August 10, 2019

Change of Location

Major renovations at both of our parks on the bay require a change of venue. This year, the BBOP Classic will be held at Bloedel-Donovan Park on the scenic Lake Whatcom, with plenty of parking, room for vendors, a beer garden, kids' play area, and tree-covered lawn to enjoy your Hawaiian plate lunch!  The change in venue is only for this year!


In addition to the usual divisions in a long course, we're also planning events for keiki and their families to enjoy! We're planning a short course for keiki, starting about 15 minutes after the men's race begins, as an "out and back" across the lake, allowing spectators to enjoy the full competition.


See Below for more details!


Pre-register online! One click, one form, and you can help speed up the race day registration process and ensure accurate spelling of your name. Plus, save thirty bucks/canoe.

Waivers: All paddlers must sign both a Paddlesports waiver and BBOP waiver.



Location: Bloedel Donovan Park

                2114 Electric Ave, Bellingham, WA 98229

Take the Lakeway Drive exit off I-5 (exit #253), and head east on Lakeway drive for approximately a mile and a half. Then take a left on Electric Ave., and proceed for another mile and a half until you come to the Bloedel Donovan Park entrance on your right. Once in the park drive to the boat launch area.


Long Course


$240 per canoe-includes a lunch/dessert and entry to beer garden  if you register before July 28th, First 140 registered over the age of 21 participants also get a $5 coupon to Twin Sister's Brewery!

$270  per canoe-includes a lunch/dessert and entry to beer garden  if you register after July 28th.  First 140 registered over the age of 21 participants also get a $5 coupon to Twin Sister's Brewery!

Keiki course

$100/canoe-includes a lunch/dessert

Cash/Check/Venmo will be accepted for our awesome raffle prizes!

Please park all trailers on the grass.  There will be helpers showing you where to park and rig.

THERE WILL BE BOAT INSPECTIONS for Aquatic Invasive Species. Inspectors will be on-site to check boats, and the process will be fast and efficient. We have also confirmed that there will be NO FEE for racers. You can speed the process by taking this informative online course, then printing and bringing the certificate:

Tires and Carts will be needed.

Water Safety

  • Each team must provide U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation devise (PFD) for each paddler in the canoe and a whistle.

  • Boat traffic is expected to be busy, with occasional wakes and cross-chop.  You will want to arrive early.

  • Skirts will most likely not be needed but they should be packed in just in case.




Men, Women, Mixed: Open, Masters, Sr. Masters, Kupuna


Men, Women, Mixed

Schedule: (approx)

7:00 a.m.: Registration
8:30 am: Steers persons meeting

9:00 am: Women’s & Mixed OC6 Race Start
11:30 am: Men's Race Start/Lunch is served

11:45 am: Keiki Race Start

12:30 pm: Beer Garden

1:30 pm Last call to purchase raffle tickets
2:30 pm: Awards/Raffle/Last call for Food


Limited Edition Pint Glasses: 1st-3rd place of each Division.

Keiki awards-1st-3rd place Limited edition Pint cups



Each paddler 21+ receives access to beer garden, and the first 140 registered participants receive $5 coupon to Twin Sisters Brewery with registration.

Race courses

Staging Area
Bloedel Donovan Park
All trailers will need to be parked on the grass.
Long Course-approx 12mi
The course starts at Bloedel Donovan Park, and bends down the lake to Reveille Island, where participants will circle it counterclockwise, and back to the start/finish line.
Keiki Course-
Course is dependent on number of participants and weather.

Mahalo to all of our sponsors and those who donated raffle items!

  • Vendor: Kite Paddle Surf

  • Hydration Sponsor: Twin Sister's Brewery

  • WECU

  • Nuu-Muu

  • Surf-Fur

  • Leatherman

  • Chrysalis

  • Vapur

  • Patagonia

  • Anthony's Homeport

  • Stone's Throw Brewery

  • Tony's Coffee

  • Nature's Path

  • Brandon Nelson Partners

  • Third Planet

  • LFS Marine and Outdoor

  • Chuckanut Brewery

  • Grocery Outlet - Ferndale