‘Round Bowen Challenge

Update May 4, 2019: Due to several factors the Round Bowen Challenge has been cancelled for 2019. Apologies to all who look forward to this awesome race year after year.

The 'Round Bowen Challenge is open to paddlers of high performance kayaks, sea kayaks, OC 1’s and 2’s, and stand-up paddle boards. The race ends with a dock party, awards ceremony, and the now famous, post-race salmon BBQ in the Bowen Island Marina. Click the "Register Now" button to sign up for this year's race.

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Island Challenge (33km)
Paddlers start and finish in Snug Cove. SUP and standard kayaks start at 9:30am, the HPKs and OC 1’s and 2’s depart at 10:30.

Half Island Challenge (13-19km)
The half-island race starts at 11:30 in Tunstall Bay on Bowen's west side and ends in Snug Cove. Shuttles available. Race direction depends on sea conditions. Clockwise the distance is 19km and counter-clockwise the distance is 13km.

Located just west of Vancouver in Howe Sound, Bowen Island is a 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay. Bowen Island Sea Kayaking hosts the annual race with support from a variety of sponsors, including Seaward Kayaks, Ruddy Potato grocery, Deep Cove Canoe & Kayak, Bowen Island Pub, THINK Kayak and Starboard paddle boards.

Early bird registration, until February 15, is $45. Regular registration from February 16 until May 8, is $60. Late registration after May 8 is $80. Please note that each class requires a minimum of five participants in order to qualify for prizes.

View pictures and video’s of past races.

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Thanks to all of our participants this past year! Race results can be found on Webscorer.