'Round Bowen Challenge

CANCELLED: 19th Annual

Monday, June 8, 2020

Kayaks, surf skis, paddle boards, outriggers

Update May 28th, 2020: Due to the impact of COVID-19 the Round Bowen Challenge has been cancelled for 2020.
Apologies to all who look forward to this awesome race year after year, we hope to see you in 2021 for the next Round Bowen Challenge! 

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.

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 to May 8, is $60.
Late registration from May 9 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.

Drawing of a person in a kayak with the words Deep Cove Canoe & Kayak beside it (Logo of Deep Cove Kayak)
Drawing of a person in kayak on water with the words Seaward Kayaks underneath (logo of Seaward Kayaks)
Words The/Ruddy/Potato/Healthy/Organic in an oval surrounding a drawing of a barn behind a field
Drawing of an island with a mountain and trees in the middle with the words Bowen Island Pub below (Logo of Bowen Island Pub)
Icon of kayak on water with the words Bowen Island Sea Kayaking beside it
Words Think/Kayak (Logo for thinkkayak.com)
Drawing of a totem with the word startboard underneath (Logo of Starboard Stand Up Paddle Boards)

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