Nish-Pombo Memorial OC & SUP Paddle Race

Saturday November 14th, 2015

Presented by 

Kana Lui Miami Outrigger Canoe Club, Coco Plum Navy Sup Group 

and Blue World Paddle Surf and Skate.

 The Nish Pombo will honor the lives of local paddlers Mike Nishihara and Andres Pombo

The race will be held at Virginia Key Beach Park and paddlers (both Outrigger and SUP) will paddle distances ranging from 2.5-10 miles. The outrigger course will take paddlers along Brickell Key, Fisher Island, and around Virginia Key. The Sup race will feature a recreational race of 2.5 miles and a elite race of 6.5 miles. 

 Race is open to all participants of all levels and ages.


Our friend and fellow Kana Lui Outrigger paddler Mike Nishihara passed away in September 2007. At the time, we named our new (red) canoe “Mike ‘Nish’ Nishihara” and we organized a memorial paddle and lei ceremony on the water to pay our respects. In the spring of 2008 we held the first Nish Memorial race and Luau attended by his mother Rose and sister Beth. We blessed the canoe and Beth performed beautiful chants to honor Mike. Since then, we have held an annual race in his honor. 


On August 21st, 2015 we lost fellow Sup Paddler and Waterman, Andres Pombo. He was to participate in the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge, which is a huge downwind race in Oregon. During a practice run he got separated from his Fanatic SUP teammates. He was a pillar in the SFL paddle community. He was more than just another athlete. He was a giver, a gentleman someone you could count on. His happiness was contagious and the hole he left will be a tough one to fill. He was an intricate part in establishing the Special Olympics 305SUP team. Originally from Uruguay, he lived in Miami and is survived by his loving wife Luz Angela, parents and brother. The SUP community suffered a great loss that day but also learned a valuable lesson regarding water safety.

Equipment Requirements:
Each SUP participant must wear a USCG-approved PFD (life jacket).
Each participant/Canoe must also carry a signaling devise such as a whistle.
Leash required for all SUP no exceptions 

100% of the SUP Paddler proceeds from this year’s race will benefit  

Special Olympics Florida-Miami Dade County 305SUP team

7am Park opens 

7am-8am Set Up

730am Check in begins/Canoe SUP drop off  

830am Blessing and Race course/Captains meeting 

9am: Women's OC6 race ( 10 miles)

9.10am: SUP Elite

10am: Mixed OC6 race ( 6 miles) 

11am:  Mens OC6 race begins (10 miles)

