Outrigger canoe clubs compete in Ventura race

A leading race of competing outrigger canoe clubs from San Diego to San Francisco occurs on Saturday, June 11,  from 8:00 am to 3:00 p.m. This annual event is sponsored by Hokuloa, a well-established Ventura based Outrigger Canoe Club.

The Saturday race will be held at Harbor Cove Beach in Ventura .

Hundreds of athletic paddlers will stroke races from between five to ten miles in length in open ocean waters as part of six person teams using traditional Polynesian style outrigger canoes.  Racing teams will compete in age and gender categories including a keiki division with kids from 12-19 years of age.

Hokuloa Outrigger Canoe Club, a competitive sport canoe club in Ventura since the early 1970s, has a diverse membership of all ages and abilities from adults to keikis. The club’s Hawaiian name means Guiding Star and is emblematic of their mission to promote the sport of amateur outrigger canoe paddling through structured athletic programs, races, fitness training, and community outreach to encourage appreciation of the ocean.

Hokuloa hosts a summer keiki program for kids of all abilities that focuses on the basic skills of outrigger canoe paddling including boat-handling, steering, and rigging plus teamwork and having fun. The program includes an opportunity to paddle in both iron and sprint races in the 2014 season!

For more information about the race and Hokuloa visit: http://www.hokuloaoutrigger.com.


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