In 24 hours the island of Tahiti will be waking up and preparing itself for the 5th Air France Paddle Festival, up to 300 paddlers will be hitting the beautiful shores of Maeva Beach in the 4km, 8km and 24km event.
As well as all the local amateurs who are paddling for the stoke, there will be a mouth watering the elite race, it will be the perfect opportunity for Tahitian paddlers to pit themselves against all the incoming international stars of the SUP world! Being the first time a large contingent of internationals has competed in Tahiti, we could witness a battle royale as the “Tahitian Warriors” aim to proudly defend their home waters against the “International Superstars”, all of this combined with a US$2500 pay out for the 1st placed ladies and men paddler, plus 100 Paddle League points available, it is due to be battle of the titans!
Photo Credit: Tim Mckenna
The Race Schedule
The day will be begin with the 8km lagoon race, the elite race and then finishing with the fun race!
Lagoon Race: 8 km
Prone Race: 8 km
Elite Race: 24 km
Kids Race: 2 km
Fun Race: 1.5 km
Photo Credit: Georgiasphoto
The confirmed athletes taking part in the elite race
The Elite Race course will be confirmed 30 minutes prior to the start, it will take in both the open ocean and the lagoon, a true test of the paddling skills. The course will be determined by the conditions of the day so tune in early to find out!
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