TimeOut New York, March 2010

TimeOut New YorkFree recreational activities…New York Outrigger

Even if you can’t afford a trip to Hawaii this summer, you can still experience some Polynesian culture right on the Hudson with NYO’s free weekly beginner sessions. Since outrigger canoes are far more challenging to maneuver than your average kayak, the lesson begins on land, where you’ll familiarize yourself with the boat and learn stroke work, safety protocol, and calls and commands, before getting an hour’s practice on the water. The club provides the boats, paddles and life vests at no cost; all you need to bring is a bottle of water, sunscreen and your game face. Pier 66, W 26th St at the Hudson River (newyorkoutrigger.org). Sat 10:30, 11:15am, noon; April–October. Reservations required, e-mail Keith Tsang at nyonovice@gmail.com.

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