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OFFICIAL RESULTS FROM THE GRAND RVER SUP CHALLENGE -- May 18th, 2013
Race Location: Paris, ON - Grand River
Date: 18.05.2013
It was a great day and a great race with fantastic people. Thank you all for coming out. You're all Grand River SUP'ing pioneers.

Men:
PLACE TIME NAME
1 45:14 Jonah Logan
2 49:12 Joe Curley
3 53:07 Tom Comet
4 58:31 John Kruyper
5 58:51 Duncan Ross
6 61:14 Azmy Taha
7 68:30 Amer Taha
Women:
PLACE TIME NAME
1 45:39 Jessica Rondo
2 57:22 Liz Buzza

Check out our Photos Page for shots from the event!
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One Stand Up Paddler, 215km! --April 16th, 2013
STAND UP FOR CANCER - GRAND RIVER SUP EXPEDITION
ELORA TO LAKE ERIE - SOLO AND UNSUPPORTED

Jonah paddled a SUP 215 km of the Grand River from Elora to Lake Erie to raise money for Camp Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre. He completed the expedition in two long days and in fewer than 24 paddling hours, raising $4,000 dollars. To learn more about the expedition read the following post and check out the newspaper article link.

Post Paddle Report
Hello Everyone,

Now that I’ve had some time to recuperate I’m going to give you a short recap of my journey. First of all, thanks so much to all of you for your support. I’ll be trying to thank you all personally in the days to come but until then, know that I couldn’t have done it without your help. I’ve done plenty of grueling things but the second day of this trip may well have been the most taxing thing I’ve ever done. The headwinds were incredibly tough and I know that if I were just doing it for myself I would have thrown in the towel. The fact that I was doing it for Camp Trillium and had all your kind support behind me was really the incentive that pushed me on.

Okay, enough whining.

Day One from Elora to the Newport Bridge outside of Brantford (134 km in 12 hrs) was actually kind of fun. The high water levels had the river moving nice and fast and sections that might be impassable (for a board with a fin) next month were flowing smooth and deep. I never caught a fin on a rock once and only fell in while trying to get back in the turbulent water after portaging around the Park Hill dam in Cambridge.

I made a top speed of 18km an hour and was averaging around 11km an hour. I shot a bunch of exhilarating swifts through standing waves and although I had headwinds and rain, the strong river flows made for a fantastic day of paddling.

I met my wife Sabrina, daughter Rosie and my Aunt Sherry and Uncle Doug in Paris for a quick hug and then continued on through Brantford. I finished by completing the dreaded Oxbow (a very long 180-degree curve of lazy river) in the dark, as fast as I could paddle. I contemplated continuing on, in fear that I would seize up completely, but my family thankfully talked me out of it.

Day Two – I thought day two was going to be a walk in the park. (81 km in 13 hrs). I should have known better. I’ve been on plenty of walks in North American National Parks that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy (the views at the end however I’d only wish on my best friends). This was one of those occasions. Paddling with the wind at your back is a stand up paddlers dream. Your body acts like a sail and you just get this wonderful feeling of continuous glide. It’s fantastic. Joyous. Amazing.

In opposition, an upwind paddle is a stand up paddler’s worst nightmare. Every paddle stroke is a losing battle. Relentless, futile, grinding, limping, pathetic, horrible. These are all great descriptors for upwind paddling.

The Grand River south of Brantford becomes big and lazy and the flow loses all its generous push. Combine that with a 21 km headwind and I would have been better off paddling back up the river from Lake Erie to Brantford than what I was attempting. Due to the wind, my previous days average went from 11 km per hour down to something more like 6 km per hour. If I stopped paddling I would be literally blown back up river. Needless to say… it sucked. It sucked for like eleven hours. There was one section between Caledonia and Cayuga where the wind stopped and the river went glassy. One hour of joy. One hour out of thirteen. Needless to say, morale and energy was low. I saw my parents south of Cayuga and that gave me a little more drive. They asked me if I wanted to stop and I replied that I had no intention of prolonging this suffering into tomorrow. I saw my Aunt Sherry (to whom I dedicated this trip) and her friend; Eleanor (who I mistook for Sabrina from a distance) on shore a little further downriver and their shouts of encouragement pushed me on into Dunville. The headwind backed off a little and I made the portage around the dam in the dark. My last 10 to 15 km into Port Maitland was done by headlamp in a slight headwind. As I turned the last bend the wind actually hit my back and pushed me home.

Well actually it pushed me right into a wrong turn that dead-ended with a fin scraping, carp-infested floodplain. Creepy.

Then I backtracked and met my happy family at the pier in Port Maitland. My 21-month old daughter, Rosie, was still up and she smiled big when she saw me paddle out of the dark. A wonderful surprise. Everything was all right.

In Retrospect
jonah and daughter rosieI love a good challenge. I also hate a good challenge. Luckily, I’ve already forgotten how hard this trip was and I’m already thinking what might be next.

Expeditions like this are a lot like life… only shorter. They encapsulate and simplify all the triumphs and tragedy, joy and despair that one might enjoy or endure over their entire lifetime and give it to you in a quick and dirty package over just a few short days. They make you realize that failure is always imminent and that triumph is possibly just around the corner. And they do it quickly. They give your head a good rattle and make you realize what’s actually important in life.

Mother nature can be a real bitch. Sometimes we need to ride out the storm in safety, comfort and reverence. Other times we need to stand up against what life is throwing our way and fight back with a smile on our face and joy in our hearts.

The kids at Camp Trillium are mighty warriors. They are possibly dealing with daunting physical and mental side effects from their disease or treatment, which may make just balancing on a board or paddling in general a real challenge. Experiences we just take for granted everyday might be downright magical for them. I’ve always found that time on the water is a source of energy and healing. I’m hoping the money we raised will help to buy some boats and gear for the kids at Camp Trillium so they can get out and enjoy the restorative power of nature and find something cool and fun to make a lasting connection with.

I’m also hoping that it will get them out there to challenge themselves. Not push themselves in a bad or self-destructive way. I’m talking about overcoming fears and whatever physical hurdles they have in order to find some real joy. I want to see them try, fail, smile, get back up, laugh, fall, survive and live life as fully and passionately as they can. Now that’s inspiring.

Thanks again for all your help. A special thank you goes out to my wife, Sabrina, my daughter Rosie, and my fantastic family for all their continuing support over the years.
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Lake Erie SUP Crossing - Possibly a World's First! -- September 10th, 2012
On Monday September 10th, 2012, the North Shore Paddlesurf team (Jonah and Tom) took to Lake Erie to make the 60-some odd-km trip from Long Point, ON to Erie, PA. By that evening we'd made it to Lampe Marina just as the news reporter from the Erie Times arrived! From what we can tell, we've accomplished the first ever SUP crossing of Lake Erie in history! What a great day.

Click HERE for Tom's blog post (including photos) of our trip.
Click HERE for the Erie Times article (including a video).