Outrigger Canoeing and Stand Up Paddle Boarding Books

Steve West - Winner of the World Paddle Award - Media Category 2014


"Journalist, writer, educator, researcher, trailblazer, entrepreneur, cultural ambassador, he is one of the most recognised and best known canoe personalties"

The World Paddle Awards Academy

Stand Up Paddle Boarding - A Paddlers Guide 510pp
Outrigger Canoeing - A Paddlers Guide to The Ancient Sport of Kings 465pp
Outrigger Canoeing - The Art and Skill of Steering 168pp
Outrigger Canoeing - OC1 Book - A Paddlers Guide 306pp
Outrigger Canoeing - V1 Va'a Hoe - A Paddlers Guide 292pp

'When one of our coaches and paddlers asked coach Gerard from Shell Va'a where he got his, 'Theory and Technique Concepts' from, he replied, "I read all the books - Steve West books and whatever books I can get a hold of". You inspire us all and give words where there were none or little. Thank you so much. Your hard work is greatly appreciated world-wide from the big to the little fishes.'
Dani Gay - Lanikai CC Coach

'If you’re into, or not into, stand up paddling, but want to be educated where it comes from and what it stands for, read this book by Steve West. The more I read, the more I respect the real paddlers of the world!'
Luke Egan - Australian Surfing Legend.

'When you stay at a hotel for a stand up paddle race and open the drawer, this should be next to the Gideon's Bible. It is the must-have book for anyone who paddles SUPs!'.
Distressed Mullet.com

'Be inspired by Stand Up Paddling – A Paddler’s Guide and join us as we ride the oceans of the world together'.
Travis Grant 2013 Moloka'i Champion

'I love the book. It's a brilliant piece of work, it's like a Lonely Planet Guide Book for Stand Up Paddling! I'm extremely impressed with how much research and time has been put into creating this book and I sincerely hope every stand up paddle fan out there goes and grabs a copy!'
Chris Parker SUPracer.com

OC1 and whale colide in Hawaii

A Hawaii island man is thankful to be alive following a terrifying encounter with a whale off the coast of Kona. The man was brought back to shore by a passing tour boat. The paddler tells KHON2 he was thrown from his canoe but he’s okay. He says he’s in shock and still can’t believe what happened. Eddie Hayward had errands to run Friday afternoon, but he decided to hit the water with friends instead.

I was supposed to do my Christmas shopping today, and I put that aside to go do a downwind run, and I’m kind of thinking I should’ve went Christmas shopping instead.

That decision nearly changed his life. Hayward and three friends paddled out on the water and saw a whale breaching in the distance at one point. Minutes later, that excitement turned to fear.

I got in a nice swell and I was just having fun, and all of a sudden I just noticed a dark shadow coming from beneath, and then all I saw was a pectoral fin coming like a dagger and it was one of those where you want to hit the pause button. I was kind of worried about the tail fin kicking up after. After that point in time, it was just a matter of staying alive, staying afloat.

The impact threw Hayward into the water. The ama and the iako from his canoe were gone, and his canoe was floating away.  One of his friends eventually noticed Hayward wasn’t in his canoe and paddled over. Clinging onto his friend’s canoe and what was left of his, the two tried paddling back inland when a tour boat from Jack’s Diving Locker came to their rescue.

One of my customers had pointed out that he was trying to flag us down,” said boat captain Zack Hoffman. “Just pulled the canoe on board, threw a ladder down, climbed up, and we just motored him back into the harbour.

Hayward says he’s seen whales while on the water before, but never anything this heart-stopping.

It’s kind of trippy, because they don’t usually come in that close, and I know that whales have great sensors, so to run into a whale, I’m scratching my head about this one, I’m just grateful I’m here. Maybe stay a little closer to shore next time, maybe just a quarter mile instead of three quarter miles out.

His canoe is ruined, but Hayward says the encounter won’t keep him out of the water. We’re in the middle of whale season, so Hayward is using his experience to remind anyone who decides to go out on the water to take a friend with you and always let someone know your plan.

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