Hood River Outrigger Canoe Club


The Change: Seat 3 will usually call the change with a strong HUT at the top of the stroke, just as your blade hits the water. Two strokes later the crew will change sides of paddling and enter the water at exactly the same time. Make sure your first four strokes are hard and powerful after each and every change.

Timing: Timing is the most important component to this sport for speed and glide! Your paddle and your body motion should exactly match the timing and body movement of the crew members in front of you.

Huli: This is when the canoe flips upside down. Every seat has a responsibility to get the canoe up right. Seat 1 collects paddles, Seat 2 and 4 climb over the hull, grab the Iakus and to pull the hull back upright , gently setting the Ama back into the water. Seat 6 counts heads and assists where needed. One person gets in to start bailing water followed by the rest of the crew. Climb into the canoe from the Ama side only. 

Kahi: This means “cut” in Hawaiian. It is a stroke technique that is used to move one end of the canoe sideways or quickly turn the canoe. You reach out your paddle far to the side, put your blade into the water and pull the canoe towards your blade, pushing the water UNDER the canoe.

Uni: Seat 1 pokes the paddle at an angle against the right side of the canoe to move the bow of the canoe to the left in a buoy or fast turn. Seat 2 kahis at same time.

Race Start: The steers in seat six will call out, “READY SET HIT!” Your paddle hits the water in a strong stroke right on HIT. Strong, clean first strokes building to level 3 for 4 power tens.

Level 1 paddling: a casual, slow paddle, used in warm up, technique practice and long endurance training to enhance muscle memory of correct technique. 

Level 2 paddling: a strong, fast ,smooth paddle that you can continue for a long period.

Level 3 paddling: your top race speed and power maintaining good technique and timing. Giving it your ALL!!!

“Two Up”: Power up the stroke to a level 3 for 2 sets of 10.

“Four Up”:  Power up the stroke to a level 3 for 4 sets of 10

REMINDER: We are all here to have fun in our beautiful and ever changing Columbia Gorge. Outrigger paddling is a wonderful experience when you finally get your stroke technique down and understand how a crew works together. Once you experience the incredible and elusive glide of a well timed, in sync boat, you will be hooked!

NOTE: this vocabulary list is a work in progress and we are actively working on it throughout the season. Thanks for your patience!

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