PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Local Businesses Paddled to Raise Over $1,500 for Santa Barbara Outrigger Canoe Club

Local businesses paddled to raise funds for Santa Barbara Outrigger Canoe Club Santa Barbara Harbor, CA

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — On Saturday morning, June 14, 2014, approximately seventy employees from eleven local businesses gathered at the Santa Barbara Harbor to compete in the 17th Annual Company Challenge to raise funds for the Santa Barbara Outrigger Canoe Club (SBOCC). It was the most successful Company Challenge in our history, and we raised over $1,500 for the club.
SBOCC trains individuals and teams to enter national and international outrigger canoe competitions. The Company Challenge is a way to introduce the Santa Barbara community to SBOCC and the sport of outrigger canoe racing, which has origins in Austronesia and today is the State sport of Hawaii. It’s become a popular team water sport across Southern California and SBOCC teams are often found on the winner’s podium.
Outrigger races range from sprints (500-­‐2,000 meters) to distance races of over 10 miles. SBOCC typically competes six-­‐man canoes in Southern California Outrigger Canoe Association races from May through September. In the Catalina Channel crossing competition in September, teams of nine compete in six-­‐man canoes and must complete in-­‐water paddler changes throughout the race. This is an exciting sport with deep cultural and heritage roots. “Ohana,” which means “family” in Hawaiian, is the heart of this water sport. Community participation is welcomed and encouraged, and the Company Challenge in one way that SBOCC engages the local community.
“The Company Challenge is a fun way for people to come together outside their work environment and have fun learning about our sport,” says Fred Williamson, SBOCC Club President. “There are some friendly rivalries between companies and even different departments within a company. As always, it was an excellent team building experience and a great day out on the water.”

2014 Company Challenge Awards
First Place: Savoy Café & Deli boat #1 (picture enclosed) Second Place: Deckers Outdoor Corporation
Third Place: Savoy Café & Deli boat #2 (picture enclosed) Best Costume: Surgical Arts (picture enclosed)

Businesses who came out on June 14, 2014 to learn, compete, and support SBOCC include: Allergan
Village Properties
American Riviera Bank
Savoy Café & Deli Hollister & Brace The Nugget
Fish Market
SB County Alcohol, Drug & Mental Heath Deckers
Surgical Arts Center

This Saturday, June 28, 2014, SBOCC will compete in the Outrigger Iron Championship race in San Diego, which is the grand championship for long distance six-­‐man outrigger racing in Southern California. Visit for more information about this championship race.
Two pictures enclosed © SBOCC:
SBOCC COMPANY CHALLENGE 6.14.14_Savoy Cafe and Deli_First and Third Place Winners” “SBOCC COMPANY CHALLENGE 6.14.14_Surgical Arts Center_Costume Winners”
About the Santa Barbara Outrigger Canoe Club: The purpose and goals of Santa Barbara Outrigger Canoe Club (SBOCC) are to foster national and international outrigger canoe competition and to generate public interest and support for these activities. SBOCC is dedicated to providing its members with opportunities to race, competing at all levels of competition; from local regional races to world championships in junior, open, master and senior masters divisions.
Consistent with its commitment to encourage and preserve outrigger canoe racing and to promote international Ho’okuku (competition), SBOCC actively organizes and promotes athletic and educational events and training in this traditional Hawaiian ocean sport for the benefit of the organization’s members and the local community.


Fred Williamson
Santa Barbara Outrigger Canoe Club

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