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BIG CHOP ENDS WITH A BEER!
Monday, September 24th, 2007

What a great end to the inaugural MEC Big Chop Summer Paddle Series! The tenth race of the series drew out a record number of participants, all of whom, were hoping to win the prized Seaward Cosma kayak.

After a night that featured a 3.5 km Little Chop and a 7km Big Chop course, and a finish well after sunset, everyone headed over to the Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. The Big Chop provided free pizza to all participants and everyone hung out and socialized with a few cold beers.

Chris Dobravolny and Florida Town held on to their series lead in the final race to be crowned the series champions! But it was the dude in the photo below (sorry, I forgot your name!) who won the kayak prize! It was his first time out at the Big Chop! What a lucky guy!

Check out the final Series Point Standings and the results from the final night.

Ryan and I would like to extend a BIG thank you to to eveyone who helped make the Big Chop a grand success! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! We'll see you again in May of 2008. Tell your friends!!!


The winner of the Seaward Cosma TX poses with race organizers, Ryan Pogue and Bryan Tasaka (l-r).


SERIES FINALE TONIGHT!
Thursday, September 20th, 2007

The 10th and final race in the MEC Big Chop Summer Paddle Series goes tonight at 7pm. Tonight's race will determine the Series Champion which will either be Chris Dobravolny or Marshall House (Chris leads by 3 points) for the men's crown. On the women's side, 75 year old Florida Town has an 8 point lead on Carolyn Daubney.

We will also be giving out over $4000 worth of draw prizes including the Seaward Cosma TX kayak!

We will be heading to the Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company for our final social night and the awards ceremony. The Big Chop will be providing participants with pizza instead of smokies this time.

Don't let the grey weather keep you away! We'll see you there!


NAVIGATE THE STREETS
Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

the paddle season will be over soon and I'm sure many of you will be looking for something to do. Check out Navigate the Streets on Saturday, October 13th, for one exciting race in Downtown Vancouver.

You and your partner must solve 10 clues that reveal the location of the secret checkpoints. You can travel on foot or use any form of public transit. You will also have a Support Captain on your team that will help you solve the clues using the Internet.

Navigate the Streets is giving away a $2000 Grand Prize Shopping Spree to the new Helly Hansen store!

This is a fundraiser for the Make a Wish Foundation. Come out and take on this 'amazing race' and support a great cause.

Go to www.navigatethestreets.com for more info.


OH, THE SUNSET
Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

WEEK #9 RACE RESULTS

CURRENT SERIES POINT STANDINGS

It was all about the sunset at Race #9 in the MEC Big Chop Summer Paddle Series. The sky was a brilliant orange and red much like the colours of our poster design. Roger and Colin took some amazing photos and the 30+ participants all thought it was a great night to be in a kayak.

Jeff Raymond was the fastest male and Carolyn Daubney took first in the female. 75 year old, Florida Town, has a commanding lead for the Series Female Title, but the battle on the men's side is really tight with Chris Drobravolny only 3 points up on the surging Marshall House.

More smokies and over $600 worth of prizing was given out to everyone that stuck around for the post race festivities.

The Series Finale is on September 20th. It'll be a short race, 3.5 for the Little Chop and 6-7km for the Big Chop, and everyone is invited to head to the Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company immediately after the race were we will awarding the series winners and giving out a TON of prizing including the Seaward Kayak. Total prizing will be well over $3000!!!

Be sure to bring a change of clothes! The Big Chop will be buying everyone a drink of their choice.


TWO MORE TO GO!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007

We're down to our final two sessions of the MEC Big Chop Summer Paddle Series. Race #9 is on Sept 6th and features an optional Orienteering stage following the paddle. This stage is not that difficult and I suggest everyone give it a try. You just have to have your runners ready after the paddle and then you're off with a map for a 2km adventure! Bonus series points are available.

And an ealry announcement that the Series Finale is coming up on Sept 20th. To celebrate the end of our inaugural year, we are going to head over to the Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company for post race food and drinks. We'll be doing all our awards and prizing there so be sure to bring a change of clothes for after. We have a TON of prizes go to give away including the Seaward Cosmo TX kayak! You have to be there to win it.


