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Getting involved in racing

If you are new to paddling and you want to get involved in racing, start by participating in our recreational programs. By participating in recreational paddling, you will learn basic paddle technique and develop paddling stamina and fitness. If you find, that you want to further your paddling skills, attain a higher level of fitness, and want to compete; you may want to join our racing program. If you are interested in racing and are ready for the next level, let any of our recreational coaches know of your interest in racing, and your coach will recommend you to a novice program.

If you are an experienced outrigger canoe paddler, contact us, and you’ll be referred to one of our coaches.

Race schedule

The six-person canoe races have two seasons:

  • Sprint: June through August
  • Long Distance (+-12 miles): May through October

One- and two-person canoe races are held at least monthly throughout the entire year.

See the events calendar for race dates.

Race divisions

Divisions are typically as follows, by female, male and co-ed:

  • Under 12,14,16 and 19 years ( see our special Junior Race Program)
  • Novice, first and second year
  • Open: ages 20-39 but open to any age
  • Master: age 40-49
  • Senior Master: age 50-59
  • Kupuna: age 60 and up

Race team coordination

Our race team uses TeamSnap to coordinate training and races. See details here.

Racing associations

We belong to the Northern California Outrigger Canoe Association (NCOCA). Through the association, we share ideas on paddling techniques, safety, and scheduling of events. The NCOCA also connects with paddling associations throughout the world. You can also join the NCOCA Yahoo groups for ongoing discussions. For those participating in Southern California races, you can view their race schedule at Southern California Outrigger Race Association (SCORA). Racers participating in Northern California training and races will need to fill out the NCOCA liability waiver with addendum and those participating in Southern California races will also need to fill out the SCORA liability waiver.

See the race schedules here: NCOCA race schedule and the SCORA race schedule.

Past race results

2016

Monterey Hoe Wa’a – May 23 – Monterey, CA

  • 1st place – Master Women
  • 1st place – Open Men
  • 1st place – Open Men Unlimited
  • 2nd place – Senior Master Men

Kilohana Classic – July 30 – Redwood City, CA

  • 1st place – Master Co-ed
  • 2nd place – Open Men

Round the Rock Challenge – Aug 6 – San Francisco, CA

  • 1st place – Senior Master Men
  • 2nd place – Master Women
  • 3rd place – Open Men

Na Pali Challenge – Aug 13 – Kaua’i, Hawaii

  • 3rd place – Kailua 40s – Co-ed

Tony Gora Memorial – Aug 20 – Santa Cruz, CA

  • 1st place – Open Men
  • 1st place – Novice Women
  • 2nd place – Open Co-ed
  • 3rd place – Open Men Unlimited
  • 3rd place – Senior Master Co-ed

Kula Anela – Aug 27 – Fort Baker, CA

  • 1st place – Master Men
  • 2nd place – Senior Master Men
  • 2nd place – Master Women
  • 2nd place – Novice Women
  • 3rd place – Open Unlimited Men

US Outrigger Championships – Catalina Crossing – Sept 10 – Catalina/Newport, CA

  • 3rd place – Open Master Men Unlimited

Monterey Bay Crossing – October – Santa Cruz/Monterey, CA

  • 1st place – Men’s Iron Traditional

2015

Monterey Hoe Wa’a – May – Monterey, CA

  • 1st place – Open Women
  • 1st place – Master Men
  • 1st place – Senior Master Men
  • 3rd place – Master Women

Berkeley Pier – May 30 – Berkeley, CA

  • 1st place – Master Men
  • 2nd place – Senior Master Men
  • 3rd place – Master Women
  • 2nd place – Senior Master Women
  • 3rd place – Open Men

Lake Tahoe Challenge – July 18 – Lake Tahoe, CA

  • 2nd place – Senior Master Co-ed

Round the Rock Challenge – Aug 8 – San Francisco, CA

  • 2nd place – Senior Master Women
  • 2nd place – Open Men
  • 3rd place – Open Men Unlimited

Tony Gora Memorial – Aug 22 – Santa Cruz, CA

  • 1st place – Master Women
  • 1st place – Open Co-ed
  • 1st place – Senior Master Men
  • 2nd place – Senior Master Women

Kula Anela – Aug 29 – Fort Baker, CA

  • 3rd place – Senior Master Co-ed
  • 3rd place – Master Men

Monterey Bay Crossing – October – Santa Cruz/Monterey, CA

  • 1st place – Men’s Iron Traditional
  • 3rd place – Men’s Iron Traditional

2014

Berkeley Pier – May – Berkeley, CA

  • 1st place – Co-ed Novice
  • 1st place – Senior Master Women
  • 1st, 4th place – Open Men
  • 1st place – Senior Master Men
  • 2nd place – Master Women

Monterey Hoe Wa’a – May 24 – Monterey, CA

  • 1st place – Novice Men
  • 1st place – Open Women, 5-mile
  • 1st place – Master Women
  • 1st place – Senior Master Women
  • 1st place – Open Men
  • 1st place – Master Men

Tony Gora Memorial – August – Santa Cruz, CA

  • 1st place – Master Women
  • 2nd place – Open Women
  • 2nd, 4th, 5th place – Open Men
  • 3rd place – Master Men

Round the Rock Challenge – Aug – San Francisco, CA

  • 1st place – Senior Master Women
  • 1st place – Open Men
  • 1st place – Master Men
  • 3rd place – Open Women

US Outrigger Championships – Catalina Crossing – Sept – Catalina/Newport, CA

  • 1st place – Master Women
  • 4th place – Co-ed Open

Monterey Bay Crossing – October – Santa Cruz/Monterey, CA

  • 1st place & course record – Men’s Unlimited – Iron
  • 1st place & course record – Men’s Iron Traditional