A new Va’a International event :

In February 2015 the city of Pirae is selected by the International Va’a Federation (IVF) to host the Va’a 2018 World Championships. To organize this event, the Local Organizing Committee, Tahiti Va’a 2018, is created the same year.

With an ambitious team, and aware of untapped potential, the LOC proposes the creation of a new World Championship based on a long distance format. This is how the 1st Va’a Marathon World Championships are born !

Organized in the Bay of Taaone from 27 to 30 June 2017, they mark the history of Va’a by multiplying records and innovations.

Innovations : 

  • The setting up of a hospitality system which deals with the organization of the stay of foreigners expected for the Va’a competitions (renewed for the 18th edition of the Va’a World Championships – Speed 
  • Extended media coverage through a broadcast of all the races on the Web and more than 20 hours of live TV
  • The setting up of an exhibition race which allowed people with a mental handicap to participate for the first time in an official race of the International Va’a Federation (IVF)
  • A Fan Zone dedicated to welcoming the public around spaces promoting the Va’a industry, local crafts and also interactive stands.
  • The realization of the first official song of an event of the International Va’a Federation (IVF)
  • This new international competition will be held every two years. The International Va’a Federation (IVF) has already noted that the next edition will take place in 2019 in Australia.


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