Truckee Outrigger - Passion for Paddling
Daphne Hougard - founder
Daphne Hougard's, 32 yr love affair of paddling, began in Santa Barbara when she was attending Brooks Institute photography college. Paddling has led her throughout the South Pacific, Hawaii, California and Canada where she has raced and photographed the outrigger canoe in sport and traditional uses of the outrigger for fishing and transportation.
Moving to Truckee in 2000, Daphne missed the ocean and feeling of community, that the outrigger club provides. So with the urging of her girlfriend, local tele-skier Susan Sheffield, Daphne borrow a Malia OC-6 canoe from Victor DiNovi in Santa Barbara and started paddling on Donner Lake. The 1st few years the club was all wahine paddlers, that trained at sunrise on Donner Lake and all club decisions, were made over coffee at Wild Cherries afterward.
The club has grown to over 50+ members and 3 sites, including Donner Lake, Northshore at Carnelian Bay and Southshore, Lake Tahoe.
2000 Started with "Pana", a borrowed canoe from Victor DiNovi
South Shore Outrigger - Committed Competitors
Sue Norman - Founder
Sue Norman - US National White Water Slalom Champion and river adventurer and advocate.
All the South Shore members of the Kawai'ulu O Tahoe outrigger canoe club have arms rippling with muscle. That muscle shows their dedication to paddling, and not just for kicks. They want to race and they want to win.
“We keep is small, so we have a dedicated group,” said the club's founding member Sue Norman. “What's neat about a small group is because we've been paddling together for so long we've really been able to develop that fitness and technique.”
The South Lake Tahoe club, started in 2004, currently has about 16 members. They attend races throughout the state. This year, they've placed well in several and have heightened their ranking in the Northern California Outrigger Canoe Association.
“Competitive wise, they're very competitive when they're at races,” said Phil Siaris, vice president of NCOCA. “They don't have much time in training, but when they do come out to compete they do well.”
But the South Lake Tahoe club's secret is that they really are training all year. Down at the Sierra Athletic Club, members can often be found working a rowing machine that's been modified with a canoe paddle. Their exercises are specifically toned to canoe paddling.
“Our workouts are very structured and have a purpose,” Norman said.
“When we first started, it was slow growth,” Norman said. “It's hard because there's so many other sports for people to do in Tahoe. Many people can't add another activity.”
Yet some members are extremely dedicated to the outrigger canoes. “I saw them and it was just like, ‘Oh, man!,'” Tom Gandt - club member. “I sold my bike. I sold my skis. It was just paddling.”