©Kenji Kinoshita 

Japan Outrigger Canoe Association

Established November 1, 2019

- News -

 *updated May 23, 2020 
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection, IVF World Sprint Championships(August 15-23, organized by IVF/HCRA), Queen Lili'uokalani Canoe Race (September 3-7, organized by Kai'Opua Canoe Club), Na Wahine O Ke Kai (September 27, organized by Na Wahine O Ke Kai race committee) and Molokai Hoe (October 11, organized by OHCRA) have been cancelled.

*updated May 20, 2020
The 21st Shonan Ocean Paddling Challenge on June 7 (organized by Shonan Outrigger Canoe Club) was postponed on September 13 to prevent COVID-19 infection.

- 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.

- JOCA Logo -

Association Logo(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.

- 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

Yoshinobu Takahashi

Yoshinobu Takahashi

Kamakura Outrigger Club


Japan Outrigger Canoe Association

©Kenji Kinoshita

- Member List (in Japanese alphabetical order) -

Club Name Representative Name Homeground Webpage Facebook Email Address
Ohana Hoe Outrigger Canoe Club Mitsuru Obana Zushi Beach, Zushi ohanahoe@gmail.com
Kamakura Outrigger Club Yoshinobu Takahashi Zaimokuza, Kamakura kamakuraoutriggerclub@gmail.com
Kuroshiosou Outrigger Canoe Club Hiromi Yamaguchi Miho Shimizu, Shizuoka 0922.hy.0922.hy@gmail.com
Sajima Paddling Connection (SPC) Edward Phillips (Acting) Sajima, Yokosuka darkstar1@jcom.home.ne.jp
Shonan Outrigger Canoe Club Yuichi Ichikawa Enoshima, Fujisawa yuichi_ichikawa@icloud.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 kireimania@nifty.com
Mokupuni Paddling ClubFujio KobayashiEtajima, Hiroshima mokupuni2016@gmail.com
Wailea Canoe Club Japan Kenji Kinoshita Zaimokuza, Kamakura club@waileajapan.net

- 2020 Race Schedule -

Major Domestic and International races and events

< Domestic >

Date Name Organizer Place
August 30 The 11th Hoaikane Chigasaki Women's Race Chigasaki Outrigger Canoe Club Chigasaki
September 13 The 21th Shonan Ocean Paddling Challenge Shonan Outrigger Canoe Club Katase Higashihama Beach
October 4 5th ZUSHI PADDLE MEET ZUSHI PADDLE MEET Executive Committee Zushi Beach
October 31-November 1 15th Hukilau Callenge 2020 Outrigger Canoe Championship Chigasaki Outrigger Canoe Club Chigasaki
November 7-8 “THE RACE” Kamakura-Chigasaki Crossing Race Wailea Canoe Club Japan Kamakura-Chigasaki

< Overseas >

Date Name Organizer Place
Cancelled 2020 IVF World Sprint Championships IVF/Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association Hilo, Hawaii
Cancelled 2020 Queen Lili'uokalani Canoe Race Kai 'Opua Canoe Club Kona, Hawaii
Cancelled 2020 42nd Na Wahine O Ke Kai Na Wahine O Ke Kai race committee Molokai-Oahu, Hawaii
Cancelled 2020 68th Molokai Hoe O'ahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association Molokai-Oahu, Hawaii

- Contact Us -

JOCA Committee