Dana Outrigger Canoe Club is a competitive outrigger canoe racing club based in Dana Point, California. We are a member of the Southern California Outrigger Racing Association (SCORA). The objective of this Association is encourage, maintain and perpetuate outrigger canoe racing and the rich Pacific Island culture and traditions that are rooted in this sport. To learn more about SCORA, please click here.
We offer programs for youths, first time paddlers and experienced paddlers of all ages. Each year, we welcome new adult members through our novice program which begins in February. New Keiki paddlers (ages 9-14) and Junior paddlers (ages 14-19) begin their training in June. If you would like to receive notice of when our novice or youth programs begin, please click here and join our e-mail list. We’ll give you a heads up before the programs begin. If you have other questions about any of our programs, just send an email to the Dana Coaches Mahalo!
While all paddlers must be proficient in swimming and in good health, we provide all of the instruction needed to master the skills required in racing outrigger canoes. Our Head Coach is Rich Long. Rich has been racing outrigger canoes for more than 30 years and received his initial instruction from our club founder Lorrin “Whitey” Harrison.
We are a non-profit organization located near the OC Sailing and Events Center and Baby Beach in Dana Point Harbor. You can usually see our open teams practicing during our regular season (March through August) Monday through Thursday nights from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and on the weekends from about 7:00am to 10:00am. Our teams also compete in various events outside of California and internationally. These include the Molokai Hoe between Molokai and Oahu; the Pailolo Challenge between Maui and Molokai; the Queen Liliuokalani and the Olamau on the Big Island; The Liberty Challenge in New York and the Hawaiki Nui Va’a in Tahiti.