Established in 2011, Bellingham Bay Outrigger Paddlers (BBOP) has become a mainstay for helping to get our local communities out on the water on a regular basis. The club consists of co-ed competitive racing team, a co-ed recreational group and a youth program. All are dedicated to enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest ocean scenery. Outrigger canoes launch from the beautiful waterfront in Fairhaven at the Community Boat Center located at 555 Harris Avenue in Bellingham.
BBOP is a federally recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and all donations are 100% tax deductible. We are 100% volunteer and member run.
BBOP membership is open to any person without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity and/or expression.
We acknowledge that we gather on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, who have lived in the Salish Sea basin, throughout the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades watershed and paddled its waters from time immemorial. We express our deep gratitude for the first people, our Indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack people, past, present, and future, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways. In recognizing the first people of this area, we honor their legacy, lives, descendants, resiliency and culture in all that we do on their ancestral and traditional land and waters.