Legendary surfer and diver Lorrin “Whitey” Harrison founded the club in 1972. Lorrin’s passion for outrigger canoe paddling and his lifelong commitment to the community of Dana Point make up the foundation of Dana Outrigger.
The club has about 100 active members. The core of these paddlers consists of highly motivated and dedicated working professionals with full-time family and career responsibilities. We have novice club members, as well as some members who have paddled for two decades or more. Ages range from young teens to paddlers in their 60s.
The club’s elite members, as well as the coaching staff, are comprised of international and national level athletes from various paddle sports, swimming and water polo. These key individuals have competed in, and earned numerous medals at events such as the Olympic Games, the United States Olympic Festival, Pan American Games, the World Canoe/Kayak Championships and the United States Canoe/Kayak National Championships.
The Dana Outrigger Canoe Club hails from California. The members range in age from 10 years old to those well over 70. Its elite paddlers have raced around the world including Hungary for dragon boating and Olympic trails for racing kayaks. Every year the team hosts the Whitey Canoe Classic, a nine-man race covering about 20 miles up and down the coastline, named after its founder Lorrin “Whitey” Harrison. The race has attracted teams from all over California, Nevada, Canada and Hawaii for 35 years.
Lady Liberty 1 Women’s Open Crew:
Josie Monge, Lisa Rosen, Aprille Harris, Rhisa Gibbs, M.C. Bernadette Burton, Jenn Humboldt
Liberty Ladies 2 Women’s Open Crew:
Jody Conners, Dawn Schiele, Chastity Dutro, Lori Davis, Jenn Baker, Jorja Harmon