Kayak Vancouver 2016 is foremost a desire to engage in the Canadian coastal wilderness. Our driving ambition is to connect with nature and harness the elements to make a safe and rewarding 700-mile passage around the iconic British Columbian Island.
Additional goals include:
1) Circumnavigating Vancouver Island self-supported, carrying all required equipment
2) Challenging the current speed record of 12 days, 23 hours and 44 minutes held by Russell Henry
Underpinning our approach is a commitment to ‘training real’- extensive pressure testing of rescue systems and continuous dynamic risk assessments. Also fundamental is our commitment to use of the most functional and high performing equipment available.
Success or failure of Kayak Vancouver 2016 will be measured by expansion of expedition skills, mental resilience and seamanship.
Meet the Team:
Joe was introduced to sea kayaking aged 13 through local club Manx Paddlesports. Joe engaged in a variety of paddling disciplines however, living on an island, his natural inclination was towards coastal waters.
A Duke of Edinburgh expedition to Norway in 2005 inspired a passion for journeying by kayak. Joe spent 2006 as an apprentice sea kayaking instructor which provided many opportunities to develop guiding and personal skills. During this time, Joe ventured on several long distance open crossings and circumnavigations.
Joe returned to sea kayaking after three university years focused on Canoe Polo. In 2011 Joe began guiding for Sea Kayaking Cornwall but made time for a record 67-day solo circumnavigation of Mainland Britain. In 2015 Joe followed up his first major expedition with a 33-day solo circumnavigation of Ireland and became one of a handful of kayakers to have circumnavigated both the UK and Ireland.
Joe draws from these experiences in his work as a freelance sea kayak guide and coach.
David started to kayak at the age of 12 and was exposed to a variety of disciplines growing up. Polo, Whitewater and Surf were where he honed his skills in his early years on the West coast of Ireland. After taking a break from the sport for a few years while at University, he returned to kayaking with a ferocious appetite to seek new challenges and see where kayaking could take him. It now takes up most of him time both business and personal.
A Canoeing Ireland Kayak Instructor in whitewater, surf and sea-kayaking, and ISKGA Coastal Guide, David is also a leave No Trace Trainer.
Whether it’s tackling Whitewater rivers, marathon racing around Europe or sea kayaking on the rugged Irish coast, David is always looking to grow as a paddler. In recent times he has found a passion for performance Sea Kayaking where he can combine elements of all his paddling experience. While David has amassed a considerable amount of water time and professional qualifications since his return to the sport, he feels that this is merely the start of a much greater journey.
Achievements include two top ten finishes in the Devizes to Westminster kayak race, crossings of the North Channel of the Irish Sea, a speed descent of the River Shannon & Record circumnavigations of Achill Island.