Chapter 2: 90 – 94
The early 90’s was Karel Snr’s first introduction to outrigger canoes. In the early 90’s Karel Snr was the upper division coach of the Lanikai Canoe Club’s mens crew and was the first coach to incorporate one man canoes into the training program and the first to start using one man outriggers for selecting OC6 crews.
1993 – Outrigger Connections first outrigger was built from the original Tahitian design brought to Hawaii by Paul Gay and Gail Berenguy. Outrigger 27 first custom made two man outrigger, made from the Outrigger 27 was built. The iakos were laminated wood, the custom built deck had single foot well and the adjustments on the ama were done on the threaded rod attached to the iakos.
1994 – The Cuda 21 was designed to substitute OC6 training with individual exercise. The Cuda had a high flat seat to emulate the same height as in the OC6. The Cuda was the first OC1 in Hawaii to be built with aluminum iakos and also using epoxy and carbon and kevlar. Karel’s involvement with the Lanikai Canoe Club determined the clubs colours on the canoes of the sponsored paddlers.
In the next chapter we will look at the Arrow OC1 as One Man designs begin to evolve as the sport takes off in Hawaii.