In late summer 2012, Josh Sceva brought Oiwi, our first outrigger Canoe to Hood River. He found a small interested group and started paddling the Columbia River on a regular basis. Bill Babcock, Ben Lewitt, Mark Telep, Gregg Leion and John Ritter joined him on the first paddle with more enthusiastic paddlers joining in as Oiwi was seen out on the river more often.
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HROCC was founded on April 1st 2013 and eventually became a 501 (c) 3 in 2017 to be able to offer members the opportunity to paddle a 6-person Outrigger canoes as a team, for camaraderie, fitness, training and racing. Our club regularly paddles from April through October on the Columbia River and in local races. We are located at Nichol's Boat Basin in Hood River.
Josh Sceva, Past President
Heidi Ribkoff, Past President
Anne Snelling, Past Treasurer
Kassen Bergstrom, Past Secretary
John Ritter, Past Sargent at Arms