We Want SSTIKS 2024

Dear SSTIKS Family,

It is time for SSTIKS to return! We want to revive our signature Pacific Northwest Greenland Paddling event in the summer of 2024. But to make this a reality, we need your help. Our target date is June 14-16, 2024. Our target venue is Vista Park, located on the Columbia River in Skamokawa, Washington.

We need to rebuild our volunteers to plan, manage, and conduct the event, both this year and moving forward. If you have Greenland paddling skills and want to share them with others, consider volunteering as a mentor. If you want to help with the essential tasks of advance planning and administrating the event, we would love for you to join us. It takes a family to make all this happen. If this is you, contact us at SSTIKS2024@gmail.com and qujanaq (that’s “thank you” in Greenlandic).

We look forward to working together and paddling again!

Your SSTIKS team

South Sound Traditional Inuit Kayaking Symposium (SSTIKS) is the Northwest’s premier event devoted to traditional kayaking skills and culture. 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

Terrance O'Malley

Terry O’Malley

Special Guest Mentor

Terrance O'Malley

Nate Apgar

Special Guest Mentor

Our 2021 Supporters – Thank You!

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SSTIKS is coming! June 14, 2024