Practice for first time paddlers will take place @ 10AM Sat & Sundays for the months of Feb & March.
Feel free to come down and just try it out. Paddles provided. There is a one time $10 fee for new paddlers. If you choose to stay and race for the season your $10 charge will be applied to member dues. Dues aren’t required until April 1st if you decide to join. Nestled in the harbor of beautiful Dana Point, California, Dana Outrigger Canoe Club (DOCC) is a non-profit organization that competes in the sport of Hawaiian Outrigger canoeing.
We welcome new members of all ages (including youth), background, and abilities to join and be apart of a growing community.
Legendary surfer and diver Lorrin “Whitey” Harrison founded the club in 1972. Lorrin’s passion for outrigger canoe paddling and his lifelong commitment to the community of Dana Point make up the foundation of Dana Outrigger.
Lorin “Whitey” Harrison surfing in his trademark hat. Whitey surfed into his 80s.
Members meet regularly each week to practice a minimum of six hours a week in addition to the races, which occur on Saturdays. (See our upcoming season’s calendar). Each paddler in our club competes in 6-man outrigger boats in various divisions, according to age and ability.Many of our Dana paddlers also excel in 1-man outrigger and surf ski competitions, which occur primarily in the winter season.
Each season, the club has about 100 active members. The core of these paddlers consists of highly motivated and dedicated working professionals with full-time family and career responsibilities. We have novice club members, as well as some members who have paddled for two decades or more. Ages range from young teens to paddlers in their 60s.
The club’s elite members, as well as the coaching staff, are comprised of international and national level athletes from various paddle sports, swimming and water polo. These key individuals have competed in, and earned numerous medals at events such as the Olympic Games, the United States Olympic Festival, Pan American Games, the World Canoe/Kayak Championships and the United States Canoe/Kayak National Championships.
Even “Whitey” couldn’t have foreseen the years of exciting races, team fun and paddling successes that would put Dana Point on the outrigger map of world renowned clubs. Being a part of the Dana Outrigger Club is a unique experience that will undoubtedly create some of your most memorable life moments. (Read more about the founding members and early days of DOCC.)
Come on down to Baby Beach – we’d love to make you part of the Dana Outrigger tradition.