Paddlers from the Cook Islands and overseas battled rough conditions on the opening day of the 2017 Matson Vaka Eiva competition. The testing weather which one visitor said borded on “cyclonic”, meant the races were shortened by nearly 50 per cent. Below are the results from the opening day of the one of the top sporting events in the Cook Islands.
Saturday saw the opening on the annual 2017 Matson Vaka Eiva paddling competition. Despite the tough conditions, which one spectator described as “cyclone-like”, the brave men and women paddlers were undaunted. Although the races were shortened for safety reasons, the spirits of the competitors and supporters was not diminished.
Later this month, the under-15 Cook Islands sevens team will travel to New Zealand to again take part in one of the top age grade competitions in New Zealand, the U-15 Condor Sevens tournament.