Norm Hann has been standup paddle boarding since 2008. In that time he has enjoyed the sport as an athlete, explorer, instructor and surfer. Norm has also been working as a guide on the BC coast since 2000 and his passion led him to create Norm Hann Expeditions which offers remote standup paddleboard expeditions, paddle surf trips and sup training. Norm’s expeditions have been featured in SBC Surf, Explore, Sierra, Standup Paddle, and British Columbia Magazine.
Another of Norm’s passions is the Great Bear Rainforest where has worked as a guide, educator and coach. This led to a special relationship with the community of Hartley Bay and in 2006 he was adopted into the Gitga’at First Nation and given a Raven name.
Since then Norm has become a defender for the Great Bear Rainforest and has fought to keep oil tankers off our coastline. It began with Norm’s Standup4Greatbear Expedition in 2010 where he paddled the proposed tanker route from Kitimat to Bella Bella and then most recently the with his sup expedition to Haida Gwaii as part of the award winning film, Stand. This summer Norm will be completing the final piece of the coastal tanker route by paddling solo, and unsupported on his Haida Gwaii 2 Hartley Bay Expedition.
Norm is excited for the opportunity to speak at FEAT and to share the stage with so many accomplished and inspiring individuals.