Club Officers

James Beck

Experienced in Naval Operational Architectures with a demonstrated history of working in the Defense & Space industry. Skilled in Operational Planning, Tactics, C6ISR, Command, and Information Assurance.

Dale Teschler
I started SCUBA diving in 1963, by ’65 I had added surfing to my love of Ocean sports. As any surfer knows, however, the Ocean can be a fickle Mistress, so when I retired from teaching in 2011 and my buddy Mike Berril, one of our founders, suggested I try OC-6 paddling I was willing to try it out. I am still trying it out. Hoping to get good at it.  The thing that struck me in my first race was that WOW, this OC-6 stuff is a big deal! So many Canoes! So many Folks! And the best thing was that all the Folks were and are so friendly and outgoing. Spreading the Aloha. I still love the Aloha of the sport and the workout is pretty darn 
good also.
Tom Polakiewicz
Vice President

I grew up in Ocean Beach, surfing and sailing from an early age.  I was on the surfing and sailing teams when I was in college at UCSD.  I joined the U.S. Coast Guard and served over twenty years on active duty and in the Reserve.  I was invited to join Kanaka OCC in 2009 by Mike Berril, one of the founders of our Club, and have been a member ever since.  I've paddled and steered in over 60 races in Southern California, Hawaii, and on the Colorado River.  Paddling has been the best way for me to continue my love of the ocean and to be surrounded by the great men and women of Kanaka OCC.  

Ken Cornell

Currently 54 years old

Married to Christina, no children.   I grew up in Christchurch New Zealand paddling OC-4 as a kid. My family moved to the US when I was 15 so that I could play American football. I played quarterback at El Cajon Valley High School and received a scholarship to play for SDSU. I returned to ocean paddling 3 years ago and was introduced to the club by Tro. Paddling to me is not a hobby, but rather a way of life. Being raised in New Zealand my Grandmother a native Maori, taught me the significance of the outrigger canoe and the age-old story of Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand.  The story says the Maori migrated from Polynesia by navigation using the “Long white Cloud, or by night The Long Bright Cloud” in Outrigger Canoes. The Maori call New Zealand Aotearoa me Te Waipounamu ( North and South Island ). Outrigger Canoes will always have a special place in my heart, for they are what brought my ancestors to the Great Islands of New Zealand.           


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