Welcome Moku Kai

Na Leo O Ke Kai kicked off the 2018 race season on Feb. 10 with our club’s annual canoe blessing. This year was special with the addition of Moku Kai, our new, most beautiful unlimited canoe.

General practices are Tues. at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m. There are also lots of special events coming up, like our annual Kalua Pig Fundraiser (get your orders in!) o Feb. 24, and taking part in the Arizona Aloha Festival in March. Stay connected to all the club happenings in 2018 on Facebook.

And as you get ready to train and race, don’t forget to check out the Southern California Outrigger Racing Association (SCORA) calendar:



Happy Holidays – Na Leo style

Our keiki team celebrated their season with a potluck gathering at Papago Park. The head coach, Christel Savoy (in green) and assistant coaches Elena Curlee, Taliah Rodriquez and Joey Kau, recognized the year’s MVPs along with all the wonderful kids and parents in our Na Leo Ohana.


Congratulations to all our club members and thanks for a wonderful 2017. Hope all your New Year’s wishes come true. Speaking of 2018, pre-season ocean winter fun can be had at the 2018 SoCal winter series races  and stay tuned for all the club happenings coming up on Facebook.

Winding down the year, racking up the wins

The season is winding down, but not the adventures. Assistant Coach Vince San Nicolas (yay, the guy who took second in Molokai Hoe Koa), pulled out another win at the Chattajack Challenge, coming 3rd – after 30 miles – in prone. He also steered Na Leo’s unlimited OC6 men’s crew at Another Dam Race to a second place win, with crewmates: Men’s coach Rich Gorrill, Eric Tang, John Parker, Gene Williams, Brock Dunlap. Congratulations guys and to all our racers who joined in the fun!

A reminder that the SoCal winter series races officially kicks off this weekend at La Jolla Shores Invitational. Check out the upcoming dates and dust off your SUP, OC1, OC2 or surfski.

For all the club happenings, please check our Facebook.

Molokai Hoe – 2nd place congrats!

One of our own, Assistant Coach Vince San Nicolas crossed the Kai’wi Channel with team Kai Wai/Puakea competing in the Molokai Hoe and winning a 2nd place medal in the koa division. Established in 1952, this race is one of the top outrigger race challenges in the world. Congratulations to Vince (green hat) and his crew on their incredible accomplishment in Ho’ola. We are proud of you!22366521_10159470719495565_7739435840474070679_n.jpg

If you haven’t already signed up, get on it! Another Dam Race is coming up on Nov. 4 (Parker, AZ). Last change to register is Oct. 18. Check in on FaceBook for details on practices and club social events. Good times!

SCORA season is over, but wait…there’s more

The SCORA season came to a close with the Catalina Crossing – US Outrigger Championships. 64 women’s and open coed crews raced on Saturday, with Na Leo O Ke Kai ladies finishing 49th and 60 men’s and masters coed crews competed on Sunday, with Na Leo’s men’s crew coming 44th. For many of the crew, it was their novice crossing, and the first crossing of a women’s crew (rather than a coed crew) in 10 years, so spirits were high and all came away with experience to take forward into 2018.   


Keep up the good work in the gym and on the water ! Next up: Okie O’Connor Hot Head Regatta on Oct. 7 (Tempe) and the Another Dam Race on Nov. 4 (Parker, AZ). Check in for details on practices and club social events on FaceBook . Good times!21752921_10212059490796996_3782844382185261273_o.jpg

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!

IMG_20170805_152803948_HDR-crop2.jpg IMG_20170805_152921674_HDR-crop.jpg

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.