Norm Hann has raced stand up paddleboards throughout Canada and the United States. His most memorable race was competing in the 2013 Molokai2Oahu Paddleboard championships and being the first solo Canadian to cross the finish line. In 2016, Norm will be one of 10 elite stand up paddle athletes who will be racing in the iconic, Yukon River Quest, the world’s longest annual canoe and kayak race from Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon (715 km/444 miles).
Based in Squamish, BC, Norm started an expedition company that offers remote SUP expeditions to world class destinations, paddle surf courses and stand up paddle instruction and training. Norm is a Paddle Canada surf, coastal and river instructor trainer and his adventures have been featured in SBC Surf, Explore, Sierra, Stand Up Paddle Magazine, SUP the Mag, and British Columbia Magazine.
When asked how he felt about joining Kokatat’s Ambassador team, Norm replied “I am really excited to be an athlete ambassador with such a well-respected brand as Kokatat. As a coastal SUP expedition leader, and Paddle Canada Instructor trainer I require dependable, safe and comfortable gear to teach and lead in. Kokatat provides this and I look forward to future adventures, races and courses using the best gear for paddlesports.”
Norm’s work in the Great Bear Rainforest as a guide, educator and coach led to a special relationship with the community of Hartley Bay. In 2006 he was adopted into the Gitga’at First Nation and given the name T’aam Laan which means “Steersman of the Canoe.” Since then Norm has stood up for the Great Bear Rainforest and fought to keep oil tankers off the British Columbia coastline. It started with Norm’s 400km Standup4Greatbear Expedition in 2010 in which he traveled along the proposed tanker route.
Most recently Norm was part of the award winning STAND film project which highlighted his 350km long SUP expedition from Old Masset to the totems of the UNESCO World Heritage site Sgang Gwaay. Sgang Gwaay is off the west coast of the Haida Gwaii (formerly Queen Charlotte Islands) off the North Coast of British Columbia.
As a coastal SUP expedition leader, and Paddle Canada Instructor trainer I require dependable, safe and comfortable gear to teach and lead in.