Joe O'Blenis

Greenland Paddles, Straightshaft Canoe PAddles, Bentshaft Canoe Paddles

Joe O'Blenis Bio Page

 2010 Vancouver Island Circumnavigation Speed Record:


  • 2-time Speed record holder for circumnavigating Vancouver Island by sea kayak. 1150 kilometers in 16 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes.
  • 37 years plus of paddling experience from coast to coast.
  • 17 years working in the paddlesports business.
  • Aug. 2003 Attempt on the 24 Hour Endurance Kayaking World Record, paddling 275 kilometers in 22 hours down the Peace River. while a member of the Necky Kayaks Pro Team
  • Marathon Canoe Racer off and on since the 1980's

  • Solo Kayaking expeditions of up to 1200 kilometers.

  • 6 Month Solo Cross Canada Canoe Expedition.

  • Creator and President of the Superior Kayak & Canoe Club.

  • Yukon River Quest competitor...700 km paddling race down the Yukon River...

    A small sample of some of Joe's sponsors over the years include:

    Clipper Canoes, Necky Kayaks, Nigel Dennis Kayaks, Kokatat, Tahe Marine Kayaks, Julbo Sunglasses, MEC, Kayalu, Modern Outpost, Redpine Outdoor, Pacific Outdoor, Valhalla Pure, Whites Manufacturing (paddling division) as well as the support of many members of family and friends.




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