Hawaii's Regatta Paddling Season
The season will culminate in state championships at Hilo Bay on August 1st. Donʻt miss that event. It's an old style ohana fun atmosphere (remember when you were a kid) and good clean healthy activities during the entire regatta season. This is definitely one of the reasons we all pay the high cost of living in our beautiful Islands and why I say that Life is Good doesn't mean you have to have a lot of kala. No matter what's happening during this economy in living local you find the good life... if you make it happen.
Outrigger Canoe Paddling is the stateʻs team sport and it perpetuates much more than just competitive ocean sports. This is an activity that brings out the young and the young at heart and at its core are deeply valuable cultural lessons. Under 12-year-old categories up to golden masters 60 years and above will be competing in 1/4 mile to 1/2 mile races. As Johann reports, "Entire families from grandchildren to grandparents participate in the day's events."
Donʻt miss out on the action this summer but if you do or you're new to this sport, visit Pacific Paddler TV at http://sports.pacificnetwork.tv/PacificPaddler/ featuring highlights of some Hawaiiʻs best regattas. See you in the water!
PS: Ok for those of us who have always wondered but never yet tried it -- in an outrigger canoe the paddlers sit in line, facing toward the bow of the canoe (i.e. forward, in the direction of travel, the opposite of rowing). The seats are numbered from 1 (closest to the bow) to the number of seats in the canoe, usually 6. The steersman sits in the last seat of the canoe (usually 6th seat) and he/she is responsible for steering. The paddler sitting in seat 1 is the stroker and he/she is responsible for setting the pace of the strokes. The first two positions may also be responsible for steering maneuvers. Outrigger canoeing has grown from its roots in Hawaii and Polynesia to become a very popular water sport, with sporting and social clubs located around the world paddling on lakes in Italy to rivers in Europe and Africa. If you're game, there are plenty of people who can direct you to supporting the sport as spectators or jumping into the water and working those deltoids.