About NYO

President's Statement

Welcome to New York Outrigger.  We are a community of dedicated and inspired paddlers living in New York City.  Our goal is to provide New Yorkers with a unique opportunity to experience their city through its waterways.  As a volunteer-driven, 501(c)(3) non-profit we strive to educate New Yorkers about outrigger canoe paddling and its roots in Polynesian culture.

As a community NYO comprises a diverse group of people.  Our interests and backgrounds are as varied as the city we call home.  From Ironman triathletes to recreational paddlers, NYO runs the gambit.  Our diversity allows for an exciting and dynamic group whose camaraderie is derived from a shared love of paddling and being on the water.

The diversity of our organization is also on display in our educational initiatives.  NYO realizes its educational commitment through various outreach programs.  From providing instruction at our Novice Sessions, to facilitating teamwork exercises for community groups, NYO members are able to share their passionate enthusiasm for canoe paddling.  Our outreach initiatives engage New Yorkers in a variety of ways and provide a rewarding opportunity for our membership to give back to their city.

Along with outreach, we are devoted to developing athletic potential. While some paddlers choose to be exclusively recreational, others compete in various regattas throughout the world.  Last year NYO members paddled on four continents and took 1st place in the East Coast Outrigger Canoe Racing Association.  Additionally, NYO hosts the Liberty Challenge, one of the premier international outrigger regattas.

As we look to the future, we anticipate an expansion of our outreach programs and the opportunity to partner with other non-profit organizations.  Competitively, we have crews training for regattas across the globe, and Liberty is on track to field the most international group of racers in over a decade.

While the diversity of our organization continues to grow, our commitment to New York and passion for the water remain unchanged.  I hope we can share that passion with you.

A hui hou,

Brent Beck