Monthly Archives: May 2014

First Hine Paddler

We’re privileged to welcome our first “Hine” paddler to Team Strongarm.  At 14 years old, Koha-Alofa Vitolio, is certainly a young woman on the rise.  Having successfully competed in the Canada World Sprints in 2012, winning three gold medals with the Tiare Maori J16 Womens Team, and with Regional and National Junior Titles hanging on the wall, Koha has certainly achieved a lot at such a young age.

In 2013, Koha competed at Te Aito in Tahiti, with the honour of being in the Top 10 Te Aito Tahiti Cadets (6th Member) 2013.

Koha-Alofa is well supported by her whanau and friends from Cook Island Outriggers Club in Auckland, New Zealand.

She now has her sights set on moving to the next level, as the recent winner of the Aotearoa Aito J19’s, she will be heading back to Tahiti in July 2014 to compete in Te Aito Cadet and Open Womens Division.

Welcome again Koha, we’re absolutely stoked to have you in the Team!


Tupuria Te Aito Adventure

As Tupuria King heads to New Caledonia to compete in their Te Aito race, he’s been preparing well.  Following his Aotearoa Aito win, Tupu has followed this up with a win at the Aussie Aito on the Gold Coast last week.

Tupu’s training is starting to shine through, and he is definitely on another level since last year.  We’ll be watching him closely as he heads to Tahiti in July!

Kaiwi Solo 2014

Congratulations to Mario Mausino for his 12th place finish at the Pa’a Kaiwi OC1 Championships, and a big thanks for taking Strongarm into the channel again.  We’re also stoked to have Stephen Roulston and young Kekoa Kaho’okele-Santos out there on their first crossing.  This year’s Kaiwi Solo race an epic battle, with some of Tahiti’s top paddlers competing in this legendary race for the first time, the lead up banter was intense across the blogs, with speculation around whether they would race V1 or OC1, and how they would fare in the conditions that the Molokai to Oahu crossing can bring.

In the end the Tahitians dominated, with Steeve Teihotaata taking line honours, just ahead of Danny Ching and Rete Ebb.  Mario did well, with the stiff competition out on the water, making the Top 20 was an achievement in itself.  Stephen came in 20th place, and Kekoa finishing at 76th still with a smile on their faces in true Strongarm style.