Deception Pass Challenge Spring Race - 2021


Thanks to our volunteers, the Skagit Search and Rescue, the Coast Guard and Dan Strauss for the oysters!

Find more of that epic Hawaiian food from Kau Kau Corner in Oak Harbor, WA


Photos and Videos from the Race:

Ava Larson – https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1I1ravP_x3wcMZcfiKVQcZIRGY0c4N25F

Dan Maher (Firefly Drives): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0dq55K8aVo

First Place Winners:

Egor Klevek – Surf Ski 1
Janna Gross – OW 1P (W)
Fiona Wylde – SUP 14′ (W)
Jacob Selander – Kayak 1p
Gavin Godrey – OC1
Team Surly (Chris Baker) – OC2
Carson Hayes – OW 1p (M)
Rowing Tourists – OW X2
Adam Tischler – SUP 14′ (M)
Chris Doree – SUP Unlimited


Deception Pass Challenge Spring 2021 Race Details

The DP Challenge Spring Race – Cornet Bay to Hope and Skagit Islands – Beat the ebb at Hope Island!

April 24th – 2:30pm Start

Start after the start of the Ebb at the Cornet Bay boat ramp and race east around Holypus Point. Thread between Skagit and Kiket Islands then towards Hope Island. Goal is to get past the NE corner of Hope Island before the ebb current holds you back. Then clockwise around Hope Island and shoot the swift ebb current past Ala Point return to Cornet Bay.

Some proceeds donated to the Skagit Bay Search and Rescue who will be providing us with 2 boats to watch over racers.

Registered racers get a free plate of Hawaiian Cuisine from Kau Kau Corner!   Non-racers bring $15 for a plate.

Win a $80 Jet Boat Tour of Deception Pass or free beer from Bastion Brewery!

Other prizes and awards from Seattle Sports Company and KAVU 

Distance: 7.6 miles

Heats start at 2:15 to 2:30pm just after the beginning of the ebb

Race Fees (Price increased 24hrs prior): $70 for 1 person craft.  $80 for 2 person craft.

Racers get 10% off at the Marina Inn in nearby Anacortes.  And 15% off at Auld Holland in Oak Harbor (Call 360-675-2288)  *Mention you’re with the Deception Pass Spring Race.










Start Protocol:

Following current WA State Outdoor Rec Phase 2 Guidelines, we are allowed to launch a wave of 10-15 racers every minute for 100 racers. Slowest craft start first. **Note: I’m keeping the race in Phase 2 in case we spike (already are) and switch back to Phase 2. 

VERY IMPORTANT – Covid-19 Safety Measures in Place.

  • Registrants will be sent at Zoom link for our Pre-Safety Meeting and prize drawing.
  • Per State Guidelines we will have a Covid-19 sanitation and hand cleaning station at the start.
  • Masks will be required to be worn in the parking lot and shore areas and by safety crew on-water when in close contact with participants.
  • You will be assigned a start time for your heat.  Aside from the first (slower craft heat), all heats will be set by type of water craft.
  • Please follow our onsite guidelines to stay distanced on shore and when entering the water. Stay clear of the start area if your heat isn’t immediately.
  • Do not attend if you’re feeling sick and/or have a temp. No refund permitted if so.
  • Life jackets required to be worn by all participants. Leashes as well for SUPs.  Recommend a reliable communication device and hi-vis colors.

Who Should Attend

  • Open to all human powered paddling craft – Row, SUP, kayak, surf ski, outrigger, prone, peddle.
  • * Intermediate and Advanced paddlers who are familiar paddling in tidal currents and waves. *See Participant Requirements below.  Must know how to swim.
  • Must be able to finish course in 2.5 hours per current Phase guidance.
  • Seeking experienced Safety Boaters (power or paddle) to be stationed along the course. Must know how to use a VHF and can rescue in rough water.
  • Per current Phase Guidelines, no spectators at the starting line area for distancing.









Participant Requirements:

  • Open to most human powered paddling and rowing craft.  Not allowed: Kayaks and SUPs under 12′, (too slow for conditions)
  • All racers are required to wear a PFD. Prone and rowers can have a PFD onboard.
  • SUPs are additionally required to wear a waist leash.
  • All participants must know how to swim and be in good physical shape.
  • Hi-vis colors recommended so you can be easily seen by our safety staff and boaters.
  • Consider carrying a handheld, tethered waterproof VHF radio. Channel announced race day.

Terms and Conditions

NOTE –  Regardless of Circumstances:

  • Refunds cannot be issued
  • Tickets can be transferred between participants only if our registration receives the data prior to race.
  • Tickets cannot be deferred to next year



Located 1.5 hours north of Seattle (no ferry), Deception Pass is between Anacortes and Oak Harbor.  Cross DP Bridge and take first left to Cornet Bay. Ample parking.



Lodging / Travel Info

There’s ample lodging in Oak Harbor and Anacortes nearby. ‘DP’ is a 1.5 hour drive in good traffic from Seattle with no ferry required.

Racers get 10% off at the Marina Inn in nearby Anacortes / 15% off at Auld Holland in Oak Harbor (Call 360-675-2288)

**Mention you’re with the Deception Pass Spring Race for both!

DP Clinics for SUP, Kayak and Surf Ski..

Learn how the course works before you start the race. Find out there the best eddies are, when to take advantage of current, how to paddle over boils, eddy lines and whirlpools, how to surf waves or boat wakes and how to train for the race. Open to all craft.  LEARN MORE

Seeking Volunteers and Safety Boats

Safety Boat/Board Requirements:

  • We will have two Skagit Search and Rescue Boats and one Skagit Country Sheriff boat on site
  • You must have considerable experience paddling in Deception Pass currents
  • Carry and know how to use a VHF radio and tow system.
  • Have strong self and group rescue skills.
  • Hi-vis clothing and vest PFD.





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