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Air France Paddle Festival 2015 This Weekend

Air France Paddle Festival Poster

The Stand Up Paddle establishes itself for some years as sports and leisure more and more trendy which gathers many supporters on the beaches of four corners of the world.

his practice appears as the ancestor of the modern surfing.

Its origins are found in Polynesia, where Polynesian kings had for habit to practice surfing and SUP on big boards carved from tree trunks.

It is practiced on flat water, on the open sea or in waves, in competition or leisure, Stand Up Paddle Sports is an accessible, diverse and playful activity. Its practice develops massively in the United States, in Europe, but especially in the Polynesia where there is a return to origins.

Today, the sport is trans generational and practiced by all. Besides many celebrities worldwide practice both for its physical benefits for fun.

 

Air France Paddle Festival 2014 Fun RaceAir France renews with the Air France Paddle Festival for its 2nd edition.

Open to everybody, from Novice to Champions this festival invites the public to discover a booming sport: Stand Up Paddle.

The Air France Paddle Festival is becoming a major Stand up paddle event in the Pacific.

Missions of the 2015 Air France Paddle Festival

Gather a maximum of people, young and old, beginners and passionate with the Stand Up Paddle in a friendly and sports atmosphere.

Offer the possibility to all to have fun and try this rapidly growing sport.

A sports program of three races with different levels of difficulty is proposed. It allows the elite to the recreational rider to participate and having fun.

For beginners the free introduction will be offered throughout the day including Yoga on SUP.

The goal is to allow the maximum of people, from any level, to enjoy this young board sport through the challenge, recreation, relaxation, conviviality and discovery in family.

 

The Air France Paddle Festival 2014 managed to raise 3 to 4 times more people around the sport than ever before.
On average, a Stand Up Paddle competition held from 50 to 70 competitors in Polynesia.

Air France Paddle Festival 2014 Lagoon Race 1

In 2014

– The 1st Festival of Paddle of the South Pacific in term of endowments and of participants.

– Price Money over USD $ 9,000

– 3 Stand Up Paddle races on the same day for 3 different levels of competitors.

– 212 competitors on the day for an island of 150 000 people.

– More than 350 people were initiated at Stand Up Paddle.

– More than 2,000 spectators.

– A Stand up paddle Village with many exhibitors.

– Free entertainment for the whole family.

 

In 2015

– Among the 25 most important competitions in the world.

– Race Elite 24 km is a competition of Polynesia Championship

– Price Money over USD $ 18,000

– 3 Stand Up Paddle races on the same day for 3 different levels of competitors.

– A free innovating challenge in Stand Up Paddle throughout the day.

– Free entertainment for the whole family.

 

 

PROGRAM OF THE DAY ( page 6)

 

To make this event as a festival it must be open to everybody and includes severals activities.

For the challenge :

– ELITE Race : Race in open sea and lagoon of 24 km

 

For the leisure :

– LAGOON Race : Race in lagoon of 9,5 km

 

For the fun :

– FUN Race : Battle sprint race in lagoon : 0,5 km

 

For relaxation :

– SUP Yoga : Free SUP Yoga lessons

 

For the discovery :

– Introduction: Free SUP lessons

 

For the kids:

– Inflatable slide

 

For the atmosphere :

– Fun challenge in stand up paddle

-Vvillage and entertainment with DJ K Moon

 

LAGOON RACE

8.30 am: Departure of the LAGOON RACE at Paofai (Papeete)

10.30 am : Arrival of the LAGOON RACE at Punaauia (Taapuna)

ELITE RACE

11.30 am : Departure of the ELITE RACE at Mahina (Pointe Vénus)

2.30 pm : Arrival of the ELITE RACE at Punaauia (Taapuna)

FUN RACE

3.30 pm : Departure of the FUN RACE at Punaauia (Taapuna)

4.30 pm : Arrival of the FUN RACE at Punaauia (Taapuna)

 

Paofai garden to Taapuna

Race in Lagoon : Glide and effort in turquoise water.

Departure: 8.30 am

Estimate Arrival: 10.30 am

ELITE RACE : 24 Km ( page 9)

Pointe Venus to Taapuna

Race mixing ocean and lagoon: Technical abilities and surf in ocean plus glide and effort in turquoise water.