BIG CHOP #8: RESULTS
Wednesday, August 29, 2007

WEEK #8 RACE RESULTS

CURRENT SERIES POINT STANDINGS

 


BIG CHOP #7: POST RACE REPORT
Tuesday, August 14, 2007

RACE RESULTS

CURRENT SERIES POINT STANDINGS


Ryan Pogue, Pogue Sports owner and co-organizer of the Big Chop, gives the final countdown to race start.


It was a great mix of boats on the water including OC 1 & 2, single and double kayaks, dugout canoes, regular canoes, and one high performance caneo paddled by Cam Grose and Phil Evanson who finish fourth overall.


Mike Billy drafts off of Marshall House and Gary Cassulis.


Teresa Gillard and Jen Gilchrist try a canoe with kayak paddles.


It was an awesome battle between Shane Martin and Jeff Raymond. The duo took it to a photo finish with Raymond squeaking on the overall win.


Big Chop regular, John and Camille Lawless paddles the Little Chop.


Thanks to our sponsors!


Everyone stays for the smokies! Thanks to Roger for cooking up the weiners!


Lenora Chan wins the H2O Audio prize package.


The Big Chop prize table is always full of cool schwag.

 


VANCOUVER OCEAN SPORTS OFFERING KAYAK CLINICS
Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Introduction - Basic Kayak Strokes
This course is designed to introduce you to the sport of Kayaking. This three-hour session will dismantle the mystique of this paddle sport discipline and participants will gain a greater understanding of basic stroke fundamentals, kayak equipment, wet exits, and safety on the water. The course is perfect for beginners and your confidence will increase quickly as you learn to develop your boat handling skills.

Price: $70.00
Prerequisite: None
Dates & Times: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
August 6, August 20, Sept 10
Max. 12 participants

Kayak Stroke Improvement
This Stroke Improvement Clinic is specifically designed for individuals who are gearing up for that next big adventure race or would like to improve their paddling performance during a weekly Night Race Series or The Big Chop Paddle Series. This two-hour session will motivate and assist new and experienced paddlers in developing their technical paddling skills for adventure racing, fitness paddling and local Weekly Night Race Series. Participants will gain a greater understanding of basic stroke fundamentals, as well as, advanced techniques that will improve their stroke significantly.

Price: $45.00
Prerequisite: Basic Kayak Instruction (or equivalent experience)
Dates & Times: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
August 1, August 15, Sept 5
Max. 12 participants

Kayak Rescue Techniques
Knowing how to get back into your boat from deep water will give you confidence in all water conditions. You will learn proper wet exits and re-entry, general safety concerns, rescue gear and how to rescue yourself and others. You will be required to provide your own wetsuit.

Price: $70.00
Prerequisite: Basic Kayak Instruction (or equivalent experience)
Dates & Times: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
August 5, August 19
Max. 12 participants

*** VOS Members receive a 15% discount:

To Register : 604-685-5944; canoeclub@poguesports.com; www.vancouveroceansports.com


KAYAK MEMBERSHIP WITH VANCOUVER OCEAN SPORTS
Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Vancouver Ocean Sports is pleased to offer memberships for sea kayak enthusiasts. Whether you own your own kayak and need storage, or love the ocdean and need a boat, we have the equipment you will need to enjoy Vancouver's beautiful waterfront.

Summer Membership: July 1 to Sept 30:
--- Individual Rate (single kayak) ......................... $99
--- Individual Rate (double kayak) ......................... $149
--- Family Rate (up to 4 people any kayak) ......... $249

Annual Membership:
--- Individual Rate (single kayak) ......................... $310
--- Individual Rate (double kayak) ......................... $349
--- Family Rate (up to 4 people any kayak) ......... $499

Kayak Storage:
--- Single Hull ............................................................ $25/mth or $250/year
--- Double Hull ............................................................ $29/mth or $290/year

Location: 1655 Whyte Avenue, Burrard Marina just blocks away from Kits Beach under the Burrard Street Bridge.
Info: 604-685-5944; canoeclub@poguesports.com; www.vancouveroceansports.com


RACE #6 -- BUSY NIGHT ON THE WATER
Friday, July 27th, 2007

The MEC Big Chop sure is a lot of fun. Week #6 drew another big and spirited crowd of paddlers. The evening started with another sold out MEC free paddle clinic geared to newbies looking to experience the water in a kayak.

