Locals Paddle for Glory
An award-winning Dana Point-based women’s outrigger canoe team is set to compete in the first of its kind distance race that sets out in Tahiti on Wednesday, June 28.
The self-financed team will represent California in the 15-mile race three times around a large reef outside the harbor in Pirae, on the northwest side of the island. The Dana Point team — Courtney Hamchuk, Josie Griffith, Jennifer Holcomb, Jody Conners, Brandi Cumin Baksic and Teresa Wilson – are all south county residents. They were invited to represent California because of their success winning the national championship in Catalina for three consecutive years, says Hamchuk, of Laguna Beach, in a statement.
LBHS Players Compete for Beach Crown
Three top players from Laguna Beach High School — sisters Peri and Kendyl Brennan and Lexi McKeown — expect to compete in the second annual Queen of the Beach Invitational in Hermosa Beach on Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25.
Kendyl Brennan, who graduates this week, expects to play for Tulane University, while her teammate, McKeown, a junior, has committed to Florida State University in 2018. Peri Brennan, a freshman, is currently uncommitted.
The contest will feature separate fields of 32 college players and 64 high school players. The top two players in each pool, determined by their won-loss record and point differential, will advance and play will continue until a “Queen of the Beach” is crowned for the college field and the high school field.