Canadian Downwind Championships Set to Kick Off Next Weekend

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SQUAMISH, BRITISH COLUMBIA (July 5, 2019) – Ocean racing athletes from all over the world will be gathering in Squamish, BC on Saturday July 13th to take part in the 6th annual Canadian Downwind Championships (CDC). The 21km mass start race includes surfskis, SUPS, prone paddleboards and outrigger canoes and takes place on Howe Sound through the Sea to Sky corridor.

The event is sanctioned by Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) and the International Canoe Federation (ICF) as a National Ocean Racing Championship. Athletes can earn World Ranking Points for the 2019 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships in mid-September.

Racers will begin at Porteau Cove and will travel up Howe Sound to reach the finish line in the Squamish Harbour. Nearly 200 athletes of varying ages will be competing.

Registration for the event will be open until July 10th. Find registration details here.

A number of pre-race activities are scheduled for the week leading up to the event. A “Joes Vs Pros” Tuesday Night Race, paddling clinics, downwind “TED Talks” and a sponsor party dinner are all included in the weekly plan. Get more information on the week’s events here.

“The Squamish Paddling Club and Coast Outdoors are again proud to host this wonderful event. The local downwind scene in Squamish and Vancouver areas has been growing since the race inception in 2014, and the World Surfsi SUP Paddling community has embraced the Canadian DW Champs. With the consistency of conditions, un-paralleled beauty and fun downwind paddling in Howe Sound, the sky is the limit to how much more growth we can anticipate,” said Ian Lowe & Bob Putnam, CDC race directors. “This year, 11 nations are represented, with many men and women master’s athletes.”



Canadian Downwind Championships



July 13 2019 (2:00pm PDT)



Porteau Cove to Squamish, BC

Howe Sound – MAP


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Visit the Canadian Downwind Championships website here.



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About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.



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Laurel MacAdam

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Colleen Coderre

Communications Lead