Newport Aquatic Center, a longstanding paddling club in Southern California, just held its first of three V1-only races. It is yet one more nod to the presence of rudderless paddling in the U.S.
The first of three “Va’a California” events underscores the growing recognition of rudderless paddling as the purest form of outrigger paddling. Participants included paddlers from all over the country—from California to Pennsylvania and Florida—plus some of the most recognized paddlers from Tahiti, who have never known anything but rudderless paddling. As it turned out, Southern California’s Danny Ching walked off with the winner’s trophy in the featured race.
NAC will hold two more events: March 11 (14 mi.), and April 29 (21 mi). The March 11 race will start at NAC, while the April 29 marathon will start from Long Beach and finish in Newport Beach. The races were organized by NAC coach and race director Kelly Schwartz.
Visit the ARE Outrigger website, areoutriggerworld.com, for more information on ARE Tahiti rudderless canoes. And be sure to reserve your ARE Tahiti rudderless canoe for the April 29th race! For more information on Va’a California, contact NAC. Let's go rudderless!
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