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The Coaches of New York Outrigger

Meet the Coaches of New York Outrigger! The seven volunteer members making up this year’s Coaching Staff have a combined 71 years of paddling experience. All are current CPR/AED and First Aid certified and four of them have completed intensive outrigger coaching clinics in Hawaii in addition to their individual accomplishments and certifications. Click here See More

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Coach Bio: Ed Acker

| August 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Men’s Race Coach NYO Member since 2003. Paddling since 2003. Looking for something different to do, Ed Acker joined NYO in 2003 as a novice paddler. As a water lover and someone who grew up going to the beaches in New York and New Jersey, he quickly realized that outrigger paddling was for him. His See More

Coach Bio: Emily Harris

| August 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Assistant Men’s Race Coach NYO Member since 2007. Paddling since 2001. Emily Harris was born in Georgia and raised in Maryland. Emily did all different sports growing up and actually discovered paddling early on at the age of 10 at Washington Canoe Club, but didn’t get to continue. Later on, Emily went on to graduate 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: Keith Tsang

| August 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Head Coach / Core OC Coach NYO Member since 2001. Paddling since 1997. Realizing from an early age that he has horrible hand-eye coordination and an innate fear of high speed projectiles, Keith focused on individual sports ranging from gymnastics, swimming, diving and circus arts. Born and raised in Northern California meant he had easy See More

Coach Bio: Mark Sekita

| August 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Women’s Race Coach / CircuitMax Trainer NYO Member since 2012. Paddling since 2006. Mark Sekita was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He moved to Tokyo, Japan for work in 1998, and lived there until November 2010. In early 2006, he was invited to go for a “ride in a canoe” by a friend See More

Coach Bio: Suesa Iopu

| August 22, 2013 | 1 Comment

Mixed Elite Coach / CircuitMax Trainer NYO Member since 2010. Paddling since 2010. Suesa grew up in New Zealand to a large Polynesian family of mixed heritage. She spent her teen years in Hawaii surfing until she discovered her love for land sports. Having grown up with seven siblings all being athletic and competitive she See More

Coach Bio: William Chang

| August 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Coach-At-Large / 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 East 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