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West Seattle Herald' Fi-iday, August 3 2011 5 Photos by Steve Shay Outrigger canoe paddlers raced from the Alki Bathhouse to Blake Island and back during the beginning of the first race July 30. Over 200 outrigger canoe paddlers raced from Alki Beach July 20. Most took the route around Blake Island, like these athletes pictured. Others went to Duwamish Head. j ! Free Fric.ay Night Summer Concert Series At The Mount The Haggis Brothers "Rockin" swingin" fiddle driven string band" Friday, August 5th 5:00 p.m.u7:30 p.m. Aug. 12th: The Illusion of Elvis by Danny Vernon Classic car show this night, too! Aug. 19th: Cheryl Serio "Vintage jazz, pop, and cabaret" Aug 26th" Selam Band "World Music" Bring your family and friends for a party on the patio--The Mount's patio, that is. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Free popcorn and snow cones. Great food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Special activities just for kids. 5:00 p.m.m7:30 p.m. Dinner: 5:30 p.m.--7:30 p.m. + 000000IDENCE Mount St. Vincent Alki outrigger race draws nearly 200 paddlers to Blake Island By Steve Shay Alki Beach went Hawaiian Satur- day when over 200 outrigger canoe paddlers from ages 7 to over 60 participated in three races beginning near the Alki bathhouse, two round- ing Blake Island and returning for 12 and a half miles, and a shorter one to Duwamish Head and back. They paddle six to a boat. The boats are fiberglass and most weigh 400 pounds like their traditional wooden Hawaiian counterparts. However, a new design was also used, the "Unlimited Class". It weighs 275 pounds, is quicker and easier for six people to lift and carry. Boy Chun Fook, a Hawaiian, is with Federal Way's Kikaha O Ke Kai Outrigger Canoe Club, Hawai- ian for "Glide over the sea". He is president, Pacific NorthWest Outrigger Racing Association, or PNWORCA, withl8 clubs, while the Seattle Outrigger Canoe Club is sponsor and host of this event, called "DaGrind". "We got a new course today," he enthused. "Last year we had two, six-mile loops. This is really nice, going around Blake Island. "It's all family over here, 'ohana.' We have crews from Oregon, Bellingham, Tri-Cities, all coming together." The club's coach, Gordon Mar- tinez, of Federal Way, said, "I tell them 'Paddle hard' and "Reach out there!'" Club president, John Richard- son, said it was established in 1996 and now has over 100 members. "I started doing this at age 14 in Hawaii." Sabine Jessel is President, Seat- tle Outrigger Canoe Club, located on Lake Union near Gasworks Park. "This is a fabulous sport," she said. "It is family-oriented and we all know each other. Our club was founded in 1996. I am from Germany but started paddling in Hawaii 25 years ago. I like to be in the water and on the water. It's a team sport and if you all paddle as one it is really an amazing feeling. We are fairly competitive on the water, but we give big hugs back on the beach." "This is a sport that is very hum- bling" said Cris Trimble, a mem- ber of the Columbia River Out- rigger Canoe Club, or CROCC. "There is not one club here on the entire beach that will feel better than, or superior to, everybody else" she said. Near the information booth was Auntie Jean, a.k.a. Ke Aloha, who was armed with a walkie-talkie to help coordinate with three pace motor boats. She was amicable and appeared to be everybody's aunt. She is part Hawaiian and lives on Bainbridge Island. An artist, she teaches hula dancing and said the trick is to slightly bend the knees as you rotate. Uncle Ed DJ's for the Hawaiian Radio Connection, 91.3, KBCS- FM and online, out of Bellevue College. He was on hand playing music from the Islands. "I was born and raised in Oahu," he said. "When you have an event like this it brings everything back to this side of the rock, especially with this warm, sunny weather." The first outrigger to cross the finish line in the first long race belonged to Kikaha O Ke Kai at 1:34:36, three and a half minutes ahead of the second place canoe. The West Seattle Herald would like to thank brothers Christian and Will Bakken and the participating clubs who allowed us to ride along in Christian's escort motor boat. The Seattle Outrigger Canoe Club plans to list all results on its web- site at www.seattleoutrigger.com. For more information, go to Feder- al Way's Kikaha 0 Ke Kai Outrig- ger Canoe Club website at www. kikaha.com. Steve Shay can be reached at steves@robinsonnews.com. warmth and state of the art technology to meet your dental needs. You can trust us to treat your dental health requirements with high quality and compassion. Make an appointment for a comprehensive exam and cleaning, and meet our staff. Westview Dental Dr. Lisa Zimberg 5429 California Ave SW 206-935-8800 www.smilesbylisa.com The one to see: Dave Newman Insurance Agency Inc. 3435 California Ave. SW Seattle, WA 206-932-1878