Autumn News - September

What a year! 2019

To our PREZ - Bernie Boglioli - thanks for making it a wonderful year!


●  Our new club canoe Makani Hula - What a fantastic addition to the fleet of 5.
●  Our inaugural Junior (Keiki) program which started in June with 33 keikis.
●  Membership is up to 141! This includes our keikis of course.
●  Many new smiling faces & better integration of beginners into the weekly practices.
●  Many new support steers and an approved steers added. We still need more...
●  Excellent volunteerism. If you did not get a chance to help, we look forward to your presence at the end of the year party for some friendly hazing ;-} followed by party cleanup duty.
Kona Queen’s race Women’s UL Masters - brought home 3rd place
Kass, Heather, Jen, Bonnie, Sue S., Suzi
Catalina changeout race Coed UL Masters - 2nd place. 1st in division.

Andrew, Carin, Wayne, Becca, Terese, Cathy, Melissa, Brian, Bernie & Jody K (support, Uber, & photo cred)

Important Upcoming Dates:

●  Sept 29th - first possible day for an All Club Voyage from The Dalles to Cascade Locks, divided into 4 legs and organized by John Ritter. If the weather does not cooperate or if the locks breech is still a factor, the backup date for the Voyage will be Oct 6th.
●  PARTY! end of the year potluck OCT 3RD 6-9pm at the Davies residence. Check out this club Evite for details/photo share. Be sure to bring your best paddle stories and start sharing photos.
●  Oct 8th - Annual all club meeting to vote on new board members and 2020 budget. This takes place at the HR History Museum 6:00-7:30pm.
●  Oct 12-13th - Hale clean-up and canoe storage - time TBD. More information will follow as the dates get closer. Canoes will be stored in White Salmon at an SDS facility.
 Oct 15th - Injury prevention & off-season work-out CLINIC - presented by club member Virginia Wolf at HR Pilates (behind CG Physical Therapy in the heights.) Open to all members, limited to the first 20. 6-7pm. Come learn from the best!


Project Neoprene 2019: Logo up. Great to do in the off-season!

What You Need To Do:

1. Give Becca any neoprene article of clothing that you own. Fill out an order form, bring money or a check.
2. Each logo “cure”/stamp costs $20.00 & makes money for the club.
3. In turn, your clothes are delivered to a professional screen printing shop that will cure a white HROCC Logo onto the clothing with ink.
4. Voila, your neoprene is returned all blinged out with an HROCC logo. All stamps are on the left. Pants are blinged on the shin (3 inch.) Shorts are blinged on the quad (3 inch.) Jackets/ shirts are blinged on the middle of the back (10 inch.)
5. Your clothes are returned when done. It’s that easy!

Volunteers needed!

  • Web online store - Manage coffee orders/sales, T-shirt sales, swag, etc.
  • Hale clean-up
  • End-of-the-Season Party, Fundraising Events & Annual Meeting planning/setup
  • Canoe storage

Summer news - June 2019

BIG recent news! Our new Keiki (junior) paddle team has received a $1000 donation to help with purchase of much needed new paddles and PFDs for the program.  Mahalo Nui!

Our Keikis start paddling June 20th and will paddle each Tues/Thurs through Aug 29. Coached by Jon Davies and Todd Clay. Welcome, ke waʻa hou

Makani Hula

2nd Canoe Search news:

As directed by the HROCC board in May, Bob and Josh travelled to Santa Barbara June 4-5 to paddle and  examine a Bradley Lightning Unlimited OC6 for sale by Ka Nai’a Outrigger Canoe Club. The intent was for HROCC to purchase the canoe if determined satisfactory as authorized by board approval and a 42 to 2 vote of the membership.

They decided the club should not purchase the Bradley for $18K despite the fact that it is an excellent boat, a fast, easy-to-steer boat in nearly new condition. But it is too similar to our other unlimiteds, a delicate race boat rather than a versatile, durable “club” boat for racing, instructing, and paddling every day. Despite the strong beautiful hull, the ama and the canopy’s decks were too light to provide the durability we wanted. All-in-all, too fragile to live on the beach.

While researching the Bradley, Bob and Josh discovered another OC6 at a neighboring club for sale, a Mirage, and determined that it is in good condition. While not authorized by HROCC to pursue purchase of any other canoe, they checked with Santa Barbara OCC about the possible purchase of their Mirage. They made a suggested offer of $9K FOB Santa Barbara or $9,500 delivered to Hood River. The SBOCC board decided to “…hold out for more money.” They are looking for $10K minimum but want to list the canoe to see if they can get more than that. We are now in a waiting period to see if they will ultimately accept our offer depending on HROCC board and club approval.

Treasury report:  Current balance $11.7K after the purchase of Makani Hula

Upcoming Ohana Day BBQ/Potluck - June 15th!

