Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club (HOCC) and Huki Outrigger & Surfski are hosting the 17th Annual running of the Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge to be held in Mission Bay on Jan. 26, 2013. Hundreds of paddlers from various disciplines including outrigger, surfski, paddleboard and standup paddleboard will roil the waters of Mission Bay in San Diego, California.
Seventeen years ago a small group of surfski paddlers got together to form the Southern California Winter Series. The Hanohano Ocean Challenge, the Dana Point Ocean Challenge and Santa Barbara's Return to the Pier have since been joined by 7 other races also hosted by Southern California Outrigger Canoe Clubs. In 2006, Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club, known for its inclusion of all paddlecraft, broke new ground by including a division for the brand new sport of SUP. Standup paddlers now make up about half of the 600 participants expected to be in attendance this year.
According to Race Director Dan Van Dyck, "There's something for everyone ages 8 to 80. We offer two challenging race courses, great food, a Paddler Expo featuring our ohana of supporters, and the best swag you'll see at any race."
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