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The Northern California Outrigger Canoe Association (NCOCA), was formed to primarily promote the sport of outrigger canoeing.

It is our hope that our web site will give you information about this exciting and wonderful sport. If you are looking to join, please find a club that is convenient to you in the Clubs web page. You can also view ALL of the club locations on this google map.

News Flash

In collaboration with 101 Surf Sports and NCOCA, He E Nalu O Marin Outrigger Canoe Club presents

Round Some Other Rocks Fun Outrigger Race, March 12, 2022

In celebration of Jen (Malama) Nadeau, 100% OF ALL RACE FEES COLLECTED to be donated to her designated charities: United States Wolf Refuge and NCOCA Scholarship Fund.

This is a low-key fun race to get paddlers geared up for the 2022 paddling season.There will be no awards, just friendly competition & bragging rights.

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2022

Check-in: 8:30 AM

Pre-Race chat: @ 9:30 AM

SHORT COURSE & KEIKI Race Start: 10:00 AM

Register for SC & Keiki Race


LONG COURSE Race Start: 11:30 - 12:00 or 15 minutes after short course finishes.

Register for LC



The 2nd Annual Turkey Splash Race, Saturday 11/20/2021

The 2nd Annual Turkey Splash Race hosted by HPOCC is this Saturday at the Foster City Lagoon.

This venue is beautiful and the race is open to OC1, OC2, surfskis, paddle boards, and kayaks.

It will be a fun day of racing and all profits go to the Samaritan House Food Bank.

Walk up registration day of is $15.

Let's race!

For information regarding the race, please contact HPOCC.

NCOCA's London Sprints Time Trials

NCOCA will be holding a time trial on 11/14/2021 at Encinal Boat Ramp, in Alameda, CA.

Registration deadline is 11/7/2021, 9 PM.

Our 500m course will be open for SCORA, ECORA and PNW-ORCA V1 paddlers who wish to take this opportunity of a marked and officiated course to submit their times to USAORCA. *Canoes will not be provided.

NCOCA paddlers who are unable to attend the time trial but wish to be considered, must also register by 11/7/2021, 9 PM. Details are on the sign-up form.

For information regarding the 2022 London Sprints Championship, please visit USAORCA's London 2022 Information Page.

Sign Up Today!

Previous Events

Tony Gora & Dave Dyc Long Distance Memorial Race

Pu Pu 'O Hawaii Outrigger and NCOCA are excited to bring you the annual Tony Gora & Dave Dyc Memorial Race on Saturday August 28, in Santa Cruz, CA.

We are offering a 5 mile keiki/novice/short course followed by a 10 mile women and coed course. We will finish the day with the men's 10 mile race. Divisions will be similar to Kula Anela. Click here to view full event details.


8:00 a.m. Registration - Novice, Keiki & Short Course (5 mile). Closes at 8:45 a.m.

8:30: a.m. Registration - Women & Coed (2nd race group). Closes at 9:30 a.m.

8:45 a.m. 1st Event Coaches/Steersperson Meeting.

9:00 a.m. Novice, Keiki & Short Course V6 (5 mile) START.

9:30 a.m. 2nd Event Steersperson meeting - Women & Coed.

9:30 a.m. Registration - Men 10 mile, 3rd race group. Closes at 10:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m. Women and Coed (10 Miles) START.

11:00 a.m. 3rd Event meeting - Men will start 15 min after the last women/coed return.

12:00 p.m. Men (10 mile) Same course options as the Women/Coed.

If you have not filled out a 2021 waiver and plan to race, please do so ASAP.

For additional information contact Linda asap.

Register Now!

Susea Grant's Kula 'Anela Race, August 21, 2021.

NCOCA is pumped to participate in the second race of the season hosted by Tamalpais Outrigger Canoe Club on August 21st in Sausalito, CA.

If your club plans to race, please make sure to read the race packet thoroughly as there have been some noteworthy changes around registration and payments.


1. Spray skirts are required on all canoes for all races.

2. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available to ensure everyone's safety and comfort.

3. Buy a Kula cup get 12 complimentary raffle tickets FREE!

If you have not filled out a 2021 waiver and plan to race, please do so ASAP.

See you all on the water!

Welcome Back - Novice & Keiki Race

NCOCA is excited to announce our first in-person race of the year. It is scheduled on July 24th at Encinal Ramp/ Park. For $10 per paddler, novices and keiki will be able to race all day long.

A few notes:

1. Our host for the day is O'Kalani Outrigger at Encinal Boat Ramp/ Park. Please help support the club with setup, canoe rigging, marshalling, and keeping the novices and keiki on track.

