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

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 | 1 Comment

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 | 2 Comments

Core OC 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 with a 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

Assistant 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 access to a 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 | 2 Comments

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