🙂 SSTIKS 2021 Coming! 🙂 

SSTIKS is back. Join us in celebration of over 20 years of traditional paddling in the Pacific Northwest.
SSTIKS will be held on September 10, 11, 12. The size and exact nature of the event will be determined by public health recommendations in place at the time.

Registration is now open! Go here to purchase a reservation.

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 (but this one) in Twanoh State Park on the beautiful Hood Canal in Washington. SSTIKS is a family-friendly event featuring some of the best mentors in Greenland-style kayaking. SSTIKS is a volunteer-run event. We thank our attendees, volunteers, supporters, mentors and, Qajaq USA who help make our non-commercial, all-volunteer event possible.

SSTIKS is supported by QajaqUSA, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving traditional paddling worldwide. Please consider joining QajaqUSA.

2021 Schedule


Thursday Early Bird Schedule
  • 4:00PM – 5:30PM Mentors Session -Teaching Greenland Skills
  • 6:30PM – 7:30PM Potluck Dinner (Bring something to share)
  • 7:30PM – 9:00PM Evening Film Presentation
Friday Schedule
  • 7:30AM – 8:30AM Yoga on the beach
  • 9:00AM – 9:30AM Safety Talk & Session Prep
  • 9:30AM – 11:30AM Morning Sessions
  • 12:00PM – 1:00PM Catered Lunch
  • 1:30PM – 3:30PM Afternoon Sessions
  • 4:00PM – 4:30PM Skin On Frame Parade
  • 4:30PM – 5:30PM Ropes Demo
  • 6:30PM – 7:30PM Catered Dinner
  • 7:30PM – 8:30PM Keynote
Saturday Schedule
  • 7:30AM – 8:30AM Checkin Desk Opens/Yoga on the beach
  • 9:00AM – 9:30AM Safety Talk & Session Preps
  • 9:30AM – 11:30AM Morning Sessions
  • 12:00PM – 1:00PM Catered Lunch
  • 1:00PM – 2:00PM Rolling Demo
  • 2:00PM – 4:00PM Afternoon Sessions
  • 4:00PM – 4:30PM Kayak Race
  • 4:30PM-5:30PM Dead Fish Polo!
  • 5:30PM – 7:00PM Silent Auction
  • 6:00PM – 7:00PM Catered Dinner
  • 7:30PM – 8:30PM Live Auction
  • 8:30PM – 9:30PM Film Festival
Sunday Schedule
  • 7:30AM – 8:30AM Check-in Desk/Yoga on the beach
  • 8:30AM – 10:00AM Informal Mentoring on the Water
  • 10:00AM – 10:30AM Kids Barge Race & Wedding of Palo Race
  • 11:00AM – 12:00PM Greenland Skills Awards
  • 12:00PM – 1:00PM Catered Lunch
  • 1:00PM-3:00PM Good Bye SSTIKS-Clean the Campgrounds and Beach

Our SSTIKS 2021 Mentors

Dave Sides with a young paddler

Dave Sides

Special Guest Mentor & Ropes Guru

Terrance O'Malley

Terry O’Malley

Special Guest Mentor

Our 2021 Supporters – Thank You!

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SSTIKS is coming! Sept 10, 2021