Blackfish Paddles presents: Beauty on Howe Sound

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Situated immediately northwest of Vancouver, British Columbia is the confluence of several fjords that make up the beauty of Howe Sound. Surrounded by towering peaks that rise straight out of the sea, Howe Sound showcases this Vancouver recreational waterwayof multiple outdoor activities including stand up paddling, sailing, diving, camping, and hiking.

Howe Sound: Protect What You Love

Watch “Howe Sound”, a riveting short film collaboration between Blackfish Paddles and SUP expedition leader Norm Hann. They capture the beauty and majesty of North America’s southernmost fjord, highlighting the vulnerability and rarity of this eco-system which is home to orcas, salmon sliding upstream and, of course, humans.

In this film, Blackfish Paddles advocates for the conservation of local marine systems with team rider Norm Hann, SUP athlete and wildlife advocate.

Originally approached by David Smart, owner of Blackfish Paddles, Hann was asked to create a short environmental feature about Howe Sound. Both parties really wanted to showcase the incredible diversity of their home waters in Squamish, B.C. – also home to Blackfish Paddles.

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Norm Hann, owner of Norm Hann Expeditions, specializes throughout British Columbia & Belize. Photo by: Eric Berger

Blackfish Paddles Advocates Preservation of Beautiful Places, B.C.

Blackfish Paddles has already released two additional & impactful short films. Wild Coast is a stunning highlight reel of paddle surfing in Tofino, B.C. Their second film, Push, is focused on stand up paddle racing and the rigors of training in Northern Vancouver.

Howe Sound continues their legacy of creating well-crafted environmental footage in the realm of stand up paddling, and SUP expedition leader Norm Hann gives gorgeous detail to the battles this body of water faces every day.

Sit back, enjoy and be inspired by the beauty of nature. Howe Sound is a reminder to be vigilant to the changing tides of our times and how each one of us is accountable for the protection of beautiful spaces that we use for recreation.

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.