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AIRFRANCE Paddle Festival

Stand-up Paddle has been established for almost ten years as a real sport other than a trendy leisure and still continues to grow. It has become a vector of challenges with many followers from around the world.


In the news, a man has just crossed the Atlantic with a SUP in 93 days. Women are mobilizing and fighting against cancer by practicing SUP. Whether practiced on the lake, in the river, in the open sea or the waves, competition or leisure, SUP is an accessible, diversified, playful sport for all.

In Tahiti, where the values of paddling are ancestral, this lifestyle takes an increasingly prominent place. Today, this lifestyle is transgenerational, fun and is practiced by the whole family at different levels of involvement. A must have!

PRESENTATION OF THE EVENT

Thanks to many record participants and successful editions since its creation, this paddle Festival has become an unmissable event in Polynesia, the Pacific and even abroad. Elected as "Best SUP Event of the year 2015" by SUP Connect, it will be in 2017 the fourth step of the SUP Race International racing circuit counting for the world ranking.

The Air France Paddle Festival is now part of the very closed circle of the world circuit, selected from thousands of races across the globe.

For this year the Paddle Festival will offer a maximum of novelties to offer even more pleasure to the participants, the spectators, and the partners.

In addition to its sporting and recreational vocation and a great promotion for French Polynesia throughout the world, this 2017 festival will allow athletes and families to excel and discover the values of this sport, which is on its way to becoming an Olympic discipline.

Save the date, the Saturday 8th of April 2017, in Tahiti, the 4th - Air France Paddle Festival

Focus on the previous edition: 2016

The Air France Paddle Festival 2016 has managed to bring together four times more people around this sport than ever before. On average, a SUP competition brings together 50 to 70 competitors in French Polynesia.

• 337 competitors.

• Prize Money of US $ 27 000.

• 4 Races, SUP & Prone.

• 1st South Pacific Race in a number of competitors.

• A SUP event counting for the world ranking Supracer.

• A SUP event counting for the championship of Polynesia.

• A Prone event counting for the championship of Polynesia.

• Free Innovative Challenges throughout the day.

• Over 350 people Initiated free of charge to the SUP

• A SUP village with more than 2500 spectators.

• A live show on TV and the web followed all over the world.

• A broadcast on live on Giant Screen in the village.

• Free entertainment on the village

• A Facebook page with over 5700 fans.

4th step of the SUP Racer race calendar

2017 PROGRAM

An event for all, beginners, children as well as confirmed, with several levels of disciplines and free entertainments.

For the challenge:

- ELITE Race: SUP Race in Ocean & Lagoon (24 km)

- PRONE Race: Prone Race in Lagoon (8 km)

For the leisure:

- LAGOON Race: SUP Race in Lagoon (8 km)

- KIDS Race: SUP Race in Lagoon (2 km)

For fun:

- Fun Race : Relay race in lagoon ( 3 x 0,5 km)

- SUP POLO Contest: Polo with Stand Up Paddle

For the discovery:

- Introduction to SUP: Introductory Course

For the Kids:

- Inflatable Slide

For the atmosphere:

- SUP Challenges

- SUP Village & entertainments

RACES SCHEDULE OF THE DAY

LAGOON RACE

8.30 am: Start LAGOON RACE at Paofai (PPT)

10.00 am: Arrival time estimated of LAGOON RACE at Punaauia (Maeva Beach)

PRONE RACE

8.45 am: Start PRONE RACE at Paofai (PPT)

10.15 am: Arrival time estimated of PRONE RACE at Punaauia (Maeva Beach)

ELITE RACE

11.30 am: Start ELITE RACE at Punaauia (Maeva Beach

02.30 pm: Arrival time estimated of ELITE RACE at Punaauia (Maeva Beach)

KIDS RACE

12.15 pm: Start KIDS RACE at Punaauia (Maeva Beach)

01.15 pm: Arrival time estimated of KIDS RACE à Punaauia (Maeva Beach)

FUN RACE

03.15 pm: Start FUN RACE at Punaauia (Maeva Beach)

04.15 pm: Arrival time estimated of FUN RACE at Punaauia (Maeva Beach)

RACES: INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION

The price includes registration for the race, 1 T.shirt, a meal pack and a drink.

To register for races (Elite Race, Prone Race, Lagoon Race and Kids Race), you must pay for your registration and provide either:

- A copy of 2017 of federation registration (license) of SURF or SUP from your original country as a competitor.

OR

- For the NON-MEMBERS of any 2017 SURF or SUP federation, you need to provide a medical certificate for the practice of the Stand-up paddle or the Prone in competition, to which you will add a one-day civil liability and Individual Accident per person insurance of 500 XPF.

