SAN DIEGO, California - Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club and Huki Outrigger/Surfski bring you the 26th Annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge with a twist. Historically, a WPA sanctioned points race and flagship event for the SoCal Winter Racing Series, the Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge is one of the Longest Running Paddlesport Races in California offering access to all paddle crafts including OC-1 & 2, Surfski, Traditional Paddleboard, Standup Paddleboard and Kayak. Due to the Pandemic, the Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club is promoting a series of international “Micro Events” geared toward small groups with social distancing. The distance will be a standardized 10k which will give the organizers a chance to compare racers from all regions.
“The Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge has grown in popularity over the past 25 years by expanding its mission to promote accessibility to paddling as an active healthy lifestyle while building a community based on the love of ocean paddling. This year we are limited by COVID restrictions, but we now have the chance to compete with our brothers and sisters across the globe.” according to Race Director Dan Van Dyck.
Hanohano 2020. | Photo: Supconnect
The event will span 3 days, January 22-24, 2021. Registrants are encouraged to race their own 10k course or one of the suggested courses listed on the web site. Participants can race solo or in small groups following social distancing protocols. The three-day format will allow participants to race on multiple craft.
You are encouraged to visit the race website for more details.
“Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club has been hit hard by the pandemic. Our budget depends upon proceeds from the Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge to continue offering opportunities for our community to enjoy the healthy lifestyle of Outrigger Canoeing.” Stated Allison Alley, Hanohano OCC Club President. “Our Keikis, Rec Paddlers, Racers and Ohana rely on the club for a healthy outlet both physically and socially.”
About the Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge:
The Hanohano Ocean Challenge has been hosted by Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club since 1996 after taking over the San Diego Excel Surfski Race hosted by Club Founder Egon Horcajo which began in the late 1980’s. The Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge has grown to be one of the Premiere Races in California and one of the biggest and longest running in the nation. The Hanohano OCC is a 501c3 non-profit Organization was formed in order to unite men and women who share an interest in perpetuating and participating in Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Racing at its highest competitive level. The Club encourages and promotes good will and sportsmanship among members.