About Us



Founded in 1978, the Northern California Outrigger Canoe Association (NCOCA) is devoted to fostering national and international amateur canoe (kayak) and paddle sports competition.

Outrigger canoe clubs from all over Northern California, including the Bay Area, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Sacramento and Tahoe are part of this organization. To locate a club near you, go to the google map of all the outrigger canoe clubs of Northern California, or check out our member clubs here.

Every year both long distance and sprint races are held in rotating venues around Northern California. Exciting locations include Sausalito, Crissy Field (San Francisco), Santa Cruz, Redwood City, Lake Tahoe, Monterey, Lake Natoma (Sacramento), Benicia, San Leandro, Berkeley, Alameda, Lake Del Valle, Shadow Cliffs, and Fremont. View all of our racing and regatta locations on the Google Map.

The Northern California Outrigger Canoe Association is a member of:

  • International Va'a Federation (IVF) formerly International Polynesian Canoe Federation (IPCF)
  • Pacific Outrigger Canoe Association
  • Pacific Islanders' Cultural Association


For history of outrigger canoeing and racing, please check out our links web page.