Competitive and Recreational Outrigger Canoe Paddling in the Comox Valley
Polynesian in origin, outrigger canoes were key to the settlement of the South Pacific islands as these large crafts were made for crossing open waters. Wind and waves bring the boat to life and the outrigger, attached to the left side of the canoe, is for stability. Outrigger canoe racing is the official team sport of Hawaii and Tahiti, and a growing paddlesport in Canada, particularly on the west coast where seaside communities provide a bounty of paddling conditions. (excerpt from the article on our club in the Comox Valley Collective magazine - read more)
Our club is competitively-focused but welcoming of all paddlers. We have men's, women's and mixed teams practicing several times per week, as well as a recreational group for those who want to paddle for fitness and fun. Our compound is conveniently located at the Courtenay Airpark Marina boat launch and has four OC6 (6 person) canoes and several OC2's and OC1's (one and two person canoes) for club member use.
If you want to try outrigger canoe paddling, your first practice is on us. Simply send us a note though our contact page and we will set you up with one of our experienced members for an introduction.
The Gibsons Paddle Club hosted the 2018 Canadian Outrigger Champs on August 18 and 19. Our club sent a men's crew and a ladies crew with some of our members and friends. Rupert, Don and Carl stayed on Sunday to race the small boat event. read more