Tyler Kydd and Dan Wong took the honours in the 2015 Latham Island Paddle Race, organized by Somba K’e Paddling Club (SKPC) volunteers.
The pair made it home in 25 minutes and 15 seconds, in a race contested by 34 teams on Saturday. Rob Krushel was the first individual competitor over the line.
“That was exhausting, but well worth it,” Kydd told SKPC
“We didn’t do too much training – a little bit of paddling through the summer, whitewater trips and whatnot – but all in all I just wanted to get out there and have some fun, and it paid off.”
The race is based on the legend of a drunken argument between two Yellowknife prospectors regarding whether it’s possible to paddle around Latham Island in under 20 minutes. There is no record of that 20-minute barrier being broken.
Watch slow-motion footage of the race start: