2022 Christmas Canoe Giveaway Contest

(This contest has ended. The entries and winner can be seen here.)

T’was the night before paddling season and… is that a Canoe I see? Under the Christmas tree? Give the gift of sun and sea this season! Want to win an OC1 canoe for someone special? And just in time for the holidays, too? Then join us for this very special opportunity!


We are hosting an essay-writing competition - the winner will earn a very special canoe worth several thousand dollars. But it’s not the monetary value that makes this canoe so special, so what does? Well, back in 2019, Cali Paddler hosted a very similar essay competition with this canoe at it’s heart. The owner of the OC1 at the time, a very generous donor, wished to pass along the canoe to someone who would cherish it. So, in partnership with Cali Paddler, they brought the idea for this competition to life!

In an effort to pay this generosity forward, the winner of the original competition, the current owner of the OC1, has proposed we host another! Talk about amazing generosity!?!?! Isn't the paddling community great? This competition has a very unique rule though: the essay must be written not by the individual who will be using the canoe, but rather by someone who wishes to gift the canoe to someone they care about. 

This competition depends on an honor system, so please, in the spirit of the holiday season, be sure to write truthfully and from the heart.

Essay Rules:

  1. The essay must be written not by the intended recipient, but rather by someone who wishes to give the OC1 as a gift
  2. The essay must describe how the intended recipient
    - is involved in the paddling community,
    - and how paddling seems to have changed their life for the better

Official Contest Rules

Entries must be received no later than December 15, 2022 at 11:59pm PST. To be emailed to info@calipaddler.com.

The recipient/winner promises not to turn around and sell it. This is a gesture from the heart to the paddling community, so someone can enjoy the freedom and joy an OC1 can bring. They ask that, should the winner ever decide to part ways with the canoe, they “give” it to the next owner. Also, that they make its story known to future owners so that the tradition can be carried forward, to cherish, paddle, and pass along!

All entries are submitted with permission to Cali Paddler, LLC to publish in any medium (print, web, social media). Full authorship credit would be given to the author.

Pickup and transportation is the responsibility of the winner. If the winner is local to the San Diego area, delivery may be available. Donor lives in the greater San Diego area.

Winner will be contacted directly and announced no later than December 18th, 2022.

Winning entry will be determined by the current OC1 owner and Cali Paddler with invited input from the original canoe owner. Judging will be based on compelling content, and presentation.

All ages may apply. If under 18, parent/guardian permission and acknowledgment must be provided.

All eligible entries will be emailed a $5.00 1-time use discount code to the CaliPaddler.com store.


About the Prize Canoe

Package includes:

Huki V1-Z OC-1
NEW Aloha Designs Canoe Cover
Cali Paddler Hat

OC1 is well cared-for. Water-tight with professional level repairs performed as needed.

Full description at: https://www.huki.com/index.php?page=V1-Z

Dimensions: 21' 10 " LOA, 13.85" BOA 21' 4 " LAW @ full speed, 12.8" BAW @ 190 Lb. paddler 20.5 Lb assembled main hull (Carbon/Kev)

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  • Clarke - December 17, 2022

    Juliana, thank you for catching this error on our part. Correct the deadline was 2022 and has passed. Our sincere apologies if this confusion affected any entries.

  • Juliana - December 17, 2022

    Hi there! Just verifying Contest Rules.

    It says “Official Contest Rules
    Entries must be received no later than December 15, 2023 at 11:59pm PST.” but the winner will be contacted directly and announced no later than December 18th, 2022?
    So the essays are due this year? Or next year?

    Thank you in advance for answering.

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