Canadians jet in for Vaka Eiva

Tuesday November 15, 2016 Written by Published in Paddling

CANADIAN team Wai Nui O Kanaka is the first international side to touch the Rarotonga shores for the Matson Vaka Eiva 2016, which starts with the official opening ceremony this Friday.


One of the regulars to the annual meet, the team arrived into the country over the weekend for another year of paddling fun under the sun.

Vaka Eiva coordinator Chrissy Thomas said Wai Nui O Kanaka tested the waters during practice and were looking forward to the competition.

“They have had some practice since arriving in Rarotonga and are trying to acclimatise to the conditions here before the actual event starts,” Thomas said.

“Wai Nui O Kanaka is one of the regulars to the event and we are pleased to have them back for this year’s Vaka Eiva.”

The Vaka Eiva is a perfect getaway for this Canadian side who look forward to escaping the cold winter to spend a month in the Cook Islands.

After the Vaka Eiva, Wai Nui O Kanaka will compete in the Motu to Motu on Aitutaki.

Apart from Canada, teams from New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, USA, Hawaii, Singapore and Tonga are also heading to Rarotonga for the week-long event.

“The remaining overseas teams are expected to arrive in the next couple of days. By Wednesday, we hope to have all the overseas teams in,” Thomas said.

            - Rashneel Kumar

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