Outrigger canoeing in Australia began on the Gold Coast in the 1980’s, primarily made up of paddlers from Surf Life Saving Clubs.
Northcliffe Outrigger Canoe Club was formed under the umbrella of Northcliffe Surf Life Saving Club in January 1991.
The club’s main aim was to provide a fun sport for anyone interested to paddle in Australia’s premier waterways around the beautiful Gold Coast Broadwater, and surrounding ocean. Northcliffe is a proud competitive and community based club with numerous state, national and international titles in the club’s list of achievements.
Our club members have worked with disadvantaged youth from the Police Citizen Youth Club at Ashmore and Logan, participating in Project Booya with “At Risk and Disengaged Youth”.
We host major events such as the Pan Pacific Masters Games (2012) and the iconic Gold Coast Cup: Australia’s premier Changeover and Ultra Marathon event. This brings paddlers from across Australia and overseas. The Gold Coast Cup creates income to the coast from the many interstate and international paddlers, who often bring their families. The event is one of the longest running premier events in Australia, having been held annually since 1998 (only exception has been when weather conditions resulted in the event being cancelled in 2016).
Outrigger Canoeing has a very low impact on the environment, and Northcliffe Outriggers like to do their bit whenever out on the water, removing plastic/rubbish and fishing line to do our bit.
Northcliffe OCC promotes good health and fitness in the Gold Coast Community, while encouraging competitive and fun training for the AOCRA (Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing) race series.