St. Paddle's Day

Getting Here Grounds Tour
Celebrate the beginning of the spring paddling season on the shores of Hood Canal; Washington’s only true fjord. Join us for races, clinics, paddling gear swap and demonstrations.


 2019 Race Results

Join us on March 16th for this annual Northwest Tradition!


Kick off the PNW paddling season at our annual NW Tradition co-hosted with Salmon Bay Paddle!  Racing entrance fee is $15.
Open to SUP, prone, OC, kayak, ski, canoe and rowers.
Watch a movie from a previous St. Paddle’s day:
8:30AM: registration opens
10:00AM: registration closes
10:00AM: complimentary kid’s sup clinic with Joonbug Yoga
10:30AM: complimentary kid’s paddle
11:00AM: mandatory safety meeting for all short and long course racers
11:30AM: Long course starts
11:30AM: Adult SUP yoga (for non-racers) with Joonbug Yoga
11:45AM: Short course start
2:00PM: Awards
3:00PM: Adult SUP yoga with Joonbug Yoga
Swap Meet!!
10:30AM-1:30PM: swap, trade, sell your used or outgrown gear
SUP Yoga Clinics:
Kids SUP basics class
FREE! Pre-registration required by emailing Michelle at
Adults SUP Yoga basics class
$60.00 per person/pre-registration required at
Cost: The kids class is free!
The adult classes are $60.00 per person with paddle board or $30.00 per person if you bring your own board.
Registration is required on our rates page. We have 7 paddle boards available for rent during the class or bring your own board. Please call Michelle at 360.556.6205 or email for more information.
Vendors: West Bay Paddleboards, Joonbug Yoga
Additional vendors welcome: please contact for more information.
** Participant Qualifications:
This race is considered a cold, open water race. Participants must be dressed for cold water immersion and have the physical ability and experience to complete the race they sign up for, the race director may change a participants entry from long course to short course if experience and type of equipment is deemed unsafe for the long course
*The race course subject to change based upon weather conditions
Long course: (approximately 6 miles)
Cross open water and could face strong winds and current in both directions of the crossing.
Short course: (approximately 3 miles)
Stay along one shoreline and be a round trip route (down and back), possibly facing wind and current in both directions.
Kids paddle course: (approx. ¼ mile) / complimentary
Circular route around the T dock at Alderbrook, starting on one side of the leg and paddling around the top of the T, returning to the other side of the leg. It is fairly protected and close to the dock at all times, but current and wind can affect paddlers.
** Enter our drawing to win an overnight stay and dining credit at Alderbrook!
Paddlers receive 10% off accommodations. Please call 360.898.2145 to request this discount.
Commemorate St. Paddle’s Day with a dry-fit shirt available in adult and youth sizes for only $20!