Bahia Point, Mission Bay, San Diego (April 26, 2008) – From a field of 83 five-person teams, team captain Ryan Goforth and "Paddle This!" were crowned champions of the 2008 Maui Jim Outrigger Challenge. The event was held at Bahia Point along Mission Bay in idyllic San Diego weather with temperatures exceeding 80-degrees. "Paddle This!” narrowly defeated “The A-Team” and defending champion "U.S. Coast Guard" in the three-team final.
Paddlers were also treated to the Wells Fargo Luau, which was complete with food from DaKine's Plate Lunches and beverages from LandShark and Kona Beer, Pepsi, Aquafina and Dr Pepper. Island entertainment was performed by Kaleo’Onalani Polynesian Dancers.
The racing action was supported by the HanoHano Outrigger Canoe Club. The club provided the canoes, and handled the paddle training and race management.
Other sponsor partners included Manpower, San Diego Business Journal, KPRI 102.1 FM, San Diego City Beat, Cox Communications and ExpressJet Airlines. Boat sponsors were Fete Accompli, Inc., Jaeger Vineyards & Properties, Wayne & Jackie Young, Harbor House Restaurant, Technology Integration Group, and Southwest Strategies.