The 2017 inaugural IVF Va’a World Distance Championships are organized under the supervision of the International Va’a Federation according to its approved rules and regulations.

The IVF Va’a World Distance Championship is a new event where member countries can compete against each other every 2 years to be crowned IVF World Distance Champions.

It is the responsibility of each country to be totally familiar with these regulations to best benefit from the competition.


The IVF Va’a World Distance Championships will take place from 27 th June to 30 th June 2017
in Tahiti in the Taaone Bay.

6 categories will be organised in V1 & V6:

  • Junior (U19) Men
  • Junior (U19) Women
  • Open Men
  • Open Women
  • Master 40 Men
  • Master 40 Women

Countries may enter 1 team per category only & 1 individual per V1 category.

The Inaugural IVF World Distance Championship will introduce the first fully Classified IVF World Para Va’a Distance race for V6 & V1.

Besides, the IVF World Distance Championship will be associated to two of the main va’a events in French Polynesia : Te Aito and Heiva Va’a

Competitions 2017 from 7 am to 5 pm
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V6 Event

The event will be 27km (3 x 9km circuit course)
Entries will be from IVF member countries as per IVF race rules.

This event will be held on 27th June 2017 and will be a full medal event for V6 Mixed teams.
– Crews must have a minimum of 2 women athletes
– Classification points per crew will not exceed 15 when VL1= 1pt, VL2= 2pts, VL3= 3pts
– Countries are limited to 1 team

V1 Event
The event will be 18km (2 x 9km circuit course)
Entries will be from IVF member countries as per IVF race rules.
Countries may enter 1 paddler per Classification (VL1, VL2 and VL3)

$100 US per paddler, may be in V6 and V1 events

If your country would like to enter a team (V6) or individual (V1) into the event please email: [email protected]
Entries must be received by 20 February 2017

Note: All athletes will need to be classified prior to the event and classification forms and information can be found on the IVF Website here:

The current para va’a classification system is under review and may change, as soon as we have information regarding any changes this will be relayed to our members countries and notified via our website

Exhibition race

Also at this event there will be an exhibition race that will be 9km long.

Crews will not be classified and teams will be mixed and can include able bodied athletes, Para Va’a Athletes and paddlers with intellectual impairments. This is an opportunity to further introduce more paddlers with disabilities to our sport and provide opportunities for Va’a to be fully inclusive.

Cost: Free entry into the 9km Para Va’a exhibition race only

If your country would like to enter a team or you have individual paddlers who wish to enter into the exhibition please email: [email protected] We are able to combine individuals from around the world to make up team combinations into the exhibition race.

Please note: The 9km Exhibition race will be run at the same time as the classified 27km Para Va’a V6 event.


There will be awards for each event category (1st, 2nd & 3rd)
There will also be an overall Country World Distance Award (1st, 2nd & 3rd)- Calculated on the combined points of countries teams across all events

Tahiti has dedicated accommodation to cater for Para Va’a athletes. Should you require accommodation options please email: [email protected]

Along with the IVF regular rules, please notice the following requirements:

  • Travel insurance is compulsory for every athlete and official entering the competition
  • Visa is required for a number of countries entering Tahiti, a French Overseas Territory of France. Please check your country status before travelling to Tahiti.


Should you have any further questions please contact [email protected]