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Virtual • Aug 20–22, 2021

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Aug 20–22, 2021

PADDLE ALERT: Sponsorship opportunities for 2021 now available!
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You, WWF, a paddle. On a mission to save the planet's wild waters and natural places. It is time to love it, or lose it.

Between August 20–22, 2021 you can join with nature lovers all over the country by enjoying your favorite paddle sport on your favorite body of water with WWF's Virtual Panda Paddle.

This year's event offers a couple of exciting ways to participate:

Recreational Paddle

Nature provides a solace that has never been more important to our physical and mental health. The Recreational Panda Paddle is a way to connect with nature by being in it.

How you paddle is entirely up to you:

• You can standup paddleboard (SUP), kayak, canoe, surfski, etc.
• You can go for a short paddle around your favorite lake or you can challenge yourself to paddle further than you ever have before.

However you decide to participate, we encourage you get out on the water and experience the calming power of nature while you raise funds to protect it.

Virtual Competition

You can sign up for either a 5K course or a 10K course and use a fitness tracker to keep track of your time.

And since we won't be able to host in-person training clinics, race director Anthony Vela is on board to share virtual SUP training videos to get you race ready!

Then from August 20-22, take to the water with your favorite activity tracker turned on. Take a screenshot of your time and send it to the Panda Paddle team who will compile the results and share on our website!

And as always, the funds you raise as part of this event will help protect our ocean, fresh water, forests and all living things.


When you register for WWF's Virtual Panda Paddle, you'll make a one-time donation of $35 and will receive a page on our website to raise funds and awareness for WWF's conservation work. Then between August 20–22, it's up to you! Choose a time and location to take to the water and paddle for a purpose.

Help us reach our goal of $75,000

Top Fundraisers
  1 -  James Kao ($3,177.00)
  2 -  Margie MacDonald ($1,290.00)
  3 -  Valerie Weiss ($1,085.00)
  4 -  Benjamin Stern ($785.00)
  5 -  Becca Barron ($715.00)
  6 -  Britta Justesen ($605.00)
  7 -  Tanya Nanavati ($600.00)
  8 -  Donna Houchins ($595.00)
  9 -  Karie Kirkpatrick ($575.00)
  10 -  Dawn Furseth ($570.00)
View More Top Fundraisers >
Top Fundraising Teams
  1 -  Kaba Nui ($4,020.00)
  2 -  Water Bears ($2,735.00)
  3 -  Shark Bait ($1,580.00)
  4 -  SV Lois Lane ($1,300.00)
  5 -  Fidalgo Bay Fanatics! ($695.00)
  6 -  Paddleboard Junkys ($655.00)
  7 -  Beer buddies ($630.00)
  8 -  Paddling With Pandas ($600.00)
  9 -  SAVE THE PENGUINS ($565.00)
  10 -  Panda Pride ($500.00)
View More Top Fundraising Teams>



We are excited to announce that our friends at Infinity are returning as a sponsor for this year’s Panda Paddle and have generously offered a WWF Panda Paddle Standup Paddleboard to the fundraiser who raises the most money on their Panda Paddle page by 11:59PM CT on August 22, 2021.

Only four of these boards have been produced to date, so this is truly a unique opportunity to earn a board not available for purchase.

*Winner will be determined as the person who has raised the most funds on their Panda Paddle personal fundraising page by 11:59PM Central Time on August 22, 2021. Full contest rules.

Looking to rent equipment for this year's Virtual Panda Paddle? The map below shows some of the shops around the country helping take a stand for our planet by supporting this year’s Panda Paddle.

Use the filters to find the rental that's right for you and to find shops offering a discount to Panda Paddle participants.

Have a favorite shop you'd like to see on this map? Let us know and we'll reach out to them. If you're an authorized representative of a business that you'd like listed on this site, please visit to submit your shop's information.




The listings above reflect information voluntarily provided to WWF by the retailers themselvesand are not intended as an endorsement of any business, product, or service. Any discounts made available are at the discretion of the retailer and not under the control of WWF. Please direct all questions to the appropriate retailer.

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Ready to get on board? Fill out the info below to begin your registration.


Share your #PandaPaddle photos on your favorite social media sites to show the world you're part of a large movement committed to protecting our planet's most vulnerable resources. Be sure to tag us @pandapaddle!

  • © @adventuresnearvancouverPanda Paddler Kristine adventuresnearvancouver
  • © Bob FlisserPanda Paddler Bob Flisser
  • © Anthony VelaPanda Paddler Anthony Vela
  • © Tiffany JonesPanda Paddler Tiffany Jones
  • © Cindy WallachPanda Paddler Cindy Wallach
  • © s_mosca77Panda Paddler Shannon Mosca
  • © Valerie WeissPanda Paddler Valerie Weiss
  • © James KaoPanda Paddler James Kao


Is there a Panda Paddle event in San Diego this year?

Due to COVID-19, we have decided against holding an in-person event in San Diego event to ensure the safety of our participants, volunteers, sponsors and staff. While we'll miss seeing everyone in person this year, we hope the virtual paddle will be a way to keep this great community of nature loving paddle enthusiasts together! Be sure to share you paddle experience on social media using the hashtag #pandapaddle and tagging @pandapaddle so the community can follow along!

How does the competitive paddle work?

When you sign up for the Virtual Paddle Competition, you'll select the race distance you'd like to compete. Then on the event weekend, Aug 20–22, choose a day you'd like to paddle and use a fitness app of your choice to track your distance and time. Send a screenshot of your race results to by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on August 22 so we can tally the results!

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• All participants should protect their health and safety and that of others by social distancing while participating.
• Please stay up to date on the latest news and guidelines from the CDC, WHO, and your local and national authorities about where you can participate and how to stay safe during your paddle.
• If you are feeling sick, please do not participate.
• If you are recovering from COVID-19 or a recent illness, please consult your physician before participating.

To register for the Panda Paddle Virtual Event, you must be 18 years of age or older, agree to our site terms, privacy policy and a waiver that will be presented during registration and have a valid credit card.