Meet the Team
At 30 years of age Danny Ching has solidified himself as the premier paddle sports athlete in Southern California, and is recognized worldwide as a skilled waterman. By 15 he was racing with Lanakila’s top men’s outrigger team, leading them to top finishes locally and in Hawaii. At 16 he took up Olympic flat water kayaking winning multiple national titles and setting himself up for a path on to the Olympics. His kayaking carrier culminated in 2007 when he raced on the USA National team at the Pan-American Games in Rio Brazil. At 18 Danny entered his first distance OC-1 race and in less than a year he had climbed to the top of local competition, capping off his run to the top by winning the Outrigger World Championship in 2010 and 2013. Danny’s stand up (SUP) career started in 2009 with a 1st place in the Hennessey’s Championships. He then backed that up with a 3rd place in his second race (the Battle of the paddle California 2009). In 2010 Danny founded 404 Sup Boards and launched his new company by winning both Battle of the Paddle races in Hawaii and California and going undefeated for the year in SUP competition. Since then, Danny has also founded Hippo Stick SUP Paddles and recorded multiple SUP victories, his most memorable coming at the prestigious Battle of the Paddle California and Hawaii, including 3 BOP Elite victories, 6 BOP distance victories, 7 Overall BOPs.
Kaihe grew up in Hawaii Kai, Oahu and started outrigger paddling when he was 8 at Hui Nalu, the local canoe club down the road. At 13, he joined the Hawaii Canoe and Kayak team and made it onto the Junior National Team, for Olympic flat water kayaking at 15, the same year he crossed the Molokai Channel on a Surfski. When he was 19 I really started to take up OC-1, and his paddling career slowly started to build. The Maui to Molokai was the first major race that he won, in 2012 when he was 22 and has been coming in top 4 every year since. That same year he came in 2nd in the Olukai, also placing in the top 4 every year. He has consistently placed in the top 10 for the past 4 years in the OC-1 world championships, but still haven’t managed to crack the top 5. Most recently he won the Kanaka Ikaika Molokai challenge, as well as, the M2O Standup Championship with teammate Danny Ching.