The Makah Coast Race is a 6 mile ocean human powered paddling and rowing race on Makah Bay on the Makah Indian Reservation September 29th. Racers start on Hobuck Beach and go through the surf to an outer reef, then to the south end of the bay, around a picturesque sea stack, back to the reef and back through the surf to the beach. Like many beach events, racers will run a short distance to the finish line.  

The race will take place alongside the Hobuck Hoedown, a surf and sea kayak, and SUP surf competition held annually at Hobuck Beach.

Nearby Cape Flattery is the most northwesterly corner of the Lower 48 US and Washington State. Makah Bay is known for its surf, beaches and access to Olympic National Park’s Shi Shi Beach.  Click here for directions and lodging info. 

Racers will be screened for their skills. You must be competent with ocean paddling and rowing skills for surf, large waves and swell.  

Makah Coast Race Registration Here 

Register Separately for the Hobuck Hoedown (Sept 28-29)

Race Schedule:

Thursday Sept 26th, online registration closes. 

Friday 9/28 – On-site registration opens at 3pm and closes at 7pm. 

Sun 7:30am – Safety Meeting for all participants and staff

Sun 8am – Race Start. 

Sun 10:30am – Race ends

Sun 11:00 – Awards


Skill Prerequisites: Advanced

You should have proven skills in ocean and open water paddling, surfing and rough water skills.  You should know how to swim. This is not a race for beginners. Ocean swell could range from 2′ to 10′.  We will not hold the competition beyond a 10′ swell and/or 25kt winds.  

Lifejackets and leashes required to participate as well as reliable communication device.  Helmets recommended for surf entry / exit.  

Race Details:

Date: September 29, 2019

Number of Participants: 30

Location: Hobuck Beach Resort, Makah Bay, WA

Event Duration: 3 hours. 

Cost: $45 per participant.

Schedule: 8am Start, done by 11am.  

Safety: Approved by the Coast Guard and Makah Indian Tribe, we will have a boat on-water to assist paddlers as well as additional safety paddlers along the course. The course does have a few access points along the coastline. All race staff will be on VHF radios. 

Register Here

Registration for the Hobuck Hoedown (sea and surf kayak, plus SUP surfing competition). 


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