SKABC fleece jackets — some inventory still available

These lovely Stormtech fleece jackets with an embroidered SKABC logo are being offered in February. Order your size early size to avoid disappointment!

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SKABC Presents: Paddling Film Festival March 16 at 6:30 pm

Since 2006, the Paddling Film Festival World Tour has been showcasing the very best paddling films. The World Tour screens in more than 120 cities around the world including Vancouver. Join SKABC to view this year’s best paddling films and get yourself inspired to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push extremes, embrace the paddling lifestyle and appreciate the world’s wild places.

Film selections include sea kayaking, whitewater, stand up paddleboarding, canoeing and more. Guest MC for the evening is journalist and author John Kimantas.

There will be door prizes and a raffle. Proceeds go to BC Marine Trails Howe Sound campsites that are under SKABC stewardship.

March 16 at Langara College in Vancouver (100 West 49th Avenue Theatre A130). Doors open at 6:30pm.

For Tickets:

Register for paddling film festival here


Would you like to help publicize the event?
Click here for printable 8.5" x 11" poster
Sponsorship and Donations Letter

We still need a few people to help the night of the event! Contact Calvin at


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The 2018 trip planning meeting is Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 10:00 am - 12:30 pm  in Surrey.

All members are welcome! We're looking for members who have led trips before or who have some good trip ideas. Seeking people who would like to assist or lead jointly for their first time. Contact your fellow paddlers and invite them along. Lunch will be provided. We're looking forward to it!

Update Saturday January 20: It is a stormy weekend -- great opportunity to stay inside with your fellow paddlers and plan out the season! Contact if you're RSVPing last minute! I'll forward you the address and other info.

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Congratulations Silver Paddle Award Winners!

The Silver Paddle Award Winners for 2017:

- Roy Smyth
- Inge Zegel
- Bruce Pickwell
- Randy Chatterjee

Their awards were presented at the AGM as recognition and a huge thank you for their volunteer efforts over the years!

History of The Silver Paddle and Orca Awards:

The Silver Paddle Award is given by the club executive to express gratitude for a member's valuable contributions to SKABC.

Past Silver Paddle Awards:

2015 Silver Paddle Recipients: Mick Allen, Shirley Brunke, Simone Avram

2014 Silver Paddle Recipients: Karin Hartner, Nick Heath, Rob Leeson

2013 Silver Paddle Recipients: Richard Jensen and Susan Jensen

2009 Silver Paddle Recipients: Bob Maher and Maureen Benzon

2008 Silver Paddle Recipients: Gayla Shulhan, George Prevost, Kallie Cunningham and Peter Kearney.

The Orca Award is a way of saying thank-you to many of the people who have made significant contributions not only to SKABC but to the sea kayaking community as a whole, SKABC instituted an annual award. Nominations for this award are sought from all club members between January and March of the year. The award may be presented at our April club meeting. The challenge is choosing one person from a large group of people who have made a difference.

2007 Orca Award: Cindy Dopson

2006 Orca Award: Tony Clayton

2005 Orca Award: Rick Davies

2004 Orca Award: Ray Pilman

2003 Orca Award: Harald Riffel

A huge thank you to these recipients. We hope to continue the tradition of presenting Orca and Silver Paddle Awards in the future.


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MEC Club Night Nov 16

SKABC has been invited to a 10% off club night, 7-9pm Nov 16th, at the Broadway store. We need to inform them of numbers attending so please contact if you plan to attend.

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