Heiva va’a: power and endurance

Va’a, or traditional outrigger, 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, cadets, juniors and seniors, and much more on the shore to watch them compete

From V1 to V16, the paddlers will have to paddle between 2600 m and 24 km for the longest race. For beyond the passion, it is indeed endurance that the competitors will need.

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 paddlers will have to paddle between 2600 m and 24 km for the longest race. 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.

While only a few make it to the podium, every athlete can be proud to have won this fight against the elements. At the end of these hours of racing, despite the pain and the fatigue, remain the lightness of the teams that glide on the water, the beauty of the sport and the joy of finally crossing the finish line.

Heiva va’a

 

Lagoon races:

Heiva Mata’eina’a va’a

Tehoro site – Mataiea

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 juin

 

Heiva Va’a

Taaone

Thursday 1st to Saturday 3 July

Super Tauati Memorial

« Edouard Maamaatuaiahutapu »

Wednesday 14 July

V16 for men, women, minimes and benjamins.

Race start from the Tehoro site – Mataiea.

Race start for minimes and benjamins: 12:00 PM

Race start for the women: 1:00 PM

Race start for the men: 2:00 PM

Heiva Va’a from Saturday 26 June to Wednesday 14 July

Free admission to all races

For further information +689 40 45 05 44 / www.ftvaa.pf / www.heiva.org