This year our Nikwax Faction Athlete, Norm Hann, has been working on a coastal conservation project called STAND. It’s a short film talking about the threat of oil tankers to the British Columbia coast and more specifically, the Greatbear Rainforest. Norm has been a guide, a fisherman, an educator, and leading SUP expeditions in the Greatbear Rainforest in British Columbia since 2002. Check out a clip of the movie and his blog Mountain Surf Adventures here: http://mountainsurfadventures.blogspot.com/2012/03/standfilm.html
When a Canadian energy company made a proposal to start routing oil tankers through the Douglas Channel and Greatbear Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada, the birds, whales and other wildlife endemic to the area couldn’t stand up for themselves. So Norm Hann stood for them.
Norm and his partners traveled the 400 km tanker route by standup paddleboard, connecting with the Native people that have lived for generations in this pristine wilderness and raising awareness of the impacts of the proposal. His efforts remind us all that there is ALWAYS something we can do and one person CAN make a difference.
For more information and to support Norm’s efforts, visit Standup4GreatBear.
If exploring incredible terrain via paddleboard (or just taking a few lessons) is EXACTLY what you were hoping to do this summer, Norm’s your guy – Mountain Surf Adventures.
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Thank you Norm.
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