Festival Celebrates Paddling in the Northwest

The Northwest Paddling Festival returns to Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah May 12 and 13.

During the two-day celebration, attendees will be able to demo watercraft, take kayak tours, attend seminars, and explore more than 60 paddle sports businesses and vendors.

This year, Northwest Paddling Festival has added the Red Paddle Dragon World Series Race event. Starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, the event is the world’s first team stand up paddle boarding competition, with qualifying races taking place around the world, culminating in the World Championship being held in Barbados later this year.

Also new this year are seminars covering topics like cooking in the back country, journaling/sketching a paddling trip, and how to go faster and further with a method known as Surfski paddling. A kids’ paddling seminar will also be available for the younger set. Other seminars from past years will also be offered, all classes are free and open to all experience levels.

Paddling novices don’t need to be embarrassed by their skill level as there will be 30-minute introduction sessions to kayaking or SUP. For more experienced paddlers there will be a flow motion fitness boot camp and yoga classes. After all, standard workouts get a lot more complicated on unstable surfaces like a paddleboard on the water.

The event and seminars are free and open to the public, however demos of watercraft come with a $10 fee. For more information including a complete schedule and seminar descriptions visit Northwest Paddling Festival online.

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