Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Kal Classic RECAP!

We had a fantastic weekend at Kalamalka Lake for the Kal Classic with the crew of Kalavida Surf Shop.  A HUGE, HUGE thank you to event coordinator Heidi Maddess!!!  Thank you too, Kevin, Michelle, Allan and the Kalavida crew - we had a great weekend despite the torrential rain!!!  To all the volunteers particularly you board handlers - wow, you worked hard and it was appreciated by everyone - THANK YOU!!!
Mike Darbyshire beating out SUP legend, Dan Gavere in the Sprint!

The event was also fortunate to host so great names in the SUP community from the USA and Western Canada!  Werner athlete, Nikki Gregg was in attendance, earlier in the week providing clinics and racing over the weekend.  Nikki earned 2nd place in the Women's category, Dan Gavere 2nd in the Men's category and BC's own, Norm Hann claimed for the second year in a row the King of Kalamalka title.  Way to go Norm!!!  Norm was also awarded a Werner Paddles Grand Prix (which he had demo'd from us before :) so we are very excited that Norm will be using a Grand Prix on the water in the very near future.  Congratulations also to Shannon Bell (who also went home with a Werner Paddles Grand Prix), Shelia Sovereign and Vancouver Island's, Stuart Robinson.

Sheila Sovereign, Shannon Bell and Nikki Gregg
Queen of Kalamalka: Shannon Bell
2nd - Nikki Gregg
3rd - Sheila Sovereign

King of Kalamalka (repeat): Norm Hann
2nd - Dan Gavere
3rd - Stuart Robinson
Norm Hann - King of Kalamalka

Mike beat out SUP legend, Dan Gavere in the Sprint Course (Elimination Style) and completed along with fellow Deep Cove Outdoor's paddlers, Karly Cox, Garry Rathbone and Dion Maxwell the Kalamalka Crossing.  

This is the marquee event of the Classic – a 10 mile (18km) trek across the length of Kalamalka Lake.  You guys were fantastic!!!

Deep Cove Crew: Karly, Dion, Garry and Mike

Yannick Michaud from Ocean River Sports our Werner Paddles dealer, in Victoria also competed in the events over the weekend and finished the Kalamalka Lake crossing.  Way to go Yannick!!! (sorry, Yannick no good photos).

Kristian Pearson
Finally a very special mention to our friend and Western Canadian Starboard Rep, Kristian Pearson for his finishes this weekend.  He did the entire rep community and his brands very proud this weekend!!!

For more photos go to Nikki Rekman Sales on Facebook!!!

Photo credits: Mark Klein

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