Chapter 7 – 2000
The MANTRA was a high volume canoe with the first ever foam stationary seat and an optional sliding seat. Its new ama was designed for the Mantra specifically in order to fit its high volume, and the foot well drain holes are moved underneath the foot wells with the venturi like sucking system. The new ama has a lots of reserved buoyancy and the riding point of the ama is moved under the rear IAKO. Junior wins his second Molokai Championship and teams up with Kai Bartlett to win the Molokai Relay as well.
Outrigger Connection shipped two of it’s canoes, the Viper and Viper Duo to the Czech Republic in Europe. OC used them as a demo in the White Water Championship race in Karel Seniors home town, Karlovy Vary. Both boats were equipped with kick up rudders to eliminate damage from shallow waters in the river. The boats were greatly accepted and admired. A new franchise, Outrigger Connection Europe was opened and the six mans were about to be built in Europe for the European market!!!