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Barrie stand up paddler completed an epic 2018 Lake Ontario crossing

Jolena Hove (Edmonton, Alberta), Stella Gan (Barrie, Ontario), and Karen Kennedy (Miami, Florida, USA) were the top female relay team at the recent Lake Ontario Crossing Paddleboard Race on Sunday, July 29, 2019.

They were the first SUP and relay team to arrive in Toronto paddling a grueling 32 miles across Lake Ontario from Niagara (Port Dalhousie) in 6 hours and 48 minutes to Cherry Beach in Toronto, setting a new record.

They made the crossing on an Infinity SUP custom Blackfish 14’ x 23”. “I am so proud of what these girls accomplished and to have been part of their training for this crossing”, said coach Brent Ackland.

Brent was also responsible for putting the team together and all the logistics for their crossing. All three paddlers are Paddle Fit Certified coaches.

A total of 25 paddlers made it to the start line Sunday morning. There was representation from B.C, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and Florida.

It was a huge commitment from each paddler/relay team to participate in this event. The unpredictability of conditions on the Great Lakes is one of the biggest challenges both mentally and physically. Paddlers must train and be mentally prepare for all conditions.

Sunday’s conditions were near perfect, compared to the strong wind the day before. The toughest part most experienced was the approach to Toronto Harbour, “washing machine” conditions – lots of current and boat wakes to contend with in the home stretch.

Congratulations to all participants for completing this event.

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