Then the Big Chop started and it off on the 9km paddle into the very busy harbour. Racers had to keep an eye out for powerboats, sailboats, and the Aquabus. Shane Martin was the first to finish with a time of 45:22 followed by the OC2 team Trevor and Briac.

This was another multi-sport night with an optional orienteering stage. Marshall House and Chris Dobravolny blazed through the 2.5km course finding all five checkpoints in 12 minutes. The next fastest teams took between 22-24 minutes to finish.

Chris and Marshall are also the leaders in the Series Points standings. Click here to view the full list of SERIES POINTS STANDINGS.

Also, click here to view tonight's Race #6 results.

The race ended with more smokies and Edge Energy drink. Awards followed with another big give away of prizes.


It's fireworks time! The course went by the fireworks barge.


Florida Town (75 Years old) paddles in front of the Bard on the Beach.


The series points leaders (Marshall 2nd and Chris in 1st)


This was Christopher Wong's first night at the Big Chop and only his second time on the water. Chris took on the Little Chop and survived!

The winner of the H2O Audio prize package.

 


RACE #5 -- HOT SUMMER NIGHTS
Friday, July 13th, 2007

Last night marked the halfway point of the MEC Big Chop Summer Paddle Series. We had another big group of kayakers, canoers, and outriggers on the start line. It was great to see a lot of new faces too. For some it was their first time paddling and the Little Chop course was the perfect distance for them.

The free smokies, drinks, and chips continue to be a hit after the race. And we have so many killer draw prizes that almost everyone sticks around hoping to go hope with some schwag from our great sponsors!

Last night we were honoured to have John Gardner and Debbie Ashford from Aqualung Canada and Brett Conrad from Stohlquist dropping in to experience the Big Chop.

The Big Chop co-owner, Ryan Pogue, was the fastest boat on the water last night. John and Sandra Madden won the Little Chop category. Click here for full results.

The next race is on Thursday, July 26th.


MEC's Mark Kelly paddles with Aqualung Canada's Debbie Ashford (photo by Roger Krygsveld)


Our awesome volunteers!


Check out the killer prize table. Over $500 worth of prizing was given out last night!


Heather cooked up a storm of smokies last night and added fried onions to the menu! The Big Chop post race grub gets better every week!


Racers enjoying the free watermelon and smokies after the race.


Sandra Madden, winner of the Stohlquist PFD, poses with husband John Madden and Stohlquist rep, Melanie Whital.


Nathan Natainee, Mike Billy, and Denise Billy paddled their dugout canoes last night. Mike and Denise were the second boat across the finish line.


MORE FREE STUFF! All the participants took home free Schick Xtreme3 razors, Carb-Boom gel samples, and Edge Energy Drink Samples. The new issue of Get Out There magazine is also on newsstands and the Big Chop was one of the first to get it.

 


RACE #4 -- DRIZZLE AT THE BIG CHOP.
Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

It was a light drizzle at the fourth race of the MEC Big Chop Summer Paddle Series. Still a spirited and dedicated paddlers took to the water in either the Little Chop (4km) or the regular course (8km). Shane Martin had the fastest paddle time of the night, 42:07, and narrowly edged out the duo of Ben Fast and John George in their double kayak. Click here for the complete results. More smokies filled the bellies of the racers following the race and tons of great prizes were given out to the lucky racers. Thanks to all the volunteers for coming out and help us out! The photos below were taken by Roger Krygsveld.

 


RACE #3 -- EVERYONE LOVES THE SMOKIES!!!
Friday, June 14th, 2007

Over 50 paddlers hit the water for Race #3 of the MEC Big Chop Summer Paddle Series. The course was a challenging maze through a series of markers, powerboats, and barges. Everyone was in a kayak or outrigger for this one except for Mark Kelly from MEC who tried his luck with a whitewater kayak!

Once again Alan Carlson was the fastest boat on the water. Melanie Whital from Stohlquist and H2O Audio was the fastest solo female. Click here for the RESULTS.

