Our recruitment program is designed for those of you who want to give outrigger a shot. Practices are held 1 day a week in Morro Bay from the end of January thru March. You'll be given an introduction to the sport of outrigger, learn basic paddling techniques, and meet your potential novice teammates.
2019 Recruitment Program Practice Schedule
Practices are Sundays in Morro Bay at Coleman Beach. Your first three practices are free and then your annual dues of $365 are due.
Make sure to sign up for our newsletter ( at the bottom of this page ) so your in the know! You can also reach out to our membership director, Kristen, for more information.
Membership Director: Kristen Sanchez
These dates are inteded for those who are interested in joining PKO for 2018.
|January 20, 2019 - 8am||Coleman Beach, Morro Bay|
|January 27, 2019 - 8am||Coleman Beach, Morro Bay|
|February 3, 2019 - 8am||Coleman Beach, Morro Bay|
|February 10, 2019 - 8am||Coleman Beach, Morro Bay|
We want to start the novice season off right and get you going as a team in Morro Bay, before transitioning to Avila Beach in April. These dates are intended for those of you who will be joining our Novice Team, or for first timers who didn't quite manage to make it out yet.
|Sunday March 3, 2019 - 8am||Coleman Beach, Morro Bay|
|Sunday March 10, 2019 - 8am||Coleman Beach, Morro Bay|
|Sunday March 17, 2019 - 8am||Coleman Beach, Morro Bay|
|Sunday March 24, 8am||Coleman Beach, Morro Bay|
Novice Year Participation
As a novice member, we want to get you participating in our other activities too! Please start thinking about how you can contribute by being a part of a subcommittee in one of the following areas:
- Trash clean-up/Beach beautification
- Event planning/coordination
- Equipment Maintenance
- Safety and Risk Management
- Community outreach/relations/marketing
- Others as interest and need arrises
Novice Year Overview
February - March: Recruitment
The Recruitment Program are Sundays in Morro Bay between 8:00 a.m.and 12:00 p.m. Pale Kai’s “Three for Free” policy allows newcomers to experience outrigger paddling in the relatively calm waters of Morro Bay, without paying a fee or membership dues. This is a time to become acquainted with the sport and culture of outrigger canoe racing, while you make new friends!
April: Race Traning 3x a week
Race training begins on April 6th, 2019.
Your novice coach will provide the skills training you will need for the upcoming race season. It is important to practice with your team consistently to develop your technique and timing. You will also form new friendships (for no additional fee!).
All paddlers must be proficient swimmers. Before our competitive season begins, you must pass a water safety test that includes huli drills (recovering from an overturned canoe), treading water, as well as a swim test.
May-June: Iron Race Season (6 person crews)
The first official races begin in May. Pale Kai is a member of the Southern California Outrigger Racing Association (SCORA). We compete with other member clubs in SCORA, and our official events take place between San Diego and Santa Barbara. The first five races take place from early May through the end of June. In the novice division, races are approximately 4 to 5 miles and occur in more protected waters than the veteran divisions. Iron races consist of 6 person crews over a set distance, and novice teams may race under men’s, women’s, or co-ed divisions.View SCORA Race Schedule
The Iron Season concludes with the championships in San Diego. This highly attended event attracts entrants from all over the state and is a fitting tribute to the outrigger culture. For added fun, novice teams are encouraged to enter the Novice Dance Competition to display their grace and creativity, or just poke fun at themselves in a family friendly environment.
August-September: 9-Man Season
Those Novice who develop proficiency may also be invited to compete in the 9-Man Season. There is no guarantee that as a novice you will participate in nine person crews, due to the increased physical demands and technical skill required to safely perform open water crew changes. The 9-man races are much longer distances than the iron season, from 20 miles to over 30 miles. Paddlers must demonstrate the endurance and proficiency during practice to be considered for a 9-man crew.
The video link below provides a good illustration of the crew rotations that occur at 15-20 minute intervals in the open water, with a canoe moving at race speed and a chase boat to perform the exchange of paddlers in and out of the open ocean. It is a challenging, but exciting experience, and for many paddlers it is the culmination of the sport.
September-January: Winter Paddling
Winter practices will be subject to daylight and weather restrictions and continue at Avila Beach, until the time changes. A few boats will then be re-located to Morro Bay for more protected paddling.
By the time your novice season is over, you will have gained some new skills, increased your fitness levels and made a number of new friends.
Next Level: The World Stage
Outrigger canoe racing takes place all over the world! The Olamau Race sees the best outrigger canoe teams compete off the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island. Ocean knowledge, skill, and perseverance aren’t always enough to succeed, but they can keep you above water. Watch the short below about a Californian team competing in The Olamau Race.