Dean Burke

Executive Director: Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission
Home Town: 
Tacoma, WA
Connecting people to the sea through experiences and stories….that’s a passion for me. The sea is an incredible teacher and place to find balance in life. 
In June of 2017 I paddled 42 miles across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. From Port Townsend, WA to Victoria, BC. as part of Stage One of the R2AK. An incredible experience from end to end. 
My local waters are in the South Puget Sound region of the Salish Sea in Washington State. In Tacoma we have some 25 miles of accessible saltwater shoreline. I paddle often with pods of orcas, humpbacks, sea lions and much more. I’m also part of Monster and Sea family as we paddle together to help families wrestling with cancer. 
I’m stoked on Surftech and Bark. I think Joe Bark is among the best in the world at open water paddling and designs. It’s why I used a D2 design for crossing the Strait of Juan de Fuca and at the Jay Race. Joe’s personal experiences making the Catalina crossing for over 30 years has given him that insight that cannot be learned any other way. That experience shows through his hands and work and makes his shapes almost timeless. 

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