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Virtual • Aug 21–23, 2020

Virtual Event
Aug 21–23, 2020

PADDLE ALERT:Don't delay! Register today before Panda Paddle registration fees increase on August 11




You, WWF, a paddle. On a mission to save the planet's wild waters and natural places. Going into its third year, Panda Paddle has something for everyone.

Between August 21–23, 2020 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.
• You can paddle alone or socially distanced out on the water with friends and family.

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 Paddle Competition

Due to COVID-19, we had to cancel this year's in person event in San Diego.

While we're sad to not be there in person with our great community of nature loving paddle enthusiasts, we'd like to recreate the friendly competition with our Virtual Paddle Competition which we can now open up to other paddle sports.

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

For those of Standup Paddleboarders, race director and SUP legend Anthony Vela is on board to share virtual training videos to get you race ready!

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 $30 and will receive a page on our website to raise funds and awareness for WWF's conservation work. Then between August 21–23, it's up to you! Choose a time and location to take to the water and paddle for a purpose.


All registered Panda Paddle participants will receive a Panda Paddle race medal as a thank you for joining us for this virtual event. Fundraise to support our global conservation work and you'll also be eligible for these great thank you gifts!


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 12:00PM ET on August 23, 2020*.

Only three 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 12PM Eastern Time on August 23, 2020. 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.

Help us reach our goal of $75,000

Top Fundraisers
  1 -  Brynn Lavison ($1,380.00)
  2 -  Skye Macleod ($925.00)
  3 -  Kristina McHugh ($915.00)
  4 -  Karie Kirkpatrick ($800.00)
  5 -  Maria Benjamin ($775.00)
  6 -  Phoebe Jessen ($750.00)
  7 -  Cassie Hillian ($615.00)
  8 -  Brian Jones ($575.00)
  9 -  Naia Wallach ($560.00)
  10 -  Anthony Vela ($505.00)
View More Top Fundraisers >
Top Fundraising Teams
  1 -  Performance Paddling Piranhas ($1,342.00)
  2 -  HVL Paddlers ($1,005.00)
  3 -  Team Jawsome ($970.00)
  4 -  Heroes for Wildlife ($825.00)
  5 -  Paddle for the planet ($615.00)
  6 -  BMY SUP Crew ($615.00)
  7 -  GH SUP ($575.00)
  8 -  Water Bears ($565.00)
  9 -  Inner Strength ($560.00)
  10 -  Mill Creek Muskrats ($535.00)
View More Top Fundraising Teams>

Sign up!

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.

  • © agieyatskoPanda Paddler Agie Yatsko
  • © britbubbles55Panda Paddler Brittany Chapman
  • © danifarsonPanda Paddler Dani Farson
  • © shelbyatarbPanda Paddler Shelby Brown
  • © montanak9ptPanda Paddler Jennifer Hill
  • © s_mosca77Panda Paddler Shannon Mosca
  • © daniel_torrance__Panda Paddler Daniel Torrance
  • © Amy Jane KinchPanda Paddler Amy Jane Kinch


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

Due to COVID-19, we have decided to cancel this year's 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 SUP enthusiasts together! Be sure to share you paddle experience on social media using the hashtag #pandapaddle so the community can follow along!

How does the competitive paddle work?

When you sign up for the Virtual SUP Competition, you'll select the race distance you'd like to compete. Then on the event weekend, Aug 21–23, choose a day you'd like to paddle and use a fitness app to track your distance and time. Send a screenshot of your race results to by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on August 23 so we can tally the results!

Click here to see all FAQs


• 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.