Organizer: Penny Hunting

Where: HROCC Hale, Nichols basin

Time: 4:00-6:30ish fro fun paddle activities; 7:00  BBQ potluck

If your last name ends in:

A-M - bring appetizers or salad

N-T - main dish or BBQ item

U-Z -  dessert

Please RSVP on or at 541-490-8107 text


Volunteer coordinators are Penny Hunting & Peggy Thompson who can be reached at

Openings for volunteering:  

  • steers for regular Tu/Thurs paddle time 8:15am
  • web online store - coffee sales to start
  • fundraising - club dinner
  • canoe management - help for our Sergeant at Arms (adopt a canoe!)
  • new member mentors
  • board member openings! - Sergeant at Arms, Treasurer, Pres. Elect(VP) for 2020


Everything gets better with coffee! HROCC has partnered up with Hood River Coffee Roasters to create a special coffee blend which is currently available to purchase online. Portion of the coffee sales will support our club's growing needs including the purchase of additional PFDs &paddles. Place your order today using our website online store and pick up your orders the following week directly from the Hood River Coffee Roasters.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the Hood River Outrigger Canoe Club when you shop at Same prices and selection; No cost to you. Use your Amazon account or create an account.

1. To Sign-up visit If you already have an Amazon account, sign

in, and it will prompt you to select your charity.

2. Search for “Hood River Outrigger Canoe Club.”

3. Confirm your selection.

Amazon Smile eligible purchases will be noted on the product detail page. That’s it! Simply make purchases through, and HROCC will benefit every time you shop. Don’t forget to tell your family and friends, too!

Fridays Tips & Technique Practices 5pm

For our existing members, Tips & Techniques offers a smaller group paddle session with a focus on technique. We are on-hand to answer questions & give coaching tips. You can come as often as you like throughout the season! Try a different seat or if you’re interested in learning to steer, come on down. Be sure to RSVP on Team Cowboy so we can have enough steers and coaches. The roster will be sent out the evening before.

Beginner/New Paddler Sessions/Steers Practice

Our steers and coaches are excited by the participation levels in our Beginner/New Paddler sessions.These 3 FREE introductory sessions are geared to those who would like to become members.Although these sessions are free, we welcome donations & are encouraged by the many new paddlers who have contributed to our PFD/Paddle fund. Learn how to get the canoes in & out of the water, the basics about paddle stroke, canoe & paddler etiquette and safety on the water. We “graduate” our new members to regular paddle practice times after approximately 3 sessions and try to find a mentor, and they are encouraged to come to Tips & Techniques practice as much as they’d like to gain confidence in the wind and waves.

MEMBERS: If you know a potential new paddler who would like to join HROCC, please have them visit our website to sign waivers & get on our mailing list so that we may schedule them accordingly.

PFD, neoprene or paddle needs:

We would like to help members with paddle selection and orders asap. Contact Suzi Elle or checkout  or the selection at Big Winds

  • Full PFD It!  Warmer water & air temps are finally making their way back into the Gorge. Yet, waist inflatables when it’s cold or during this early summer season are a hypothermia safety hazard & a liability for the club. If you don’t have a full PFD just ASK. We can get you a loaner or recommend a great PFD for you.

Race News

Next race is Rooster Rock June 29th followed by Gorge Outrigger Race July 13th. We will try to keep the same crew lineups for both races as much as possible so you have two consecutive races together. For race questions contact Dan Bubb or Bonnie Fromm.

The Small Boat Group has had a turnout at all of the local Viento to Hood River Vortex Series races put on by Carter Johnson with many local paddlers taking top spots in most categories. The first Vortex race was on April 27nd with some of the most challenging spring conditions in the Gorge. The second race on June 1st had almost double the turnout with 44 paddlers. The 3rd and last race of the series will be on June 22nd. This will sure to be an exciting race, as Kai Barlett will be here paddling the new Vega surf ski. Professional racer Austin Kieffer will also be in attendance along with Kenny Howell form Epic Surfskis. You don't want to miss the finish of this race!

The Small Boat Group:

We had great paddler participation in the PNWORCA winter series with local small boat paddlers placing in the top 10 in many races.  This will be the first summer as an organized small boat paddling group and we have been drawing between 15-18 surfski & OC paddlers with a wide range of skills from beginner to expert with a shift from flatwater to downwind paddling.

  • Weekly paddling sessions are Thursdays at 6 pm and have been shifted from the Event Site to the Springcreek Hatchery when conditions permit.

  • Additional coaching sessions on Tuesdays at 6 pm that will focus on paddling fundamentals as long as there is interest.

New paddlers, please feel to reach out to Jeff or Van with any questions or specifics you want to learn. Demos from Think, Epic, Fenn, and Carbonology are coming soon. Look for posts on the Small Boat Facebook page for upcoming events.

Team Cowboy:

When you login to Team Cowboy this year, sign up for ANY time slot and the scheduler will email the roster to you the night before. Please add a comment on your rsvp if you are flexible so we can all help each other get out there, paddle and have fun! It’s numbers like 18, 24, & 30 we are striving for to fill the canoes! In the unfortunate situation that paddlers exceed seats or more likely steers, the scheduler will “randomize" for a given practice and you will be notified only if you are taken off the roster. So occasionally be flexible, or bring your OC1, OC2, be a team player - remember that your steers and schedulers are...volunteers!

Mahalo and see you on the water!

Hood River Outrigger Canoe Club is a 501(c)3 all volunteer non-profit organization 

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