Outrigger canoeing

Red Bull Wa'a Takes Outrigger Canoe Paddling by Storm

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Before endurance and water sports existed, there was canoe paddling. Initially a vehicle used to hunt and fight has now become one of the largest growing fitness and endurance sports in the world. The U.S. outrigger canoe paddling team from Kona, the Red Bull Wa’a, have taken the age-old sport by storm and challenged the tenure of the Tahitian paddlers. For the Red Bull Wa’a, paddling isn’t just a means to peak personal strength - it’s spiritual. Team captain, Kainoa Tanoai, says When you’re paddling for four hours a day, you’re focused on the goal of competing at the highest level, but you’re also focused on being one with the ocean and respecting the canoe, your teammates, and the sport.
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Outrigger Canoe Team Red Bull Wa'a Takes Age Old Sport by Storm

2012 World Championships of Outrigger Canoe Paddling

The wide and beautiful ocean beckons here in Hawai'i. And many answer the call by participating in a sport with deep ties to the history of the Islands: outrigger canoe paddling.

So what better place could there be to hold the World Championships of Outrigger Canoe Paddling? In this video, we visit the 2012 Championships, comprising of two races: one for women and the other for men.

Outrigger Canoe - Basic PHILOSOPHY, BIOMECHANICS & PHYSICS of Tahitian Forward Stroke - Part 1

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There is huge misunderstanding of what the Tahitian Forward stroke is ... Generally explained as SLOW through the water and Fast Return - Top Tahitian crews can paddle at 75 strokes / min the entire Molokai Race - Understand the PHYSICS of NOT BREAKING the Terminal Resistance of water as the determinant of the speed of the POWER phase of the stroke.

Impromptu Paddling Clinic for Paddlers at Keauhou Canoe Club -
How Paddling is really a FULL BODY workout when done properly
Have Purpose in the Paddling !

REGATTA Sprint Races -

Waka Ama Outrigger Canoe Racing - The Ultimate Waterman - Day 2

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Day 2 of the Ultimate Waterman Competition saw athletes take to the open ocean off the coast of New Zealand for a 17km Waka Ama Outrigger canoe race. Danny Ching from the USA got downwind and used the ocean currents to earn himself a first place finish, followed closely by the Tahitian Georges Cronsteadt. Take a look at the best action from the Waka Ama leg of the event!
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John Puakea Teaches the Tahitian Canoe Paddling Technique

Canoe designer and championship coach, John Puakea teaches us the Tahitian paddling technique that Shell Va'a is using to dominate the canoe races. This technique is almost opposite to what we are used to hearing. Now it's time to try it out and make it work.

About John Puakea (from

John Puakea is the founder of Puakea Designs, an innovative paddlesport design company that delivers products and services to elite-level as well as recreation paddlers. Puakea Designs team riders include world-champion paddlers Danny Ching, Jimmy Austin, and Lauren Spalding.

John is an internationally sought after canoe builder as well as a championship- winning paddling coach, whose career as a canoeing innovator and promoter has evolved with the expanding paddling sports market.

Over years of coaching, John’s own experience as an elite paddler, combined with his talent for refining technique and efficiency, have nurtured the best assets of other paddlers at the highest level of competition. After coaching the US National Kayak Team at various Olympic training centers, homesick, John moved back to Hawaii to coach various top outrigger canoe teams, including both the men’s and the women’s team for the winning Outrigger Canoe Club in Waikiki for six years.

As an exceptional technical coach, John has helped push world-class paddlers to the next level in international competition. His ability to improve the performance of already-elite paddlers also led Team Bradley to consecutive first-place finishes in the Molokai-to-Oahu Na Wahine O Ke Kai, and to the fastest crossing time by any women’s team in the history of the race.

John’s knowledge of body mechanics complements his strengths in canoe building. His top-performing designs include the Kaimana, the Kainalu, the Pueo 1—and the new superstar, the Ehukai—OC1 canoes. New in production is his very fast unlimited-class OC6 canoe, owned by various West Coast mainland and international teams in anticipation of top times in this new ultralight division. Top Tahitian team Shell Va’a chose John’s OC6 for the grueling Olamau Race 2013, and won in all three stages.

John’s inherent craftsmanship and design finesse come from an early indoctrination into canoe culture by his father, Bobby Puakea, beloved coach, renowned wooden- canoe builder, and Puakea Foundation of Hawaii founder. While traditional sensibilities and a duty to cultural stewardship inspire John’s designs, speed considerations drive the end product. John’s elegantly styled canoes are among the fastest and race-proven on the water anywhere in the world.

