March 2023

Join us for the 2023 paddling season! 

Shop for your perfect membership category here and join the fun on the water!

Don't forget to complete your waiver!

Full neoprene & safety vests REQUIRED for early season practices!


2023 Practice Schedule on Team Cowboy

Watch Your In-Box for More Information


HROCC is recruiting for more STEERS. Reach out to any board member or email admin@hoodirveroutrigger.com


HROCC is recruiting mentors to guide new paddlers. Reach out to Peny Wallace if interested.


Our friends from the Downwind Champs are looking for volunteers for this year’s Vortex Gorge Series, a set of three local and low-key races that are fun and great training for those interested in racing the Champs this year. Even if you don’t race, it’s a great day hanging out by the river, meeting new friends, and supporting the PNW paddling community.

Vortex could use volunteers on race days with setup, food, registration, timing, results, awards and photos. Ahead of the race, they would appreciate any help connecting to local businesses for sponsorships and raffle donations, as well as people who can help with safety boats. If interested, please email Janet Whittick at jwhittick@gmail.com

May 21 - hosted by Gorge Canoe Club in Cascade Locks                                                                                            June 4 - hosted by Three Oceans (aka Maddie and Michele from Nelo and NK) around Stevenson                           June 25 - hosted by Puakea Design, location TBD


Interested in racing with HROCC in the 2023 season? We'd love to have you! 

The cost is $75 and includes 2-3 race practices a week in addition to the regular, club paddle sessions.

This is a fun, all inclusive group and we welcome all those interested in racing. This year we hope to meet Wednesday mornings to work on intervals, technique, starts, strategies and team building. On Thursday evenings, we plan to hold downwind skills and practices, joining the Small Group Hatch Laps fun. And on top of that, we hope to make numerous weekend distance training runs for endurance. 

HROCC is committed to taking as many 6 man teams as possible to at least 5 of our area races. These include:

  • April 22 Rusty Iron
  • April 29 Race Around the Rock
  • June 24 Rooster Rock
  • July 8 Gorge Downwind Race
  • August 5 Kalama Distance Exhibition 

These races range in distance from 4 to13 miles and there will be published criteria later this winter on how we hope to seat the boats.

If you are motivated to go to an out of area race (Queen's Race, Catalina, PNW Challenge, Da Grind, etc.. ), we encourage you to pull a team together on your own, which includes a qualified steers and paddlers who have the skills to paddle the expected conditions. The coaches can then help make sure you are able to practice together at some practices, help with registrations and canoe transport or rentals. 

HROCC Coaches Bonnie, Dan & Sue want to remind you that because our season starts so early, it's important to keep up your conditioning through the winter, paddling if possible. Check out videos on the Puakea technique and be prepared to hit the water early in April with full neoprene, full PFD's and booties!

Gorge Downwind Champs Participant Housing Still Needed 

Participants are looking for Ohana housing.

Please text Andrew at (541) 490-1026 if you can support this effort. 

2023 Season Opening Logistics 

  • 2023 Dues/ Waiver — Sign Up Now  on the HROCC website at: https://hrocc.wildapricot.org/Waivers
  • 2023 Season Port of Hood River Lease --- In process. 
  • Application for Port of Hood River Fee Reduction --- In Process. 
  • Discussions with Port of Hood River on future location of HROCC hale - In Process.
  • HROCC Website Update --- In process
  • HROCC Safety Culture Statement Adoption & Sign Install --- In progress 
  • Boat Moving Day -- Tentatively scheduled for April 8. More details and sign up will be posted on Team Cowboy. We need 15-20 people. 
  • First practice is April 10 - WOW!
  • Hale Beautification & Opening Ohana Gathering - Tentatively scheduled for April 15
  • Pool Huli Practice - Two sessions tentatively scheduled for late April and May


HROCC needs your help!!

We need members to help with our very popular Keiki Program and Future Hale Location Committee.

Interested?  Email HROCC President Sherry Bohn @ ladyoffaireplay@gmail.com


CORA Coaching Video #1: Intermediate Steering Technique: 


CORA "Great Drills & Tips for Becoming a Better & Tricker Steers Person": 


Do you have a friend or family member that wants to join HROCC?   

Email admin@hoodriveroutrigger.com

Your HROCC Board continues to work together to make sure we enjoy another awesome, positive

and safe paddling season!!

Be sure to contact any board member or email admin@hoodriveroutrigger.com with any questions, concerns and/or suggestions. 


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