The Explore North Coast Social ‘Thingy’ started in 2009. It’s a free, non-commercial, three-day event with the sole purpose of paddling and sharing our beautiful area with like minded folks, and having fun. As Mike Dedman, the founding father, would put it, “We’ve got a lot of ocean to share, from mild to wild, flat-water to big swell, rock gardening and kayak surfing. We make every attempt to cater to all levels, from beginners to hard chargers.” Watch our calendar for the details of next year’s event, scheduled for April 27-30, 2017.
Lumpy Waters is a three-day sea kayaking symposium along the Oregon Coast. It offers instruction to a wide variety of paddling skills, from advanced beginners to the most advanced level paddlers. Top instructors from all over the world make Lumpy Waters an instructional destination for ocean paddling.
Paddle Golden Gate – formerly known as the Golden Gate Sea Kayaking Symposium, offers professional instruction and a quality experience in the San Francisco Bay. The event will appeal to all levels of paddling skills, from novice to advanced.
SSTIKS – the South Sound Traditional Inuit Kayak Symposium is a family-friendly weekend event featuring some of the best instructors in Greenland-style kayaking. Beginners to advanced paddlers build new skills, and special events are tailored to younger paddlers.
Storm Gathering USA –organized by Greenland or Bust, this symposium brings together sea kayaking instructors from all over the world to teach skills for paddling in challenging conditions, including surf, rock gardens and open ocean. The event alternates each year between the U.S. and the U.K. It is scheduled for March 8 – 10, 2019 at Trinidad, California. Click here to watch a video of the 2017 Trinidad event.