The waves at Santa Barbara’s West Beach were too much for some of the homemade vessels trying to forge the waters Saturday afternoon.
Spectators descended on the beach waiting for a glimpse of the action at the harbor, where dozens of teams of four competed for prizes in the annual event sponsored by Condor Express.
Paying participants were allotted one hour to build a seaworthy kayak from two sheets of cardboard, one roll of tape, a marker, utility knife and a yardstick.
They used the markers to pen the name of the kayak alongside it, including the “Kraken” and “Sooner or Later.”
Hilarity ensued when teams raced each other in separate heats, attempting to paddle out to a buoy and back.
Parents helped youngsters find a life jacket and a paddle before sending them off into the water, where some boats met their maker upon impact. More experienced adults battled in a more skilled competitor category.
The audience was in stitches watching youth in the family fun heats, applauding when two young boys kept paddling to the end — even when their entire cardboard kayak was under water.
“We got it!” one yelled. “We got last place!”