Head coach Mike Ofner and his wife, technique coach Linda Ofner, are long time residents of Santa Barbara.  The Ofners have over 20 years of coaching experience and are the undisputed heart of Ka Nai’a Outrigger.

Not only have Mike and Linda participated in many state Iron and Sprint championships as both athletes and coaches, they have both placed in several U.S. Distance Championships – Newport to Catalina as well as World Distance KOA Division Champions from Molokai to Hawaii.  

The wealth of knowledge and expertise they have to share is invaluable to the club.

Linda continues to participate and race as an active paddler; she is a true inspiration both on and off the water.

Both Mike and Linda teach outrigger canoeing classes at Santa Barbara City College and Westmont College; Mike as an adjunct instructor and Linda as a professional volunteer. Both also facilitate and teach the Ka Nai’a Summer Youth Outrigger Program in conjunction with the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department. The program includes kayak and stand-up paddling.

They remind us all that KaNai'a is a small club with big heart; taught to train hard and never give up

May Ka Nai'a paddle on, for years to come!