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Another Good Showing by USGS Paddlers in Outrigger-Canoe Races

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Team Pohaku Mana heading to the starting line
Above: Team Pohaku Mana heading to the starting line to compete in the semifinals. [larger version]

Bruce Jaffe, Kurt Rosenberger, Amy Draut, and Doug George with Doug's nephew Daniel
Above: Team Pohaku Mana (left to right): Bruce Jaffe, Kurt Rosenberger, Amy Draut, and Doug George (with Doug's nephew Daniel, the team mascot). [larger version]

Four scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s Pacific Science Center formed a team to paddle in the 15th Annual Aloha Outrigger Canoe Races held on Sunday, August 19, in Santa Cruz, California. The outrigger races, featuring 32 teams, were part of a Polynesian cultural festival held annually on the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. This year's USGS team, Bruce Jaffe, Kurt Rosenberger, Doug George, and Amy Draut, had more than enough motivation and enthusiasm to make up for a lack of experience in paddling together. The team, named Pohaku Mana (Hawaiian for "Magic Rocks"), made it to the third (semifinal) round of competition, where they lost to the eventual second-place finisher, Team Seafood. After being eliminated, the USGS team (along with coworkers, family, and friends in their cheering squad) stayed to watch the final, where the top two teams finished only 0.4 seconds apart.

This is the second year that USGS personnel have participated on their own time in the annual outrigger races. The USGS group plans to enter the race again next year, and invites any other would-be paddlers to come along.

Related Sound Waves Stories
USGS Employees Make Semifinals in Local Outrigger-Canoe Races
September 2006

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Thirty-two crews compete in canoes in the Aloha Outrigger Races at the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf
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