October 9-11, 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.

Andrew Romanelli

Program Director

The Lumpy Waters Film

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

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Coastal Venues


Total Past ALUMPNI

Hear From This Lumpy 2018 Participants

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

This was my first Lumpy and I’m hooked. So fun to be able to learn from such talented instructors in such a supportive and safe environment. The classes were well structured and organized and each one left me with a good understanding of what skills I need to work on and most importantly the exorcises we did in class were things I will be able to continue to do on my own. Aside from the classes though, the whole event was just so incredibly fun and inspiring to be a part of. Met a bunch of great people, had a ton of fun, learned a lot and am already counting down the days to Lumpy 2019.


Wow, Lumpy is always a great experience. This was my 2nd Lumpy. Last year was my first time on the surf and I was challenged and fell in love with it. I worked all year to advance my skills so I could take more challenging classes and enjoy all what the coastline has to offer (wildlife, beauty, challenge, opportunities, etc.). The coaches were all top notch and always very friendly and eager to share their knowledge. The variety of opportunities for all skill levels were awesome. The food was tasty and satisfying and the lodging accommodations were very good. Mostly, I left Lumpy very satisfied, exhausted and feeling accomplished on what I learned and excited to have more goals for the upcoming year. Thank you Alder Creek for another great Symposium!


This is my third time at Lumpy Waters and have enjoyed each one. Best place to learn and gain experience in ocean kayaking. Great for all levels of paddlers, everyone will learn new things. The coaches are incredible, you feel like you can go past your normal comfort zone and learn new skills. Lots of fun,It’s like going to camp for adults. The staff works very hard to provide lots of good food, happy hours, great raffle prizes and interesting presentations. I’m planning on going to my fourth Lumpy next year.


I had an incredible time and learned more that I ever expected. Knowledgeable, enthusiastic coaches and great venues to progress my skills! Thank you Jennifer, Adam, Neil and Jose for getting me addicted to sea kayaking in the surf! And the food and beer was top notch. Thank you for putting on an amazing event and I can’t wait to see you all next year at LWS 2019!


This was my 2nd Lumpy and it didn’t disappoint. Phenomenal instructors and safety staff, intriguing courses for every skill level, excellent sponsor booths and staff, delicious and varied meals/snacks/sack lunches, great cabins, amazing weather and conditions (way to go Suzi on that one!) and baby blue whales abounding! It doesn’t get any better than that…Thanks for an incredible time!


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.