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Race Calendar

The PaddleXaminer calendar includes paddling events from SUP and beyond held across North America and select events from around the world. Listings on the PaddleXaminer calendar are free and always will be. Let us highlight your event to promote the sport of paddling!

Races and events are a great way to meet new paddlers, travel to fun locations, try out different boards, and maybe even demo a new paddle craft! Not every race is super competitive and even the ones which are typically have an event for recreational paddlers who just want to get out on the water and complete a course.

Paddling races are conducted on every body of water from the oceans to lakes and rivers. Unlike running which tends to revolve around 3k, 5k and 10k lengths, there are no established distances for standup paddleboard races. That said, in the United States, a distance of around 4-5 miles is a fairly typical distance for an average race. Many races will hold a short course of approximately 1 mile for new paddlers in conjunction with their main event. Races longer than 5 miles are often referred to as a distance race and are only recommended for experienced paddlers.

Outrigger canoe races take on a variety of forms from the popular OC-1 and OC-2 canoes commonly seen racing alongside SUPs to the mighty six man canoes (OC-6) used in offshore races around the world. There are even 9-man races, consisting of six paddlers in a canoe accompanied by an escort boat carrying three additional paddlers and a change coach. Per the instructions of the change coach, the escort boat will drop paddlers off in the water and a quick water change is made to swap out 1-3 paddlers at a time. This format is typically reserved for long distance paddling races.

Is your favorite event listed? If not, let us know by emailing us at We also publish a weekly news column listing events from our paddling calendar. No event is too great or small. Paddling is for everyone!

Listings are free and always will be!