Departure: : 11.30 am

Estimate Arrival: 2.30 pm

 

FUN RACE : 0,5 Km ( page 10)

 

               Taapuna

Lagoon Race : battle sprint, departure in 8 or 10 riders

Departure: : 3.30 pm

Estimate Arrival: 4.30 pm

 

Sandbank- Taapuna

SUP Yoga Lessons : Flexibility, balance and relaxation in one of the most beautiful lagoon in the world.

Start : 2 pm at Taapuna Sandbank (Punaauia)

Estimated end: 5 pm

 

FREE Activities all day long.

 

FREE SUP INTRODUCTORY LESSONS and free equipment loan

(registration required)

 

FREE INTRODUCTORY SUP YOGA LESSONS and free equipment loan

(registration required)

 

INFLATABLE SLIDE

(For Kids only)

 

MUSICAL VIBES

With DJ K Moon

 

Air France Paddle Festival Village

All professionals of stand up Paddle will exhibit, other exhibitors will be present with nice offers.

The animation, including the initiation, the challenge, the slide, the DJ will take place at the Village.

Opening : 8 am Taapuna (Orohiti) – Closing : 5.30 pm

 

Total Price Money value over US $ 18 000 (+ 2 000 000 XPF)

 

ELITE RACE 24 km = US $ 10 500 (1 102 500 XPF )

 

MEN

1er : 250 000 XPF + 1 Plane Ticket LAX/PPT/LAX (value 190 000 XPF) = $ 4180

2ème : 150 000 XPF = $ 1430

3ème : 60 000 XPF = $ 570

4ème : 30 000 XPF = $ 285

5ème : 10 000 XPF = $ 95

 

WOMEN

1er : 100 000 XPF + 1 Plane Ticket LAX/PPT/LAX (valeur 190 000 XPF) = $ 2750

2ème : 70 000 XPF = $ 670

3ème : 30 000 XPF = $ 285

 

Men Veteran (over 41 years old)

1er : 10 000 XPF = $ 95

2ème : 7 500XPF = $ 70

3ème : 5 000 XPF = $ 49

 

 

LAGOON RACE 9,5 km = US $ 4 950 (526 000 XPF) ( page 15)

 

MEN

1er : 1 Plane Ticket LAX/PPT/LAX (valeur 190 000 XPF) = $ 1 800

2ème : 30 000 XPF = $ 285
3ème : 20 000 XPF = $ 190

4ème : 10 000 XPF = $ 95

5ème : 5 000 XPF = $ 49

6ème : Cadeaux = Goodies

7ème : Cadeaux = Goodies

8ème : Cadeaux = Goodies

9ème : Cadeaux = Goodies

10ème : Cadeaux = Goodies

 

WOMEN

1er : 1 Plane Ticket LAX/PPT/LAX (valeur 190 000 XPF) = $ 1 800

2ème : 30 000 XPF = $ 285
3ème : 20 000 XPF = $ 190

4ème : 10 000 XPF = $ 95

5ème : 5 000 XPF = $ 49

6ème : Cadeaux = Goodies

7ème : Cadeaux = Goodies

8ème : Cadeaux = Goodies

9ème : Cadeaux = Goodies

10ème : Cadeaux = Goodies

 

Men Veteran (over 41 years old)

1er : 8 000 XPF = $ 75

2ème : 5 000XPF = $ 49

3ème : 3 000 XPF = $ 29

 

FUN RACE 0,5 km = US $ 4 100 (432 500 XPF) ( page 16)

 

MEN

1er : 1 Plane Ticket LAX/PPT/LAX (valeur 190 000 XPF) = $ 1800

2ème : 10 000 XPF = $ 95

3ème : 5 000 XPF = $ 49

 

WOMEN

1er : 1 Plane Ticket LAX/PPT/LAX (valeur 190 000 XPF) = $ 1800

2ème : 10 000 XPF = $ 95

3ème : 5 000 XPF = $ 49

 

< 18 years old

1er : 10 000 XPF = $ 95

2ème : 7 500XPF = $ 70

3ème : 5 000 XPF = $ 49

 

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