Busting out Alcatraz wins in Norcal

Na Leo O Ke Kai took two teams to the annual Round the Rock Challenge (NCOCA) in San Francisco. Besides being a beautiful city with great weather, the host club He’e Nalu OCC is awesome and the race course changes up every year (if you want a really good story, ask about 2014!).

This year our open and master’s coed crews took second and third finishes. Go team!

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Keep up the good work in the gym and on the water – SCORA’s 9-man season is coming! Check in for details on practices and club social events on FaceBook . Good times!

Hot Arizona Paddling: Life over 100′

It’s a fact: Arizona paddling in the summer is hot, hot, hot! That means planning before you get out, hydrate and make sure you’ve got water, sunscreen, or some other coverage from the sun. Please be sure to let your steersman or coach know if you’re feeling the heat. Safety first!

What races are coming up? There’s Southern California Outrigger Racing Association’s (SCORA) 9-man season and  Na Leo will take an open and master’s coed crews to the very cool Round the Rock Challenge (NCOCA). Good times!

Keep up the good work in the gym and on the water. Make sure you check in for details on practices and club social events on FaceBook . Good times!

Racers, check your engines!

Actually, you are your engine! And we’ve got lots of opportunities to train to help you reach your workout and race goals. Find out more about our coaches Rich Gorrill, Vince San Nicolas, Kahea Mendes, Alicia Lin Kee or workout leaders, Diane Escalante and Eric Tang, and expect good times, as well as focused attention on OC6, OC1 and SUP.

As the first SCORA race of the year, Crystal Pier had some wild conditions. Congratulations to our five Na Leo crews and particularly to all our novice paddlers, who took on their first ocean adventure. Way to rock it.

If you missed out, never fear, we’ve got a very exciting year ahead. Next stop: Marina del Rey OCC’s Kahanamoku Klassic, June 3. Check in with your coaches if you plan to go and see you on the water!

For all the details on practices, new jerseys and club social events, check out our FaceBook  page.

Shakafest and Huli Drills

April means ramping up outrigger canoe training and skills. This month, our coaches and crew meet with Johnny Puakea, for a one-on-one coaching experience. Thank you to coach Kahea Mendes for arranging this special training event.

April also means Shakafest, an all day festival of Hawaiian culture, arts and athletics in Mission Bay, hosted by  Nā Koa Kai Canoe Club. This year, more than 40 keiki will attend from Na Leo O Ke Kai Keiki program, run by coach Christel Savoy, with assistants Lena, Joey and Tahlia. If you want to join in the fun, practices on are Sunday mornings, 8 a.m.

And let’s not forget huli drills! This year we will host the club’s drills on May 6th at Butcher Jones Beach Park on Saguaro Lake. This is a mandatory requirement for SCORA. Of course, huli drills will also mean fun with the whole crew and potluck BBQ for the whole family. Look for details on our FaceBook  page.

Aloha Festival: Come meet the crew

The Aloha Festival is one of the premiere events in the Phoenix area to celebrate the Polynesian culture and people. It’s a free, family event with great music, dance and food! It’s at Tempe Beach Park, starting Sat. and Sun. at 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Come to our Na Leo O Ke Kai tent (outrigger canoes!), meet our crew and connect with home.

If you miss us there, come to Paradise BBQ, we’ll be serving and at the grill. Raffle prizes at the festival are a vacation to Maui with a five-night stay at the Aston Mahana at Ka’anapali. Or you can just get a very cool shirt or pareo at our tent. Hope to see you there!

Please join our FaceBook page for updates and come out to paddle.  For more information, contact Carol Ducosin: 602-663-8030

Luau Fun and Fundraiser

Aloha! In addition to an open invitation to paddle with us, you are cordially invited to our annual fundraiser. Join us for a great evening of food, music, raffles and fun under the stars. Meet all the great people who paddle and support Na Leo, and help us raise funds for our keiki and adult teams.
Saturday, February 25th, 2017
Location: Phoenix Ale Brewery*
3002 E. Washington St. Phoenix 85034
(602) 275-5049
Time: 5:30pm – 10pm (dinner starts at 6:30 pm)
Entertainment: Ka’imikahu Hale O’ Hula & Sienna
Adults: $25 ($30 at the door)
Keiki 12 and under: $15 ($20 at the door)
Age 5 and under: Free
*Bring your growler to fill or buy a Na Leo growler and glasses there. A portion of all beer sales goes to Na Leo’s crew fund.

Please join our FaceBook page for updates and come out to paddle.  For more information or to buy tickets: contact Carol Ducosin: 602-663-8030

Join us!

We have a bright year ahead of us and would love to see all of you be a part of this wonderful journey.

Please join us for our Jan. 28 canoe blessing and the first practice of the year at 9 a.m. If you would like to have your personal small boats or SUP board included, please bring them out. We will set up all the canoes at the launch ramp.

Potluck to follow – help us celebrate the start of our 20th anniversary.

For more information: contact Carol Ducosin: 602-663-8030

Happy Holidays!

As we close out another fantastic year, we would like to thank each of you who contributed to our Na Leo O Ke Kai community. It takes so many hands and hearts to build and support an Ohana. We are blessed in our crew mates, leaders, coaches and parents. Thank you for all that you do to make our club the very best!

And even though it’s winter, we are still out on the water. If you want to hop in the 6-man, join our FaceBook page AND text/call Diane Escalante (480-212-3573) if you want to paddle on Saturday mornings. Lots of great things coming up in 2017. Stayed tuned!

Winner Winner – Kalua Pig Dinner

Two Arizona outrigger paddlers distinguished themselves in October on small craft, coming second in prone (Vince San Nicolas) and third in women’s OC1 (Shauna Hecker) at their first 31-miler Chattajack Challenge in Tennessee. More than 500 paddlers (SUP, kayak, OC1, OC2, prone, surfski) came out to be part of the challenge. We also had a first place finish in OC2 at Another Dam Race in Parker, AZ. by Ceci Ng and Margaret Coulombe in November. Congrats for representing Na Leo O Ke Kai proudly everyone!

Help support our club and our paddlers, please. Order up your Kalua Pig during our annual fall fundraiser. Pick-up day  is Nov. 12, noon-3 p.m. To place an order:  johngallaudet@gmail.com

Please join our FaceBook page for updates and come out to paddle. Next race: Another Dam Race in Parker, Arizona. See you on the docks!