Harbor Cove Beach in Ventura Harbor across from the Channel Islands National Park Visitors Center at the end of Spinnaker Drive.
Hokuloa has a competitive team for high school-age youth who want to test their commitment, strength, endurance, and grit in an open ocean environment.
Our youth program is designed for youth of 14 to 19 years of age. This includes any paddler who will not reach his/her 20th birthday in the calendar year of competition.
We will be coaching in teamwork, commitment, ocean conditions, strength, and paddling technique. The program is designed for young people who want to commit to be part of a winning team.
The team paddles in six-person outrigger canoes that are designed to paddle in the open ocean. They are approximately 40 feet long and weigh from 150 to 400 pounds. Successful crews combine technique, strength, endurance, ocean knowledge, and teamwork to win.
Races range from 500-yard sprints to 10-mile non-stop courses. Hokuloa youth program paddlers will only do the long races if they have truly built the teams, skills, and endurance to be successful.
Fees & Schedule
Cost: Dues are $200 and cover all paddling and racing fees.
Equipment: Other than water, board shorts and water-wicking shirts, little is needed. The club has paddles you can use. A towel and warm up clothing are needed—it can get cold and windy on Ventura’s beaches.
Practice Schedule: Will be determined at the start of the season in mid- March. Practices will run on two weekday afternoons from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
These weekday practices are mandatory and prospective paddlers must be ready to commit to make it to practice on time. We put the needs of the whole club first, the team second, and the individual paddler third.
As the teams get stronger, they may join the senior paddlers for open ocean longer paddles on Saturdays from 8:00 to 11:00.
How to Join
You must be 14 10 19 years of age and must be able to swim. You will need transportation to and from practices and races (we will help with carpools). You will need to sign a release waiver including parental or guardian signature if under 18. Waivers will be available at the first practice.