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THE HISTORY OF OUTRIGGING – FROM SURVIVAL TO SPORTS

The modern sport of outrigger canoeing was developed in Hawaii in earlier centuries. The first official outrigger races took place in the early 20th century in Waikiki. The sport has since spread and is now very popular in many countries around the world. The difference between outriggers and other canoes is the fact that it is double-hulled. Its stability comes from the distance between its hulls, which are longer and narrower than single-hulled canoes.

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What is a V1?

V1 stands for one-person va’a. The Tahitian term va’a is used to differentiate it from an OC-1 (one-person outrigger canoe). V1s are traditionally defined by an open cockpit and no rudder.

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CHECK OUT THIS DOWNWINDER

One of the most unknown sports in Europe is outrigger canoeing. Sure, most people know an outrigger from the movies or some publication, or have seen it somewhere in Polynesia, but most don’t really know the sport, what it’s capable of, and how fun it is from flat water to actually “surfing”. This video demonstrates the “surfing” aspect of this amazing sport. Watch a downwind surf crossing with Kai Bartlett and Bobby Pratt. Pure downwind surfing.

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THE WORLD’S SMALLEST OUTRIGGER CANOE

The Feline is the world’s smallest outrigger canoe. Its smaller dimensions (5.12m long and 40cm wide) mean that it is not only easy to store but also a model that demonstrates formidable efficiency in downwind conditions. It never crashes head first into waves and handles incredibly well. Beginners will be particularly fond of its ease of use when taking off initially, while experienced rowers will be amazed by the amount of time it can surf along waves, as well as its ease in moving from one to the next. The Feline is also extremely capable of upwind conditions, where its small dimensions come into their own. Its spaciousness (319 liters) makes it accessible to those of a larger build. The Feline is truly the product of all of our experience to date.

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Red Bull Wa’a Takes Outrigger Canoe Paddling by Storm

Awesome profile of the Red Bull Wa’a team based out of Hawaii. Their goal is simply to beat the best out there: the Tahitians, a question of pride…

Before endurance and water sports existed, there was canoe paddling. Initially, a vehicle used to hunt and fight has now become one of the largest growing fitness and endurance sports in the world. The U.S. outrigger canoe paddling team from Kona, the Red Bull Wa’a, have taken the age-old sport by storm and challenged the tenure of the Tahitian paddlers. For the Red Bull Wa’a, paddling isn’t just a means to peak personal strength – it’s spiritual. Team captain, Kainoa Tanoai, says “When you’re paddling for four hours a day, you’re focused on the goal of competing at the highest level, but you’re also focused on being one with the ocean and respecting the canoe, your teammates, and the sport.

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UNDERSTANDING WAVES FOR PADDLERS

Whenever a group of outrigger paddlers gets together, within minutes the conversation is certain to turn to waves and specifically surfing downwind. For those paddlers starting out on their journey to mastering downwind paddling there can be a lot of misconceptions and confusion. In this video some guidance is given on what to expect when surfing different types of waves and how to use the waves to your advantage.

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