Paddle Power

Monday May 25, 2015 Written by Staff Reporter Published in Paddling
Paddle Power

Mixed weather greeted rising and experienced paddlers in Saturday’s Te Aito Cook Islands which drew the paddling community together at Avarua harbour.

Ngakau Toa Vaka rising junior paddler Otea Tommy (pictured) was the pick of the under 19 ten kilometre race, winning in 1.04.09 followed by fellow club female paddler Ioana Puna in 1.09.35.

In the open men’s division, one of Tahiti’s top paddlers Raunui Makiroto took the overall award finishing the 24km race in 2.28.12 followed in second by local lad Andre Tutaka-George of the Te Tupu club in a time of 2.32.18.  Tupuna Amo crossed the finish line in 2.34.33 to claim third place.

As predicted, elite local female athlete Serena Hunter was in a league of her own when she smashed the 14km women’s course in 1.40.02 to take top honours, with Vaea Melvin taking out second in 2.01.07. Third went to Emilene Taulu of the Te Tupu club in 2.05.01. More photos and results and report apopo. Meitaki maata to Salt Film for the image.

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