Indian Arm Challenge

Indian Arm Challenge

NEW for 2017 we are introducing the Indian Arm Challenge – a 32km paddle challenge from Deep Cove to Granite Falls…and back!

The Challenge can be completed solo, in a double or triple appropriate craft, or in a relay with the switch at Granite Falls.

Indian Arm Challenge Teaser from Deep Cove Kayak on Vimeo.

Indian Arm Challenge – Parameters and Rules

The Challenge

Paddle to Granite Falls and back = 32kms

    • Can be done solo, in a double or triple, or as a relay with change at the halfway point at Granite Falls

Indian Arm Challenge Race Route

Race starts at 12pm on Saturday, May 13th 2017

Craft permitted:

    • Surfskis (HPK = longer than 18′)
    • Performance Kayaks (PK = 16′ – 18′)
    • Single Sea Kayaks (SK = 14’ -16′)
    • Double Sea Kayaks
    • Stand Up Paddleboards 12’6” and longer
    • Prone Paddleboard
    • Ocean Rowing Craft
    • OC1, OC2

All craft must have inherent buoyancy (i.e. can be remounted/reentered in deep water)

Juniors – 17 years old and younger on the date of the race. Anyone under 13 years old must contact the race director at prior to registering.

Prizing – podiums will only be rewarded if there are more than three entries in a particular category.

The race is part of the International Surfski Challenge which we run in conjunction with the Dan Harris Challenge in Bellingham. This long-standing competition pits the USA against Canada and each country gets points for entries. 2016 was the first year that Canada won so we’ll be looking to defend our title!


Registration is completed on Webscorer. Early-bird pricing is in effect until March 1st when rates increase. A further rate increase occurs on April 1st, and then for anyone registering on the day of the race.
Click here to register

Multi-person teams MUST register together for either the relay or as part of a multi-person boat. For example, the two people in a double kayak racing the whole course register together, as do two people completing course as part of a relay on a SUP.

Fees for juniors (17 years old and younger on the date of the race) are reduced. For all others the price is the same per person regardless of category or relay option.

Your registration fee includes:

  • challenge entry fee
  • shuttle for relay participants to Granite Falls or back
  • challenge shirt
  • challenge swag bag
  • entry, meal and beer at after party at Deep Cove Outdoors (see below)
  • entry into prize draw at after party

When registering you can also choose to add training packages to your registration. Please see here for further details on the fantastic training program we have developed with Elevate Health. We see this program as the key to your success in the race as it will provide sufficient strength training in the gym and paddling training on the water to ensure you are in position to paddle at your peak!


# Registrants To Mar 1 To Apr 1 To May 12 Day of
1 75 85 95 105
2 150 170 190 210
3 225 255 285 315
4 300 340 380 420
6 450 510 570 630
1 49 49 49 49
2 99 99 99 99
3 149 149 149 149
4 199 199 199 199
6 299 299 299 299


Check In & Race Meeting

Check in will be at Deep Cove Kayak Centre from 10am – 11.30am. You will pick up your race number and race pack from check in. The race meeting will be at 11.30am – attendance is MANDATORY for all racers as there will be a roll call.


Start and Finish Line

The start of the race is a mass start from the right-hand side Government Dock in Deep Cove, the Dock is also the finish line. You finish keeping the dock on your left.


Race Route

Paddle north on the west side of Indian Arm, around the buoy at Silver Falls and across to Granite Falls. Return along the east side of Indian Arm, keeping Twin Islands, Raccoon Island and Jug Island on your right before returning to Deep Cove.



You can rent single or double kayaks for the race from us – call 604.929.2268 to reserve your kayak. When you call, make sure you say you are renting the boat for the race and get special rates:

Surfski or Single Kayak: $39

Double Kayak: $55


After Party

Due to the anticipated varying finishing times for racers, instead of making the early finishers wait around, instead we are moving the after party to Deep Cove Outdoors from 6pm!

After party panorama

Your race fee includes a meal, beer and a participation award. We will be awarding prizes at 7.30pm for placings, and draw prizes for everyone who took part. The party is open to everyone so we hope to have a good crowd!

More info will be released nearer the time but this is an AWESOME party you are not going to want to miss.


Half Way Point

Granite Falls will have a support station with water, energy bars and first aid (?). There are also rustic toilets located there but very little else.


Half Way Cut Off

Racers MUST be at the halfway point by 3pm or they will be asked to retire. A race marshal will be in the water to help facilitate exit for racers who have not met this cut off.


Relay Participants

Racers completing the second half of the race will be shuttled to the halfway point by boat to meet your partner. There is NO road access to this point. Due to the varying times that racers will take please be prepared for a wait for your partner. Please bring food, water and warm clothing as there is no shelter at Granite Falls.


Cut Off Line

Each athlete will have 6 hours to complete the course. Any athlete that takes longer to complete the race will receive a DNF and be picked up by boat support.



There will be a sweep boat and support boats around the course BUT, as the course is so long and we expect athletes to be spread out, you must have the ability to call for aid if necessary – radio or cell phone. Please be aware cell phone service is somewhat unreliable at the top of the Arm depending on your provider.



Drafting is only allowed within classes. It is each racer’s responsibility to ensure that they are drafting within their class. Penalties for drafting out of class will be enforced. If race officials are not in sight of the infarction a complaint must be lodged within 30 minutes of race finish. Drafting is defined as paddling within one board or boat length of a person’s side or back wash for longer than one minute.


Crossing the Arm

Each racer is responsible for avoiding boat traffic when crossing the Arm. Please stay close to shore where possible to avoid potential collision. Powerboats will also be in the Arm the day of the race, so please paddle responsibly.



Racers are required to carry Transport Canada approved pfds and leashes. Racers not wearing pfds and leashes will receive a DNF.



Racers are required to begin the race carrying their own water. Support boats and halfway aid station will help resupply racers with water.



Racers are not allowed to use anything such as headphones that may prohibit them from communicating with support boats, hearing boat traffic or possibly hearing a request from another racer.


Other Gear Considerations

Although Deep Cove Kayak does not require it, we strongly recommend that participants consider bringing the following gear for the day of the race:

  • Strobe Lights
  • Wind blocking garments
  • Warm booties (SUPs)
  • Bright Garments (for increased visibility and safety)
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) device



Please contact Mike, the Race Director at with any questions.