Outrigger canoeing has been around for about 30,000 years. Once it was used for migration and transportation purposes by our Polynesian ancestors; today the sport of outrigging represents the ultimate in physical challenge and recreational pleasure.
Hekili enthusiastically embraces new members – whether they are a complete novice who is looking for fun and friendship, fiercely competitive or a casual paddler who loves the water. Our members range in age from Junior (10 years and over) to Platinum (over 70 years). The club attributes its strength and competitive success to the cohesive and friendly family attitude of our members who enjoy being involved in the sport and the community it represents.
Respect for the ocean and its elements as well as for our fellow paddlers (crew members and competitors) is what sets outrigging aside from all other sports. Preserving the spirit, or mana, of outrigging is very important to members of the Hekili Cairns Outrigger Canoe Club.
Why paddle outrigger?
Outrigging paddling is an exciting, low impact sport which offers the opportunity to combine fun, fitness and friendship. Hekili Outrigging Canoe Club has members training five days a week. Our departure location off little beach next to the Yorkeys Knob boat ramp affords us the opportunity to paddle in the ocean and enjoy the panoramic views offered by the spectacular Cairns coastline, or in bad weather we can utilise the marina and nearby creek. Ultimately paddling provides the fun and exhilaration of being on the water which is synonymous with our active, tropical lifestyle.
Interested in starting? Have a look at our Membership page.