Kalamalka Lake is widely recognized as the Okanagan’s most pristine watery playground and has become a popular destination for Standup Paddleboarding (SUP) in the province. With the increase in popularity comes a level of responsibility to help maintain the lake’s colourful and clean waters. Kalavida Surf Shop is proud to announce a donation of $1,000 to SPrKL (The Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake) to help with their efforts to educate, activate and inform the public about the various issues that continue to challenge the watershed.
The 18-km freshwater lake is enjoyed by all types of water sports both motorized and human powered and as public usage increases, so do the challenges of keeping it clean and safe. Kalavida is an ongoing partner with SPrKL and is proud to help protect and preserve what many consider one of the best places to paddle in the region. Many of the local paddle boarders are members of the society and act as ambassadors throughout the year.
“With an increase in SUP activity on the lake, we felt it was our responsibility to take a proactive approach” said Michelle Mitchell of Kalavida. “Our shop is right across from Kal Beach which allows us to monitor it daily throughout the busy months.” The SUP community as a whole continues to dedicate efforts to a variety of environmental causes – A group that includes two of Kalavida’s own ambassadors; Bob Purdy (Paddle for the Planet) and Norm Hann (Standup for Greatbear). The annual donation has doubled each year since 2010 and was raised through a variety of events including the Kalamalka Classic SUP Festival – An event recognized as the largest Standup Paddleboard event in Canada. For more details about SPrKL and Kalavida, visit their websites at www.spkl.ca and www.kalavidasurfshop.com.