Be part of the 2019 Edition of the Air Tahiti Nui Paddle Royal Race!

On the 30th  March 2019 International and local paddlers will return to Point Venus beach  for the 5th edition of the Air Tahiti Nui Paddle Royal Race . The event sponsored by Air Tahiti Nui and  Tahitian brand 425 pro will be a truly Polynesian festive experience.

This year the race will be running as part of a regional event part of the Euro Tour as well as  with the French Polynesian surf federation. Organiser Maeva Hargrave told TotalSUP ” It’s a true coming together of all paddle sports!”. Furthmore as part of the Euro Tour 15 elite riders will get their boards sent to Tahiti courtesy of Air Tahiti Nui freight (from Tahiti), arranged by Fred Bonnef from Eurotour!

Other paddlers can receive a discounted rate from 5% to 20% on their air fare, organised by Air Tahiti Nui booking offices from Paris, Japan, New Zealand and Los Angeles.  A fantastic offer from Air Tahiti Nui! Any paddlers or tourist need to fill in registration forms to participate to the the event and need to contact the organiser.

This year’s race builds upon last year’s success gathering a strong group of athletes from Tahiti, the surrounding islands, plus top international athletes such as Georges Cronsteadt, Niuhiti Buillard, Vaimiti Maoni Georges Cronsteadt, Enzo Bennett, Bruno Tauhiro, Niuhiti Buillard, Keoni Sulpice, Heilani Cronstteadt, Vaimiti Moani and Hina Yiou. The Air Tahiti Nui Paddle Royal Race has increased its participation quota by 30%, with space for 240 athletes, compared to 186 in the previous year’s competition owing the success and popularity of the event. The elite race is over 14 KM with 3 buoy turns offering a variety of conditions, flat water mixed with chop, headwinds and a downwind run.  The race will be a challenging and competitive race but fun for participants and spectators alike.

The event is run and organised by the Air Tahiti Nui Paddle Association, the goal of the association and the event is to introduce paddling to those in Air Tahiti Nui, as well as to the Fenua. Another main goal is to help Fenua ambassadors make themselves better known internationally, as well opening up  French Polynesia to international athletes  to take part in the SUP and Prone races.

This year the Air Tahiti Nui Paddle Royal Race  race has introduced an iSUP category for both elite and amateur paddlers. As well as the tama children race, opening up the race to international paddlers travelling with their iSUP,  and encouraging  tourists and residents on the island to get involved.  There is also an all round SUP category, making it a true all round paddle event! An entertainment and event village is planned on the beach, with free activities, and opportunities to test paddle equipment.

The Program for the Air Tahiti Nui Paddle Royal Race is as follows:

  • Elite and Novice Long distance race (iSUP and rigid category)
  • Elite and Novice Long distance prone race
  • Elite Beach Race (iSUP and rigid category)
  • Giant SUP Race (6 paddle team)
  • Tama Race (Childrens race 6 – 11 years old)

This year the Air Tahiti Nui Paddle Royal Race offers a package that includes

  • Air Tahiti Nui air plane ticket
  • and/or Air Tahiti plane ticket for Tahiti and other islands
  • and/or a return ticket to Moorea on the Aremiti ferry (including a visit to the Coral Gardens)
  • Discounted rate for transportation of your iSUP
  • Registration for the Air Tahiti Nui Paddle Royal Race

If you are ready to go contact Nahini at Moana Voyages for holiday packages!

Watch this space for more information on the race!

About the Author

Helen Trehoret

SUP, OC1, V6, Surfski ... and field hockey coaching, Helen is a busy British mother of two who lives in Bretagne, France with a passion for all things Ocean. Helen runs Barrachou SUP, a SUP tour company specialized in excursions around Bretagne and Scotland.

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