©Kenji Kinoshita 

Japan Outrigger Canoe Association

Established November 1, 2019

ー About Outrigger Canoe ー

The one with an elongated hull and a laterally protruding outrigger for balance is called an "Outrigger Canoe.
Originally, the islands of the Pacific Ocean had a lot of canoe competition with religious significance. Each island and village had strong young people, prayed for their ancestors, and prayed for a good harvest in the outrigger canoe competition.

ー Outrigger canoe spirituality ー

The outrigger canoe is a vehicle with a spirit that is completely opposite to the modern society where everything is convenient. The appearance of crossing the sea with the power of human beings who trust each other without using any power will not change even after hundreds of years. It is also important to sharpen your wild senses in order to grasp the flow and wind without resisting the power of nature.
It is necessary to respect nature, value outrigger canoes that entrust their lives, and believe in friends who work together to aim for their destination. It's a matter of course, but it's also something that you can't really practice in your daily life.
Say hello to each other when your friends get together, handle outrigger canoes and tools with the utmost care, and pick up trash when you see it in the ocean. It is only with the accumulation of such small actions that we are recognized as a suitable person to ride an outrigger canoe.

ー Outrigger canoe is a club sport ー

If it's a single-seater canoe, you can store it in your garage and play alone whenever you want. Outrigger canoes, on the other hand, are large, heavy, and can only be rowed by a large group of friends. This is why outrigger canoeing is a club sport.
Of course, when friends get together, various opinions and requests will start to come out, and it will be necessary for someone to unite everyone as a leader and adjust the division of roles. Therefore, it is necessary to create an organization called a "club". Ideally, an organization called a "club" would allow each participant to work and support each other for all the other participants, making decisions and acting as if they were one person.

- News -

Updated April 1
JOCA Annual Meeting was held on March 27, 2022. The current board of directors, Mitsuru Obana, Kenji Kinoshita, and Fujio Kobayashi, will enter the second year of the two-year term from April 1.

- Our Vision -

  • With safety as our prime objective, the Japan Outrigger Canoe Association (JOCA)aims to contribute to the comprehensive development of the outrigger canoeing sport and culture in Japan.
  • JOCA will promote activities to achieve synergy not only with other domestic and international outrigger canoe clubs, but with diversified interests as well.
  • JOCA will strive to become the common thread to unify the outrigger canoe clubs in Japan for further cooperation and expansion.

- Message from the Representative Director -

After several years of preparation, the Japan Outrigger Canoe Association (JOCA) was launched on November 01, 2019. Being a passionate paddler myself (from 1998), I would like the association to act as a conduit to perpetuate not only the culture of outrigger canoeing, but the strong passion we have for this Polynesian rooted sport to the next generation and to the global community.
I believe that the management of an association is similar to the teamwork you experience on an outrigger canoe out in the sea. I remain committed to the development of the sport and spirit of outrigger canoeing. I take the immense pleasure working with all of you and sincerely appreciate your continued support.

Mitsuru ObanaMitsuru Obana autograph Ohana Hoe Outrigger Canoe Club
November 1, 2019

- Board of Directors -

Representative Director Mitsuru Obana

Representative Director
Mitsuru Obana

Ohana Hoe Outrigger Canoe Club

Kenji Kinoshita

Kenji Kinoshita

Wailea Canoe Club Japan

Fujio Kobayashi

Fujio Kobayashi

Mokupuni Paddling Club


Japan Outrigger Canoe Association

©Kenji Kinoshita

- Member List (in Japanese alphabetical order) -

Club Name Representative Name Homeground Webpage Facebook Email Address
Amanico outrigger canoe club Shun Shirahata Amami, Kagoshima amamimagic@yahoo.co.jp
Ohana Hoe Outrigger Canoe Club Mitsuru Obana Zushi Beach, Zushi ohanahoe@gmail.com
Kamakura Outrigger Canoe Club Hiroshi Ikenaga/Masaki Kuwahara Zaimokuza, Kamakura kamakuraoutriggerclub@gmail.com
Kuroshiosou Outrigger Canoe Club Hiromi Yamaguchi Miho Shimizu, Shizuoka 0922.hy.0922.hy@gmail.com
Sajima Paddling Connection (SPC) Seigo Tamura Nagai, Yokosuka plannel.seigo@gmail.com
Chigasaki Outrigger Canoe Club Masamitsu Shiozawa Chigasaki cocc05apr@gmail.com
BEACH Hayama Outdoor Fitness Club Seiji Kashiwagi Ohama Beach, Hayama s.kashiwagi@beach-hayama.com
Holokai Outrigger Canoe Club KansaiHiroshi FurukawaNishinomiya, Hyogo info@hocck.com
Mokupuni Paddling ClubFujio KobayashiEtajima, Hiroshima mokupuni2016@gmail.com
Wailea Canoe Club Japan Kenji Kinoshita Zaimokuza, Kamakura club@waileajapan.net

ー 2022 Events and Races Schedule ー

Date Name Organizer Place
June 4 Free trial day Japan Outrigger canoe association Zushi
June 5 Shonan Ocean Paddling Challenge Shonan Outrigger Canoe Club Enoshima
July 3 HAYAMA Hoe Ocean Vaʼa Hayama
August 8 Ogasawara Kid’s Cup Chigasaki Outrigger Canoe Club Ogasawara
October 2 ZUSHI PADDLE MEET Ohana Hoe Outrigger Canoe Club Zushi
October 23 Shonan Ocean Paddling Challenge U-19 Shonan Outrigger Canoe Club Enoshima
December 3-4 HUKILAU CHALLENGE 2022 Chigasaki Outrigger Canoe Club Chigasaki

- JOCA Logo -

Logo design by Koichi Kosugi

Creative Director / Art Director

2004 Joined Hakuhodo Inc.2019 Established onehappy

〈Main Awards〉

Tokyo ADC Award,Cannes Lion International Advertising Festival Design Gold,New York ADC,ACC Award,plus many more domestic and international awards in advertising.

〈JOCA Logo Design Concept〉

The logo was designed with intent to express the elements vital to the sports of outrigger canoeing while also highlighting our cultural roots in Japan. The motifs of “waves”, “wind”, “canoe”, “people” and “paddle” were used together with the color red which symbolizes Japan while transmitting the passion we have for this sport.

- Contact Us -

JOCA Committee