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The Philadelphia Outrigger Canoe Club (POCC)

Aloha! The Philadelphia Outrigger Canoe Club has been paddling in local and regional waterways since 1995. Our canoes are among the first outriggers ever on the East Coast. Our team consists novices to experienced paddlers. While our skills vary, we all share a passion and a respect for this unique water sport.

Kulia I Ka Nu’u—Our Team Motto

A Hawaiian proverb which has been preserved and handed down from generation to generation through Hawaii's oral tradition, Kulia i ka nu'u means, "Strive for the summit." Strive for the very top of the mountain, strive for excellence.


Outrigger canoe paddling is a sport with roots in ancient Hawaiian culture. When King Kamehameha I united the Hawaiian Islands, outrigger canoe was the only mode of transport within the island chain. Today, outrigger canoe paddling is a popular sport, especially in Hawaii, but also all over the United States and around the world. AC race

Philadelphia Outrigger welcomes all paddlers of any skill level to join us on the water.

We practice several times a week in-season on the Schuylkill River, as well as at the Jersey shore.

All you need is to know how to swim and an good appetite for fun! We'll supply the rest for your first couple of practices. For more information, please contact Ken Mitchell via email. Visit us on facebook. The team practices are announced through Meet-Up.

East Coat Outrigger Racing Association

The East Coast Outrigger Racing Association (ECORA) represents outrigger clubs from Maine to Florida. These clubs sponsor and participate in numerous races throughout the summer. Clubs are also invited to participate in races hosted by other outrigger associations in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Northwest.

POCC is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization and a member of the East Coast Outrigger Racing Association (ECORA).

Donate to POCC

Make a tax deductable donation to support the team! Private donations in any denomination are welcome. Thank you for your support.





3rd Annual
Hoe Wa'a Challenge

Sept 20, 2014

Gardner's Basin
Atlantic City
New Jersey

Oct 18, 2014Annual Hallowe'en Fundraiser

Cancelled for now!

Thank You!

Philadelphia Outrigger Canoe Club would like to thank its supporters without which the Annual Hoe Wa’a would not have been possible!


In no particular order:
Sea Tow International and Sea Tow Atlantic City: Captain John McLaughlin and Captain Chris Dinger

sea tow

Captain Bill Hoffman and Sgt. William Hoffman of the Brigantine Police Department


Jack McKeefery, chase boat comrade extraordinaire

Philadelphia Police Detective Frank McClain who spent the entire day on a chase boat taking the beautiful photos which you see on this website

Our partners, the Atlantic City Aquarium, in particular, Jack Keith, Lisa Schall and Michelle Bay

Walt Murphy and Felicia Niven for their PR work on our behalf

Chefs of Atlantic City and the South Pacific Island Dancers


City of Atlantic City and the Atlantic City CRDA Ambassadors


ECORA President Ed Acker for his friendship and constant support

NYO’s Teryl Chapel for the incredible pule delivered at the crack of dawn before the start of the Women’s race


Sports Authority

Philadelphia Outrigger Canoe Club was proud to dedicate its 2nd Annual Hoe Wa’a Challenge to the survivors of Super Storm Sandy. A donation from the proceeds of the race was made to the Atlantic City Historical Waterfront Foundation’s Sandy recovery efforts.

See photos from 2012!

Click here for race info.

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