Dimitri Vandepoele

Dimitri Vandepoele

Location: Belgium

Web: youtube.com/user/Northseakayak

Dimitri started sea kayaking in 2007 and has never stopped since then. When he's not at work or sleeping, he's on the water doing mostly day-trips, shorter trips, surf sessions and training rescue and paddle techniques.

He founded the NORTHSEAKAYAK group to unite the Belgian paddlers as much as possible; it is a non-official group where everybody is welcome to join, regardless of age, level, experience or gender. They try hard to paddle safely and responsibly and share all their knowledge with those who paddle with them.

Dimitri learned sea kayaking on his own by trial and error and through watching videos, since there was not much support in Belgium. With his videos he tries to promote sea kayaking in Belgium, and with success!

Unfortunately there are no rocks and tidal races, in Belgium, but he still manages to keep things interesting! Most important within Dimitri's group of paddlers; it's all about the smiles, the fun and the companionship!

Dimitri owns the coveted title of being the first person to complete a solo, unsupported crossing of the North Sea - check out his write up about it, here.