We hope you find the website informative as USA Outrigger focuses its efforts towards "Growth through Opportunity".

The Purpose of USA Outrigger is to promote the sport of Outrigger Racing in the United States both nationally and internationally, at all levels of competition, and in all racing classes with the assistance of USA Canoe/Kayak (USACK).

USA Outrigger is specifically responsible for matters related to International Canoe Federation (ICF) and USA Canoe/Kayak sanctioned competitions.

USA Outrigger also encourages involvement in all Outrigger events without prejudice towards National or International affiliation.


USA Outrigger assures; adequate planning, preparation and conduct for any future race events within the ICF.  All Team USA support and accreditation for ICF events is coordinated by USA Outrigger with the assistance of USA Canoe/Kayak National Office.


USA Outrigger supports the goals and strategies of both the ICF and USA Canoe/Kayak.





A member of the United States Olympic Committee, USA Canoe/Kayak is the national governing body for the Olympic sports of Flatwater Sprint and Whitewater Slalom as well as the Paralympic sport of Paracanoe. USA Canoe/Kayak is also the U.S. member of the International Canoe Federation (ICF) and the Pan American Canoe Federation.


Other paddling sports sanctioned by USA Canoe/Kayak include Marathon, Freestyle, Wildwater, Stand Up Paddleboard, Canoe Polo, Canoe Sailing, Outrigger, and Dragon Boat.

USA Canoe/Kayak is a non-profit membership organization based in Oklahoma City, OK, promoting canoe and kayak racing in the United States and offers athletes the opportunity to win Olympic medals in up to 16 events, the sixth most of any sport. Paracanoe will make its inaugural appearance at the Paralympic Games in Rio, 2016.


So whether you are just getting into paddling or have been for many years, you have an opportunity to represent your country in the sport we love.

















A New Partnership

At the December 2009 Board of Directors’ Meeting in London, the ICF welcomed Va’a as an official ICF discipline. Not only is this sport a welcome feature due to its universality and popularity in the Pacific nations widening the reach of the ICF, Va’a is also a welcome addition due to its predisposition to Paracanoe.

Va’a Through the Ages

Va’a boats have been travelling the Pacific Ocean for more than 4,000 years. Ancient Polynesians and their ancestors moved across the Pacific Islands in single and double hull Va’a and settled on remote islands. These Canoes were often sailing vessels and could be much larger than today’s racing V6. When the first Europeans arrived in Polynesia, they recorded sailing Va’as of up to 30m in length, which were designed for long ocean voyages.

Va’a as the sport we see today was developed in Tahiti and Hawaii. At the beginning of the 19th Century, Va’a races became a regular feature during the traditional cultural “Heiva” festival in Tahiti. In Hawaii, Va’a racing began to emerge at the turn of the 20th Century. Clubs like Hui Nalu and the Outrigger Canoe Club were both founded in 1908 and both still thrive today.


Va’a and the ICF

The modern Va’a sport spread around most of the Polynesian, Mirconesian and Melanesian Islands, but it also moved to Australia, USA, Canada, South America and Asia and finally to Europe. Today, Va’a plays an important part of the ICF’s Paracanoe plan and for the first time in 2009, Va’a was a category at the Canoe Sprint World Championships where Paracanoe held its inaugural demonstration event. With ever-tightening cooperation between the International Va’a Federation (IVF) and the ICF, Va’a is set to be a consistent feature in the Canoe Sprint programme.


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