The Philadelphia Outrigger Canoe Club’s Hoe Wa’a Challenge is one of the few East Coast Outrigger Racing Association’s OC6-point series races in open ocean with an inlet beach launch. The POCC Hoe Wa’a Challenge features 12-mile men’s and women’s races and a 9-mile mixed race from the Absecon inlet into the great Atlantic Ocean along the beautiful Brigantine Beach Shoreline.
The first POCC Hoe Wa’a was held September 29, 2012 from Atlantic City, NJ which hosted the race for the first four years. A new partnership was forged with Brigantine, NJ as the new host town for our 5th Annual Hoe Wa’a in 2016. Brigantine, a lively summer beach town, is the perfect backdrop for this event with an inlet beach which worked wonderfully for the launching of canoes as well as being amidst all of the lively summer water sports and friendly dolphins. Afterwards, a post-race luau and awards ceremony is held at the Laguna Grill & Rum Bar on Brigantine Beach which features delicious eats and music.
Teams from up and down the East Coast have raced in the Hoe Wa’a Challenge with teams coming from as far as Washington DC to Canada. With the highest number of crews racing last year, we look forward to more teams coming to participate in our epic open ocean hoe wa’a.