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the Paddle surf festival

The Hobuck Hoedown was started in 2007 as the Pacific NW's first Surf and Sea Kayaking Competition. Over the years it has become a very successful event drawing participants as far away as Oregon, British Columbia, Idaho, Texas, Sweden and Southern California, so the word is spreading and the stoke is building! There is a new group of local passionate paddlers, businesses and organizations that have stepped up to make this years festival the best it has ever been! 

The schedule for the Festival is fluid, as such is subject to change. We will add more information here as soon as we can. You can get the announcements of these updates by following us on Facebook or Twitter!

Come out Friday afternoon/evening to claim your campsite as they are first come first serve. There will be informal get togethers and planning sessions.

saturday and sunday sessions

Sanctioned surf competition

The official competition, with points qualifying towards making the US West team in HP, IC, and WW Events. Based on sign-ups, heats will be split by gender and age. Cost of this event is $60 which includes 1 event. Each additional event is $15.

  • HP - High Performance
  • IC - International Class
  • SK - Sea Kayak
  • SUP - Stand Up Paddle Board
  • Wave Ski/SOT - Wave Ski's or Sit on Top Kayak
  • WW - White Water Freestyle Rodeo


‘Cakwa . ’ak means ‘one' in the local, Native American, Makah language. Any craft that floats is welcome. However, only moves on the green part of the wave will be judged (looking at you WW boaters ; for your WW heats, moves on the foam will not be judged, for the battle of the wave, only moves on the green will be judged) 

Skookum Surf Session

For paddle surfers who want to participate ‘light’. ‘Skookum' is a Chinook Jargon word for strong, brave or impressive. For a lower entry fee, you get to compete (show off your skookum surf style), but these heats will be judged in a non sanctioned way (results won’t qualify towards making the US team). As a Kahuna surfer, you will also surf in mixed heats (different surf craft in the same heat). 


Competition of the Supquatches. A Supsquatch is a giant, inflatable stand-up board that can hold 4-5 people. We'll have two battling each other. Needless to say, this event will test your skill of not taking yourself too seriously.

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Sea kayak and SUP Scramble Race

Racers will start on the beach with their boats near the waters edge. They will race to their boats scramble into them and launch through the surf, race to the ‘rocks’ off shore and back. The course is 1.3 nm round trip. 


A main course will be catered by Linda’s in Neah Bay. Potluck for appetizers and dessert. 


Once in a lifetime chance to get this t-shirt with logo's from our awesome sponsors. 

ACA insurance

Our event is insured by ACA (American Canoe Association – link To be insured, every competitor needs to be an ACA member. If you are not a ACA member you will have to pay a $5 fee for a single day membership.