Chapter 4 – ‘96-’97
1996 was a big year for firsts in OC1 design by Karel and Outrigger Connection.
In 1996 the Arrow 2 and Thunder are the first OC1s to have a radical lower sliding track seats.
These OC1 also have the first ever iakos that enter vertically into the ama for easy adjustment and wave clearance. Another first, were the complete graphite, bladder molded, composite carbon iakos. First, asymmetric exit of the iako from the canoe deck resulting in better clearance for the iako and more comfort for the paddler.
The Thunder has more volume than the Arrow2 and has the first sliding foam seat. Central foot well drain first appears on Arrow 2. Jim and John Foti win the Molokai relay again, this time on the Thunder.
1997 – The Thunder continues its victories with Jim and John Foti winning the Molokai relay. Outrigger Connection added new team riders, Courtney Seto and Todd Bradley. Several canoes were built for the first time ever using honeycomb core and full graphite construction.