On Oct 4th, 2020, I’m hosting the first annual Makah Coast Race, a 7-8 mile through the surf paddling race held at Hobuck Beach, on the Washington Coast. The race occurs near Neah Bay, on the very NW corner of Washington State on the Makah Indian Reservation.

Some proceeds will be donated to the Makah Lutheran Church who help local tribal kids with school supplies, clothing and other support.

The Route

You will start from the beach, launch through the surf and paddle out to the first outer reef then turning left to the south end of Makah Bay. You’ll turn at the three mile mark around a big sea stack then head back to the first reef, take a right towards the surf, then land on Hobuck Beach. You’ll drop your gear and run approx 25 yards to the finish line.

Who Should Race

The race is open to all human powered paddling and rowing craft.

Requirements to Race

You must have open water and surf experience and know how to swim. This means you know how to launch and land in surf.  All races are required to wear have a PFD and ideally a leash to prevent losing your craft and injuring others in the surf. A VHF radio is another great option due to the offshore coastal nature of the race.

The race is pproved by both the Makah Tribe and Coast Guard the race will take place alongside the Hobuck Hoedown, a surf kayak and SUP competition.

Official Event Page

Check out the official Makah Coast Race page for more info including travel and lodging info.

Additional Details

Cost: $60 per participant / $15 for our epic t-shirt designed by Ayu Othman.

Total Racers: 30.


Sign up for the Hobuck Hoedown surf kayak and SUP competition. Same location and weekend.

Safety Info

We’ll have Coast Guard support, safety boaters and all staff on VHF radio. Much of the route is easily accessible by road. Timer: Mark McAlpin.

Other Races We Do

Deception Pass Challenge, St Paddles Day. Previous organizers for the Ballard Elks Monday Summer race series, Lincoln City Coast Race.

Salmon Bay Paddle SUP Tips

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