East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival
(Formerly known as East Coast Canoe and Kayak
The kayak festival in Charleston!
East Coast Paddlesports
and Outdoor Festival, April 11-13, 2014
at the James Island County Park in
Charleston, South Carolina
Welcome! At Sea Kayak Carolina we're proud to sponsor the
East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival. We have the
most kayaks and accessories offered at the Festival. In
addition, our American Canoe Association (ACA) certified
instructors will provide Basic Kayak Instruction during
here for the official website for the Festival, which
includes registration information.
And check out Sea Kayak Carolina at our new location at 793
Folly Road on James Island... just 4 minutes from the
Some other events around the time of the Festival:
March 29-30 - Sea
Kayak Surfing with Dale Williams
April 8-10 - Open
Water Workshop with Nigel Dennis and Eila Wilkinson
2014 American Canoe Association (ACA) Instructor and Trip
Leader programs here.
more kayak events in the Spring of 2014 -- check the full
SKC calendar here.
Each year the East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival brings paddlers of all levels together with world-renowned instructors and equipment manufacturers offering a symposium with Master Classes, local trips, skill and gear demonstration.
2014 will be the 24th year of the Festival -- renamed the East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival to reflect the additional paddlesports and outdoor activities presented at the Festival.
Festival Days are Special Days at the SKC Tents!
In addition to the great atmosphere, the festival offers a great opportunity to take advantage of early-season sale pricing. Save on fiberglass and plastic boats, both new and specially-priced demo and warehouse boats!
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Sea Kayak Carolina has been the proud Gold Sponsor of the Festival each year since 2009. The Festival is always a great gathering and symposium; we meet many new friends and enjoy everything the Festival brings to Charleston.
So come out and see all the excitement – April 11-13, 2014.
›› 2010 Photos – SKC Photos at MeetUp.com
›› 2011 Photos – SKC Photos at MeetUp.com (thanks Brenda!)
›› Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo Photos - From CCPRC
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Check Out the (un)Official Links that will help you get the most out of the Festival.
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Sea Kayak Carolina is proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival, and glad to provide this (un)Official Guide: We provide this online guide to help you navigate the Festival, Charleston, and kayaking in Charleston and other areas in coastal South Carolina. Whether you're interested in attending and want to know more about what happens at the festival, or you are attending and are looking for more information about the area, we can help.
• • • • • • Some of our friends at the Festival:
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Festival is a "Hands-On" Experience
The annual festival features a variety of on-water classes, lectures, and demonstrations directed toward the beginner as well as the more experienced paddler. In addition, over 40 exhibitors are on-hand to give folks a chance to try out the latest boats and equipment before you buy.
Tents and kayaks!
Links 'n' More: James
Island, Charleston & the
East Coast Canoe
& Kayak Festival, James Island —
The Official East
Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival Website
›› Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo Photos
View the (un)Official Google Map to the East Coast Paddlesports Festival in a larger map. Sea Kayak Carolina's unoffical map guide to navigating the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival. April 19 - 21.
James Island Park and Folly Road Locations –
›› Park and Festival Locations
Local Launch Sites: Want to paddle the Lowcountry while you're here? Don't miss this list of available public launches, Looking for more information? Don't forget to check out Ralph Earhart's book, Kayak Charleston, a great resource with detailed directions and descriptions of more than 50 landings and throw-ins near Charleston.
LowCountry Paddlers - Local paddlers club holds informative monthly meetings and plans numerous Club Paddles, local "ShowN Go" trips, and social activities.
Festival Meetup Group - Local area paddlers, paddlers from all over the country, and Master Paddlers coming together to support the ECPOF events.
East Coast Canoe & Kayak Festival Facebook Page - Facebook page for the ECPOF - find out who else 'Likes" the Festival!
Charleston Sea Kayakers Meetup Group - Over 1,000 paddlers. A terrific way to meet local kayakers and to get out on the water! Join in the fun!
Kayak Shops - Sea Kayak Carolina, of course!
Past Festival Photos and Coverage:
From Scott Szczepaniak — "Assorted Festival activities, including the "Cardboard Boat Race" at the 2007 East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival!"
From Scott Szczepaniak — "Local and visiting kayakers socialize prior to the 2007 East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival!"
Places to stay:
›› Camping at the James Island County Park Cottages and campgrounds
›› Hotels - There are no hotels or motels on James Island, so try:
• Folly Beach Hotels at Kayak.com
• Charleston Visitors Bureau links for –
– Historic Inns
– Bed & Breakfasts
– Beach Resorts
– Beach Rentals
• More B&B links from BedandBreakfast.com
• More tourism information at Charleston.com
Places to eat:
Sweetwater Cafe - on Folly Road right next door to Sea Kayak Carolina! Tell them Scott sent you!
James Island Weather from the National Weather Service
Magic Seaweed surf forecast for Folly Beach - the Washout
Places to paddle before and after the Festival
Call the shop to order "Kayak Charleston" book in stock!
›› Post and Courier newspaper
›› Live 5 Television
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The staff of Sea Kayak Carolina are eager to share some southern hospitality. Please feel to call with general questions about kayaking in Charleston, or general questions related to the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival. Stop by the shop to say hello, or visit our exhibit space at the Festival. Register today for the Festival!
Please call or email Sea Kayak Carolina with any general questions related to the Festival, kayaking or visiting Charleston: firstname.lastname@example.org 843-225-7969
Sea Kayak Carolina proud to sponsor
the 2014 East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival!