Coconut Wireless – August 2018

NCOCA Sprint Championships!

2nd Place V1/OC1
2nd Place Overall (Large Club)

He’e! Nalu! He’e! Nalu! HE’E! NALU!

Congrats to another successful season charging down the sprint lanes! We came in for a close finish by winning the Spint Championships at Lake Natoma and walking away with 2nd place for the regatta season with 205 points (1st Place HPOCC – 259 points, 3rd place O’Kalani- 189 points).

Mahalo for all your hard work and commitment to earn this wonderful recognition!

Round the Rock 2018 – Success!

Beautiful Day for an Amazing Race

We did it!! This marks the 22nd year our club has hosted the Alcatraz Challenge and what a beautiful day in the Bay for a race! After months of preparation, we all showed up before dawn at Crissy Beach to get set up as we were greeted by a glorious sunrise and clear skies – almost unheard of at this time in Fogust. Setup was smooth, registration was quick, merch was flying off the racks, and smiles were abundant.

As the races kicked off, ohh so did the wind. By the time of the Men’s Long Course, winds were gusting in through the Gates at ~32mph. Impressively, all crews completed all the courses safe and sound despite the challenging conditions, and without a single huli or incident. Congrats to all the paddlers for throwing down your best effort and conquering one of the toughest courses!

In total, 85 crews competed across all divisions and categories with over 19 crews visiting from as far as Australia, Hawaii, and SoCal, making this our largest event yet. Mahalo nui loa to all our members, the NCOCA, and everyone who helped to make this event possible. Planning and executing a sports event for 500+ competitors in the middle of San Francisco Bay is no small feat, and each year we will continue to make it bigger and better for our sport and community. IMUA!

IVF World Sprint 2018 in Tahiti

He’e Nalu Representing on the World Stage

The va’a world met this July 19 to 26 in Pirae, Tahiti for the 18th IVF Va’a World Sprint Championships. With more than 2000 athletes coming from about thirty delegations, this is the biggest international sporting event since the Pacific Games in 1995.

Several past and present He’e Nalu members competed at World Sprints this year represented HNOCC and the greater NCOCA. Aloha and mahalo to Nicole Sholly, Jen Nadeau, Alex Gil, and Taki Te Koi for making us so proud and inspiring us to paddle hard! Congrats on the experience to compete alongside the best in the world.

Next up: World Distance Championship 2019 Australia & World Sprint Championship 2020 Hilo, HI!

Club Race – The 3 Island Tour

A Taste of Everything in this Practical Clinic

With the cancellation of the Golden Gate Classique race, the club seized the opportunity to set up a fun race of our own, right in our own backyard! We had a full fleet of five OC-6s, plotting a course from the channel through each of the 3 sets of islands. There were currents, there were winds, there were waves, and there were more than a few great battles between crews.

It was so awesome to experience the aloha, energy, and amazing effort by the entire ohana, including all the work of loading, unloading and rigging to make this day possible!

Open Board Positions (2)

Submissions and nominations due 9/25

We will have 2 openings becoming available for the He’e Nalu Board of Directors and we’re now accepting submissions and nominations for these positions:

  • 2nd Vice President (currently Wyatt Wong) – Oversees fund raising and sponsorship procurement on behalf of the organization of the club. Responsible for Membership recruitment, publicity, public relations, marketing and obtaining committee chairs for Club Regatta, and phone tree and Club manual. Provide needed budget.
  • Secretary (currently Heather Ivey) – Shall review and reply to all organizational correspondence necessary for the functioning of the club. Will be responsible for recording all minutes of meetings of the club and maintain a current membership list. Provide minutes of meetings to the BOD, and a copy upon request to any member. Manage current NCOCA race cards and release forms. Update; information and paperwork for each member. Provide needed budget.

If more than one submission/nomination is received per position, the board will hold an election with the general membership to vote on a candidate.

This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute your time, ideas, and stoke to help keep the club running and make new improvements. Everyone is welcomed, no experience necessary – learning is part of the fun!

Please submit your interest or nomination directly to [email protected] and let us know which position and why you are interested in or recommending someone. Mahalo!

P.S. There is a farewell party to send off Wyatt on 9/15 at Tim’s house in San Rafael. Sign up on Teamstuff!

Newcomer Paddles

2nd Sunday of Every Month

Aloha and Mahalo to all the stoked people who’ve been contacting us and coming out to our Newcomer Paddle sessions! We will continue to host regular Newcomer Paddle sessions throughout the season on the 2nd Sunday of the month. The next session is on September 9th, 2018 at 11am @ 101 Surf Sports. Please extend the invitation to family and friends to come and try it out, and also sign-up for an upcoming Newcomer Paddle session in Teamstuff to be an ambassador. Mahalo!

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