The night also featured an optional orienteering stage where racers had to find 5 checkpoints in the Vanier Park / Kits area. Don Barthell and Dean Wutke had the fastest split time and finished with a time of 14:12.

After the race, everyone hung out and chowed down on BBQ Smokies, watermelon, chips and lemonade. We then gave out 18 great draw prizes and recognized the top paddlers in each category. It's a great deal for your $8 entry fee!

The next race is on June 28th. Book your kayak early, tell your friends, and we'll see you there!


RACE #2 -- ANOTHER GREAT NIGHT!!!
Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

It was another great night at the MEC Big Chop Summer Paddle Series! We had 42 paddlers on the start line. Alan Carlson was the fastest racer of the night finishing in a time of 41:18. Bob Putnam from Deep Cove Kayaks made a special appearance and finished 3rd. Click here for the full results.

The night featured the addition of the "Little Chop" which is a 4-5km course geared for the recreational paddler. MEC also put on a kayak demo session before the race that had 12 people take part in learning how to paddle.

Be sure to come out to the next Big Chop on June 14th!

 


THE LITTLE CHOP ADDED TO THE BIG CHOP!
Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

We are excited to announce the addition of the Little Chop Course to the series. The Little Chop is a mere 4-5km and is geared towards those that are just looking to come out for a good paddle in a less competitve environment.

The Little Chop has only one category -- REC. This is great for novice paddlers.

The MEC Big Chop is for everyone! Tell your friends.


TAKE ON THE ROUND BOWEN MARATHON PADDLE RACE!
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Come out on Saturday June 2nd to paddle the 8th Annual Round Bowen Kayak Race. At 36k this is the longest one day kayak race in North America and attracts about 100 racers each year. Surf skis, Sea kayaks and OC1s are welcome.The race is a good challenge to stamina, technique and seamanship as, in a circle course, tide and wind gives a push in one place and a hinderance in another. Last year's winner was 19 year old Wes Hammer from Maple Ridge with a course record of 2:31 just 5 seconds ahead of the previous winner Joost Zeggers. A great post race party with Salmon barbeque, beer and wine, hot tub and live music. Call Bowen Island Sea Kayaking at 604 947 9266 or www.roundbowenrace.org


MORE PHOTOS FROM THE MEC BIG CHOP RACE #1 !
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Photos by Arleen Pogue.


GREAT TIMES AT THE BIG CHOP RACE #1 !
Friday, May 18th, 2007

What an awesome start to the MEC Big Chop Summer Paddle Series! We had great weather, a big turnout, tons of draw prizes and SMOKIES!!! Participants raced in kayaks, outriggers, dugout canoes, regular canoes, and Dave Norona did the race on a standup longboard!

Jack Christie from Shaw TV's The Rec Report was on location to shoot the Big Chop for an upcoming episode.I think it will air next Wednesday at 6pm as part of the Express. Ben Mumford from Wavelengths Magazine was also out so look for a story in a future episode.

We had over 40 paddlers out for our inaugural race and it was Jeff Raymond in his surfski that finished first completing the 7km course in 37:17. Click here for complete race results.

Thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers, and racers for coming out and being part of a successful launch of the MEC Big Chop!

The next race is on Thursday, May 31st. Please help us spread the word and we'll see you there! And yes, we will have a lot more smokies!!!


Dave Norona takes on the MEC Big Chop on his Longboard.


Jeff Raymond paddles into the finish (photo by Arleen Pogue)


There is no better place to paddle than at the Big Chop! (photo by Arleen Pogue)


BIG CHOP KICKS OFF ON THURSDAY!
Monday, May 14th, 2007

We are all set for the start of the MEC Big Chop Summer Paddle Series! We have a ton of great prizes on the first night. Jack Christie from the Shaw TV's the Rec Report will be out there. Dave Norona is rumoured to be coming out with a boat that few have ever seen.

We have also adjusted our pricing and it is now $8/night or $60 for a Series Pass. You are going to get a ton of great value out of this including a great course with safety boats, a chance to win over $500 worth of draw prizes, and post race refreshments!

Please help us spread the word and we'll see you on Thursday!


