m V12 Golden Master […]

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Last Place Victory

Probably few people have ever been so pleased and proud of a last place finish. Two different paddling club staff enthusiastically responded to my email inquiry and encouraged me to […]

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Winter Paddling – Rio Style

Rob and Carmen – Pacific Reach On Dec 4th, after 22 hours of travelling, Rob, Carmen, Carrie, Richard, Leanne, Lucy, and Brian (our manager) from Pacific Reach arrived into Rio […]

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BIG FORK MONSTER RACE

Calgary and road trip sort of go together so I didn’t even ask, in fact didn’t even wake up, until we’d been on the road an hour. I looked around […]

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2005 World Master Games

World Masters Games has been a good experience and an international event. All that I was hoping for. The marathon races had attendees from Canada, USA, Denmark, Poland, Sweden, Russia, […]

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