SUNSHINE COAST JUNIOR PADDLING DEVELOPMENT Inc.
JUNIOR OUTRIGGER DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
for South East Queensland
What is an Outrigger Canoe ?
The outrigger framework is essentially an extension of the traditional Hawaiian dug out canoe. A stabilizing framework is attached to the canoe hull by spreader bars (iako), at the outer end of which a float (ama) is attached.
History of Outrigger Canoeing ...
Outrigger canoeing hails its origins from the Pacific region some 30,000 years ago. Racing evolved as a natural extension of the peoples use of their craft and their everyday life.
In 1908, the first outrigger canoe clubs were founded in Hawaii and Hui Nalu. The first official canoe race, initially for men, was held in the Hawaiian Islands in Waikiki in 1917.
The sport has since spread to an international level, involving countries from the Pacific and Asian regions as well as New Zealand, USA, Canada, France, England and South Africa.
Outrigger Canoe Racing in Australia ...
Outrigger canoeing was introduced to Australia in 1976, with the importation of a canoe from Hawaii. The first regatta held in Australia was contested in 1981.
Racing takes on two forms, sprints and marathons. Both are competed in six-person canoes (OC6), two-person canoes (OC2), and single-person canoes (OC1).
Australia's reputation as one of the leading countries in the world within ocean sports, has ensured the rapid and successful growth of the sport since its introduction in 1976.
The Future ...
The future potential of the sport in this country is endless. The climate and coastal environments provide us with all manner of ocean conditions in which to play, practice and ultimately excel in outrigger canoe racing.
Trans Tasman Series & Gubbi Gubbi Championship 2012
This much loved and anticipated event is on again in September 2012 bringing
paddlers from across the Tasman and Pacific islands.
See more about the Trans Tasman and Gubbi Gubbi Championship here