This is a sport that brings together its share of enthusiasts, on land and sea. The va’a races bring together nearly a thousand participants, men and women, under-18, juniors and seniors, who come forth at the end of long months of intense training. For beyond the passion, it is indeed endurance that the competitors will need. From V1 to V16, the rowers will have to paddle between 2600 m and 24 km for the longest race. Au terme de ces heures de courses, malgré la souffrance et la fatigue, restent surtout la légèreté des équipages qui filent et glissent sur l’eau, la beauté du sport et la joie d’arriver enfin.
Once on the water, many qualities are needed to lead one’s outrigger to victory: from the weight of the canoe – which can weigh up to 200 kg – to the force of the swell, the direction of the currents to the wind, observation is equally essential for choosing the best route.
At the end of these hours of racing, despite the pain and the fatigue, remain the lightness of the crews that glide on the water, the beauty of the sport and the joy of finally crossing the finish line.
Va’a Roto, Tehoro site – Mataiea
Heiva Mata’eina’a Va’a
welcoming ‘Ōrero, prayer and speech by the Mayor and personalities at 7 AM,
installation of the jury at 7:30 AM, first race starts at 8 AM: V3 and V6.
Sunday 30 June
installation of the jury at 8 AM, first race starts at 10 AM: V1 and V16.
Va’a Tua, Vairai Park, Punaauia
Thursday 20 june
Va’a weighing from 8 AM to 2 PM.
Friday 21 june
Installation of the jury at 7:30 AM, race starts at 9 AM (Vairai Park> Papeete Pass > Vairai Park = 25km)
Taure’a, Va’ahine and Mātuatua Va’ahine
Saturday 22 june
Fa’ati Moorea (Vairai Park> Round Moorea > Vairai Park = 89km): race starts at 8 AM: male seniors and veterans.
Estimated arrival time of the first va’a: 2:30 PM.
Super Tau’ati Memorial “Edouard Maamaatuaiahutapu”
Sunday 14 July
V16 for men and women, U14 and U16.
Departure from Tehoro site in Mataiea.
Race start for U14 and U16: 12 PM
Race start for women: 1 PM
Race start for men: 2 PM
Heiva Va’a from Friday 28 to Sunday 14 July 2019
Free admission to all races
For further information: +689 40 45 05 44 www.ftvaa.pf / www.heiva.org