While most paddlers at this year’s Vaka Eiva event were challenged by the tough conditions, two paddlers in particular had a bit more on their plate.
After two days of racing in unfavourable weather the mapu Vaka Eiva paddlers were treated to a night of fun, laughter and celebration at Tuesday night’s wrap up.
Strong 35km an hour winds and high sea swells made for tough Vaka Eiva paddling conditions for both safety crews and paddlers in yesterday’s six man vaka Iron Challenge race.
Vakas lined the beach in front of Sails Restaurant yesterday as the mapu Vaka Eiva paddlers took on the elements at the junior’s race day in Muri.
Vaka Eiva continues to prove its high safety standards with safety crews for the event being acknowledged for their valuable work on day one of the paddling festival. Saturdays OC1 and V1 races marked the first day of the week long Vaka Eiva event with some 600 participants on the island to compete.