A blustery and cold afternoon couldn’t keep families and novice athletes away from the Manureva Aquafest at Muri Lagoon on Saturday afternoon.
DJ Josh and Tutai set the scene with smooth R&B music while athletes of all sizes and ages stretched and slipped into their sporting paraphernalia.
Then it was fun for all, with kids’ stand-up paddle board and relay bike races, adult paddleboard and the “ultimate water woman, and ultimate water man” swimming events off the beach.
In a fun event, two mixed teams of: men, women and children, raced to build a human pyramid, while balancing on a giant stand-up paddle board, nicknamed “Te Taniwha, out in the middle of the lagoon.
They first had to be paddled across to the giant board, one at a time, by a designated paddle boarder, who had to knock back a drink before each trip.
Competitors who successfully got all of their team across to Te Taniwha and made the best-looking pyramid, won.
There were market stalls and spot prizes, for people wanting to have fun, but without getting wet. One lucky punter took home an Air Raro scenic flight for two.
The grand-finale was the kitesurfing exhibition which kicked off around 5pm. Kitesup Rarotonga’s owner, Ina Nooroa, took the event to another level, setting records for all kinds of kitesurfing.
There were plenty of laughs as he kitesurfed on a collapsible plastic table, and then sitting on a chair (on a paddleboard), as well as with a giant inflatable jandal strapped to his back.
Although the 20-knot plus wind would have been annoying to some visitors, it provided perfect conditions for kitesurfers to perform their aerial stunts for all to enjoy.
The festival usually takes place over a week, but this year was condensed into a fun-packed few hours on Saturday afternoon.
Kitesup Rarotonga’s Arry Georgiou, said next year the festival would return to a week-long event on Aitutaki.
After six months of lobbying by concerned locals, give way signs have finally been erected at the Avatiu roundabout.
Multiple thefts were reported to police this week in Rarotonga, with some tourists targeted while they slept nearby.