FROM SIX-FEET APART TO SIX-MAN PADDLING From six-feet apart to si-ma

06/21/2021 01:22 AM By sales

What a difference a year makes! As we approach June, 2021, more and more paddlers are taking to the water — throughout North America, and in Hawaii, Tahiti and Australia. With good reason.

Backed by scientific evidence, things are opening up. “Outdoors now is even safer than before,” said Linsey Marr, an expert on airborne virus transmission at Virginia Tech, “because more people are vaccinated or have already had COVID-19.” 

Evidence of restrictions loosening is the exciting return of competitive outrigger racing. “After not racing for over a year,” said Wade Williford, a long-time paddler now with the Kai Elua Outrigger Canoe, in San Diego, “Kia Elua will host the annual SCORA (Southern California Outrigger Race Association) Iron Champs race in San Diego in 2021.” This race, to be held June 26th on Mission Bay, attracts paddlers and spectators from California, Arizona and Nevada, the Pacific Northwest and Canada, and as far away as Hawaii and Tahiti.

There are now many races to enter

Many other races and events are also being reinstated, including Newport Aquatic Center’s (NAC) Friday Night Brights: Neon Lights 2021,” Friday, June 11, featuring a twilight race through the Newport Harbor for both competitive and recreational paddlers. It is one of many races across the country that paddlers can register for: 

“We’re thrilled to have people back on the water!” said an exuberant Billy Whitford, NAC’s Executive Director, an ardent promoter of outrigger canoeing for his entire life. And Joey Alvarez, of ARE Outrigger World, couldn’t be happier to see the influx of paddlers, as he is in the midst of bringing a boatload of OC1 Manas to the mainland U.S. and V6 Matahinas to Hawaii. 

One race down, and many more to go

More and more paddlers are getting back to the water. And six-man canoes are replacing six feet of distance, as races are now being scheduled. The race against the Coronavirus seems to be won. And we want it to stay that way, because there are many more races to be won, by paddlers and outrigger canoe clubs throughout the world. 


ARE Outrigger World is the exclusive distributor of ARE Tahiti canoes for the entire U.S. and Canada, dedicated to making outrigging faster and more fun for more and more paddlers. Check out our OC1s, V1 rudderless and V6 Matahina outriggers.

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