Paddling News: What’s Happening Around the Community

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In Brief

The Southern Hemi summer is in full swing and folks Down Under have been forced to cope with some record high temperatures. North America is experiencing a fairly typical winter with cold temps and snowfall across much of the U.S. and Canada.

Here at PaddleXaminer HQ in sunny Southern California we’re having a chilly winter with ocean temps hovering around 57 F and air temperature swings from daytime highs in the upper 60s F to low 70s F while morning and evening temps dip into the low 40s F. While the temperature fluctuations throughout the day can be extreme at times, we can typically rely on an abundance of sunshine.

Danny Ching Paddling Training Sessions

New for 2019, Danny Ching has kicked off a weekly training program open to all paddle craft. Sessions are held every Monday and Wednesday at 3:30 pm at the Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club in King Harbor, Redondo Beach, California. Contact Ching directly for details on pricing and what to expect from each session.

SoCal Winter Series Ongoing

The popular SoCal Winter Racing Series hosted by regional outrigger canoe clubs from San Diego to Santa Barbara continues to churn along. The next event in the series is Return to the Pier in Santa Barbara on January 12. Hanohano Ocean Challenge, typically the most widely attended event of the series, falls on January 26. Plan for sunshine and you likely won’t be disappointed! Additional races include:

February 9 – Hal Rosoff – NAC
February 23 – Lanakila Classic – Redondo Beach
March 16 – Dana Point Ocean Challenge – Dana Point
March 23 – Malibu 2 Marina
March 31 – Wild Buffalo Relay 

The SoCal Winter Series is open to all paddle craft and is a fun and competitive family friendly racing series. The series is easy on the wallet, entrance fees are around $25, and includes a T-shirt and meal at most events.

SUP Racing Contracts, Opportunities for “World Title” Expand

Participation levels in SUP racing continued to decline in 2018 and a few more events dropped off the calendar entirely. The reasons for the phenomenon are diverse, but a common theme is the SUP industry’s continued focus on elite/professional racing over recreational paddlers. In many ways it resembles a group of smokers addicted to nicotine and dying from lung cancer. They know what’s killing them, but they just can’t seem to kick the habit.

Meanwhile, the opportunities to become a SUP racing “World Champion” expanded in 2018 as the newly formed Paddle League entered the arena already occupied by the Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP), International Surfing Association (ISA), and International Canoe Federation (ICF).

It’s anyone’s guess how it will shake out in the future…

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2019 SCORA Waivers Due

If you are a member of an outrigger canoe club in the SCORA (Southern California Outrigger Racing Association) network then you know what this means! Time to submit your annual liability waiver before jumping in a club canoe and paddling off into the sunset. SCORA has made the process simple with their online waiver submission system. Click here to find the link and submit your form.

Upcoming important SCORA dates:

  • Voting Meeting: January 27
  • Coaches Clinic: March 2

Celebrating 60 Years of Outrigger Paddling in California

The first Catalina Channel Crossing was held in 1959. The first race involved two canoes shipped to California from Hawaii through the efforts of Albert Edward “Toots” Minvielle. Both of them were koa wood canoes with the names Malia meaning calm waters and Niuhe, meaning shark. The malia team was composed of Hawaiian All Star outrigger paddlers organized by Toots.

Curious to learn more? Visit the SCORA website for a walk down memory lane.

New Year Clear Out Sale at Vaikobi

Our good friends at Vaikobi are having a sale to clear out some remaining old stock. We’re huge fans of the Vaikobi brand and can vouch for the quality and performance of their range from first hand experience. Visit our Gear section for reviews of several items from their lineup to help you make an informed decision on what might work best for you.

Don’t delay, the sale doesn’t last forever and is scheduled to terminate on January 14. Visit Vaikobi’s site for a detailed list of pricing and the paddling gear on offer.

Events on the Horizon

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Matt Chebatoris
About Matt Chebatoris 229 Articles
Matt is a former national security professional and lifelong adventurer. He has published material on a variety of topics in the foreign policy arena and created PaddleXaminer™ as a platform to share his enjoyment of paddling with others. When not on the water, Matt can be found hiking along rugged mountain trails in the California wilderness. Matt resides in Los Angeles and is a member of the Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club in Redondo Beach, California.

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