Paddling News: What’s Happening Around the Community

Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge, PaddleXaminer
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In Brief

Kialoa and Werner Paddles merge

Kialoa, founded in 1991 by Hawaii native Dave Chun, has merged with Werner Paddles as of January 1st. The Kialoa name will live on as a brand within the Werner Paddles family and will continue to operate out of its current home in Bend, Oregon. At the height of the stand up paddling boom, Kialoa sold 19,000 paddles a year. In 2018, sales had declined to 10,500 paddles. Werner, a family owned business in Monroe, Washington, has been making canoe, kayak and stand-up paddles for more than 50 years. The merger will provide Kialoa access to lower cost operating components, while allowing Dave and his wife Meg to focus their energy on sales, marketing, and of course, designing new paddles.

Fourth annual Paddle4Ray

A 32-mile paddle around Dana Point Harbor to show compassion and support for cancer patients, cancer survivors, and their families. All paddlers and all craft are invited to join. Stay for one harbor lap, complete the entire distance, or simply come down with refreshments and show your support.

Sunday, January 20, 2018
Baby Beach – Dana Point Harbor
Dana Point, California

Ray Nosse joined the Performance Paddling Training Club in the summer of 2015.  For several months he trained consistently, enjoyed racing with fellow team members, and set a goal of completing a long distance race. He achieved this goal, completing a 22-mile race in Lake Tahoe.  Not long after he started having back pain and was diagnosed with cancer. He fought, and fought, but eventually lost his battle. In December of 2015, during his fight with cancer, Anthony Vela and several members of the Performance Paddling Training Club wanted to show their support and the Paddle4Ray was born.  

Hanohano is just around the corner

The 24th annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge in San Diego’s scenic Mission Bay is coming up on January 26, 2019. The Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge, the SoCal Winter Series flagship event, has grown to over 650 participants by expanding its mission to promote accessibility to paddling as an active healthy lifestyle while building a community based on the love of ocean paddling. Pre-registration is just $25!   

Personalized training programs

Have you wondered what it would be like to have a top professional padder design you your own training program? Now you can, with Danny Ching’s personal training program. Contact Ching for details.

Spotlight on gear

ogio backpack, paddlexaminer, backpack, Alpha Convoy 525

OGIO Alpha Convoy 525 – Are you an organization freak? If so, you need to check out the OGIO Alpha Convoy 525. Designed by the makers of Callaway golf bags, this rugged backpack has all the pockets you need. Meticulously designed to provide maximum efficiency, Alpha Convoy 525 is your next all-around backpack; because, let’s face it, we adventure types don’t just have one backpack, we have several. Read!

Ask a Paddler

Do you have a question about paddling? Chances are you are not alone. Visit our advice column, Ask a Paddler, to see if it has been answered. If not, send us a note and we’ll gladly help you out!

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