Outrigger Canoeing

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    May 21, 2010 10:34 PM GMT
    There's a thread for rowing, but not dedicated for this. It's pretty big where I live and I'm totally in love with it.

    Does anyone else here paddle?
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    May 23, 2010 5:56 PM GMT
    When I was in the US Navy, '82 - '92, and was stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, I used to paddle for the Honolulu Canoe Club. For 4 years. The team was made up of locals and military together. We were not one of the big teams, like the Outrigger Canoe Club (they were gods in our eyes. All of them in fantastic shape! I had to keep my eyes averted constantly during pre-races, they were SO beautiful), and we never won a race, but it put me on the road to learning about working out and getting in shape. I still have my koa wood paddle, damn thing was expensive to make, LOL
    At the time I was one of the smallest guys, physically, on the team, so I sat Stroker seat. (first seat, sets pace) A couple Molokai Hoe races, (between the island of Molokai and Oahu) the ocean was VERY choppy. One moment I would be almost neck deep in water, trying to keep the stroke, the next, I was 20 feet in the air, above the trough, flailing my paddle, again trying to set stroke.... fun times! LOL
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    May 24, 2010 4:41 PM GMT
    My schedule doesn't allow for rowing on any schedule (schedule changes daily) so the couple times I've been, I hired a model to turn the trip into a photo shoot just so I'd have someone to talk to...and take pretty pictures. Pathetic, I know, but hey when you have no friends due to your job's flaky schedule, you do what you gotta do.

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    May 24, 2010 4:42 PM GMT
    why is that jackass "model" using a kayak paddle in a canoe? icon_lol.gif
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    May 24, 2010 4:45 PM GMT
    I'm not allowed to. Both times I tried it, the boat sunk. icon_eek.gif
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    May 24, 2010 5:56 PM GMT
    jakenoh saidwhy is that jackass "model" using a kayak paddle in a canoe? icon_lol.gif
    I like what your profile headline is: "just here to chat with cool guys, no agenda."
    So I guess you need training at being cool? Cause you're most definitely not.
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    May 24, 2010 7:02 PM GMT
    People are starting to learn about (and practice) paddle boarding. The first time I was canoeing across one of our Central Florida lakes and I saw a Hawai'ian god gliding across the water, standing up and stroking (his paddle in the water) I thought I was seeing a vision...
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    May 24, 2010 7:17 PM GMT
    jakenoh saidwhy is that jackass "model" using a kayak paddle in a canoe? icon_lol.gif

    Because a modern double-bladed paddle is more efficient with only 1 person, even if it's not a true canoe paddle, but kayak-style as you say. And even that kayak paddle in the pic isn't "authentic" with plastic blades and an aluminum shaft, the canoe itself possibly fiberglas. This is the 21st Century, after all, not a historic recreation of Native American culture.

    BTW, I can "J-stroke" a canoe solo using a classic canoe paddle, but it's a lot of work. But crossing the paddle can get gear wet, and is hard on the shoulders of an old guy. I'll take a double-bladed kayak paddle any day when solo.
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    May 24, 2010 7:30 PM GMT
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    jakenoh saidwhy is that jackass "model" using a kayak paddle in a canoe? icon_lol.gif

    Because a modern double-bladed paddle is more efficient with only 1 person, even if it's not a true canoe paddle, but kayak-style as you say. And even that kayak paddle in the pic isn't "authentic" with plastic blades and an aluminum shaft, the canoe itself possibly fiberglas. This is the 21st Century, after all, not a historic recreation of Native American culture.

    BTW, I can "J-stroke" a canoe solo using a classic canoe paddle, but it's a lot of work. But crossing the paddle can get gear wet, and is hard on the shoulders of an old guy. I'll take a double-bladed kayak paddle any day when solo.
    Yeah, convenience and the gear thing are the reasons I used the kayak paddle...didn't wanna splash an expensive camera and speedlight. Not to mention you can get back a lot faster when a storm pops up (which it did, and almost always does down here icon_lol.gif ).
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    May 26, 2010 3:59 AM GMT
    fitartistsf saidWhen I was in the US Navy, '82 - '92, and was stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, I used to paddle for the Honolulu Canoe Club. For 4 years. The team was made up of locals and military together. We were not one of the big teams, like the Outrigger Canoe Club (they were gods in our eyes. All of them in fantastic shape! I had to keep my eyes averted constantly during pre-races, they were SO beautiful), and we never won a race, but it put me on the road to learning about working out and getting in shape. I still have my koa wood paddle, damn thing was expensive to make, LOL
    At the time I was one of the smallest guys, physically, on the team, so I sat Stroker seat. (first seat, sets pace) A couple Molokai Hoe races, (between the island of Molokai and Oahu) the ocean was VERY choppy. One moment I would be almost neck deep in water, trying to keep the stroke, the next, I was 20 feet in the air, above the trough, flailing my paddle, again trying to set stroke.... fun times! LOL


    ha thanks for your response. I'm currently generally steersman or third seat. I'm one of the bigger guys, weight and height wise on this team.

    The more gnarly guys out here went out to Molokai. I'm hoping to go next year.

    And yes, they're all very, very pretty. My crush paddles with me. It's a lot of fun to say the least.