Brandon Van Elslander


Age: 
40
Occupation: 
Machinist
Home Town: 
Oakville, Ontario Canada
Brandon began paddling flat water sprint canoes at the age of 13 as a way to cross train for hockey during the off season. By age 17, he started seeing success in both sports but dedicated himself full time to sprint canoe.
 
Over the next several years his hard work and dedication saw him become a provincial team athlete having success at a National level. In 1997 and 1999 he earned a spot on the Canadian Men’s Dragon boat Team and the honour to compete for Canada at two World Championships in Hong Kong and Nottingham, England. Through injury and apprenticeship his training time reduced.  His ultimate goal of making it to the Olympics was unachievable. His life took another focus. Work, travel, and eventually marriage and a family.
 
In 2015, Brandon found SUP as a way to get back out on the water, to improve his overall fitness. Previous paddling experiences were benificial, but SUP has so  many elements and new skills to learn, it turned into a passion to improve and go faster. Racing soon followed as a natural progression with results getting better every event he entered. Different racing formats and distances require a different skill set in which he is constantly try to improve.
 
Having fun on the water is his main objective, and sharing unique experiences with others is an added bonus. Weather it being racing, downwinding, surfing or\ just paddling all year round in snow and ice or a calm summer day on Lake Ontario. Everyday is different and that's what makes sup so enjoyable

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