Our first opportunity to provide teamwear has been a great experience. Dan Firth (Te Awahaku Outrigger Canoe Club) contacted us from Christchurch, looking to get some team gear for his crew, The Dogfish. The team were heading to the 2012 Moloka’i Hoe to compete in the gruelling crossing of the Kaiwi Channel from Moloka’i to Oahu in Hawaii. They had competed there before and knew what to expect, and fortunately they have given us the opportunity to promote the Strongarm brand in New Zealand during the 2012-13 Waka Ama season.
We used the Mens Mana S/S Top as the basis for the gear, and included the Te Awahaku Logo on the back of the top and the team mascot on the front. Topping the gear off with some Red Strongarm Trucker Caps, the boys were ready.
2012 turned out to be a real tough race, with the normally large seas and big winds dropping right off, meaning the race was paddled in pretty much flat and hot conditions, with the ocean providing little assistance for the paddlers.
The team completed the race well, and were the only New Zealand team in the line up of predominately Hawaiian and Tahitian crews. We look forward to see how the Dogfish go for the rest of the season.
Thanks to Dan and the Dogfish, we’ve finally got Strongarm on the map in the Waka Ama/Outrigger scene here in Aotearoa!