Looking Back at the 21st Annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge

Photo: Muirman

Looking Back at the 21st Annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge

Once again, the Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club hosted one of the west coast’s best events this past weekend.  What started as a grass roots surfski event in the late 1980’s has grown to become one of the country’s largest multi discipline paddling races.  Steeped in the Hawaiian tradition, the event’s mission is to spread the spirit of Aloha while growing our paddling Ohana.  This spirit of inclusion is evident as you scan the beach at Bonita Cove.  Participants include juniors as young as 6, top ranked competitors like Danny Ching, Chase Kosterlitz and Candace Appleby and veterans of the sport well into their 70’s and 80’s with a strong women’s contingent. Standouts this year were 14 year old, Jade Howson, (who not only won the overall 12’6” Women’s SUP division, she also won her division on the long course on an OC-1) and Experience paddler Dale Marnati who schooled his 60+ SUP division as well as all the men in the 50+ division.  ***Note: Our biggest divisions of the day were men’s 50+ and 60+ SUP 14’…We’re going to have to add an 80+ division soon. Full Results can be found here: HanohanoHuki Ocean Challenge Results

The Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club is a 501c3 that has been contributing to the growth of paddle sport since the early 1980’s.  The Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge funds the club’s junior development program and wounded warrior program. “This event is volunteer-run, we strive to treat all our participants like family…ohana.” Said Dan Van Dyck, Race Director since 1996 “It’s more like a giant Family Reunion.?”   Special thanks to our Major Sponsors Huki Outrigger/Surfski, Paddle Planet, Dirty Birds and Carbo Pro as well as our vendors and product sponsors who helped us make it a great day!