October 12-14, Pacific City, Oregon



The Lumpy Waters Sea Kayak Symposium

A Three Day Celebration Of Sea Kayaking!

With coaching aimed at advanced beginners, early intermediates, and advanced level paddlers, Lumpy provides an unparalleled opportunity to improve your skills on the beautiful Oregon Coast. Top coaches come from all over the world, making Lumpy Waters the premiere instructional destination for dynamic ocean paddling.

World Class Coaches

We Work Hard To Bring You Top Ranked American Canoe Association, British Canoeing, And Paddle Canada Coaches Here.

The Lumpy Waters Film

Each Year We Debut A Lumpy Waters Film On Saturday Night.

2017 Lumpy Waters

2016 Lumpy Waters






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Total Past ALUMPNI

Hear From This Past Year's Participants

We Pride Ourselves In Creating the Best Lumpy Experience Possible For Our Participants

First have to say that I enjoyed Lumpy Waters 2017 even more than my first in 2016, knowing a bit more about what to expect this year was helpful. What I get out of this event is being able to push beyond my normal comfort levels in a safe and supportive environment, especially with the surf classes. I might be a bit nervous at the start of a class but finish with an endorphin high and a big smile. Alder Creek has done a great job of creating a fun environment for learning and a feeling of an adult summer camp for paddlers. The energy that comes from the great group of coaches and participants really is exciting and motivating to me. Having the happy hour and evening programs just adds to the overall feel.


You guys do an incredible job to make it such a terrific event! We’re both super excited about Lumpy X. I still have perma-grin from this past one . We learned so much while having a blast!


Who knew getting rolled, then rolled again, and finally washing up on shore like some pile of ocean debris could be so much fun! Can’t wait for next year.


Thank you. I am still smiling about my Lumpy experience this year.


It will always be a highlight in my kayak life. In my Fear to Fun and Fun to Feedback classes, coaches taught us how to get rid of fear of the pounding surf, launch forward/backward, and land coming in straight and sideways.


Sponsors & Partners

They help us make this event possible.

Lumpy Classes

We run the most student centered symposium in the world! We evaluate your needs and ability levels best we can in the registration process. Once most people have signed up, we actually build the event schedule to suit the needs of those who have registered!

4pm - 7pm


It is possible to check in to your cabin / tent/ RV site on Thursday for an EXTRA Charge. You MUST let us know well in advance and have the reservation confirmed through Suzi before October 1st. (Suzi@aldercreek.com)

8am - 11am


In the morning check-in will start at 8am at The Club House and continue till 11am. ALL participants must check in at registration upon arrival. Lunch will begin at 11am at the Club House. The participant meeting will begin at 12:00pm sharp. Friday's classes will begin at 1pm and will conclude at approximately 4:30pm. Happy Hour is hosted on Friday evening at 5pm so come prepared to party! Dinner will be available starting at 6:30pm in the Club House



Check in will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00am Saturday morning. Coaches will meet at 7:30am for a meeting. Students will meet at 8:00am for the BIG morning meeting. Courses will begin at 8:00am and end at about 4:30pm We will provide 3 meals at The Club House. (Breakfast 6:00am, Lunch 12:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm). Sack lunches are provided for full day off-site classes. Happy Hour is hosted at 5pm. Dinner is at 6:30pm



Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe will be hosting some fantastic presentations.  There will be a HUGE raffle with amazing prizes.  Also, enjoy video clips from the first two days of the event. We work hard and play even harder. Come and enjoy the festivities this year!



Is another day of exciting classes! We'll provide breakfast at 6:00am and sack lunches will be provided for all. Check in will be open from 7:30am to 9:00am. Coach's meeting is at 8:00am and the participants meet at 8:30am. Classes begin promptly at 9am. The event will wrap up at approximately 2pm. Some classes may end later if they are away from the main event site.

Lumpy Waters Venue



Lumpy Waters takes place in and around Pacific City , Oregon USA . The Northern Oregon coastline is EPIC. With great swells, long roomy surf beaches, massive rocky capes, arches, and caves up and down the coast, this region attracts many rough water paddlers from far and wide.


Lodging accommodations are at the Cape Kiwanda RV Park. We have assorted cabins, tent camping and RV sites available. The property has a group meeting room, indoor heated pool and Jacuzzi. Contact us about any other accommodation needs.

Product Demos

Our fantastic sponsors will have their very best on display at the event and are ready for you to try. Come check out the very latest to make your next paddling experience truly great. There will be boats and paddles to take onto the water, Drysuits to test out, and other kayaking gear.
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