Paddle Brief: Heading into fall (aka, yes, there really are seasons in SoCal)

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Recap of SCORA paddlers at Na Wahine O Ke Kai

With a field of over 70 entries, there were numerous teams that included SCORA paddlers among their ranks! This year marked the first time unlimited canoes were recognized as an official division at Na Wahine O Ke Kai and several SCORA paddlers were in the crew that finished first in the new division.

NAC paddler Jojo Toeppner continued her legacy and has competed in Na Wahine O Ke Kai every year since its inception, including 10 first place titles (1986-1991, 1993-1996). Veteran paddler Julie Wolfe also made the crossing with the Pacific Aunties. This crew included a few other SCORA paddlers and they brought home a victory in the Masters division.

There were several SCORA junior paddlers who made channel crossing this year. Three of them competed with Hawaiian Canoe Club, who finished 1st place in the Juniors division.

Moloka’i Hoe

It’s coming in hot! Saturday, October 6, 2019 is the day and Ryland Hart’s crew from Outrigger Canoe Club – Ka Lahui Kai will be the ones to watch.

Shelta Hats

SoCal Ocean Racing Series

Often referred to as the “Winter Series”, the first race in this fun racing series open to all paddle craft is just around the corner the Off Da Couch race at the Newport Aquatics Center on October 12, 2019 followed by the always fun La Jolla Invitational on November 9, 2019.

Registration costs for each event in the series is always low, usually between $20-$30, and typically comes with a meal and some SWAG. We’ll get all the dates up on our calendar as they firm up in the coming months.

Not sure what to wear as the air and water temperatures start to drop? Here’s some solid recommendations: The Gear I Wore: Looking Back on the California 2019 OC-6 Season

ICYMI

Are you a standup paddler who needs to work on your buoy turns? Here’s a little demonstration from our friend Danny Ching on how to get it done. Ching is available for private lessons at various times throughout the year. Hit him up on Instagram to check his current schedule.

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