The Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge is one of the most unique outrigger races in the world. It takes traditional ocean-faring canoes designed for speed, distance and surfing and places them inside one of the world’s busiest urban harbors. Crews face a variety of challenges that can only be found in New York City.
Keith Tsang, Core Program Coach for New York Outrigger, has paddled and steered the waters of New York Harbor for over a decade. Below he details many of the challenges crews face when competing in New York’s waterways.
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