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  East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival
  (Formerly known as East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival)
  The kayak festival in Charleston!

East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival, April 15-17, 2016
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.

And check out Sea Kayak Carolina at our location at 793 Folly Road on James Island... just 4 minutes from the Festival!

              UnOfficial Festival Guide
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.
East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival MeetUp
                    GroupComing to the 2016 Festival? Check-out the Festival Meetup Group which allows for some social networking between local and visiting paddlers! This is a great way to make some new friends and perhaps some paddling plans before you arrive!
2016 will be the 26th 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!

Sea Kayak Carolina is a past Gold Sponsor of the Festival, and a participant each year since 2008.  The Festival is always a great gathering and symposium; we meet many new frie, nds and enjoy everything the Festival brings to Charleston.

So come out and see all the excitement April 15-17, 2016.

Kayaker on the lake
                at James Island Park

      2010 Photos SKC Photos at
      2011 Photos SKC Photos at (thanks Brenda!)
      Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo Photos
- From CCPRC

Check Out the (un)Official Links that will help you get the most out of the Festival.

Sea Kayak Carolina is proud to support the 2016 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:
  P&H Custom Sea Kayaks feelfree kayaks    

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.

East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival boats on
              the lake

Tents and kayaks!

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 15 - 17.
     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.

Charleston Sea Kayakers Meetup Group - Over 1,600 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:
2007 ECCKF cardboard boat race
From Scott Szczepaniak "Assorted Festival activities, including the "Cardboard Boat Race" at the 2007 East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival!"

2007 ECCKF social scene
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
             Charleston Visitors Bureau links for
                 Historic Inns
                 Bed & Breakfasts
                 Beach Resorts
                 Beach Rentals
             More B&B links from
             More tourism information at

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!

Local News:
      Post and Courier newspaper
      Live 5 Television


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:  843-352-2267