Each June some of the world’s best paddlers challenge themselves in the Yukon Quest, billed as the toughest paddle race in the world. During the race paddlers of all shapes and sizes don life preserves and board kayaks, canoes and outriggers for the 2-5 day paddle down one of the world’s most beautiful rivers. The race is challenging enough within the relative comfort of a kayak or canoe, but a BC woman has taken this challenge one step further.
BC adventurer Lina Augaitis has become the first person to stand up paddleboard (SUP) down the length of the Yukon River from Whitehore to Dawson Creek. SUP is an emerging global sport where paddlers stand on top of a surf board and use long shafted paddles to propel themselves forward. Lina accomplished this amazing feat in five and a half days, paddling the 700 kilometers with only the help of her husband Andrew Dye, who provided navigation, logistical and emotional supportfrom an accompanying kayak.
Lina has written a great recap of her adventure on her blog Live, Love, Laugh,…DREAM. Be sure to check it out and let us know if it inspires you as much as it did us.