Women’s Coach


James Gonzales

Home town:

Kaneohe, Hawai’i

Years paddling:

14 years

Favorite race and why:

I would have to say two races. Moloka’i because it’s the granddaddy of them and it takes an incredible amount of preparation and effort to make the crossing. Pailolo because the race is technical and fun at the same time. Nothing beats a downwind run with your boys.

Years coaching for SDOCC:

12 years

Favorite food:

Loco Moco w/cheese, extra mac salad, ice-cream slushy, Rainbows-Kapahulu

What got you into the sport of Outrigger Canoe Paddling:

I wanted to reconnect with the culture I left behind in Hawaii

Quote to live by:

“Good Times, Good People, Live Aloha!”

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