About Us


A quick introduction :

We are a club devoted to friendship, the Hawaiian Canoe culture, and exercise!
We operate on Lady Bird Lake, next to the Austin Rowing Club, beside the Four Seasons Hotel.

Why we paddle :

  • We hone our skills
  • We grow together as a team
  • We build strength and endurance
  • We have fun
  • We build a sense of community
  • We participate in races with our sister clubs in Dallas, Houston (two clubs), Rio Grande Valley, and San Antonio as well as competing in races around the country!

A little history :

Carleton Kruse, Cheryl Cleland, and Karan Cleland co-founded the Texas Outrigger Canoe Club (TOCC) in Surfside Beach, Texas in 1987.

Justin McGuire (Carleton’s nephew) and Mike Brooks co-founded the Austin Outrigger Canoe Club (AOCC) in 2001 along the banks of Town Lake (now Lady Bird Lake).

The club acquired a trio of six-man (OC6) canoes. Two of the original three are still in use. A third, Makanalani, was donated to AOCC by Bill Krutzer.

Paniolo O Ke Kai (“Cowboy of the Sea”)

Kolohe (“Rascal”)

Makanalani (“Gift from Heaven”)

Paddling in Texas :

AOCC joined sister clubs, TOCC and HDOCC (Hoewa’a Dallas Outrigger Canoe Club) in 2007 to form the Texas Outrigger Racing Association. TORA oversees outrigger canoe racing in Texas and has standardized the procedures and rules for our races.

Due to the brutal Texas summer heat, our training / racing season is out-of-sync with clubs elsewhere in the northern hemisphere. In Austin, we are fortunate to be able to train throughout most of the year. Our sprint season training begins in earnest in February and the sprint races are held from April through June. Our long-distance races commence in August-September and can extend through early October.

AOCC is a small but growing club with much aloha. Our journey to the present day hasn’t been easy, but we are excited to continue the Hawaiian outrigger canoe tradition in Austin, TX for years to come. We hope you will come paddle with us and join the AOCC ohana.

Logo design :

Our logo was designed and donated by graphic artiste extraordinaire, Greg Smith. Thanks, Greg! We miss you!!

Invasive, pest species now infesting Lake Travis

I heard this sad news on our local NPR affiliate, KUT 90.5 FM, yesterday. Texas paddlers should be aware that an invasive pest species, the Zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) has become established in Lake Travis (now classified as ‘infested’). (photo credit Amy Benson, USGS, 1992-03-14) Our sister club, Hoewa’a Dallas OCC, should be aware that …

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2017 Austin OCC Sprints – 08 July

2017-06-30 update : Click to view the Austin OCC members “Who is bringing what?” list. 2017-06-30 update : Click to download the event waiver and release of liability. Austin OCC will host our OC-6 sprint event on Saturday 08 July 2017. The venue will, again, be LCRA’s Lake Bastrop – North Shore Park : 603 …

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Building our own ‘iakos (spars) for the outrigger canoes

Someone once showed me a bumper-sticker that read, “A boat is a hole in the water into which you throw money.” Work on the outrigger canoes never stops around here. There is always another bubble in the gel-coat protecting the gunwales, another scratch in the gel-coat protecting the hull, etc. The Texas sun plays Hell …

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Austin Outrigger Canoe Club meets Girl Scouts of Central Texas

We were thrilled to take on the mighty-women-in-training from the Girl Scouts of Central Texas this morning! A baker’s dozen of young women turned-out for this opportunity with about one-half that number of adult supervisors. This is part of our outreach, and part of our mission (both as an outrigger club and as a 501(c)3 …

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