While registration of the paddlers is still underway, the logistics and other relevant details have been sorted for the week-long paddling feast.
The 12th edition of the annual event will have about 700 paddlers, volunteers and spectators participating.
Event coordinator Chrissy Thomas said they were ready to host the visiting and local paddlers in the competition regarded as one of the best in the region.
“Everything is running on track. We have had some registrations done already and more are expected tomorrow (today) especially the local ones,” Thomas said.
Excitement has starting to kick in with teams doing their last minute tests before the race starts tomorrow.
Australia dominates the overseas participants with New Zealand, Hawaii, USA, Fiji, Canada and Samoa adding to the total visitor numbers.
About 140 juniors had registered for the Oe Mapu division which will be held in under-14, U16 and U19 grades.
Yesterday, the volunteers had their briefing where they were divided into groups and allocated tasks.
Thomas said they had 60 volunteers who would assist them in the registration of paddlers, moving of canoes, taking care of rubbish, among other tasks.