Dallas Allison – it’s not a name you would have heard before, but it sure will be one you’ll come to know. Dallas is a proud BC paramedic and member of the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (4CRPG), BC Coy. On August 24th, 2021 he will attempt a Guinness World Record (GWR) by accomplishing the most extensive distance on a stand-up paddleboard on flat water in 24 hours.
The current record is held by Starboard Dream team rider Bart de Zwart with his record-setting 193.8 km in 24hrs – which he achieved in Erlach, Switzerland back in 2017 on his customized 18′ x 21.5″ Sprint Unlimited. Dallas’ goal is to reach 210 km.
The Canadian paramedic not only wants to attempt to break Bart’s record but also wants to make a difference by raising funds for the Honour House.
The Honour House enables families to stay close to members who are receiving medical care or treatment while in the Metro Vancouver area. Funds raised by this GWR attempt will go to supporting this refuge (a home away from home) for members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans, emergency services personnel, and their families. To assist in keeping this vital service operating, Dallas is seeking monetary contributions. Donations, in return, will be recognized preceding and after the GWR event.
Ok, that sounds awesome – but how did Dallas Allison find himself wanting to set a paddle boarding Guinness World Record?
A little story about his journey:
« Like so many during this pandemic, I found myself isolated. It was all too easy to reach for a drink, settle into a sedentary lifestyle, and wait. To maintain resilience during these challenging times, I sought out exercise, fresh air, and nature. I wanted to maintain operational readiness, resilience, set an example for my son and coworkers, and improve my physical and mental health.
How to do this during isolation?
Paddle boarding was the answer. In March 2020, I began the gruelling training for the GWR. Rain, hail, wind, snow, and freezing temperatures didn’t keep me from training. »
For further insight into Dallas’ training, check out his “Story of an Underdog” page on Facebook.