Outrigger Canoeing Steering Book by Steve West
Over a period of greater than twenty years of observation, racing, listening, recording and photographing, there are specific steerers who have provided inspiration for this work and to them I owe my gratitude. My thanks to Chris Maynard, Australia’s most successful steerer, winning more Hamilton Cup races than any other since its creation and as such one of the world’s best and with whom I have conducted many a clinic since 1997 and had the privilege of being steered by him on several occasions, including the Moloka`i Hoe, Hamilton Island Australia and at the Fiji International. He is a true ambassador for the sport. Todd Bradley of Hawai`i, with whom I spent a considerable amount of time during 1995 and ’96 when steering Outrigger Canoe Club O`ahu who became the catalyst for my original research. Having sat in the wings to the legendary Tom Conners, an 11 time Moloka`i Hoe winner, his burning ambition to aspire to Tom’s level, drove him to seek perfection in all that he did. To Jim Foti of Lanikai CC, who continues to inspire, as the ‘consummate steerer’ possessing all that it takes to be the finest rough water steerer over the past decade and by virtue the world’s most accomplished. Thanks also to Kai O'pua steerer Jackie Taylor for her insights and inspiration and to Australia’s Sue Sheard one of Australia's finest women steerers, though rarely given opportunity to prove it so, and to Kirsty Holmes, Kisi Haines, Nicole Wilcox and Offshore California’s, Mindy Clarke, the sport’s most successful female steerer. Thanks to Australia’s Danny Sheard of Mooloolaba OCC, who I consider to be one of the finest of ocean steerers, capable of shaving more inches off a race course than any one I have ever known and a true waterman in the context of surf sports. To Karel Tresnak Jnr, who as a result of being raised on a diet of OC1 paddling and OC6 competition from an early age, has provided inspiration to many up and coming steerers and paddlers alike. Finally, my thanks to the many individuals and organisations, which since 1994 have provided their support and ultimately made this publication possible.