Does the open ocean call you? The wind and salty sea? How about joining a community of like-minded water enthusiasts who embrace the spirit of aloha?
The East Coast Outrigger Racing Association (ECORA) was founded in 1997 to establish Polynesian outrigger canoe paddling and racing on the east coast of mainland U.S.A. and Canada. Today there are more than thirty outrigger canoe clubs all up and down the east coast. ECORA thrives in nearly every coastal state from Maine to Florida, Quebec and Ontario. We welcome interested paddlers to join an existing club or form a new one.
Outrigger canoe paddling builds on the culture and tradition that span centuries prior to the recorded history of Hawai'i and Polynesia. The indigenous sport survived the oppression of being outlawed by foreign settlers and pushed aside by waves of modernization. In Hawai'i, King David Kalakaua, a Hawaiian monarch, is credited for catalyzing Hawaiian cultural resurgence during the late 19th century. He restored outrigger canoe racing as a legal sport for the Hawaiian people. Around the world, outrigger canoe paddling and racing continues to grow.
The international presence of outrigger canoes is marked by key stronghold races that draw the world's best competitors. ECORA members are prominent components and contributors to the international competitive circuit.