Seattle – For expert paddlers or those looking to dip their oar in the water for the first time, the sixth annual Northwest Paddling Festival is the place to be to get started for a summer on the water. Held at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, the festival is the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. During the course of the two-day celebration of paddle sports, attendees can demo kayaks and standup paddleboards, take kayak tours, attend seminars, compete in the Northwest Paddling Challenge and check out the latest in gear and accessories from more than 60 paddle sports businesses.
The event is free to the public to attend. Canoes, kayaks and SUPs can be demo’d at the event from the beach for a nominal $7 fee. Those who register for the Paddling Challenge will receive a wristband that is good for the whole day of demos.
Featured activities include:
• 45-minute Sea Kayak Tours: Friday and Saturday.
• Kids Zone: Friday and Saturday.
• The Perfect Paddler Warm-up: Saturday 9:30 a.m.
• Northwest Paddling Challenge: Saturday 10:30 a.m.
• Join the Club: Saturday 1:30 p.m.
• Kayak Polo Exhibition Match: Saturday 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
• Survival Skills Fire Lighting Competition: Friday and Saturday.
• Saturday Seminars Include:
• How & Why to Paddle a Kayak with a Skeg
• Yoga for Outdoor Fitness
• Core Paddling
• SUP Basics
• Misadventures of a Cross Country Kayaker
• Kayak Basics
• Dressing for Paddle Sports
• How to Pack Your Kayak for Overnight Touring
• Choosing the Right Kayak for Your Paddling Goals
• Cold Water Safety
Check the website for details of the featured activities and the schedule and seminar descriptions: www.northwestpaddlingfestival.com.
When: Friday May 6 – Saturday, May 7, 2016
Hours: Friday 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Sunset Beach at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road, Issaquah, WA. From I-90: Drive east to exit #15, and follow the signs to Lake Sammamish State Park.
Parking: Parking is available at Lake Sammamish State Park using a Washington State Discover Pass. A one-day pass is $10 or an annual pass is available for $30. Passes can be purchased at the Park entrance. Passes are also available online or at select retailers for an additional handling fee.
Tickets: The event is free to the public to attend. Canoes, kayaks and SUPs can be demo’d at the event from the beach for a nominal $7 fee. Those who register for the Paddling Challenge will receive a wrist band which is good for the whole day of demos.