2. OC6s are marshalled.

3. Bradley & Mirage Canoes are being provided by O'Kalani (4 canoes), He’e Nalu (2 canoes), Kilohana (2 canoes).

4. OC1 & V1 canoes to be provided by club entering paddlers.

5. Race schedule will alternate V6 and V1 canoes, all V1/OC1 races are straight returns to the beach so entries need to be on the water and head for the start line EARLY! 3/4 and 1/2 mile races.

6. All courses are inside the protected jetty wall of Encinal Beach.

7. Adults on OC1 may be permitted to follow on side of the course (leash & PFD required).

8. Event Parking is behind O'Kalani’s club area – no exceptions!

9. Additional information regarding COVID-19 protocols will be provided closer to the event date.

View Encinal Map

Ohana & Heroes- May's Virtual Race

As clubs start training, challenge each other to this virtual race - while we can't ALL be together, we can gather to race on the water in small groups. Check with your club's site rules and invite neighboring clubs to scrimmage. Let May be the start of a great summer season!

Challenge starts on Mother's Day weekend, 5/7, and continues through Memorial Day weekend, ending on 5/31!

Race as many crafts, distances and crews that you like through the month. What craft can we race on? If it can be paddled, we will make it count. Checkout the registration page for details.

Time and GPS submissions must be received by 8:59 PM on 5/31/21 at results@ncoca.com.

Register Now!

Spring Fever Virtual Race 3/22/21 - 4/4/21

NCOCA is stoked to host our next virtual race register now!

Click here to download the event flyer.

2021 Race Clinic March 7th starting 9:30 AM

NCOCA is happy to announce that the race clinic will be held on Sunday March 7, 2021 at 9:30 AM.

The clinic is open to all NCOCA club members- board of directors, coaches, safety officers, and paddlers.

This event is free of charge but we are requiring advanced registration, so please register with ample time.

The registration link and day's agenda can be obtained from any NCOCA club president.

We hope to see you all there!

2021 Valentine's Day Virtual Race Feb 5th through Feb 15th

NCOCA's Valentine's themed virtual race is a fundraising event to help support our member organizations.

Race any time, anywhere (close loop) on any watercraft (oc1, oc2, ski, SUP, or with your 6 man pod) between February 5 through February 15. The cost is $10/ paddler, 3 mile or 6 mile course. Registration starts on 2/2.

Register with your most creative Valentine's themed names at:

Click Here to Register

When you are ready to start your race, start your GPS and go! Make sure to document your time, path and submit a snapshot to results@ncoca.com before 5PM on 2/15. To make the race a fair race, we ask that all courses start and finish on the same spot. Mahalo!

Do you have cool fun pics of your race or crews, share them with us! Post them on our Facebook Page or email them with a little blurb and your time entries to Results.

Unable to race but want to help NCOCA clubs fundraise or sponsor a paddler? We've got you. We will gladly accept your donations.

NCOCA is a
501(c)3 non-profit organization

Hikianalia Arrival Ceremony & Celebration in San Francisco

On September 16, 2018, the voyaging canoe and sister to Hōkōleʻa arrived in the San Francisco Bay after a 3000 mile voyage from Hawaii, greeted by the NCOCA Fleet of Canoes, Hawaii Chamber of Commerce Norther California, members of PICA, and the San Francisco community.

Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson visits Northern California

On September 15, 2018, Way finder and Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson, visited Northern California to share Hawaiian rebirth of its Wayfinding traditions with the Northern California Community. This event was co-sponsored by Hawaii Chamber Commerce Northern California, Pacific Islander Culture Association, and Northern California Outrigger Canoe Association.

Welcome Voyaging Canoe Hikianalia to San Francisco

After an approximately 25-day, 2,800-mile voyage from Hawaiʻi to California using traditional non-instrument navigation, Hikianalia and her crew will sail into San Francisco Bay for a cultural arrival ceremony and celebration at Aquatic Park Cove on Sunday, September 16, noon to 5 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the free event, which will feature Hawaiian music, hula, voyage-inspired merchandise, and an opportunity to meet the Hikianalia crew members. On September 17 and 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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First Polynesian Heritage Night at the Sharks Tank

The NCOCA Leadership was touched by how many of our Ohana made the drive on a work night to support the very 1st Polynesian Heritage Night at the Sharks tank. All around smiles and Aloha spirit, we are so very proud of NCOCA!

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NCOCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations will go to invest in the education, training and racing events of the association. You can also designate a donation to our Scholarship fund.

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