Dealers of Kai Wa'a, Puakea & Outrigger Zone canoes, including Kai's new ANTARES!

Also dealers of Riviera Paddlesurf SUP, Think Kayaks, Kialoa paddles and more.               Contact: (808) 524-6677 -

About Foti Bros.

Foti Bros. Inc. is built upon the knowledge Jim and John Foti gained over decades of canoe paddling and racing. 

Foti Bros. brings you the finest one-person outrigger canoes, surfskis, paddles, paddling equipment, stand-up paddle boards, and stand-up paddles. 

We also offer OC-1 rentals, SUP rentals, private and group coaching and excursions.

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Foti brothers Jim and John

Why Foti Bros.?

Who are the Foti Bros. and why should you consider joining a Foti Paddle Camp, clinic or private session? The Foti Brothers were raised steps from Lanikai beach, paddling and surfing for pure pleasure. Frank, John and Jim (and sister Kathy) began paddling as soon as they could see over the gunnels, and by age six had all learned to steer their family's homemade three-man canoe.   Lanikai Canoe Club’s base was steps from the Foti home, so they naturally began racing at an early age. By the time the Fotis were young adults, they were all acknowledged as some of Lanikai Canoe Club's premier paddlers and steersmen.  They have been paddling competitively ever since, logging thousands of hours in canoes.

Although Frank retired relatively early to become a Paniolo, Jim and John began a historical winning streak of Senior men victories that spanned decades. In 1995, they finally won the Molokai Hoe World Championship for their first of five victories.  Jim, being the smallest of the Foti Brothers, gravitated to the steering seat has amassed more victories in Hawaii than any other steersman in the history of the sport, and is still adding to that list. The Foti Bros. don’t just know how to be successful paddlers, they are also good at sharing the knowledge needed to become a successful paddler.

With the Foti’s sheer volume of experience extensive resume brings other benefits.  More than simply understanding the current theory behind technique, they have observed and influenced the evolution over decades.  It is difficult to beat the understanding that comes with being involved in developing a system.  With international contacts in Asia, Europe, North America, and the South Pacific, Jim and John have a powerful network of resources and information about the newest regional trends in technique, equipment and training.

There are plenty of elite paddlers who can provide sound advice, but few who can do it with the confidence, nonchalance and humor that mark the Foti's personality.  Past students consistently return not just for more coaching services, but with any form of paddling related question that requires trust in the source: what equipment to invest in, how to organize a channel crossing, even where to go and find outriggers in South Africa (or five other such countries).  You can check out what clinic participants say for themselves on our testimonial page, and look at John and Jim’s bio pages.

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Jim Foti Athletic Biography

Updated 11/12/12

Birth Date:  December 05, 1966          Height: 5’ 8”          Weight:  160 pounds

Athletic Accomplishments

Outrigger Canoe Paddling

OC-6 - Distance


Molokai Hoe

1st Place: 1995, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2005
2nd Place: 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003
3rd Place:  1991, 2008
4th Place: 1990, 1993, 1999, 2002,2011
5th Place: 1992, 1994, 2006, 2009, 2014
6th Place:  1989, 2007
8th Place:  2013
14th Place: 2012
20th Place: 2010
26th Place: 1986

Queen Liliokalani – Kona Race

1st Place: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2005
3rd Place: 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2000, 2010


Hamilton Cup

1st Place: 1996
3rd Place: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 2005


Catalina Channel

1st  Place: 1992, 2001
2nd  Place: 1993, 2002


Liberty Cup

1sPlace: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001


Hawaiki Nui Va'a

7th Place: 2000
4th Place: 2001 (first place 3rd leg)
6th Place: 2007

OC-6 - Sprints

Hawaii State Championships

Age Group

1st Place:1981, 1982,

Senior Men (Open)

1st Place: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998,  1999, 2000, 2002, 2003,  2004, 2008
2nd Place: 1992, 2001
3rd Place: 2006 

Walter J. McFarlane Race – July 04 – Waikiki

Senior Men

1st Place:  1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2012
*2007 awarded 1st Place career steering wins – 53 total

Hamilton Island – Australia

Hamilton Cup

1st Place: 1995, 1996, 2005
3rd Place: 1990, 1991, 1992

World Sprints

1st Place: 2004
2nd Place: 1994, 1998, 2006

OC-1 Distance

Kaiwi Challenge Relay

1st Place: 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
2nd Place: 1999, 2000
3rd Place: 1994

Catalina Challenge Relay

1st Place: 1998, 2001
3rd Place: 2007

Poai Puni Series

1st Place: 1996

Queen Liliokalani – Kona

1st Place: 1994

Hamilton Cup – Australia

1st Place: 1996
2nd Place: 1995 

Super Aito – Tahiti

4th Place: 1995

VII Periplo di Bergeggi – Savona, Italy

2nd Place: 2000

OC-1 Sprints

Hamilton Cup – Australia

2nd Place: 1996

VII Periplo di Bergeggi – Savona, Italy

1st Place: 2000 

Stand-up Paddling

29th Place Battle of the Paddle – Waikiki 2010

6th Place Molokai to Oahu Relay - 2011

17th Place Quicksilver Paddlefest Surfvivor race 2012


Hawaii High School State Champions 1984

Hawaii Men’s league Champions 1991, 1992, 2004


Ocean Sports, Soccer, Traveling, Reading, Family, Cooking, Eating


Bachelor of Arts - Economics Degree, University of Colorado 1989.  

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