Loss of our friend and fellow paddler Ellen Debondt

Friend and fellow paddler Ellen Debondt lost her life Sunday in a head on collision with a drunk driver on the Olympic Peninsula in Port Angeles, WA. A little over a year ago, Ellen and her husband Ken moved from Seattle to a house perched on a cliff above the amazing surf break Crescent Beach and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The couple were known for being organizers of the La Push Pummel since the late 90's, and were very active in mtn biking, hiking, sea kayaking, whitewater, surf kayaking, and more recently SUP. Ken, an artist, shaped Ellen's first SUP and shapes his own wave skis (as well as for friends too). Ellen's background as nurse had her helping folks in need with cancer and in both PA and Seattle. The woman who hit Ellen was a repeat offender with prior alcohol related incidents adding to this senseless loss.

An account has been set up at Sound Community Bank for Ken DeBondt, contributions can be made in Ken's name, account 10544240. Contributions can be made at any Sound Community Bank branch or send checks to the Port Angeles branch. Contact Tammi Hinkle for any questions or info relating to this account, tammi@atkayaking.com.

Updated Memorial Services Info:

Date: Saturday, March 19
Traditional Hawaiian Water Ceremony

Time: 2:00pm
Location: Crescent Bay, Salt Creek Rec Area, Port Angeles, WA

We will gather at Crescent Bay for a traditional Hawaiian water ceremony where we will celebrate Ellen’s life with a gathering on the water with family and friends. If you just want to watch from the beach, you’re more than welcome. If we can make a circle like this, we’ll be very happy!

Date: Sunday, March 20
Ellen DeBondt Memorial Service

Time: 1:00pm
Location: Salt Creek County Park

For questions or more information, please contact:
Kate Whitman

Cell: 206-227-0031
Email: katewhitman111@hotmail.com


Anonymous said…
I had the priviledge to work with Ellen and call her my friend for past 13 years. She was an amazing person, a tireless advocate for all of her patients, kind and patient to all...someone I think we all aspire to be. She truly had a heart of gold. I recently discovered the love and freedom of SUP. Now I know what she had always talked about...I miss not being able to talk about the adventures of this and many of the outdoor adventures we both enjoyed so much. She's in my heart forever!
Debra Jarvis said…
I worked with Ellen at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. She was amazing. See my blog post about her: