Paddling festival expands
May 6, 2014
The Northwest Paddling Festival is expanding its operations, increasing its celebration of all things paddle sports from one to two days.
Lake Sammamish State Park will host the fourth annual festival, featuring paddling industry vendors, product demonstrations, kayak tours, stand-up paddleboarding lessons and a 6-mile paddle-craft race, May 9-10.
Certified guides and experts will be on hand to introduce novices to the world of paddle sports through 45-minute kayak tours or 30-minute stand-up paddleboarding classes.
On Saturday, the festival will offer two free seminars about unique ways to use paddle crafts. Visitors can learn the basics of fishing from a kayak at 10:30 a.m. At 3:30 p.m., experience how “Yoga for ‘Yakers” can prevent injury, increase efficiency and reduce aches and pains while kayaking.
The festival also includes the Northwest Paddling Challenge, a 6-mile or 2-mile paddle-craft race.
If you go
The spectator-friendly competition on the shores of Lake Sammamish State Park features a course compatible for kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders and outriggers.
The 6-mile race begins at 10:30 a.m. May 10, and the 2-mile race starts at 12:30 p.m. Registration is $35. Participants can register in person on the day of the race, or online at www.northwestpaddlingfestival.com.
Access to the festival and vendors is free, though there is a $10 daily parking fee for the state park. Visitors can try some of the industry’s best canoes, kayaks and standup paddleboards for $7.
More than 60 vendors and outdoor-related nonprofits will showcase their products, an increase from last year.