Perfect conditions greeted the 90 paddlers as they raced across the iconic Aitutaki lagoon for the annual Motu2Motu race now in its fourth year.
The mixed teams were made up of paddlers from Canada, the UK, USA, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand and of course local paddlers with an even balance of power between them.
Stephen Doherty who along with wife Poppy run the popular oe vaka event said by mixing the international paddlers with the locals is especially good for the young paddlers.
“For a lot of the Aitutaki juniors the opportunity for them to paddle with these international crews is a huge learning curve,” he said.
Mixing the paddlers encourages new friendships that enhances the experience of the Motu2Motu race he added.
The 36km changes course includes seven legs and six change overs for the mixed crews.
The fun but tough race began from the Arutanga wharf around 1.30pm and finished at Ootu Beach late in the afternoon.
Results of the race will be in tomorrow’s edition of Cook Islands News.