Pale Kai is an OutRigger Canoe Racing Club out of Avila Beach. Most of their days are spent on the water with six-person teams paddling up and down the California coast.
Race season for Pale Kai kicks off in Avila Beach, and the team competes all the way up until September, wrapping up in Catalina. The team hasn’t been able to compete this year because of Covid-19, but the team members got together Sunday morning for a different reason.
"We absolutely love our little village here," Pale Kai president Paul Worthington said. "It’s just our way to contributing to the environment."
Team members spent two hours Sunday morning cleaning up the road that leads to Avila Beach.
"We love keeping our community clean," Kristen Sanchez said. "This is where we paddle all the time. We just love it here so let’s keep it clean."
The team members also collected boxes of food, and contributed 200 dollars to the Season of Hope.
When it comes to getting back in the water, Pale Kai team members have already begun paddling as they prepare for the upcoming season.
"We’re optimistic," Worthington said. "It looks like things might change in the future especially with the medical procedures that are coming so we’re going to get ready for another race season."
"It’s invaluable to me," Sanchez said. "I’ve been a member of this club for 8-9 years, and I just can’t imagine life without it."