Va'a News

Women's V6 Team Guam

A change of course but no change in medal placings

The fourth and final day of the XIIIth South Pacific Games Va'a Regatta was welcomed with blue skies and lighter winds than earlier in the competition. The V6 women's twenty kilometre race launched on a low tide at 10am and was followed by the men's thirty kilometre event which concluded the regatta.more
Palau V6 Team

Gold to Tahiti but guts from Palau

There were few changes to the weather conditions on day three of the South Pacific Games (SPG) Va'a Regatta. With strong winds and rough water, the marathon events required not just well honed fitness levels for endurance, but refined paddling skills to navigate the course.more

Tahiti dominates sprint events

The South Pacific Games Va'a Sprint Events were completed today in windy conditions at Mulifanoua Reserve. Tahiti dominated the medal winnings for the sprint events laying claim to six gold in total but not without a challenge from the other competitors.more

World champion claims gold in women's sprint

The current women's V1 500m Sprint world champion from Tahiti, claimed gold in today's final in the same event. This win marks Tehiva Evangelique's second South Pacific Games gold medal.more
Pubois Taaroa of Tahiti

Tahiti junior takes gold in men's sprint

Pubois Taaroa of Tahiti powered through the rough conditions at Mulifanoua Reserve to claim gold in the South Pacific Games Va'a Regatta. In the V1 500m sprint event the Tahitian finished with a time thirteen seconds slower than his qualifying speed but outstroked his opponents to clearly take first place.more

No surprises on day 2 of Va'a

The 500m V6 Sprint heats launched the second day of the Va'a regatta and ended with few suprises.more
V6 Canoe at Mulifanoua Reserve

Weathering the challenges at SPG Va'a

Rowers were met with sunny but very windy conditions on day two of the South Pacific Games Va'a Regatta. Whilst visibility had improved from day one, the wind was causing rough water for the rowers as well as organizational difficulties for the competition operators on land.more

Tahiti claims first gold at Va'a Regatta

The first gold medals of the Va'a South Pacific Games (SPG) Regatta were a replication of those from the IIXth games held in Fiji. Unsurprisingly, the Tahitian's claimed the gold medal in both the men and women's 2500m V6 sprint event.more

First time Tokelauans enjoy the games

The XIIIth South Pacific Games mark the first time that Tokelau has entered a Va'a Team for competition. Despite not being the strongest of competitors the team is relishing their time at the games.more

Tahiti the favourites sprinting into the finals

The first day of rain during the South Pacific Games also heralded the first day of competition for the Va'a Regatta. Despite the grey skies there were many bright faces ready to compete and watch at Mulifanoua Reserve, Aggies Greys Resort.more

Schedules for SPG Va'a released

The competition, training and technical schedules for the South Pacific Games Va'a Regatta have now been released.more
Xylo Blade manufactured paddle

New paddles for a competitive edge

Last week twenty three new competition-grade paddles arrived in a shipment from Australia. Previously team members have been using their personal paddles or training paddles during competitions but these new blades are expected to give the team a competitive edge.more

Tokelau arrive for SPG

The first of the SPG Va'a Regatta competitors arrive in Samoa.more
Stau, Malo, Upu, Maletina, Betty and Daph...making waves in Pago Harbour

Samoa's Women's Team Stroke out the Competition

The National Women's team put in a great performance during an Inter-Island Outrigger Regatta held in American Samoa on the 20th July.more
SOCA President Cam Wendt with the National WomenÂ’s team and members of the Manu Samoa after their paddling session, 7 Jul 07

Manu Samoa Paddle Around

Recently, eight members of Samoa's national rugby team, Manu Samoa, joined the Samoa Outrigger Canoeing Association in a training session.more
Va'a Race Site

Va'a Course for SPG 2007

A quick look at the proposed course layout for this year's SPG Va'a event courtesy of Colin Philips.more

Prime Minister hands over Va'a for 2007 SPG

The Prime Minister delivered the keynote address for the handing over of the 16 'V1' and 16 'V6' for the 2007 South Pacific Games.more

New Gear Awaiting a Baptism of Fire

A complete new fleet of V6 and V1 Outrigger Canoes are now ready and awaiting a babptism of fire in what is shaping up to be one of the most competitive outrigger regattas ever held at the South Pacific Games.more

Samoa V6 Women Hammer it

The Samoan Women's V6 are working hard with their new boats to prepare for the might of Tahiti and the rest of the Pacific.more

13 Countries Confirm for Samoa 2007

An impressive 13 Countries have indicated that they will take part in the Outrigger competition at the 2007 Samoa South Pacific Games.

This fast growing sport will be held in one of the most picturesque venues in the Pacific and is sure to attract much local interest.

Entry By Name lists will be posted this week.more

SOCA - Preparing Samoan athletes for Gold!

The Samoa Outrigger Canoe Association (SOCA) is well prepared for the upcoming South Pacific Games. SOCA has recently appointed two outstanding National Coaches to oversee the training of the women's and men's outrigger canoeing teams.more
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