New PA'A Junior Paddling Team

Goal: Build a competitive PA'A youth team that will race in the PA’A ‘Eono Hoe and other eligible six-man canoe races.

Ages: 14-17 (could change to include ages up to 19)

Youth paddlers will be selected based on the following criteria:

1) Overall performance based on a point system determined by results in five PA’A races: 1) Holiday Burnoff, 2) Pinky’s Race, 3) Pdl2day & Luv 2morrow, 4) Koa Nui. All youth should also set the goal of paddling in the Molokai Solo.
2) Feedback from coaches and mentors regarding paddlers’ ability and skills.
3) Ability to serve as a good role model for other youth paddlers.
4) Other criteria will be added...

Program director will organize coaching, sponsorship, and equipment.

Submitted by mkulukul on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 12:41pm

Way to go Manny, that's a great initiative.Will be interesting to see what the program produces.

#1 Fri, 12/30/2011 - 12:53pm

Right On!!! Now the kids, if they qualify, can go race Molokai under 18 in one 6-man.

#2 Fri, 12/30/2011 - 2:49pm

Right On!!! Now the kids, if they qualify, can go race Molokai under 18 in one 6-man.

#3 Fri, 12/30/2011 - 2:50pm

Most of the kids that paddle for private schools will probably miss the holiday burn off because they have an ILH race on the same day.

#4 Sat, 12/31/2011 - 1:37pm

I have a 16 year old girl who has paddled oc1 & ss in the HIPA junior race series for four years here on the Big Island and wants to do the channel. She also paddled open women this past long distance season. Please let me know how we can make this
happen for her.

#5 Sat, 12/31/2011 - 9:09pm

Excellent idea Manny! Well done.

#6 Sun, 01/01/2012 - 4:52am

The OIA kids will most likely miss the Burnoff race as well. Theres an OIA regatta that day too. Great idea though, definitely want to see the younger generation doing these races, cuz they are easily capable. If younger guys can compete, and win Super Aito and other races in Tahiti like Steeve and Rete have, then why can't we push the kids here to be the best they can be.

#7 Wed, 01/04/2012 - 10:31am

What if you can only race the Kanaka Ikaika states race because you go to school on the mainland? Could a good result in that race along with great coach and mentor recommendations be enough?

#8 Thu, 01/05/2012 - 10:37am

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