Seattle Race Series

Bringing back the Seattle Winter and Spring Seattle Race Series, these are monthly 8 mile paddling and rowing races on Seattle’s inner waterways.

Paddle under 6 bridges twice and enjoy city and houseboat views.  Fastest racers in SUP, ski and OC1 win a free entry to the next race!

Open to prone, SUP, OC, row, pedal craft, surf ski, kayak. *Kayaks 13’+ and SUP minimum 12′-6″. Must know how to swim.

First race is Saturday Jan 25, starting at 10am.  Next Race Dates: Sun Feb 23 / Sun Mar 22.

After the race enjoy Frelard Tamales in the outdoor cabana, courtesy of Agua Verde Paddle Club.

Hosted by Salmon Bay Paddle and Agua Verde Paddle Club.

Course – Race from Agua Verde Paddle Club on Portage Bay under the University and I-5 bridges into Lake Union, thru the Ship Canal to the Ballard bridge and back!

1/22 Updated Race Course (Final)




AWARDS – Fastest times in OC1, SUP and Surf Ski categories win free entry at next race. All top 3 times receive an award.

FEES: 1/22 – $35 pp  (1 person craft); $55 2p craft); Dragon Boats $225.

RACE REQUIREMENTS – PFDs required to be worn for racers plus leashes for SUPs. No PFDs will be DQ.



LOCATIONAgua Verde Paddle Club 1307 NE Boat Street Seattle, WA 98105 Directions

PARKING – Free lot across street (see pic) and paid street and marina parking. Directions

BOAT SET-UP – Free lot grass strips and round grass area by AV docks (See inset photo). *Stay off other UW property.

LAUNCH: AV Docks and Public dock off paid lot by AV (by houseboats).

8:30am Sign-in Table Opens *Check-in & sign waiver.

9:15 – Registration Closes

9:30am – Safety Meeting for all participants and safety volunteers.
10am – **Race Start
Noon or 12:30 – Awards
1pm – Event ends.

RACE COURSE TIPS AND HAZARDS: U-Bridge go through sides – not main channel / Gas Works go wide – shallow on point / Stay to sides in Ship Canal / Watch for deadhead log north end of Ballard Bridge / Boats have right-of-way.


CONTACT: Rob Casey – rob@salmonbaypaddle.com / 206-465-7167

Race Training Available for SUP and kayak / surf-ski.

Check out my Deception Pass Challenge Spring Race April 26, 2020.

Skill Prerequisites: Intermediate to Advanced

You should be comfortable paddling 8 miles on flat water with possible wind and small waves or boat wakes. Open to all human powered paddling craft. No SUPs under 12′-6″ or kayaks under 14′.

All racers will be required to wear a PFD. SUPs will be required to wear a PFD and leash.

Race Series Details:

Location: Race Start & Finish at Agua Verde Paddle Club

Jan 25th Schedule: 10am Start.

Next Race Dates: Sun Feb 23 / Sun Mar 22

Who Should Sign Up?  You should be comfortable paddling 8 miles. Open to most paddling/rowing craft.  *No Kayaks under 13′ or SUPs under 12′-6″.


$25 per person now – Starting 1/22 fee increases to $35. 

*Dragon Boats $200 now, $225 after 1/22.



“Rob is an expert in SUP and offers even more relevant training and helpful information because of his background in kayaking. His skill, knowledge and expertise exceeded my expectations. He presented the information and training in a very clear and concise manner; adding many various tips throughout his instruction. Rob is encouraging, patient and practical – all very important traits when teaching a subject. The course more than met my needs – I learned a lot and as a beginner – I have a lot to learn. I will continue to turn to him as my ‘go to’ resource in all matters SUP. I’m extremely glad I chose Salmon Bay Paddle and Rob for my first professional training in SUP. I felt safe and confident with him the whole time.” - Leah R

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