Men’s Novice Coach


Bobby Lawrence

Home town:

Washington DC

Year started paddling:

 2015 Season

Favorite race and why:

It is a close call between 2016 Pailolo and the 2015 Catalina Crossing but I would have to choose the crossing. That race definitively planted a seed that kept me committed. The 35 miles to Newport beach seemed too great a distance for my experience level and I was thankful that no one had proposed a novice boat  – but was then haphazardly tossed into the Men’s Open Catalina crew. We finished just over 5 hours, taking 2nd place Spec. It is something I will never forget.

Year started coaching for SDOCC:

 This is my first year.

Favorite food:


What got you into the sport of Outrigger Canoe Paddling:

 I wanted to increase my water capabilities and find a new way to train.

Quote to live by:

 Just keep swimming. – Finding Nemo

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