Highlights of SSTIKS 2017

See highlights of SSTIKS 2017, meet the SSTIKS Community, and learn about SSTIKS 2018.

SSTIKS 2017 is over – Stay tuned for SSTIKS 2018

South Sound Traditional Inuit Kayaking Symposium (SSTIKS) is the Northwest’s premier event devoted to traditional kayaking skills and culture. SSTIKS is held in June every year in Twanoh State Park on the beautiful Hood Canal in Washington. It is a family-friendly event featuring some of the best mentors in Greenland-style kayaking. SSTIKS is a volunteer run event.  This helps us keep ticket prices down and helps build the qajaq community.

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SSTIKS 2017 Schedule

Friday Schedule
  • 7:00AM – Yoga on the beach
  • 8:00AM – Paddle Carving Class
  • 9:00AM – Morning Sessions and Kids Track
  • Demo Paddles, Tuiliks, & Harpooning
  • Expert Forums
  • 12:00PM – Lunch
  • On water Demos & Rescues
  • 1:00PM – Afternoon Sessions and Kids Track
  • Demo Paddles, Tuiliks, & Harpooning
  • 6:00PM – Potluck Dinner
  • Keynote
Saturday Schedule
  • 7:00AM – Yoga on the beach
  • 8:00AM – Paddle Carving Class
  • 9:00AM – Morning Sessions and Kids Track
  • Demo Paddles, Tuiliks, & Harpooning
  • Expert Forums
  • 12:00PM – Lunch
  • On water Demos & Rescues
  • 1:00PM – Afternoon Sessions and Kids Track
  • Demo Paddles, Tuiliks, & Harpooning
  • 6:00PM – Potluck Dinner
  • Auction
  • Film Festival
Sunday Schedule
  • 7:00AM – Yoga on the beach
  • 9:00AM – Informal Mentoring
  • Rope Gymnastics
  • 11:00AM – Barge Race & Wedding of Palo Race
  • 12:30PM – Lunch
  • 1:00PM – Rolling Demo and Competiton
  • 2:00 Goodbye SSTIKS

Meet Our 2017 Mentors

Our 2017 Greenland Guests

SSTIKS was honored to welcome two special guests to SSTIKS 2017. Coming from Greenland were Idun Sikemsen Nielsen from Qaqortoq in South Greenland and Nikolaj Abelsen. Idun has participated in the QU Championships several times. Nikolaj has been kayaking since he was two years old. He is now nine.  

Idun Sikemsen Nielsen

Idun

Idun

Nikolaj Abelsen

Nikolaj Abelsen

Our 2017 Guest Mentors

SSTIKS welcomed the following mentors to our 2017 event:

See the SSTIKS 2017 Film Festival entries

 

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Do you want to be?

WE WANT YOUR FiLM in 2018!

See The 2017 FiLMS HeRE

Harvey Golden Kayak Replicas

Few have done more to catalog the beauty and technology of the qajaq and other traditional craft than Harvey Golden. This year, at SSTIKS, attendees had the opportunity to paddle a variety of traditional skin kayak replicas drawn from designs around the arctic built by Harvey!

This is an unparalleled opportunity, unique to SSTIKS, to experience a wide range of skin boats and by doing so, to discover a bit more about the life, technology, and culture of their builders. Volunteers were on hand to explain the boat’s designs, help pick an appropriate boat, and to support paddlers as needed.

Our 2017 Supporters – Thank You!

SSTIKS is coming!

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