The weather was spectacular and HOT and the rivers kept us cool and on our toes!!!
Mark and I had the pleasure of taking Mike Darbyshire's River SUP Clinic on the Upper Slocan on the Friday and it was a great learning experience and a lot of fun. If you have a chance to get in on one of Mike's clinics do it. He's knowledgeable, fun and safety is a top priority.
Thanks to Mark Klein aka my husband and the other half of Nikki Rekman Sales for the photos!
|I look nervous...I was a bit. Thanks to Kokatat, Werner, Jackson Kayak and Predator for my awesome gear!!|
|Mike D getting me on the Slocan River in the River SUP clinic - so much fun!|
Saturday was the long course race down the mighty Columbia River from just outside Castlegar to Genelle, BC - 16.8 km. Nikki Rekman Sales team members came out on top with Mike Darbyshire taking the top Men's spot, Lina Augaitis top Women's and our Alberta-boy, Eli Fischbuch taking top Junior! We are proud to have all three athletes paddling with Werner Paddles!
|Start on the Columbia River|
|First guy across the finish - Mike Darbyshire|
|First woman across the finish - Lina Augaitis|
|First Junior to cross the finish - Eli Fischbuch|
Sunday was the most fun for participants on and off the river for the first ever BOARDER CROSS back on the Slocan River. Very entertaining to watch!
|LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these Nikki Rekman Sales team members - Lina, Mike and Eli!!|
THANKS to Kokatat Watersports Wear and Werner Paddles for outfitting folks in the river SUP clinics and in the Boarder Cross with rescue PFD's and paddles.
We participate in a lot of paddling communities in and around Western Canada and the BC SUP community never fails to impress me. This is a group of welcoming, fun and gracious individuals and I am so thankful you have embraced us into the fold.
|Nikki, Chris from Endless Adventure (our event host along with wife Andrea) and Mark photo: Andrea Ryman|
Vanessa Fischbuch thanks for getting Eli to all the races and for being an amazing example of how to parent awesome kids.
|Super-Mom - Vanessa enjoying some time on the Columbia River waiting for Eli to finish his race.|
For more photos go to Mark's Flickr account HERE. Please give him a photo credit if you use the photos - Mark Klein :)
See you on the water!