Canoe Racing Clubs are a great way to exercise and socialize and Foster City is a great place for canoeing. It’s home to two of the biggest, oldest and friendliest canoe racing clubs, in Northern California. See more below.
Bay Area Dragons Club (a.k.a BAD)
A Dragon Boat is 44 foot long thin canoe similar to those used over 2500 years ago in China. Besides seating up to 20 paddlers each canoe also has a steersperson and a drummer who beats out the paddling rhythm. In addition to racing the club has several social events, trips to national races and public events including:
- FREE dragonboat lessons at 10:30 am every Saturday morning at the Foster City Boat Park. See more details about Foster City’s Bay Area Dragons Club (BAD).
- Novice Dragon Boat Races. The next one is on Sunday June 11, 2017, 9 am-4 pm. See details.
- In some past years they’ve even put on a big Dragon Boat Festival at the Foster City Lagoon.
Ho’okahi Pu’uwai Club
This club paddles smaller 6-person outrigger canoes that are capable of handling ocean waves. Their crews compete in all of the NCOCA sprint and long distance competitions all over the U.S. as well as locally. They participate in social events too including providing free outrigger canoe rides to the community and selling hot malasadas (Portugese style donuts popular in Hawaii) at the Foster City Pacific Islanders Festival.
Ho’okahi Pu’uwai is one of the largest outrigger clubs in the Northern California Outrigger Canoe Association (NCOCA), currently with over 100 members ranging in age from 6 to 60+ that compete on a consistent basis. Those new to paddling are always welcome to come out to try or just watch. See more details about the club.