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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.

Red Bull Wa'a Takes Outrigger Canoe Paddling by Storm

► More about the sport and the team HERE:
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
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Outrigger Canoes Surfing Waves (vol.1)

If you want to see almost an hour of outrigger canoes surfing waves with epic background music - here it is.

All combined video segments were uploaded by paddlers from Hawaii and around the world. They deserve the credit for sharing their adventures.

If anyone has new links of canoes surfing (that we missed) it would be kindly appreciated for vol.2

John Puakea Teaches Canoe Paddling Technique: The Catch - Part 1

Here's another canoe paddling technique video from elite paddler and championship coach John Puakea. This time Johnny teaches us in detail an important part of the canoe paddle stroke: The Catch. According to Johnny, it is critical to set your catch correctly since it is the first part of your paddle stroke. If you don't get the catch right, it will be hard to get the rest of your stroke right as well. Johnny himself spent one year mastering his catch.

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About John Puakea (from

As the founder of Puakea Designs, 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. Johnny has also coached top OC1 paddlers like Jimmy Austin, Danny Ching and Lauren Spalding.

John's knowledge of body mechanics complements his strengths in canoe building. His top-performing designs include the Kaimana, the Kainalu, the Pueo 1, the Ehukai—and the new superstar, the Kahe Kai—all OC1 canoes. New in OC6 production, is his very fast Puakea Unlimited (Malolo) 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 Makika OC6 design for the grueling Olamau Race in 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 also available (depending on his schedule) for coaching for clubs, groups and paddling events.

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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.

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

Here is Part 2 -
Part 3 -
The actual Regatta race -
and on a OC-1 Canoe -

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 -
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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.

Kamini Jain talking about paddling stoke technique

This was an Outrigger Conference that was held in Vancouver.

What Is Outrigger Canoeing, Va'a, Waka Ama, Outrigger paddling

What is Outrigger Canoe paddling? Or Va'a? Or Waka Ama? Outrigger paddling? I got tired of people asking me what this great sport is. So i made this clip a while back. Enjoy..

NAC Outrigger Paddling practice early 2015

January 29 Practice with Johnny Puakea, Gerard and Teva on the launch
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2018 Pan Pacific Masters Games | Outrigger Canoeing

Play it, Live it, Love it! in outrigger canoeing at the 11th Pan Pacific Masters Games to be held 2 – 11 November 2018 on the beautiful Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

More than 13,000 athletes from over 30 countries will converge on one of the most popular holiday destinations to compete in the world’s biggest and best biennial masters games.

The Gold Coast’s famous celebration of masters sport will showcase competition in more than 40 sports at some of the best sporting facilities on the planet, including five Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games venues, and feature a jam-packed nightly entertainment program at the Games Village.

Participants compete in their age group with no qualifying standards or times to enter. The only criterion for entry is a minimum age for each sport, which for the majority is 30 years of age.

2018 is the year to ‘Play it, Live it, Love it!’ at the Pan Pacific Masters Games!

Visit mastersgames.com.au.

The EDT Tahiti Nui Va'a

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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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PART 2 - Outrigger Canoe - Basic PHILOSOPHY, BIOMECHANICS with Proper PULL UPs - Part 2

PART 3 -
PROPER PULL UPs as a basis of getting stronger - CONTIGUOUS Cross Training for Paddling -
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Outrigger Canoe OC1 Clinic: Introduction-Part 1

Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club men's team head coach Chris gives beginning OC1 paddlers an introduction to paddling mechanics of this water sport that came to California from Hawaii and Polynesia. Part One. Santa Clara Point, Mission Bay, San Diego, California.
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Front pulldown exercise for dragon boat and outrigger canoeing

Strengthening the muscles used in driving the paddle down and through the water. Pectoralis major, pectoralis minor, rectus abdominus, latissimus dorsi and triceps.

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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Outrigger Canoe SCORA (part 1)

SCORA produced a 15 minute informational video to promote the sport of Hawaiian outrigger canoeing in southern California. Many of the clips are from 2005 races offshore southern California. There are also interviews with leaders in the outrigger canoeing community. The history and culture of Hawaiian canoeing is included. This is the first 5 minutes of the video. Contact SCORA at or one of the southern California outrigger clubs for more information about outrigger canoeing and about the full video on DVD. I paddle on the Hanohano men's team: -DVD cover text: SCORA Promo DVD 2006. Copyright (c) 2006 by SCORA. All rights reserved. Reproduction and redistribution is permitted only for non-commercial, nonprofit administrative or educational purposes, provided all copies contain the following statement: Copyright (c) 2006 by SCORA. This work is reproduced and distributed with the permission of the SCORA. Redistribution or commercial use is prohibited without express written permission. Edit: I didn't realize when I uploaded this video to YouTube that it was already on Google Video, uncut at 12:22. Link:

Which outrigger canoe is faster? The Puakea Designs Kahe Kai vs. the Ehukai

We decided to conduct flatwater testing to see if how much speed the Kahe Kai gives up to the slightly more sleek Ehukai OC1. We conducted multiple runs, using heart rate as a control, to see if one canoe design has a significant speed advantage over the other.

Keep in mind that it's very difficult to control all the variables in a test like this, especially when you're dealing with wind, tide, boats, etc,

We tried to account for these variables in our protocol, and we feel pretty good about the results. Your mileage may vary depending on your paddling style, your height, weight, conditions, what you had for breakfast, but you might be surprised by what we found.

For more information on these two canoes, check out:

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Keauhou Canoe Club - OC - 1 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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