🙁 SSTIKS 2020 cancelled 🙁 

🙂 But stay-tuned for TWIGGS 2020!! 🙂 

SSTIKS Cancelled
We regret to announce that we have decided to cancel SSTIKS due to the impact of the COVID-19 Virus. It is increasingly clear that over the next weeks our attention will better be directed towards dealing with this unique situation. Stay safe to paddle again another day.
We invite you to save the date for SSTIKS 2021 on June 18 to 20 next year, celebrating 20 years of traditional paddling in the Pacific Northwest. We want to thank Qajaq USA, our supporters and mentors who help make our non-commercial, all volunteer event possible.

TWIGSS Tentatively Scheduled for July
In lieu of our June 12-14, 2020 event, a series of smaller, one-day paddling events around the PNW is being organized and hosted by the SSTIKS Team. Join us tentatively on July 17th for the first of The West-coast Inuit Greenland Style Series, TWIGSS. The size of these events will be determined by public health recommendations in place at the time. Location and Details to follow. Please refer to this website.

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.

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

2020 Schedule coming

You can still check-out 2019 schedule below


Thursday 2019 Early Bird Schedule
  • 9:00AM – 5:00PM Paddle Carving -Contact Don to register
    info at bealepaddles dot com
  • 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 2019 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 Eiichi Ito Keynote
Saturday 2019 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 & Competition
  • 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 2019 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 2020 Mentors

Terrance O’Malley
Special Guest and Keynote Speaker

Dave Sides


Our 2020 Supporters – Thank You!

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SSTIKS is coming! June 18, 2021