Corran Addison was the polarizing avantgardist of the Kayak scene. He competed in the 1992 Olympics and won silver and bronze at the Freestyle World Chamionships. He did a 31m vertical drop off a waterfall in France and pioneered new boat designs (e.g. the Riot Disco). At 20, he was in hosptial with a broken back and doctors told him he could never walk again, but he proved them wrong.
He then left this world behind to focus on Surf and SUP, founding Imagine Surf in January of 2002 in Montreal, Quebec. It started as a surfboard manufacturing company that in 2004 began to teach surf classes on Montreal’s St Lawrence river waves. By 2006 Imagine Surf had an international distribution for it’s surfboards and was arguably Canada’s largest manufacturer of surfboards. In the spring of 2007 Imagine began to manufacture Stand Up Paddleboards, beginning with what was then a cutting edge design called the Cutback that was only 7’11” – remarkably short for the time. The evolved design is still in production today. Imagine was the first comapny to build SUPs made of PE, which are perfect for Whitewater.