News

Vance Hashimoto: Crossing the Ka’iwi Channel

Vance Hashimoto: Crossing the Ka’iwi Channel

Naim: Some people think paddling across the Kaiwi channel sans rudder is crazy. What inspired you to take on the molo solo on V1? Vance: Luke and Makana raced rudderless the 2010 M2M (Maui to Molokai), and did well. That inspired me to race V1 in M2M last year , and after doing that race I thought I could handle 6 more miles for the Solo. I was trying to do all the winter series races rudderless this year, so the Solo seemed like the next step. Also, the tide was good for this years crossing. So no matter what the wind, I'd at least have the current on my side! Naim: What was the tide...

Read more...

Voyage to Neah Bay: Part 2

Voyage to Neah Bay: Part 2

It happened! A connection in the water from Seattle to Neah Bay has been made. The journey gave us more then we could have ever expected. This was the first time an OC6 - six person Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe has followed this route. We greatly respect the native cultures and tried our best to follow protocols along the way. We divided the voyage into three 50 mile parts we called journeys. In each journey we would have 7-8 legs of about 5-10 miles each (maps linked below) where we would alternate crews. The first journey was from Lake Washington to Port Townsend on June 15th, Journey 2 from Port...

Read more...

Voyage to Neah Bay: Part 1

Voyage to Neah Bay: Part 1

Lake Washington to Port Townsend - Recap In 2011, Kimokeo Kapahulehua of the Hawaiian Outrigger Voyaging Society visited Seattle and gave a talk at St Marks cathedral at a community event called a Water Circle, where we discussed how to be stewards of the ocean. At this meeting Kimokeo inspired us to begin voyaging, starting in the Puget Sound, then expanding along the coast of Washington to Oregon or to Canada and Alaska, and eventually when ready, from Seattle to Hawaii. Around that same time, Jono Saunders and his father, John Guzzwell, began building a wooden outrigger canoe from their...

Read more...

Seattle V6 Build

Seattle V6 Build

Jono Saunders has a new project in the works, an unlimited six man canoe. The philosophy going into this canoe is simple yet significant; local design for local waters using local timber. SVA is stoked to support the build and are currently looking for sponsors to help us purchase this canoe. If you are interested in supporting, lets talk, we can discuss ways this canoe can help your cause or business. Jono and his father John Guzzwell (http://www.johnguzzwell.com) are extraordinary boat builders, sailors and watermen. John and Jono both compete in Trans-Pac sailing races and build beautiful...

Read more...

V1’s arrive from Tahiti!

V1’s arrive from Tahiti!

The shipping company said this was the first time a container arrived early from Hawaii. SVA has 4 V1's ordered from Tahiti, and believe me this has been a long process to order, fund and ship. Big mahalo to Tim from Hawaiian Paddle Sports for coordinating the effort. Wow, these boats are amazing.

Read more...

Kona Race

SVA entering a crew in the 2011 Queen Liliuokalani in Kona, Hawaii. We have a canoe secured and the tickets are booked. The team is made up of mostly Seattle Va'a paddlers, and 2 paddlers joining us from Hawaii. The women start this event paddling 18 miles from Kailua Bay to Honaunau. The men then bring it back 18 miles to Kailua Bay. The Ironman divisions do so with no changes! Same team takes it all the way! Awards ceremony - right after finish of men's race. Torchlight parade party starting at dusk.

Read more...

Welcome to our new website!

Thanks for checking us out! Our website is how we will stay on top of our ideas and share them with the world, so like us on Facebook and join our online community. On our site you can also learn more about canoe paddling in our resources section, or support us by picking up some products in our store.

Read more...