Event Overview

Event Overview

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Join us on April 29 & 30, 2023 at historic Skansie Brothers Park and Ancich Park in downtown Gig Harbor.

The weekend features Inner Harbor Races, Dragon Boat Races, and NEW in 2023 Exhibition SUP Technical Races, with racing for paddlers of all ages and experience levels.

Vendors will be located on the shore in Skansie Brother Park.

Day 1:  

Inner Harbor Races

We will start off the day with a fun 2.5K for ages 13 and under, new paddlers and adults over 60. Competitive and recreational paddlers of all ages can then compete in the 5K/10K distance race and then experience the fun of facing off in head-to-head 100m sprint knock-off races. The Inner Harbor Races are open to youth and adult canoe, kayak, outrigger canoe, para-canoe, and SUP paddlers of any experience level.

Day 2 (Morning):  NEW Exhibition SUP Technical Course

NEW in 2023!

Before the Dragon Boat Races Commence, Stand Up Paddleboarders have an opportunity to participate in the first ever Paddlers Cup SUP Technical Course!


1000 meters with 8 buoy turns and up to 8 paddlers on the course at a time! (Each paddler will race up to 3 times.)

This brings the excitement of board to board racing as paddlers jockey for position from one buoy to the next with a sprint to the finish line.

Based on ICF rules and guidelines for SUP Technical Course races.

Divisions: Junior, Open, Masters.

SUP Board Divisions: 12’6”, 14’ and Unlimited to be determined by registration.

Day 2 (All Day):  Dragon Boat Races!

Dragon Boat Teams registered for the 2023 event:

  1. City of Gig Harbor
  2. PenMet Parks
  3. Team TOTE
  4. Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
  5. Team Liquid Assets – World Vision & Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church
  7. Hanger Clinic
  8. Windemere Abode
  9. One Hope
  10. Orange Theory

Fast, furious, and fun! Companies, community organizations, clubs, schools, or any group can register a dragon boat team (20 paddlers). No experience is necessary – this is a great team-building activity and a huge crowd favorite. Dragon boat training and all equipment will be provided – just bring your team!

Additional Dragon Boat Race Information: CLICK HERE