In 2011, Rick Nu’u and Don Irvine achieved a long time shared dream and established a paddlesport oriented business, which they named Hana Hou Outrigger. It was geared towards the manufacture of wood canoe paddles and providing coaching opportunities in a wide variety of paddlesports. If you look at their fish hook logo, inside the two hooks you can find an ‘r’ and ‘d’.
Don has been involved at a very competitive level as an athlete and coach in paddlesports for over four decades. His current passion is chasing big blue in warm environments, striving to see the water through his old friend’s eyes. Aloha Nu’u.
Don asked Zoe if she would be his business partner in a new but similar venture to Hana Hou Outrigger. She agreed, and Hana Hou Paddlesports was created. We are new, but only in name. We have kept the fish hook logo. Our business has taken a different but similar direction.
Zoe has been competing internationally in outrigger canoe and surf ski racing since 1996. Her professional background is in coastal and marine sciences, and she has always enjoyed using physical oceanography concepts to make wave riding more enjoyable. For Zoe’s extended bio, Zoe Norcross-Nu’uclick here.
Together, Don and Zoe continue to perpetuate the love of paddling in Western Canada.