Rooster Rock Race

Nature-1341May 01, 2015This weekend, BOO will participate in the Rooster Rock Race at Rooster Rock State Park, just outside Portland on the Columbia River. We are taking two canoes as we have 2 women’s teams, 1 men’s, and, likely, 2 novice/mix short course crews competing. Attendance and training at practices has been stupendous. Everyone is very much looking forward to the race (I know I am) and competing with our BOO ohana. See you at the race.

Bend Outrigger Heads off to Rusty Iron Race – 2016

The weather warmed!

Practices have been amazing with 4 boats out at most of the practices. Between experienced paddlers who have found the club and new-novice paddlers, Bend Outrigger is overflowing with great enthusiasm and vigor.

This weekend, Saturday April 23, 2016, We will head to Vancouver, WA for the annual Rusty Iron hosted by Pacific Outrigger Canoe Club. This year we are planning on taking (at least) 3 boats, including a women’s open, women’s masters and men’s crew. We sat our race crews on Monday’s practice and will again on Wednesday, followed by some “cheer” as we unrig and load boats for the trek to Washington.

Race Venue Location
Race Venue Location

I’m excited as can be about this first race with BOO and the whole team seems to be right with me. See you at practice.

Camping and Paddling at Crescent Lake

Memorial weekend , May 23 – 25th,  Bend Outrigger will be camping at Contorta Point Camground on Crescent Lake.  Saturday night is a Potluck Meal!  The weather should be sunny but probably pretty cold in the evenings. Camping is Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights!  Come any night you can or stay all weekend!  Friends and Family welcome.

Here is a link for more info

Contorta Point Group Site


Happy Thanksgiving BOO

BOOmaunaKea1For us, our water has turned to frozen wonderfulness.  We might get the occasional 52 degree days (like yesterday!!!) and we might get on the water for a quick OC-1 or SUP adventure. For the most part we’ve got our skis and shoes-with-screws for our frozen water outdoor play.

While winter wraps around us here in Bend, who’s going to warm water this winter? Please post your photos on our Facebook! Once outrigger paddling has changed our lives we are never the same – YAY – and we miss our paddling friends.

Outrigger paddling has allowed us a wonderful relationship with water. It’s given us a mix of the embrace of nature, of friendships forged through participation and often a shifting of perspective in the way in which you may have previously related with the elements around you.

On this Thanks giving week we can be grateful that we are linked to the tides and the moon’s influence on their rise and fall, the sun, wind, water and surface ripples all the way to the roaring waves and swells of the Columbia River (or Kaiwi Channel).  Here’s to us all being on, in, under or near water, with paddle in hand.

Happy Thanksgiving from BOO.

BOO – Off-Season Training

As Bend is buried in the first real snow of the year and our club Va’as are blanketed in the white stuff, early spring season paddles seem a long way off.  But before long we will be knocking out those 3-5 loop practices. Some team members are already in training.

blognov2Inez is building her cardio base while XC skiing up and down and all-around Meissner.

Judy and Ed have taken to snow shoes.blog3


Lisa Jakubowski is working on shoulder stretching as part of her ice-scraping regimen. (Hula girl not so happy).


Before our coaches have us doing 4-6 change segments with our eyes closed, here is a treat you will watch more than once. The first time through the visuals will capture your interest so much that you won’t be able to read the words quickly enough. That’s okay. Watch it for the visuals, then watch it for the words. The insights are what we all strive for every time we connect with our paddle and practice what we love to do.

HAHA HELE from Ann Allen/ on Vimeo.

Rusty Iron Outrigger Race

Bend Oregon Outrigger (BOO) kicked off the 2014 season with the Rusty Iron Race. Race venue was Frenchman’s Bar Park in Washington on Saturday, April 26th. It was a full day of racing with Mixed and Open Women’s crews racing at 10am, Men’s crews racing at noon, and the Short course crews closing the day at 2pm.

BOO fielded 3 race crews. The Mixed crew placed 3rd overall for the 10am, 8 mile, Long Course race and 2nd in the Open Mixed Division. BOO entered 2 crews for the 4 mile, short course race. The crews, consisting mostly of Novice paddlers, did a terrific job placing 2nd and 3rd in their overall.

Next race is the RATI — Race Around the Island, May 31st, which is hosted by the Columbia River Outrigger Canoe Club (CROCC). Race venue will be Chinook Landing Marine Park, in Fairview Oregon.

Thanks to Judy Shasek of Elder SUP and writer of the KIALOA Paddle blog, for the video.

Thanks to KIALOA for always supporting  BOO  and donating so many paddles to our club.  Our novice paddle in style!

2014 Season About to Begin

Hands rigging
Many hands make light work!

Bend Oregon Outrigger is getting ready for the new 2014 paddling season.  We are meeting Sunday March 30th to clean and rig our boats.  First meet at KIALOA where our boats are stored to wash and load one canoe onto the trailer.  Then down to the paddle site (Tumalo Creek Canoe and Kayak on the grass) where we will polish and rig 2-3 canoes.  Bring layers to be prepared for any weather.  We may even get to paddle if its nice!

First practice is Monday the 31st at 5:30 pm.  Wear layers and wind breakers and a hat, it is likely your feet will get wet so wear water proof boots and or wool socks.

Contact if you have questions or an interest in our club. See you there!


After a disappointing defeat at rooster rock two weeks ago, it has been decided that we need to work together to perfect our performance. We have a great team with allot of strong paddlers. Lets put the pedal to the metal in the next few weeks so we can show those other teams that Bend is not just a bunch of laid back loungers.

New rules.

-Show up early to races and help unload and rig boats.

-Plan to stay a while and party with the team after the race. BYOB or better yet bring me one too.

-Always stay and help load boats and clean-up after races.

This is for fun, so lets all have a good time together!

Never, Never, Always