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.