In just a week and a half, the U.S. Outrigger Canoe Championships will be held. One of the most well known races is almost here. Women participants will race from Newport Beach to Catalina Island on Saturday, September 9th and the men and co-ed participants will race back on Sunday, September 10th
The first outrigger race held in California was on September 20, 1959. This first race was a long distance race from Avalon on Catalina Island to the Newport Dunes inside the California Coast. The famous Duke Kahanamoku served as the Grand Marshall of the first California Outrigger event and founded the Catalina to Newport Dunes race – the original California Outrigger Classic. The subsequent races were underwritten by the Balboa Improvement Association and Ira Dowd, part owner of the Newport Dunes.
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