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AOTEAROA – ELITE WORLD CHAMPIONS 2016

On Day 2 of the Hawaiian Airlines IVF World Elite Sprint Championships, the Aotearoa Elite teams delivered on the many hours of training by achieving outstanding results! After a disappointing DQ on Day 1, the Elite Men’s team bounced back with a 2 second win over Tahiti in the V6 500m final to be crowned World Champions.  Not to be outdone, the Elite Women’s team followed that up with a gold in the V6 500m final, becoming World Champions too, and just to prove a point, the Elite Women showed complete domination in their win in the V12 500m final.

The Elite J19 Women won gold in their V6 500m final to become Junior World Champions, with the Elite J19 Men taking out bronze in the V6 500m final against some of the rising stars of French Polynesia.

Other results included a bronze for the Elite Men 1500m final and silver for the Elite J19 Men 1000m final.

Congratulations to all the Aotearoa Elite Team, including our team riders

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VAKA MANU ON TOP AGAIN

In paddling, there is never a sure thing, and every crew knows that when they sit waiting for the green flag, anyone on that start line could take line honours.  Despite the big win of 2015, Vaka Manu were clear that they weren’t taking their history for granted.  Led from the front by Mark and Brad, intense training at the ramp meant the crew was ready to meet the challengers for the 500m W6 Premier Mens Final.  The start line read like a who’s who of NZ outrigger crews, and many who have held the title previously.

After a strong start, the Vaka Manu crew got quickly into their work, with the cadence providing the rhythm for the engine to kick in and edge them in front to cross the line as 2016 Premier Mens champions.

We wish them all the best as they now turn their sights on the World Championships in Australia in a few months.

A special mention must also be made for the Pineula Hoetoa and Pineula Greyman crews who pushed Vaka Manu to the limit, delivering a full podium for Strongarm crews!

 

Bright Future ahead!

If the competition at the Premier level is high, the talent building in the U19 is getting up there.  Ash Roozendaal delivered some exceptional paddling performances at the NZ Waka Ama Sprint Nationals at Karapiro last week.  Taking gold in the 250m and 500m finals to become the NZ U19 Champ.  It was always going to be tough, especially going up against team rider Maori Kava Tere, the defending U19 champ from 2015, however Ash was able to maintain a very smooth stroke to keep his canoe in front.

Ash’s success is made even more special for us, as he shared the podium with team riders Maori and Marcel.  The future is bright for NZ paddling and we’re stoked that our team riders are leading from the front!

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TUPU 3x

Tupuria King has again set the standard for V1 racing in New Zealand, retaining his 250m & 500m sprint title at the NZ Sprint Nationals held in Karapiro last week. With the World Championships this year, the competition was always going to be fierce.  Shannon Moon (Pineula) and Brad Anderson (Vaka Manu) pushing Tupu right to the end, and sharing the podium honors in both events.

 

Top Ten Super Aito 2015

Tupuria King has topped another great year  in Tahiti, capping a strong 17th place at Te Aito with a spectacular 10th place finish in the Super Aito 2015.

Tupuria is the highest placing international in a field of Tahiti’s champions. He has certainly become one of the names to watch with everyone wary of the man from the Aotearoa at every start line.

Well done Tupu!

KOHA WINS TE AITO 2015 CADET

After a great build up at home and in Tahiti, Team Rider Koha Alofa Vitolio has won the Cadet Female Race of Te Aito 2015! Making the podium in 2014, Koha was looking for the top spot this year and put in extra training and new methods to hone balance and strength to get the edge.

We’re stoked for Koha, and congratulate her on her latest accomplishment.

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SUP World Ranking No. 6

 

Team Rider Georges Cronsteadt has started the northern summer on a high, after strong performances in Tahiti, Hawaii, Carolina and Europe to be ranked #6 in the world according to supracer.com

We’re stoked for Georges and know that anytime he’s on the elite start line, everyone is wary of  the power he can apply to his paddle, with some close finishes and epic comebacks to cement himself firmly as one of the worlds top 10 SUP paddlers.

Tahitian Waterman joins Team Strongarm

We’re stoked to welcome Georges Cronsteadt (Tahiti) as the newest Strongarm Team Rider.  Ranked in the top ten SUP paddlers in the world by SUPracer.com, Georges has continues on from his successful career in va’a, which included wining Te Aito, Super Aito and Molokai Hoe races.

Georges will be representing our brand across the world as he competes in some of the worlds premier SUP races.  We look forward to supporting Georges and seeing him do well.

Georges will promote the brand in Tahiti, and we are currently working with Georges to develop Tahitian inspired designs exclusive for French Polynesia and reflect his lifestyle.

Other sponsors include SIC Maui (SUP Equipment), Noni Energy, STC Supplements, Air Tahiti Nui and Tehuritaua Va’a.