Aloha, and welcome to Seattle Outrigger Canoe Club!

Seattle Outrigger Canoe Club is a group of active men and women with a passion for water sports along with an interest in Hawaiian Culture. We paddle six-person outrigger canoes year-round, pushing ourselves and each other while having as much fun as possible. If you are interested in giving outrigger canoe paddling a try, know that above all, we love to share our passion with others. You may start by reading on to learn more about SOCC and outrigger paddling. You can also contact us if you want to come out for a paddle. In addition, visiting paddlers from out of town are also welcome to join us!

In the Pacific Northwest, canoe paddlers have the opportunity to enjoy the surrounding of unique waterways like Lake Washington, the Gorge, and Puget Sound. Teams in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia compete regularly during the spring and summer. Some clubs even travel to California and Pacific island competitions as the season progresses.

Seattle Outrigger Canoe Club women paddlers

photo, courtesy of Steve Shay Photography

Paddling an outrigger canoe takes more than just muscle. It takes coordination and focus, with six paddlers working as one. Consequently, when bodies and minds come together, the 40 foot, 400-pound canoe, glides forward seemingly effortlessly. It is a feeling that can’t be duplicated any other way. Most of all, it’s a killer workout that gets you out on the water, in probably the nicest urban paddle spot around.

In addition, our club participates in outrigger canoe races during the summer months. Outrigger canoe racing requires hard work, dedication, and commitment, but at the end of the day, it’s a ton of fun. We even host our own race, Da Grind, right on beautiful Alki Beach.

Our club and our outrigger canoe, Ke Kolea, on the beach at Alki in West Seattle - our signature race.

DaGrind 2013 – Alki Beach, West Seattle. Our club-sponsored 12-mile saltwater race.

Seattle Outrigger Canoe Club (SOCC) holds paddling practice three times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. During the summer, we also hold novice practices on Thursday. Please inquire if you would like to join us!

Interested in knowing more?

We are always eager to introduce new people to the wonderful sport of outrigger canoe paddling. Explore our website, read about recent club activities, and see the Membership page for details on practice days, times, and locations. If it seems like you might want to give paddling a try, email us at info@seattleoutrigger.com and come join us! We can also host your next corporate outing or group paddle.

Recent media coverage:

  • Written— This 2013 story about outrigger paddling in the Pacific Northwest features Seattle Outrigger.
  • Da Grind–This short article and wonderful slideshow in the West Seattle Herald illustrate the 2011 race.
  • Video–This 2010 Seattle Channel video about outrigger canoeing in the Pacific Northwest features local paddlers, with interviews and paddling footage from 3 Seattle-area clubs, including Seattle Outrigger.
  • Written–A 2008 story in the Seattle Times Sunday Magazine focuses on the local outrigger paddling community including several SOCC paddlers.

2018 Board of Directors:

  • President: Bill Bungartz
  • Vice President: Matthew Menzer
  • Treasurer: Kelly Mitchell
  • Secretary: Jocelyn Ritchie
  • Women’s Coach: Sabine Jessel
  • Men’s Coach: Matthew Taufa’asau
  • Bethany Fong

2018 Coaches

  • Men’s Assistant: Bill Bungartz
  • Men’s Novice: Charlie Abrahamson
  • Women’s Assistant: Josie Sparks
  • Women’s Novice: Hoku Bungartz

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