The Deception Pass Challenge is an epic winter paddling and rowing race through the tidal rapids of Deception Pass! Race in tidal current around three wilderness islands, under the Deception Pass Bridge, twice, through turbulent tidal rapids, and over possible standing waves with epic views of the Olympic Peninsula, Lopez Island, and distant Victoria BC if weather permits.
In 2006, working at Seattle Raft and Kayak, Don Kiesling while came up with the crazy idea of a winter paddling race through the tidal rapids of Deception Pass. Assisted by fellow SRK staffer Will Robens and owner Bill Walker, the Deception Pass Dash was founded! Outdoor Adventure Center ran the race for a few years thereafter. Current director Rob Casey of Salmon Bay Paddle was a kayak guide for SRK in 2005 taking over the race in 2019. Now in its 15th year, the race is as crazy and fun as ever!
A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Skagit Search and Rescue who will be providing us with 2 boats to watch over racers!
This year you will be going back to the original course starting in Bowman Bay! Beat the ebb at the ‘Crux’ at Pass Island or get stuck on the other side. Round Pass Island twice for a chance to win an extra prize!
Race heats start at approx 9-9:15am, 10-20min before slack @ 9:24am. The start of slack varies per conditions which will be determined on race day.