Welcome to SSTIKS 2017

Join us June 2-4 at Twanoh State Park for three days of kayak instruction, special events, and camaraderie.

Meet our Mentors

Explore our Classes

Paddle an Historic Kayak Replica

Enter the SSTIKS Film Festival

Sign Up for the Kid's Program

Registration Opens in Spring

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.  We welcome volunteers.  Follow the link below.

Welcome to SSTIKS 2017!

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 instructors and competitors in Greenland-style kayaking

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 Mentors

Our Guest Mentors

The usual gang of misfits

SSTIKS 2017 Film Festival

 

Are you a Filmmaker?

Do you want to be?

WE WANT YOUR FiLM!

Find out more

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 will again have 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 will be on hand to explain the boat’s designs, help pick an appropriate boat, and to support paddlers as needed.

Beautiful Twanoh State Park

On the Hood Canal in Washington

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Sstiks is just a little over two months away! We are happy to say that we have room for a few more participants. So register today. We are all online, using PayPal for registration and group camp site.

Sstiks is an all-volunteer event. We welcome your skills and positive energy. Several participants are flying in to Seattle and can use a ride to or from SeaTac. Email Joanne if you can volunteer in this way.
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