15 Day SUP Adventure: Bella Coola River to Calvert Island

The idea of combining skiing, river paddling, ocean touring to the outer coast and surf brought friends and adventurers Jimmy Martinello, Chris Christie, JF Plouffe and Jon Burak together to hatch a plan for  the best possible location that would give a real wilderness experience and challenge the crew’s decision making in a wild location.

Bella Coola was the obvious choice with some of the best ski mountaineering in the world, and with its 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.


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Join Chris Christie and Jean Francois Plouffe at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Monday, February 13th for a presentation on their 15-day Stand up Paddle Board Expedition to Bella Coola with a short film and still images from this 240 km coastal journey.

Also presenting this great evening, join Norm Hann and Jon Burak and Jimmy Martinello on SUP Exploration from the West Coast and around the world.

If you’re unable to make the VIMFF this year, you can catch the full video exclusively right here on the 14th. Also watch for our feature story in the upcoming issue of Mountain Life Coast Mountains. Stay tuned for more.


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