October 8-10, Pacific City, Oregon



The Lumpy Waters Sea Kayak Symposium

2021 Canceled

To our Lumpy Waters friends and family:

We are so sorry to share the news that Lumpy Waters 2021 has been canceled.

It goes without saying that we are all very familiar with persistent and ever-changing challenges lately, and due to ongoing concerns with Covid-19, travel, border closures, and staffing we are canceling Lumpy Waters. The paddling industry and manufacturers continue to be challenged to provide product and vendor support, and we want to be respectful of these partners and our relationships with them.

Instead of trying to pull off the event in this environment, we are choosing to hold to our standards and run Lumpy only when we have 100% confidence in our event and the safety of our students and staff.  Thus, we feel it is best to cancel the event this year.

We know some of you will be very disappointed while others will be relieved. We have heard from many of you either canceling or voicing concerns, and we hear you.  This has been an exceedingly difficult decision for us to make, but we ultimately believe it is the right decision.

We are offering a 100% refund or store credit – whichever you prefer.

Thank you all for your understanding, patience and support, and thank you to those who gave us feedback.


Andrew, Dave, Suzi, and Team Alder Creek.

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

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The Lumpy Waters Film

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

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Hear From The Lumpy 2019 Participants

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

Team Alder Creek are the BEST!

Absolutely amazing experience. Great classes, world class instructors, and just a ton of fun. I will keep coming back as long as I am able. Anyone who wants to improves their skill and confidence on the water, plus stretch and be challenged, will make great gains at Lumpy. And you will make new friends as well. Thank you to all, including the generous sponsors. A special shout out to Sev. He is one of the best instructors I have ever had in any venue. He’s got the gift of being an innately talented teacher!

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-Tom Luba

Achieved my first roll!
Three days of fun, fellowship and OVERCOMING FEARS! Everyone was gracious, patient and very helpful and encouraging. Couldn’t have asked for more….except maybe there could have been a massage therapist on site 🙂

A fun event with amazing classes and wonderful people!

What a fantastic event! I not only learned a lot and had a lot of fun, I also learned how much FUN the surf zone can be! The instructors were extremely experienced, knowledgeable, patient, observant, helpful, and delightful. The event was well run and organized. The participants varied widely in their skill level, and everyone was supportive, encouraging, and celebratory of each other’s accomplishments at every level. I can’t wait for next year!

Learn to Roll and win a Dry Suit!!!!

My original goal this year was to successfully roll. From the class descriptions I thought that you already had to know how and just wanted to do ‘tune ups’. I talked with Andrew at Alder Creek and he said that I could sign up for all 3 classes that they offered – so I did. Thanks for the help Andrew.
Helen Wilson and her trusty assistant, Michael, taught the classes. They were really Great and patient with my ‘remedial’ needs. Helen was very clear in her instructions and had all of the steps for progression in her tool bag. Viola – in class three, you guessed it, I successfully rolled!!!!!
It turns out that Sunday I had another class with Helen and Michael. We did a lot of strange and fun things that helped with balance and understanding you and your kayak better. A Great class to end the weekend. Thanks so much to Helen and Michael!
Now for this last part. Everyone at Lumpy is Great. Alder Creek staff (Suzie,Dave, Andrew), the teaching staff, the cooks, the other participants, and the Sponsors. Speaking of Sponsors, I have to give a shout out to Kokatat! Why you ask – because I WON THE GRAND RAFFLE PRIZE! A new, top of the line, Kokatat dry suit!!!
What a weekend! I thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks to everyone who was there!
-Jeff G.

Best Lumpy Experience!

Lumpy Waters was a blast for me! I finally got to take a class with the famous Helen Wilson on rolling. In all my subsequent classes I rolled as needed, which gave me the confidence and competence toward leaning those new skills. And then Short Boat Surfing with Bill V. was perfect for where I was. He gave me a specific correction at each stage of my personal development in this super fun skill. Great fun! I’m grateful to have this highly proficient slate of kayak professionals in our neighborhood each year. Thank you!

Fantastic Weekend

I was impressed with the enthusiasm and quality of the instructors, the friendliness and competency of the staff, the unique venues and the overall atmosphere of the weekend. This was my first Lumpy Waters and I plan to return.

Sponsors & Partners

They help us make this event possible.

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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.

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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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