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2021 - Panda Paddle - Virtual

Virtual • Aug 20–22, 2021

Virtual Event
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 $30 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.


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!


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!

  • © 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 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!

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.

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