Outrigger Canoe Club fielded football teams from 1919-1921. The OCC teams competed against the military, college teams, and other senior teams in Honolulu. The first year of competition in 1919, OCC compiled a 3-3-1 record. In 1920, the Club team was 3-1-1, and in 1921 it was 3-4-1.
The OCC team was coached by Bill Inman in 1919, and the last two years by Dr. Paul Wittington. Outrigger’s teams were strong, and very competitive, and always did the Club proud. Over the three years, the Club compiled a winning record of 9-8-2.
The team was nicknamed the Surfriders, the Canoemen, the Surfers, the Surfmen and various other names by the media.
To learn more, read about each of the seasons below.
Outrigger did not keep records on its football teams, so the information has been recreated from newspaper articles. First names of many of the athletes were not reported by the papers. The news stories may be found at the end of each year’s results.
In modern times four Outrigger members have played professional football: Russ Francis, Jim Nicholson and John Wilbur in the National Football League, and Levi Stanley in the World Football League. In addition, member Pat Bowlen was the owner of the Denver Broncos.