SEATTLE SPORTS CO SPONSORS THE BIG CHOP.
Monday, May 7th, 2007

We would like to welcome Seattle Sports to the Big Chop team of Series Sponsors. Seattle Sports has been designing and manufacturing innovative, high quality outdoor gear for over 24 years.Whether it be Paddling, Camping, Car-top or Bike;  Seattle Sports products are super functional, long lasting and a great value.
Go to their website.

THE BIG CHOP ROPES LASSO.
Monday, May 7th, 2007

We would like to welcome Lasso Security Cables to the Big Chop team of Series Sponsors. Lasso Security Cables are a highly visible and effective theft deterrent that will send would be thieves looking for an easier target. Lasso is designed to be the highest quality, easiest to use, simplest to install and the most effective theft deterrent available for your kayak. The Original Lasso and the new Kong Cable are available in two sizes and styles; made from thick vinyl coated galvanized steel aircraft cable. Lasso comes with a highly durable integrated four-digit resettable combination lock that you can secure or removed in seconds. Check out our customer testimonials.

 


STOHLQUIST JOINS THE BIG CHOP.
Friday, May 4th, 2007

We would like to welcome Stohlquist Waterware to the Big Chop Series Sponsorship team. There is a reason why the best boaters in the world trust their lives to Stohlquist gear. A Stohlquist life vest feels great the first time on. Each model they offer follows the lineage of 30 years of product innovation, refinement, incorporating the latest in raw material development and manufacturing know-how to provide our customers with the best WaterWare available today.Go to their website.

MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT CO-OP SIGNS ON AS THE TITLE SPONSOR OF THE BIG CHOP.
Thursday, April 19st, 2007

The Big Chop Summer Paddle Series would like to extend a big welcome to Mountain Equipment Co-op as our new Title Sponsor!

Mountain Equipment Co-op is Canada's leading supplier of quality outdoor gear and clothing. MEC serves its 2.1 million members through its ten stores across Canada, a phone and mail order service, and an e-commerce web site, mec.ca.

Big Thanks goes out to Mark Kelley at MEC for all his work in making this happen!


WIN A SEAWARD COSMA TX KAYAK AT THE BIG CHOP!
Thursday, April 19st, 2007

One lucky Big Chop participant will win a brand new Seaward Cosma TX Kayak! This GRAND PRIZE will be drawn at the Series Championship on September 20th. Every time you race, you get an entry into the draw, so the more times you do the Big Chop, the better your chances of winning! One last catch... you MUST be at the Series Championship in order to claim your prize.

Check out Seaward's new line of Thermaform kayaks today. Click here to read more.

 


GET READY FOR THE BIG CHOP!
Sunday, April 1st, 2007

We're very excited for the inaugural season of the Big Chop Summer Paddle Series! The concept for the series came out of meetings between Bryan Tasaka from the Mind Over Mountain Event Co. and Ryan Pogue from Pogue Sports who wanted a more structured paddling series that was inclusive to kayakers and outriggers.

The Big Chop is already drawing a big buzz in the paddling world. This will be a chance for the seasoned paddler to go for the Big Chop title and for the recreational racers to hone their skills.

It's going to be a fun year! Tell your friends, book the dates, and get ready to sign up! Be part of the Big Chop right from the start!

 


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BIG CHOP RACE RESULTS:

2010 SERIES:

Race #1 - Results
Race #2 - Results

2009 SERIES:

Race #1 - Results
Race #2 - Results | Photos
Race #3 - Results | Photos
Race #4 - Results
Race #5 - Results | Photos
Race #6 - Results | Photos
Race #7 - Results | Photos
Race #8 - Results
Race #9 - Results
Race #10 - Resutls

2008 SERIES:

Race #1 - Results
Race #2 - Results
Race #3 - Results
Race #4 - Results
Race #5 - Results
Race #6 - Results
Race #7 - Results
Race #8 - Results
Race #9 - Results
Race #10 - Results

2007 SERIES:

Race #1 - Results
Race #2 - Results
Race #3 - Results
Race #4 - Results
Race #5 - Results
Race #6 - Results
Race #7 - Results
Race #8 - Results
Race #9 - Results
Race #10 - Results
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