Ballard Halloween Paddle Race

3rd Annual Ballard Halloween Paddle Race, 10/28 2017 – Get you race on! Open to SUP, OC, prone and kayak.



We raised $800 for the Elks Vocational Scholarship Fund!

Thank to all those that attended and supported the race.

Thanks to KAVU for schwag!

Hosted by Salmon Bay Paddle. Sponsored by the Ballard Elks & Keala’s Hawaiian Coffee.

Costumes or not, come on out and race at the Ballard Elks on Shilshole Bay Saturday the 31st for a good cause supporting the MS Society. Hosted by Salmon Bay Paddle. Meet us for post race hydration at the Ballard Elks Club. Prize for the Best Costume!

This is not a competitive race and open to anyone with good skills looking for a great workout, skill building experience and to meet other paddlers. The PNW race community is very supportive and a great bunch of folks!

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RACE DETAILS –Where? Ballard Elks Beach, Directions. 6411 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA (North of West Marine).

Distance: (2 Races) – 6 miles around West Point and 1.5 miles in Shilshole Bay.

Race Fee: $25 per entry. Start time 11am. Registration in Elks parking lot starting at 10am. Entry fees donated to the Elks Scholarship Fund.

Race Schedule:

10:00 – Vendor/Staff Setup
10:00 – Registration open on grass area above beach.
10:45 – Safety Meeting for participants, safety boaters / staff
11:00 – 6 mile race start.
11:10 – 1.5m race start.
1:00 – Prizes / Post hydration at the Ballard Elks Lodge.

Divisions: Open to OC, prone, kayak, surf ski and SUP divisions.

6 mile Route: Elks around West Point Lighthouse into South Beach and back to Elks. The race route may include wind, waves, boat wakes and/or currents. Expect and prepare for any conditions.

Parking – Free Elks Parking access for participants & fans.

Seeking volunteers
  • Timer assistants / Registration / Boat/Board handlers.
  • *Need competent Safety Boaters with proven rescue skills (kayak, sup or motor). Kayaks/SUPs must have a tow system. Boaters must have rough water experience in open water.

Race Requirements – PFDs required for all participants. Required leashes for SUPs.

RESPECT OUR PUBLIC ACCESS AT THE ELKS – The Elks Beach is small and over the years we’ve had some public access issues. Stay on Right (north) side of beach steps. ‘Elks side’ is Right of stairway if facing water. Please don’t linger on left side of beach with paddle gear due to beach size.

VENDORS WELCOME – Contact us to register.

Vendors Fees:
  • Non-profit – Free
  • For profit – $75
  • Donate $100 to be listed as a Sponsor.

Additional Details / Rules:
  • Ok to draft any class
  • Ok to portage over West Point in case of big point waves.
  • Respect boater right of way. You don’t have right of way! Wait then go. Be a good ambassador to your sport.
  • Be a conscious racer and help any paddler struggling and/or capsized.
  • If you’re unsure of race day conditions, save yourself for another day and/or take a clinic with me to improve your skills.

Race Clinic: Contact me for a pre-race clinic to learn about race strategy and to refine your paddling techniques essential to successful race results. or 206.465.7167.

Who should attend? Anyone who is comfortable paddling on flat water with some small waves from wind and current. We don’t cancel for wind or rain, make sure you can handle the conditions. Gear rentals available. **No beginners (you’ve never paddled before or not often)

What to Wear? We recommend dressing for immersion (water temp – 55F). Many racers wear less due to overheating. Wear what works for you. Neoprene tops and/and bottoms are ideal for racing.

Alternative Put-Ins: Commodore Park (Magnolia by Locks) and Golden Gardens Park.

Wanna Learn to SUP? We provide all levels of instruction for novices to pro racing skills.

Race Results posted on Salmon Bay Paddle Blog.

West Point Webcam

Questions? Contact us, or 206.465.7167.

NW Race Schedules:
Vendor Space – Grass Area

Our Expert Instructors Put Your Safety and Enjoyment First

“I've gone SUP on my own a few times but felt I might be lacking in some basics. I got a lesson from Rob and it exceeded my expectations by a long shot.

Not only does he give all the strokes you may need in various situations, I also learned about equipment, safety, tides and currents, how to transport and hold my board. Little things that made a huge difference because I'm prepared in every area. Now I can just concentrate on having fun when I hit the water."

- Sean F

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- Troy Nebecker, Bellevue

"Rob’s personalized instruction greatly improved my skills and gave me the confidence to become fully immersed in stand up paddling.

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