In the 1980s OCC’s Joe Quigg designed the first one-man outrigger canoe and Dale Hope and Gaylord Wilcox were the first to snap them up. It didn’t take long for other Outrigger members to want one too. OCC’s Walter Guild began manufacturing one-mans at his Fiberglass Shop and the one-mans became the hottest selling items in the water sports world.
In 1989, Outrigger began including one-man races in its ocean races. As paddlers and coaches saw their possibilities for off-season training, the one-man became even more popular, and the craft was streamlined by each new manufacturer. Other races were added across Hawaii, and later across the Pacific and around the world.
The Molokai World Championship OC-1 Solo Race is the ultimate in one-man canoe racing. Since OC-1s began racing in 1995, OCC members have won the 32 mile Solo 10 times. Mark Rigg won in 1996-1998. Karel Tresnak Jr. won in 1999-2001, 2003-2004, and 2006 and Jimmy Austin won in 2012. On the women’s side, Donna Kahakui won in 1997 and Mary Smolenski in 2015.
Today OC-1 racing remains popular with Outrigger members for training, recreation and competition.