Like many great stories, Sand Point Paddling Club began when a dozen or so people started looking for a place to paddle.

Kristen Schriver took the lead and found the perfect place in Magnuson Park.

In the late 1990s, the Seattle Parks Department began expanding water-based activities in the park and outrigger paddling fit right in. Outrigger canoeing became part of Sail Sand Point's general activities.

By 2014, however, outrigger paddling had grown into a viable club of its own and formally incorporated into a separate, non-profit organization.

Today, SPPC hosts outrigger canoeing, SUP, surfski, and dragon boating activities.