For the wider paddling community, John is continuing to advance paddling performance with this new line of products, including outrigger and SUP paddles, applying the same technical and aesthetic standards used in his OC1s and OC6s. Additionally, John is available for coaches’ clinics, team clinics, as well as for private coaching.

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Keauhou Canoe Club - Outrigger Basic Technique

OC-1 is a 10 yr old Frankenboat with modified Iako and a broken Pueo ama that was rebuilt ! - So you don't need the latest and greatest to go fast - just paddle fast !
And when you look at our Tahitian friends on a V-1 Rudderless catching bumps then you realize how much more we can learn...

If you don't have the time to describe the BASICS to those that are just starting to paddle - Feel free to share this - took me a lot of time to do it - Had 3 classes of 60 people each
If you enjoyed the paddling clinic
Please share this with fellow Paddling friends of all clubs

Basic Outrigger Biomechanics Seminar I did for Keauhou Canoe Club - Applies to all forms of Paddling -
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2015 Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Race

The start of the 2015 Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Race, the world's largest long-distance canoe paddling race, as seen from above. (filmed by Kurt Chambers)

Outrigger Canoe - Basic PHILOSOPHY, BIOMECHANICS & PHYSICS - Part 2

CONTIGUOUS Cross Training for Paddling -
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One Paddle, Two Paddle: Outrigger Canoe Paddline Technique Part 2

Nappy Napoleon of Anuenue Canoe Club in Waikiki explains how to paddle a Hawaiian six person outrigger canoe in this second segment of the instructional DVD that's available for sale at anuenuecanoeclub.org. This video clip covers the basic paddling technique. The DVD was produced by Sanoe Productions' Ann Marie Kirk with videography by Lew Trusty. Learn from one of the most experienced paddlers on the planet!

Kamini Jain talking about paddling stoke technique

This was an Outrigger Conference that was held in Vancouver.

Carolina Downwind Run in the Puakea Designs Ehukai Outrigger Canoe

With prevailing SSW winds, often above 20 mph, southern coastal North Carolina offers some amazing downwind opportunities, especially in the OC1.

Epic Maui to Lanai downwind outrigger surfing

One of the most unknown sports is outrigger canoeing. Sure, most people know an outrigger from the movies or some publication, or have seen it somewhere in Polynesia, but most don't really know the sport, what it's capable of, and how fun it is from flat water to actually surfing. This video demonstrates the surfing aspect of this amazing sport.

Watch a downwind surf crossing with Kai Bartlett and Bobby Pratt. Pure downwind surfing.

The Ulua, an outrigger sailing canoe

Plans for this 18' (5.5 M) sailing canoe are available at

How to Steer an Outrigger Canoe, Strokes and Pokes

I am still a novice steersman, but I have a few tips that may help a paddler who wants to learn the basics. This video gives an overview of most of the strokes used to control the outrigger canoe. Any comments or advice are welcome. We can all learn from each other. A special thanks to Charlie from Menehune Paddles. Thanks for the video clips from





If any of the videos I used belong to you and you wish me to remove it from my lesson, just message me and let me know which section, and I will remove the video, re-edit it without your video. Thanks.

Ulua Outrigger canoe, first sail

First sail in my Ulua outrigger canoe designed by Gary Dierking

Exploring Tahiti by Outrigger Canoe

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In this segment from the 'Facing Waves' TV series, we take part in Tahiti's national sport of outrigger canoeing with Tahiti Expeditions

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Making Outrigger Canoe Paddles - Part 4

Part 4 - Glass & Finish, and a musical moment

I'm making outrigger canoe paddles for our Keikis. 6 paddles made for Ke Kai O'Uhane outrigger canoe center in Monterey CA

500 Meter Outrigger Canoe Sprint Race

The co-ed master crew from Hui Wa'a Outrigger Canoe Club races in the 500m sprint at Quarry Lakes, California.

Making Outrigger Canoe Paddles - Part 3

Part 3 - The Handle

I'm making outrigger canoe paddles for our Keikis. 6 paddles made for Ke Kai O'Uhane outrigger canoe center in Monterey CA

Great Moments in PD Outrigger Canoeing

Pics from many of the fantatsic overseas and local outrigger canoeing event PDs have attended

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