Paddlers party after tough racing

Monday December 04, 2017 Written by Published in Paddling
The Avarua Teachers string band performs at the Paddles Up Party. 17120321 The Avarua Teachers string band performs at the Paddles Up Party. 17120321

The 2017 Matson Vaka Eiva came to a perfect end with the Paddles Up Party on Friday night at the Avarua harbour car park.

 

Paddlers enjoyed a deserved party after a hard week of battling testing conditions on the water.

The winners were also presented with their prizes at the Paddles Up Party.

Vaka Eiva is arguably the biggest event on the Cook Islands sporting calendar with the inclusion of paddlers from right across the sunny Pacific region and the cold snowy regions of Canada and Europe.

It features a week-long paddling festival, ending with the round the island change race which this year was reduced to a 30km race because of adverse weather conditions.

The ultimate paddling prizes are the coveted Pacific Cup and Pacific Paddle trophies for the open men and women’s changes race which went to Boiler Boys (Te Tupu) and Ngakau Toa Vaka, respectively.

 

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