News & Updates

In Memoriam: Captain John Doswell

| January 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

We are saddened to report the passing of Captain John Doswell, Safety Boat Director of the Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge since 2001. “Doswell,” as we called him, ensured the safety of thousands of paddlers who participated in the Liberty Challenge over the past 13 years. Any athlete who has ever paddled the Liberty Challenge has See More

NY Times Explores Outrigger Paddling

| July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

The New York Times follows NYO as they train for the Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge. With its long cultural ties to the Pacific region, outrigger canoe paddling is not something most New Yorkers think of when contemplating their city’s waterways. And yet for the past 18 years, visitors to Manhattan’s Hudson River Park have found See More

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Urban Outrigger Canoeing

| May 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

Directors of the Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge were invited to NBC New York to spread the word about the unique features of the race. Head Coach Keith Tsang speaks with Roseanne Colletti to discuss the origins of outrigger canoe paddling, its spread around the world and the unique urban features of paddling in New York Harbor. The 2014 See More

Coach Bio: Jason Ng

| August 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Growth Coach NYO Member since 2007. Paddling since 2007. Jason “diaper ninja” Ng is not a paddler. Despite growing up in Hawaii, the lanky kid never set foot in an outrigger canoe, and squandered every athletic exertion on solely land-based endurance sports. Ages later and ironically far from home, on the shores of a very See More

Coach Bio: William Chang

| August 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Men’s Race Coach / Novice Program Coordinator NYO Member since 2010. Paddling since 1996. Will was introduced to paddling in 1996 with the sport of Dragonboat racing. He competed in venues throughout the United States, Canada and Asia. In 2010, he made the transition to Outrigger Canoe paddling where he has competed in races along the See More

Richard Holomalia: A Life Lived On the Water

Twice in the past four years New York Outrigger had the good fortune to participate in the Moloka’i Hoe.  And both times our crews were honored to have Richard Holomalia as our escort boat captain.  With his numerous Kaiwi crossings and many years in the outrigger community, Holo was an invaluable addition to our crew.  See More

Smiles for 100 Miles*

On July 20-21 2013, Carol Choi, member of New York Outrigger, raced the inaugural 100 Mile Paddle – NYC, a two day charity race on the Hudson River from Kingston, NY to New York City. The event goal was to raise awareness and funding for Autism Charities and Clean Water Initiatives. Here, Carol recalls 10 See More

NYO’s Dorian Wolter Surfski World Champion

Longtime New York Outrigger member Dorian Wolter competed in the ICF Ocean Racing World Championships in Vila do Conde, Portugal on July 12-14 and came in First Place in the Surfski-40 men’s division. This is his recap of the event. Over the week leading up to the race, the swells became smaller and smaller and a See More

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2012 Season Recap

| January 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

With the start of the new year, we wanted to take a moment to update everyone in the NYO family on our accomplishments in 2012.  During this past year, NYO’s outreach efforts put a record number of New Yorkers on the water, while also working to broaden the demographic we serve. Our training programs ran See More


NYO at the 2012 Moloka’i Hoe

Mark, Keith, Jason, Keizo, Colin, Brent, Jesse, Larry, Will and Jamie at the finish of the 2012 Moloka’i Hoe Fog rolled off Jamaica Bay and washed over the runway as we waited to board our Hawaiian Airlines flight to Honolulu. It was the first week in October and a decidedly cold fall day for New York City. As we sat See More

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