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SSTIKS 2021 - The South Sound Traditional Inuit Kayaking Symposium

"Builder's Pride" - A Gallery of the Hand Made and Home Built Greenlandic Qajaqs at SSTIKS 2018. Sam Shogren |

About The Event

We're BACK! Celebrating 20 years of SSTIKS.

South Sound Traditional Inuit Kayaking Symposium (SSTIKS) is the Northwest’s premier event devoted to traditional kayaking skills and culture. Held over three days in early June every year, SSTIKS partners with Twanoh State Park on the beautiful Hood Canal in Washington in hosting the event. SSTIKS is volunteer-run and family-friendly, featuring some of the best mentors in Greenland-style kayaking.

Registration includes participation in all event activities and instruction, lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday and lunch Sunday. There is an option for staying in a special Group Camp adjacent to the event. This is limited to backpacking size tents for up to 3 nights (Thurs. Fri. Sat.) Select this option at registration checkout. Souvenir SSTIKS 2021 T-shirts are also available as a registration option. A limited number of spaces will be available to carve your own Greenland Paddle during the day before the event - Thursday, June 17. Please contact for information and availability. Attendees arriving on Thursday are invited to participate in an informal potluck supper Thursday evening. Please bring a main dish, sides, and/or desert to share.

More detailed information including daily schedules and recommendations on what to bring can be found on the SSTIKS/QajaqPNW website.

Registration will open 1/15/2021.

"A Walk to the Tent after a Rain Shower" - Youth mentor Erin makes her way to the SSTIKS Event Tent for more fun on the water. Sam Shogren |

Adult Paddling

Meet and learn from some of the best national and international Greenlandic style kayak paddlers around! Adult programs are built around a series of classes and events that run through the weekend. From various stroke classes to learning edging and rolling techniques and styles, over the three days you will have many opportunities to improve your skills in your boat out on the waters of the beautiful Hood Canal. Learn about Greenlandic cultural traditions as well, including harpooning (great for improving your balance) and Greenlandic Rope Gymnastics (great for strength and flexibility).

"Rolling Up" Finishing a roll during the friendly competition. Sam Shogren | MaritimeImages.Net

Youth Paddling

A distinguishing feature that sets SSTIKS apart from other kayaking symposiums is its emphasis on families and youth. A dedicated team of youth mentors and instructors spend the weekend teaching kayaking and traditional Greenlandic boating skills to youth ages 6 to 18. The youth are fully engaged in both their own events and in combined events with the adults. Want to mentor the next generation of paddlers? Invite a friend and their kid or bring a grandchild who can grow into a future paddling buddy.

Youth and Adults Work Together to Make SSTIKS a Great Event. Sam Shogren |


Qajaq USA is the American Chapter of Qaannat Kattuffiat - the Greenland Kayak Association. We are a small, passionate group of volunteers. We average approximately two hundred and fifty paying members and have members worldwide. Qajaq USA is one of only two affiliated "qajaq" clubs outside of Greenland (the other is Qajaq Copenhagen). There are about twenty-five qajaq clubs scattered among the small villages along the coast of West Greenland (and one in East Greenland). These clubs teach kayak building and pass along skills, and are a major impetus in keeping the local kayaking traditions alive.