Friday 18 November 2011 | Published in Regional
A revamped Vaka Eiva programme for 2011 will mean paddlers will be able to get serious paddling races out of the way early in the week, then go all out and let their hair down with the fun Muri sprints now on the final day of the programme.
Held at picturesque Muri lagoon, the sprints day races are always keenly contested but most importantly, a huge amount of fun!
Feedback over the years has shown that crews look at the sprints day as a fun day, so this year organisers decided to have a format change for the first time in eight years and get all the serious racing out the way during the week, so paddlers and supporters can have more fun than ever on the last day of Vaka Eiva.
All crews will take part in the 500m races in the morning and then in the afternoon the Steinlager Muri Mingler begins where different crews will team up together all ages, all genders, all countries for the fun races including the world famous pop the ama competition.
Steinlager will be offering great spot prizes throughout the Muri Mingler.
For the first time the inaugural Pacific Resort Stand Up Paddle Challenge Relay will be held.
Test your balance and team work skills in this fun relay with Travis Grant Australias number one paddle boarder.
Sails Restaurant and Bar will be open when paddlers arrive serving breakfast goodies followed by lunch. Snacks are available all day long.
Sails will be offering special prices on all food and beverage to paddlers and supporters throughout the day.
To wrap up the week of paddling, a beach party at Sails in Muri Beach has been organised for paddlers and supporters to let loose until the early hours of Saturday morning.
There will be a string band, cultural performances and a couple of surprises followed by dancing the rest of the night away.
For those leaving on Friday night flights, there is an hourly bus service to take you back to your accommodation before you head out to the airport. Have a blast, but be safe no drinking and driving.