HOW TO REGISTER ONLINE:

https://www.weezevent.com/air-france-paddle-festival-2017

INFORMATION:

www.facebook.com/airfrance.paddlefestival

RACE: TEAM REGISTRATION (FUN RACE)

The price includes registration for the race, 1 T.shirt and a drink.

To register for the Team Race (FUN Race), you must pay for your registration and provide either:

- A copy of 2017 of federation registration (license) of SURF or SUP from your original country as a competitor.

OR

- For the NON-MEMBERS of any 2017 SURF or SUP federation, you need to subscribe to a one-day civil liability and Individual Accident per person insurance in the amount of 500 XPF.

HOW TO REGISTER ONLINE:

https://www.weezevent.com/air-france-paddle-festival-2017

INFORMATION:

www.facebook.com/airfrance.paddlefestival

NEW SITE FOR THE VILLAGE

Air France Paddle Festival 2017 Village

OPEN: 8.30 am Ex Maeva Beach (Punaauia)

CLOSED: 5.30 pm Ex Maeva Beach (Punaauia)

A lot more space with a white sandy beach

FREE PARKING

THE RACES

• Lagoon Race : 8 km

• Prone race : 8 km

• Elite Race : 24 km

• Kids Race : 2 km

• Fun Race : 1,5 km (3 people. = relay 3 x 500m)

LAGOON RACE: 8 km

Paofai – Ex Maeva Beach

Race in Lagoon: Glide and effort clear water lagoon.

Level: INTERMEDIATE

START: 8.30 am Paofai (Papeete)

Arrival Estimated at 10.00 am Ex Maeva Beach (Punaauia)

PRONE RACE : 8 km

Paofai – Ex Maeva Beach

Race in Lagoon: Glide and effort clear water lagoon.

Level: GOOD LEVEL

START: 8.45 am Paofai (Papeete)

Arrival Estimated at 10.15 am Ex Maeva Beach (Punaauia)

ELITE RACE: 24 Km

Ex Maeva Beach - Ex Maeva Beach

Race Mixing Pacific Ocean and Lagoon: Technique and surfing in the open sea + gliding and effort in the lagoon.

Level: ELITE

START: 11.30 an Ex Maeva Beach (Punaauia)

Arrival estimated at 02.30 pm Ex Maeva Beach (Punaauia)

Two possible ways for this 24 km loop. The direction of the race will be decided at least 30 minutes before the start. It will depend on of the conditions weather.

KIDS RACE: 2 Km

Ex Maeva Beach - Punaauia

Race in Lagoon: Race for Kids (under 14) with two loops of km.

(The kid must be under 14 the day of the Race)

Level: Intermediate

Start: 12.15 pm Ex Maeva Beach (Punaauia)

Arrival Estimated at 01.15 pm Ex Maeva Beach (Punaauia)

FUN RACE : Relay 3 x 0,5 Km

Ex Maeva Beach - Punaauia

Race in Lagoon: Race in a relay with three people with three loops of 0,5 km.

(at least one woman per team)

ATTENTION

If the team is disguised, your starting line will be advanced up to 50 m compared to undisguised competitors.

START: 03.15 pm Ex Maeva Beach (Punaauia)

Arrival Estimated at 04.15 pm Ex Maeva Beach (Punaauia)

ENTERTAINMENT

FREE entertainment throughout the day.

FREE INTRODUCTORY COURSES with loan of material

SUP CHALLENGES with loan of material

INFLATABLE SLIDE (For Kids)

MUSIC with a DJ

WIDE SCREEN to follow the race live

SUP VILLAGE : The entire universe of the SUP with the biggest brands represented.

SOCREDO CHALLENGE

A Big SUP DUAL Race by team of 6 people

Many gifts to win !!

Ride BIG SUP in team is an art,

And very fun !!!

CHALLENGE VINI

A technical slalom with difficulties to perform in record time.

Many gifts to win !!

FUN Guaranteed for young and old !!

SUP POLO CONTEST

Ex Maeva Beach - Punaauia

SUP Polo Contest: Polo on Stand Up Paddle

Three people vs. three people

Level: Leisure (Has already practiced the Stand-up Paddle)

START: 10.00 am Ex Maeva Beach (Punaauia)

FINISH: 04.00 pm Ex Maeva Beach (Punaauia)

INTRODUCTORY COURSES

Ex Maeva Beach - Punaauia

Initiation: FREE INTRODUCTORY COURSES with loan of material

Level: Beginner (never practiced the Stand-up Paddle)

Start: 8.30 am Ex Maeva Beach (Punaauia)

Finish: 03.00 pm Ex Maeva Beach (Punaauia)

LIVE SHOW ON TV & WEB

A live broadcast on Television and Internet for the Elite Race TV & WEB ON LIVE

For the second time in Polynesia, a Stand-up Paddle race will be broadcast live on TV and the internet.

Thanks to the foreign media partners who host the link, it will be possible to follow the race live all over the world!

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