Humboldt Bay Rowing Association

Eureka, CA




History, Mission & Quick Facts




The Humboldt Bay Rowing Association (HBRA) is a private non-profit, community organization that incorporated in the State of California on October 10, 1989. It also joined the United States Rowing Association (USRowing) as a member earlier that same year, a status it still maintains to this day. Before its members came together to form HBRA, it had been a privately owned program that was started by an ex-coach of the Humboldt State University Rowing Association (HSURA), which was leased to HSU Center Activities in order to provide recreational rowing for the community. As in its earlier days, HBRA stills maintains a close relationship with its sister programs on the bay, the HSU Men’s and Women’s Rowing teams.


Both HBRA and the HSURA were originally located in an old wooden warehouse that was converted to be a boathouse in the mid 1980’s. It was eventually torn down and the site is now the location of the Adorni Recreational Center. It was necessary for both programs relocate several times over the last fifteen years to various sites on the bay. HBRA was finally able to move into the Adorni Center in 1992. Nearly ten years later, by working together, HBRA, the HSU Men’s and Women’s Rowing teams, the City of Eureka and the Humboldt Area Foundation, a new facility that temporarily houses HSU Crew was constructed and completed by the fall of 2002. It is now located on the waterfront north of the Adorni Center by the Samoa Bridge at what is referred to as the “Old Mill Site.”




The mission of HBRA is to utilize its resources, including those of the Humboldt Bay, to provide for our local community, as well as for visitors to our area, the opportunity to participate in the recreation and sport of rowing by providing the equipment, instructions for its use, and membership in the association.


Quick Facts About HBRA


The Humboldt Bay Rowing Association (HBRA) is a non-profit community rowing program and, like its sister clubs, the HSU Rowing Association and the HSU Women’s Crew, we are a member of the US Rowing Association. We provide instruction to individuals of all ages in the skill and art of rowing. HBRA hosts both junior and master competitive teams, as well as opportunities for recreational rowing on an independent level with our recreational sculling program.


How do I get started?

If you have had no previous experience with Olympic-style rowing, there are

two ways to get started. You can take private lessons with an instructor, and become certified

to be an “Independent Rower” or Join one of the club teams. Private Lessons are $100 per

person, and are by appointment with an instructor. Lessons consist of two sessions that are

about 2 hours each.  The club teams can be joined by showing up to one of our Monday

practices.  It is a good idea to contact the coaches before hand.  More information can be

found on the Masters (adults) and Juniors (11-18 year olds) pages.  You can also take one of

our Learn-To-Row clinics during the summer months, offered

for both juniors (13-18) and masters (18+). You will learn to both “sweep” row as well as

sculling on an introductory basis. For more information on upcoming clinics, contact us.



Once you have been certified as a rower, you are eligible to join HBRA. Memberships are $360 a

year, $180 for six months, or $90 for three months. Fees do not include private lessons or team dues. Once you have been certified as an “Independent Rower” and become a member, we give you the combination to the sculling boathouse, which is located in the Adorni Recreational Center in Eureka, and you are allowed access to enter and take out a rowing shell that you are qualified to row, seven days a week, daylight hours, weather permitting, and go for a row on Humboldt Bay.



HBRA owns all of the equipment provided for its members’ use: boats, oars and rowing machines. We have a variety of singles, doubles, and quads for sculling, plus a pair, a four and two eights for sweep rowing. All novice scullers begin in a Training Shell, which is quite stable and very forgiving. From this shell, you can advance into higher-level boats as you become more qualified and your technique and balance improves. The highest level of single is a single racing shell, which is 27 feet long and only 10 ½ inches at the waterline.



HBRA operates out of two boathouses: a small sculling boathouse, located at the Adorni Center next to the HSU Aquatic Center. Our sweep program and ergs are located at the HSU/HBRA Boathouse just upstream from the Adorni Center on Waterfront Drive under the Samoa Bridge.



We are very proud of the number of excellent experienced coaches that we have for our sculling and sweep rowing programs, for both our Masters and Junior rowers. You can read about them at our “Staff” page.


On learning to row

Rowing is a difficult and challenging pursuit- both mentally and physically. Be patient- depending on your fitness level, athletic ability, flexibility, and coach-ability, we all learn at different rates. Rowing is much different from any other water sport: in kayaks and canoes, you can sit down, face forward and sit still. In rowing shells, you utilize your legs as your primary source of power, and engage the trunks and arms (and brain!) as well- all while sitting backwards, balancing on a razor thin line, and moving in synchronicity with the rest of the crew. That being said, it is a full-body, non-impact motion, and as such, requires patience and discipline for success. The work is hard and taxing, but the rewards are many.


Previous Experience

If you are an experienced rower from a college crew or another rowing club you can contact our coaches with any other questions you might have about HBRA, and to arrange for lessons or inquire about our teams. If you have previous sculling experience (row boats do not count!) and feel that you do not require lessons, you will be required to pay an orientation fee, take a shell down to the dock, set it up for rowing, and demonstrate to the instructor your ability to enter the shell, maneuver and return to the dock and exit the shell properly. If you have sweep experience, you can join one of our organized team programs for a trial row based upon coaches’ approval.


Humboldt Bay Rowing Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of rowing for community members of all ages and abilities. HBRA is located in the Adorni Center and the HSU Boathouse on the Eureka Waterfront. Please call 707.677.3214 for further information.