Three young men are nursing some sore muscles today after completing a remarkable journey in honour of their late friend.
The trio kayaked from Victoria’s inner harbour to False Creek in Vancouver – a 135 kilometre route.
After an overnight trek through the waters of B.C.’s coast, Sean McBeath, Dion Maxwell and Liam Fisher arrived in False Creek yesterday evening after leaving Victoria at 2:30 in the morning.
For 17 hours, they battled currents as they paddled the 135 kilometer journey.
“Paddling in the dark was a little weird because you could not see the waves coming in, and then the sun came up and gave us some new energy,” Sean McBeath told Global News.
The three friends trained for five months for this mission with one goal in mind.
“We decided to do this to raise money for the Tyler Lewis Clean Energy Research Foundation, which funds clean energy initiatives,” says McBeath.
It was their way of honouring long-time friend Tyler Lewis.
The avid outdoorsman died in a ski accident last December.
He was pursuing his Ph.D. in environmental sustainability, and after his death, Tyler’s parents set up a foundation in his name.
The men’s efforts raised more than $17,000.