Gig Harbor, Wash. — January 2012, Gig Harbor Wash — Beautiful Gig Harbor bay will be the location for the first annual Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup and Expo April 28th and 29th, 2012. The inaugural event will feature competitive paddle racing for kayaks, canoes and SUP (stand up paddle boards), to benefit the Gig Harbor Kayak Club and Surfrider Foundation.

The Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup will be based at Skansie Brothers Park and Jerisich Dock in the heart of historic downtown Gig Harbor with event races for all three categories taking place inside the harbor. Race schedule will be:

Saturday April 28th 10AM SUP Races begin
10:05AM Sea Kayak and Canoe Races begin
10:10AM Sprint Canoe and Kayak Races begin.
Time to be determined – Para Canoe Race
Sunday April 29th 9:00AM Sprint races begin, all categories
Time to be determined — Para Canoe Race


Each day the event will run throughout the day with vendors and booths set up in the park while the races are taking place. The Expo in the park is an opportunity to try out equipment, view new boats and learn more about paddling sports.

To see more information on the course for both the distance and sprint races visit the website at

Registration is now available for both competitors and vendors on line at

Special rates are available at Gig Harbor area hotels for participants. Rooms are limited so booking early is encouraged.

For additional information about the Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup please contact event organizer Missy Hill at (253) 230-3631 or Coach Alan Anderson (253) 208-6365.

Gig Harbor — Washington’s Maritime Village.