Bella Bella Paddleboard Project Photo: Karen McAllister After starting in Kitimat on May 8th, 2010 I finished my Standup4Greatbear expedition 11 days later on May 18th in the Heiltsuk community of Bella Bella. It was an amazing place to finish as I was greeted by hundreds of community members and youth. I remembered being really
The past two Septembers I have taken Quest University to Hartley Bay and into the Greatbear Rainforest for their ecology class. Led by instructor Nobi Suzuki, the ecology class focused on the incredible wildlife at that time of the year, the wild salmon runs, Humpback Whales and of course the search for the rare Spirit
With the arrival of spring on our coast it was time to travel north to Prince Rupert to meet Quest University and take them into the Greatbear Rainforest for their Culture and Tradition Class. It’s an amazing time of the year to travel through BC as the leaves are coming out and things are coming
I recently had someone ask me what’s the most effective way to paddle in chop when the waves are hitting you from the side or from a quartering angle. Here was my response. I thought this may help other people when they find themselves in more challenging conditions. Paddling in the chop can be challenging
West Coast surf approach After a great time at the Icon Sports/Rogue SUP booth, and in the demo pool at the Vancouver Outdoor show I took home my 12’ Rogue Hotrod All Water SUP. Aside from having great looks, which all Rogue SUP boards have I was more interested in its acclaimed All Water performance.
This past week my friend and accomplished native artist Roy Vickers, presented me with a logo for Standup4Greatbear. I am not calling this a logo though, I am calling it a crest, since it has a story. I wanted to introduce the new Standup4Greatbear crest here to everyone and to tell you the story of
Not too long ago Amanda Sage contacted me to do an interview about my personal story for her website Kick Ass Canadians. A great friend, roommate and teammate of mine, Brad Rollo recommended my story to Amanda. I am honored to have been able to share my story on her site. Thanks Amanda and thanks
The stunning Greatbear Rainforest- Ian McAllister For those that missed the show this past Thursday online here is the podcast. A special thank you goes out to Leslie Kovolich, host of the show, for giving me the time to talk about Standup4Greatbear. Leslie and thousands of her listeners were affected by the BP spill and
Thanks to Leslie Kovolich of the Standup Paddle Radio show. I will talking about Standup4greatbear and no tankers tomorrow March 3rd at 9am pacific time. You can click here and listen online. http://www.my30aradio.org/
I flew in yesterday to Bella Bella for some meetings to determine the direction for the Virtual Rainforest Initiative project. It is cold and clear in Bella Bella right now with a nice coating of snow on the coastal mountains. I was pretty excited today to come in to Chris Williamson’s class to check out
I just wanted to wish everyone Happy New Year. I hope you have set your goals for 2011 and that your year is already looking bright. 2010 was an awesome year for me personally, for Mountain Surf Adventures and for my new initiative Standup4GreatBear. I am really looking forward to 2011. Here are a few
One day I went to the mail a found this beautiful postcard from WhiskeyJack Paddles, a company based in Montana but with inspiration from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, advertising their gorgeous wooden standup paddles. After perusing their great website I got in touch with owner Danny B who sent me a couple to try
As I write this from the school in Hartley Bay, Mr Hill has informed me that a bottle thrown overboard near Hartley Bay by my adopted sister Morgan has found its way to Sandspit, Haida Gwaii. Here is an interesting article from the Times Columnist in Victoria.
Winter has arrived here in Sea to Sky Country but I have been able to carry on paddleboarding in the varied conditions here in the Sound. When SUP is your lifestyle its hard to put the boards away for the winter. I am still trying to get out every second day but yes its cold
I will be heading to the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday November 16th to do a slide show presentation on the GreatBear Rainforest and my Standup4GreatBear Expedition this past May. I will be presenting at Pender Harbour High School at 7:30pm for the Pender Harbour District and Wildlife Society. If you are on the Sunshine Coast
This is the ABC Nightline segment that was done during the iLCP RAVE in Hartley Bay this past September. ABC obviously has a huge audience so it was great for our battle to keep oil tankers off our coast. Enjoy, there is some amazing Spirit Bear footage here in the rivers we visit. Our Mountain
This is what the iLCP GreatBear RAVE was all about. All of these shots and videos were taken while in the GreatBear Rainforest over a two week period. Christina was also there when i arrived in Bella Bella for my Standup4Greatbear expedition this past May. Great Bear Rainforest RAVE from iLCP on Vimeo.
Ian McAllister and his crew at Pacific Wild have put together this incredible video to show what’s at risk with the tar sands and tankers. I had a chance to preview this film with Ian on his sailboat this fall during the iLCP Greatbear Rave and it was exciting and powerful to watch. Great job
I have been asked by a number of people what i think about my Surftech Joe Bark Expedition board. I recently wrote a response to a fellow SUPer in So Cal so i thought i would copy my response here so others can see it. “To start with, I love my JoeBark Expedition board. I
It’s On!! After the Tahoe race and celebrating Jen’s birthday in Santa Cruz i made my way down to Dana Point for the this year’s Battle of the Paddle. I was super excited to be competing in, and experiencing the superbowl of SUP racing. I got there a couple of days early so I spent