Crystal Pier adventures

If you weren’t there, you should have been. Na Leo O Ke Kai had crews in novice coed, short course women, long course men and long course women. Everyone was in it together and some of our paddlers helped fill out crews with other clubs as well. What an awesome Mother’s Day weekend, from good times with old friends to building memories with new friends.

Long course ladies
International Va’a Federation World Sprint Championships Open Women
All of us!

Na Leo Spring success and blessings

Our busy spring has included two Open Houses and our annual canoe blessing. Welcome to all our new paddlers! So wonderful to see so many new faces in the canoes, along with our members from the beginning. Glad that you are bringing your good mana and strength. Lots of adventures ahead.

Speaking of adventures, Na Leo fielded a coed crew for the Havasu Heats in April, taking first place and head coach Vince San Nicolas brought home a personal first place in his V1. Way to go gang!

The first race of the season is May 7 at Crystal Pier with the Southern California Outrigger Racing Association. We’ll have novice, experienced and keiki crews. But later this summer, members of Na Leo and Team Arizona qualified to compete as an AZ women’s open and master’s crew, and three guys will join USAORCA open men’s crews, at the International Va’a Federation World Sprint Championships in August. Sign up to practice on Heja and look forward to seeing you on Tempe Town Lake soon.

Na Leo crew

Come find us at the Aloha Festival

If you haven’t tried an outrigger canoe, now is the time. Come meet us at the Aloha Festival this weekend, March 12 and 13. We’ll have a booth and we’ll be manning Paradise BBQ, one of our sponsors. Na Leo O Ke Kai is also back on Tempe Town Lake on Tues. and Thurs. at 6 pm and Saturdays at 7 am. Hope to celebrate spring with you.

Headed to ADR

Na Leo crew hitting it on TTL.

It’s race time! Our double hull crew is headed to the annual Another Dam Race in Parker, Arizona. There are no shortcuts only hardwork. We’re trained and ready for the fun! Safe travels everyone.

We’re back on Tempe Town Lake

Na Leo O Ke Kai is back on the lake. Mahalo for your patience. Practices are planned to be Thursdays 6 p.m. for vaccinated folks only (proof of vaccination required) and Saturdays 6 a.m. for anyone who feels comfortable (ie. nonvaccinated folks are welcome!) In order to practice, you will need to: Complete SCORA waiver, Complete Na Leo waiver, and Pay membership dues (they are discounted this year).

For practices to run efficiently and to stay as safe as possible, we ask you to:

  • arrive promptly (on time) and to remain after practice to put boats away
  • bring your own paddle
  • and, if there is a Thursday practice, please make sure to bring your proof of vaccination (I will check you off so you only need to bring it once).

To be sure that a canoe is going out, please go to our Facebook page and complete the poll taken for each practice, maintained by Head Coach Vince San Nicolas.

Coaches Corner

Head Coach Vince San Nicolas will not institute practices until SCORA offers a plan and protocol for all clubs. Keiki coaches Christel and Joey wish all the keikis “Aloha,” and hope all are happy and healthy. As with the adult practices, all keiki practices will remain suspended until there is a plan of action that keeps our paddlers safe.

In the meantime, you can find some of Na Leo members with OC1s out on the lake, observing social distance rules and wearing masks on land, until they are safely launched. Special wishes to Na Leo members Betty Flores, Julie Hensley, Natalie Bulos and Peggy Coulombe and all the others at TTL training on their own to make Team USA.

Happy New Year 2021

Happy New Year. While the pandemic has changed the way we do almost everything, our members are out in OC1s and SUPS looking toward a future outrigger season. We hope that you and your family are keeping safe and healthy and we look forward to the time when we can all be together again, hopefully soon!

Share aloha, each and every day

Aloha Ohana. The lake is back in service up to the buoy line, just west of the Tempe boat rental concessions. We hope your families are well and that you are getting outdoors often. Our keiki coach, Christel, posted a note on the keiki facebook page this week, so sharing what is good advice for us all: “So my advice for our Keikis is to continue to be positive and never give up hope. Start your day with purpose, stay focused and be patient. Lend a listening ear to everyone; sometimes all someone needs is a person willing to listen. In fact let’s all come together and continue to check on our loved ones, friends, teammates, and classmates. You never know the impact of what a simple 5 minute phone call could do for someone (take it from me). Spread that Aloha each and everyday.”85165996_3011375602214240_5262639512441323520_o.jpg