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Adventurers skied, surfed and paddle boarded for 14 days through B.C.

A group of five friends recently embarked on a journey of a lifetime — paddleboarding, surfing and skiing all the way from Bella Coola, B.C. to Calvert Island on the coast.

Group of adventurers making a documentary went from Bella Coola to Calvert Island off the coast

Extreme Paddle Boarding

7 years ago
Duration 6:09
Jean-Francois Plouffe talks about a 14 day trip to Bella Coola on paddle board

A group of five friends recently embarked on a journey of a lifetime — paddleboarding, surfing and skiing all the way from Bella Coola, B.C. to Calvert Island on the coast. 

It was a trip that adventurer and team member Jean-Francois Plouffe said involved lots of training.

"We paddled sometimes for 17 hours plus during the day with full equipment on the paddle," he told Our Vancouver host Gloria Macarenko. 

A section of their two-week adventure involved crossing six kilometres of open water — called the Hakai Pass.

Jean-Francois Plouffe and four friends paddled 17 hours a day. (Jean-Francois Plouffe)

"It was windy, there was definitely some of the waves coming in, but it was beautiful. You know the silence lives there."

There was plenty of wildlife along the way including whales and dolphins. Plouffe, says it was an amazing adventure to share with his friends.

Making a documentary

"We love to paddle, we love to surf and adventure is something we keep seeking. To be able to disconnect from your routine and re-connect truly... you need to get out — we love to play outside."

In preparation for the trip the team studied water ways, tides and weather conditions saying it was important to assess the risks involved and be prepared for any obstacles.

"We have a great relationship because we get to a place where we have to manage risk together and we embrace the decision together and that creates a strong relationship," said Plouffe.

In preparation for the trip the team studied water ways, tides and weather conditions. ( Jean-Francois Plouffe)

Along with all being adventure seekers, the five men took it upon themselves to capture their journey on film and have plans to create a documentary — hoping to show the diversity of British Columbia. 

"We were lucky to have waterproof gear and we rolled it up and that's part of the process everything had to be on top and balanced."

Paddleboarding everyday sometimes got tricky, especially because they had to pack all their equipment on top of the boards, says Jean-Francois Plouffe. (Jean-Francois Plouffe)

"One day after the other ... that's when it gets harder. This is because sometimes you paddle at night because it was really windy during the day so we would have to get up really early for when the tide goes out but, you know I can't cry a river we were on a holiday paddling in a beautiful area, you know if it's tough ... you muscle up," said Plouffe.

Mesmerized by nighttime

Plouffe said one of his favourite memories from the trip was at night. 

"It was phenomenal, the wind dropped and we could see phosphorescence. All of us stopped talking —we were immersed in the experience."

Paddleboarding at night was one of his favourite experiences, says Jean-Francois Plouffe. (Jean-Francois Plouffe)

Plouffe says he and his friends will continue to seek adventure. 

"It has always been a group of people that wanted to go further and challenge themselves and I think, you know, we're called the adventurers now and there's many of us."

The group plans on releasing their documentary sometime in 2016.

In the video above Plouffe tells host Gloria Macarenko about the beautiful landscapes he came across during the journey.

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