14 December 2019
First established in 2002, the Wavechaser Paddle Series has become Northern California's premier all seasons racing series for human-powered watercraft including outriggers, surf skis, kayaks, SUP, Prone boards. The Wavechaser Paddle Series was the brainchild of some friends from the Hui Wa'a Outrigger Canoe Club, located in Redwood City.
Dave Jensen, Mike Ng, and Mike Martinez conceived the idea of a winter racing series after noticing that there was a lack of organized training opportunities in the paddling community during the winter months. Since 2002, WaveChaser has taken off, and continues to draw paddlers locally throughout California, from out-of-state, and the occasional international visitor.
The series consists of monthly races from October through July, set at unique locations throughout the Bay Area and with separate courses geared towards all levels of paddling expertise. In addition, WaveChaser hosts three popular downwind races during the summer months. Wavechaser is also the organizer and producer of the U.S. Surfski Championships.