2011 Greenland Week Kayak Festival & Competition


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2nd Annual Greenland Week Kayak Festival & Qajaq Competition
Lake Sammamish State Park – Issaquah, WA

October 26-30, 2011
Hosted by: Kayak Academy

Join the Kayak Academy for a week of traditional Greenland-style kayaking lessons, demonstrations, competitions and social activities during our annual Greenland Week Kayak Festival. Spectators are welcome, and the competition and demos are open to the public – SPECTATORS WELCOME AND VIEWING IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC.(Washington State Parks Discover Pass or $10/car day use fee recommend but not required to enter the park due to event being scheduled prior to fees taking effect). The park’s food concession will be open throughout the weekend. The competition begins Friday evening Oct. 28th with Greenland Rope Gymnastics. Saturday’s events begin with the Greenland Kayaking Clinic, Kayak Race hosted by Sound Rowers, a dinner at the park, music and an evening presentation. Sunday caps it off with Harpoon Throwing and Competition Rolling. We are honored to have Maligiaq Padilla, Dubside, Helen Wilson, George Gronseth and other expert instructors share their knowledge and skills for this week.

QAJAQ COMPETITION Friday – Sunday October 28-30th (Lessons and trips Oct. 26 – 27th, and clinic Oct. 29th – see listings below)

This competition is modeled after events in the Greenland National Qajaq Championship
Awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place Overall, and 1st, 2nd, 3rd for each event.
Kayak Academy Recognition Awards for all participants. All competitors receive a T-shirt.


FRIDAY, ROPE GYMNASTICS - Lake Sammamish St. Park Kitchen Shelter (1st parking lot on the right)

6:00pm-7:00pm FREE CLINIC – ROPE GYMNASTICS, Open To The Public
7:00pm-9:00pm Rope Gymnastics Competition (each competitor gets a 15 minute heat with 5 minutes between, Dubside will be available to coach competitors, Helen Wilson and Maligiaq Padilla will judge)

SATURDAY, KAYAK RACE (6 MILES) - Lake Sammamish St. Park, Tibbitt’s Beach

10:00am Sound Rowers Race Registration, traditional class 6 mile race qualifies for Qajaq Competition overall points. There is no preregistration for the race.

12:30 noon-1:30pm Lunch for Racers and Clinic participants.

1:00-2:00pm Race Award Announcements

2:15 Raffle (see prizes on display at registration prior to awards)

2:30pm-3:00pm Rolling Demonstration


5:30-7:00pm Northwest Dinner and Music by South Cove at the ROTUNDA

7:30-8:30 Evening Presentation: Kayaking Aleutian Islands AK by Rob Avery

10:00am-11:30pm Harpoon Throwing
12:00pm-2:00pm Rolling
2:00pm-2:30pm Results announced, prizes awarded

More Info: Greenland Week Competition FAQ
Go To Rules: Greenland Week Competition Rules

You can now register for all competition events (except the kayak race) and Saturday dinner tickets via the links below. Each event $18.00.
For the mid-week lessons and all rental gear, call Kayak Academy to register.
Toll free: 866.306.1825, (206) 527-1825.E-mail us at info@kayakacademy.com

Competition Registration (includes: T-shirt, lunch(s), awards for competitors)
Rope Gymnastics $18, FREE warm-up session open to the public prior to ropes competition
Kayak Race $18. Registration form on Sound Rowers (click here) website (also available on day of the race from Concession Registration)
Harpoon Throwing $18, FREE practice session open to the public Saturday afternoon (Harpoon competition is on Sunday).
Rolling Contest $18

Saturday Night Dinner, Northwest Cuisine $18.00. Located at the ROTUNDA with music starting at 5:30-7pm
Camping At State Park, Hans Jensen Group Camp Site $20.00

Tip: Enter “greenland week” in the upper right search box to get all the above on-line sign up pages to display on one page.

Free Saturday Evening Presentation – Open to the public located at the ROTUNDA 7:30-8:30pm Kayaking Aleutian Islands AK by Rob Avery

You can now register for the Oct 29th Sat. clinic on-line with the links below. For the mid-week lessons and rental gear call Kayak Academy to register. Kokatat Drysuits are available to use free for all lesson participants and competitors. Kayak rentals, $25/day (include: Valley, TideRace, Maelstrom, Rockpool TCC, Wilderness Systems, Sterling Illusion & Ice Kap, Waterfield Qanaq.
Toll free: 866.306.1825, (206) 527-1825.E-mail us at info@kayakacademy.com

Greenland Kayak Rolling & Strokes Instruction Clinic Sat. Oct. 29th, 2011 $170.00 Max: 12 students.

Clinic includes instruction in paddle strokes and rolling with Greenland paddles. Clinic groups will be divided by skill level into beginning and intermediate/advanced levels. Other activities will include harpoon throwing and skin on frame kayak rescues. Click the links below to register for clinic. Clinic Alumni students get a $50 discount on repeating clinic. Repeat students need to call to register.

Greenland Paddle rentals, $10/day, call Kayak Academy to reserve
Toll free: 866.306.1825, (206) 527-1825.E-mail us at info@kayakacademy.com

Deception Pass Tidal Rapids Wednesday Oct. 26th, 2011 $223.00 (alumni from last year get 50% discount)
Learn how to play in 7 knot tidal rapids and rough water. Max: 8 students. Carpooling recommended and we will help organize carpools.

Straits of Juan de Fuca Day Trip Thursday Oct 27, 2011 $223.00 (alumni from last year get 50% discount)
Paddling from Crescent Bay to Freshwater Bay (near Port Angeles). We’ll have a chance to paddle in wind or rock gardens depending on conditions with the possibility of surf and surf landing at Crescent Bay. Carpooling recommended and we will help organize carpools.
G-style Paddling with the masters 8X Champion Maligiaq Padilla & George Gronseth

Dry Suit Rentals Free with instruction and competition
Kayak Rentals Available: $25/Day (plus tax)
Paddle Rentals Available: $10/Day (plus tax)

Accommodations: hotels, include Motel 6, Holiday Inn, Hilton Garden Inn. Tent Camping is available at Lake Sammamish State Park’s Hans Jensen Group Camp Site. Local alumni and G-style paddlers are also willing to take people into their homes for the duration of the Festival & Competition.

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