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VIMMF – SUP Adventures

VIMMF – SUP Adventures

SUP Adventures presented by Red Paddle Co.

Mon Feb 13 

Doors 6:30 pm | Show 7:30 pm


Tickets will also be sold at The Rio on the day of the show

+19 for alcohol and main floor seating

All ages are welcome in the balcony!

No Groupons or passes accepted!

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Red Paddle presents a night of Stand Up Paddleboarding Adventures. Find out why we live in the best place to SUP and how local athletes are pushing this growing sport in new directions.

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Guest Speakers

Norm Hann 

Norm Hann is at the forefront of the stand-up paddle movement. He has competed and raced around the world, and has extensively explored the waters of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. 

Norm Hann has been at the forefront of the stand-up paddle movement since the sport’s early days. As a SUP athlete, Norm has competed and raced around the world as a global team member for Boardworks Surf and Kokatat and has extensively explored the waters of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. His paddleboard company, Norm Hann Expeditions offers world class multi day sup trips to the Great Bear Rainforest, Belize and throughout Canada. He is a Paddle Canada Instructor trainer and his business has introduced the sport in all disciplines to thousands of people. His adventures have been featured in Mountain LifeSBC SurfExploreSierraStand Up PaddleSUP the Mag, and British Columbia Magazine.

Norm is passionate about our coastline was part of the award winning STAND film project, which highlighted his 350 km SUP expedition along the coast of Haida Gwaii. Norm’s Standup4Greatbear Society born from his 400km coastal pipeline awareness paddle in 2010 now promotes the education, awareness and protection of the Great Bear Rainforest through conservation expeditions, featured talks and school presentations. He lives in Squamish, BC with his partner Jenn Segger and their 3-year-old son, Kiel.

Chris Christie & Jean-Francois Plouffe

Join Chris Christie and Jean Francois Plouffe for a presentation on their 15 day Stand up Paddle Board Expedition to Bella Coola with a short film and still images from this 240km Coastal Journey.

The idea of combining skiing, river paddling, ocean touring to the outer coast and surf brought our crew together to hatch a plan for  the best possible location that would give us a real wilderness experience and challenge our decision making in a wild location. Bella Coola was the obvious choice with some of the best ski mountaineering in the world with it’s long valleys and rivers providing an artery to the ocean and the fjords to the outer coast and surf.

The question was : Would the environment allow such a journey. The location is known for huge late season winter storms and unpredictable winds that even the most seasoned fisherman avoid, especially in the winter. We had to find out!

The past few years Chris Christie has balanced the experience the mountains provide with exploring the waters, rivers and oceans surrounding the West Coast. His hometown is located in the Southern Most Fjord in North America where long  Sup circuits are always a mental and physical challenge. The strong summer winds give amazing downwind opportunities and the rivers run fast and steep.  The cold surf in Tofino gives incredible variety to paddle sport in Western Canada!

JF brings a wealth of experience and certifications to coaching triathlons, climbing, mountain biking, white water canoeing, kayaking, snowboarding, diving, advanced wilderness first aid and leading multi-day expeditions on an international scale.He is also working at Quest University Canada. JF hopes that his adventurers, positive energy and determination will inspire people to get out there and connect with the environments they live in. He wants to encourage people of all abilities to make the most of the nature around them and create their own unique adventures.

He spends his spare time climbing in the mountains and discovering rivers and ocean shores on his paddle board. When JF is not spending time outdoors, he is either recharging his batteries by eating lots of spinach and power cookies, or in a coffee shop writing down his future goals for the next adventure. He lives by the motto: live the life you have always imagined.


TBA – January 16th 2017

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