Deception Island Paddle Board Short Race

NEW for 2013! Join us for a 2-mile Stand-Up Paddle Board Race at 10am following the Deception Pass Dash. Both events are scheduled for Sunday, December 8, 2013 at Deception Pass State Park near Oak Harbor, Washington. Designed for beginners, the SUP race includes a 2-mile paddle from the Bowman Bay Boat Launch to Deception Island and back. Hope you can join us!

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  • Location:
    Deception Pass State Park
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  • Length:
    1 Day
  • Experience Level:
  • Pre-requisite:
    Confident Swimmer
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Looking for the 6-mile Deception Pass Dash?
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Deception Island Paddle Board Short Race Details

You don't need to be an expert paddle boarder to participate, but if this is your first event or the open-water conditions are more than you're used to, we strongly recommend that you prepare (practice distance paddling, self-rescues, etc) and make safe decisions about your paddling ability on the day of the race (based on actual conditions).

All racers must wear a Coast Guard approved pfd and whistle, and your board must have a leash. If this is your first SUP race, or you'd like to practice and work on your rescue skills and take advantage of early check-in, be sure to join us on Saturday, December 7th for some on-water time and classes.

Registration will be available online from October 28th to December 7th.  Once your online registration and payment have been processed, you will receive an email requesting additional required paddler information. It is the responsibility of each racer to submit all paperwork prior to race day.

Volunteers & Safety Paddlers
Must register and get checked off ahead of time. Volunteer positions include; setup, tear-down, registration, food, timing, aid station, prizes, emcee, and advertising. If you would like to volunteer please send an email to - THANKS!

The Race Route
The race will start and finish at Bowman Bay in Deception Pass State Park. Conditions permitting, the 2 mile course will be as follows; from Bowman Bay, paddlers will head southwest to Deception Island. The island will be rounded counterclockwise. Paddlers will then retrace their route back to the finish line near the Bowman Bay Boat Launch.

Saturday's Schedule
TBD - Early check-in will be available in the afternoon
TBD - Kayakers Self-Rescue Clinic
TBD - Kayak Rolling Clinic
TBD - Paddleboarding Clinic

Sunday's Schedule
5:30am - Registration Opens (all racers & volunteers must check in!)
7:10am - DPD 6-mile race start
7:33am - Ebb begins
9:30m - Mandatory SUP Racer Meeting (15 minutes)
10:00am - SUP RACE START

Racers should plan to arrive at Bowman Bay (part of Deception Pass State Park near Oak Harbor) at least 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to race start to allow ample time for checking in, unloading your board, affixing racer number, attending the racer meeting, getting suited up, warming up, etc. You may find it convenient to arrive at the Park the night before and camp there (see notes on Camping, below). All racers must check in at the registration table prior to the start of the race. Check-in lines will be longest between 5:30am and 7:30am when the DPD 6-mile participants are arriving. We reserve the right to delay/adjust the start time based on the tides and weather, or if safety precautions warrant it.

Registration Fees
$35 per racer (price goes up to $50 on 11/20/13)

Your registration fee covers the event insurance & permit fees, coffee & food on race day, an event t-shirt, and portable toilet rentals for the event. If you are also participating in the 6-mile DP Dash at 7am we would love to have you join us for the SUP short race at 10am. Please email us for a multi-race discount code!

Camping/Overnight Accommodations
Camping and cabins will be available for event participants on Saturday night at the Cornet Bay Environmental Learning Center (part of Deception Pass State Park). If you would like to stay at the Park please send us an email so that we can reserve enough spaces.

Deception Pass State Park website