11.10 am SUP Rec race begin

11.30 SUP Special Olympics & kids

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Steven Bernstein7SUP 14'18-49Guy
Johnnie Manfrediz10SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Willy Mendez12SUP 14'50+Guy
Brooks Miller13SUP 14'50+Guy
Rachel Ferguson Chase14SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Stephen Chase15SUP 14'18-49Guy
Jaime Ocampo17SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Jen Hulett19SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Neil Uden21SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Misty Willard24SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Michael Alcalde28SUP 14'18-49Guy
Ronald Kritzler30SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
John Meskauskas36SUP 14'18-49Guy
Frank Goldstein38SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Mike Mullen41SUP 12'6"50+Guy
David Dean45SUP 14'50+Guy
Paolo Ameglio46SUP 14'18-49Guy
Courtney Turney49SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Gary Rancourt52SUP 14'50+Guy
Joey Kolisch53SUP 14'50+Guy
Roseanne Berger58SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Daniel Pena62SUP 14'18-49Guy
Alberto Artagaveytia65SUP 14'50+Guy
Christian Goerloff68SUP 14'18-49Guy
Travis Kindt73SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Josh Smart76SUP 14'18-49Guy
Jessica Cichra77SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Aleksandra Malinska78SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Jake Graham80SUP 14'18-49Guy
Camilo Marmol81SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Alan Montgomery85SUP 14'50+Guy
Telsys Tarallo99SUP Under 12'6"18-49Girl
Gary Rosenkrantz100SUP 14'50+Guy
Keel Bailey101SUP 14'18-49Guy
Jose Arriaga102SUP Under 12'6"50+Guy
Adam Pollock103SUP 14'18-49Guy
David Patlan104SUP 14'18-49Guy
Chris Baker106SUP 12'6"50+Guy
James Brown109SUP 14'50+Guy
Bobby Capwell110SUP 14'50+Guy
Marco Fesposito111SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Sey Chelle112SUP 14'18-49Girl
Catherine Uden114SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Jeff Berry117SUP 14'18-49Guy
Steve Miller119SUP 14'18-49Guy
Nessa Brunton121SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Fernando Martinez125SUP 14'18-49Guy
Vincent Milner1OC6OpenGuy
Alex Menkos3OC6OpenGuy
Kevin Fitzmaurice5OC6OpenGuy
Conrad Garcia6OC6OpenGuy
John Murillo9OC6OpenGuy
Grant Rawson40OC6OpenGuy
Kyle Seaton51OC6OpenGuy
Allen Hanaike54OC6OpenGuy
Jorge Perez55OC6OpenGuy
Jonathan Engelhardt56OC6OpenGuy
Dana Davies57OC6OpenGuy
Diego Palmieri64OC6OpenGuy
Pam Korotky74OC6OpenGuy
Karol Batansky75OC6OpenGuy
Will Murphy84OC6OpenGuy
Steve O'malley92OC6OpenGuy
Henrique Tavares93OC6OpenGuy
David Fletcher94OC6OpenGuy
Fernando Amuchestegui95OC6OpenGuy
Ian Nicholls96OC6OpenGuy
Harold Ospina98OC6OpenGuy
Mark Weinzierl118OC6OpenGuy
Kai Aniani Clearwater129OC6OpenGuy
Kanalui Miami130OC6OpenGuy
Lanakili Iki Fort Lauderdale131OC6OpenGuy
Aixa Ramos4OC6OpenGirl
Paquita Zuidema44OC6OpenGirl
Vered Yakovee63OC6OpenGirl
Julitza Aldana69OC6OpenGirl
Leyla Vargas71OC6OpenGirl
Larissa Trujillo87OC6OpenGirl
Gina Isolina88OC6OpenGirl
Jeniffer Peters89OC6OpenGirl
Pam Borden90OC6OpenGirl
Rossy Gilchrist91OC6OpenGirl
Beverly Sorrels97OC6OpenGirl
Vivian Caro124OC6OpenGirl
Kanalui Miamif132OC6OpenGirl
Lanakili Iki Fort Lauderdalef133OC6OpenGirl
Anita Allen2OC6OpenMixed
Sue Lopez39OC6OpenMixed
Grant Rawson40OC6OpenMixed
Brian Mapes42OC6OpenMixed
David Bouck43OC6OpenMixed
Mario Espinosa48OC6OpenMixed
Joey Huempfner37SUP 12'6"17UGuy
Conrad Garcia61SUP 12'6"17UGuy
Irma Price8SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Girl
Scott Corneilsen11SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Guy
Jene Kapela16SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Girl
Mike Molinari18SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Guy
Andrea Schliessman20SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Girl
Konrad Korzeniowski22SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Guy
Dawn Pelo23SUP Under 12'6"Open (All Ages)Girl
Matt Wiggin25SUP Under 12'6"Open (All Ages)Guy
Stephanie Lamenta26SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Girl
Melissa Mcintyre27SUP Under 12'6"Open (All Ages)Girl
Aymee Vasquez29SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Girl
Ines Apolo31SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Girl
Amanda Bonifay32SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Girl
Kathy Donatto33SUP Under 12'6"Open (All Ages)Girl
Melissa Roca34SUP Under 12'6"Open (All Ages)Girl
Jeanna Bunting35SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Girl
Heather Hill47SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Girl
Mike Turney50SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Guy
George Sturgis Iv59SUP Under 12'6"Open (All Ages)Guy
Connor Sturgis60SUP Under 12'6"Open (All Ages)Guy
Tracy Kohn66SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Girl
Joshua Kohn67SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Guy
Nathalie Zenny70SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Girl
Eugenio Coca Mir72SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Guy
Jeanine Fernandez82SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Girl
Robert Hubsch83SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Guy
Dylan Geiger86SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Guy
Evey Hammond107SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Girl
Terri Arkin108SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Girl
Will Connaughton113SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Guy
Bodhi Uden115SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Guy
Alex Pelkey120SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Guy
Johannys Respeto122SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Girl
Jim Bennett123SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Guy
Cristina Boeri126SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Girl
Brad Hallock127SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Guy
Mab Mab128SUP RaceboardOpen (All Ages)Girl
Matthew Lynskey79AllOpen (All Ages)Guy
Lacie Flynn105AllOpen (All Ages)Girl
Bill Whiddon116AllOpen (All Ages)Guy

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

Virginia Key Beach Park
4020 Virginia Beach Dr, Key Biscayne FL 33149
Park Website:


Nov 14, 2015


Virginia Key, Miami-Dade County, FL