Tahitian Va'a site

For all paddlers interested in the Tahitian side of va'a there is a great site at http://www.vaatahiti.com

Yeah, its in French so if you're not bilingual (anything & french) go visit and enjoy the ambiance, the photos and the news from our paddling friends in French Polynesia.


Submitted by AlanC on Mon, 02/19/2007 - 11:20am

i'm such a forum whore that i just posted over there in english. i have no idea what anything says. but if i can just reach one person with my work, then i've made a difference. cool site though.

actually, just go to google and use the translation link. some of the results are pretty funny, but it helps a bit. here's a sample of the translated greeting. good for a laugh.

"This space proposes to make you share our passion, as regards, in Polynesia, more than one institution. ' A goes is deeply anchored in the history of Polynesia and closely related to its culture.
You will find on this site, the topicality of course, but also a bank of superb images, infos on the clubs, the trainers, the champions, the events of goes' has Polynesian.
You will have the possibility of downloading all the numbers of the Va magazine' has Tahiti.
And of course, a forum of discussion, devoted to goes' has, and in which each one will be able to be expressed. "

#1 Mon, 02/19/2007 - 11:36am

they have a good video in there: http://www.vaatahiti.com/videos/VideoVaa43.mpg

#2 Mon, 02/19/2007 - 1:02pm

I've heard people say the Tahitians don't surf well, but that video smashes that myth!! Great link. J

#3 Mon, 02/19/2007 - 4:22pm

Okay, original "Endless Summer" guy.jc9, you are f***in' hilarious, brah(I mean that in a good way). You and Goto should seriously be like writers for SNL or something. Get my agent on the horn...

#4 Mon, 02/19/2007 - 6:18pm

those boats are nuts. we need Kanus like that here in Hawaii too. Because as we all know here on the forum, the boat makes the paddler or paddlers. SWEEET!

#5 Mon, 02/19/2007 - 8:17pm

Here's another interesting canoe website ...anyone sort of recognize the canoes.??


#6 Mon, 02/19/2007 - 9:29pm

Download the free emagazines fellas .... http://www.vaatahiti.com/index.cgi?magazines

They are in pdf format and good quality.

Cheers Rambo

#7 Mon, 02/19/2007 - 9:20pm

Damn Rambo !!!, nobody recognise the whole " Supr" collection , what 's happend?
Some facts:
1.) WHOIS information for: southernoceancanoes.com
2.)Registrant Contact:

Johan Lindström (johan@simmersails.com)
Fax: +46.
Stenvinkelgatan 8
Halmstad, 30236

3.)The e-mail domein of Mr. Lindström is probable own by the Simmer Style organization, ( Simmer Style was or is a Maui Hawaii company founded by the bros. Malte and Klaus Simmer, great innovators in earlyer windsurfing days.
4,)The Simmer Style organization is a customer of http://jinlicomposites.com/
5,)Jinlicomposites announce on his site " Our Recent collaboration with Hypr in Kona Hawaii "
6.) 1+1=3 right?

...To Be Continued

#8 Mon, 02/19/2007 - 10:40pm

Right on Heavywater ... and how does this page read Hahaaaa... how's that for confusion http://jinlicomposites.com/canoe.htm

Could there be a little bit of piracy going on here????

Jinli was the previous manufacturer for Hurricane and Hypr (common knowledge)

Sorry to hi- jack your thread AlanC.


#9 Mon, 02/19/2007 - 11:32pm

Piracy or blackmailing, don't care, need a cheap canoe soooooon

#10 Mon, 02/19/2007 - 11:39pm

Hey what's with the kayak paddles for OC1 in all the pictures of southerncanoes and in the Jinli pics.
I'm confused ?

#11 Tue, 02/20/2007 - 5:10am

Hey what’s with the kayak paddles for OC1 in all the pictures of southerncanoes and in the Jinli pics.

one word.


#12 Tue, 02/20/2007 - 9:39am


What I find a little bemusing is that at first glance the name of the site, metric spec, and the names of the canoes mostly being place names aroudn here makes it looks like it's a New Zealand company.

Right up to the point when pics of a kayak paddle being used show up. That's gotta be offensive to a whole number of cultures :-)

#13 Tue, 02/20/2007 - 10:41pm

The plot thickens ...... some sheila called Lisa from Sweden is flogging them on this forum.

This is getting interesting.


#14 Tue, 02/20/2007 - 11:49pm

Aloha All...new to this forum, but have been a regular visitor. Finally decided to join in the fun.

Tahiti....boats, paddling, paddlers, fans, community....nation....are ridiculous!! They are insane about paddling down there. Hawaii has no where near the passion those guys have down there...unbelievable. Hawaii should strive to be at there level. Paddling...we can compete, but fans and community passion, we have a long ways to go.

a hui hou

#15 Sat, 12/01/2007 - 10:43am

Welcome to the fun, Mr. Bond.

Also, for anyone wondering, pmadotk was a bot, so I removed those absurde messages.

#16 Sat, 12/01/2007 - 11:18am

Ia orana to you all. I noticed too that this thread drifted away a couple a miles. Strong currents around...Just to let you know that on the va'a tahiti site mentionned above by Alan C, feel free to drop in and discuss and share ideas in the forum specially created for you english speaking paddlers having trouble with the french language. I'm sure enough there are a few guys (and girls maybe) in Tahiti that can hold simple discussions.
Give it a try.

#17 Tue, 12/04/2007 - 2:07pm

Some articles are even written in english... And there's no need to speak french to look at thousands of pics.

#18 Tue, 12/04/2007 - 7:39pm

I noticed they are stiking ther paddle in the side are they rudderless?

#19 Tue, 12/04/2007 - 8:43pm

Yes they are.
Tahitian Vaa (V1) are always rudderless.
Until last year ruddered oc1 couldn't compete in races here. Or they could if they would take off their rudder !!

#20 Wed, 12/05/2007 - 12:18am

how would you make a 90% turn?

#21 Wed, 12/05/2007 - 6:13am

The best turns are the ones done at 80%. Anything more than that and you'll be too tired to race home.

#22 Wed, 12/05/2007 - 9:41am

No.how would you turn the canoe without a rudder?I think in Cali W.S. the solo is 250 ther and 250 back.

#23 Wed, 12/05/2007 - 2:28pm

I tought it was 80.564%

No need for a rudder. A va'a is quite easy to turn when you get used to it. Just the same as steering a 6 man canoe but with a lighter feeling, plus you paddle as you steer. Of course your OC1 surely turn better, but when you master a V1 enough to take rides in downwind run it's very rewarding.
Try a V1 someday if you have the possibility to get one.

#24 Wed, 12/05/2007 - 3:16pm

If it's 250m down and 250m back, then I'm not doing it.

Better course would be 5x100m with FOUR turns.

goto hearts V1.

#25 Wed, 12/05/2007 - 4:04pm

OK V1 are not made for speed races with turns. They are made for long distance races.
Anyway, if you want to make a tight turn, you just put your left foot in the water (ama side) and paddle like hell on the right side !
That's the theory.. now practice, and have fun.

#26 Wed, 12/05/2007 - 4:31pm

i couldnt get the thing to turn .i thought it tracks like a sled and the ama is slowing the prosess down so pop it up and cross bow turn it but . one thing i was afraid to swim.Ill try the leg out thats what Rambo said too.

#27 Wed, 12/05/2007 - 10:34pm

When turning you should paddle on the right side at 45° angle. Entering your blade in the water as close to the hull as you can and exiting 2 or 3 feet away from the hull. Thus you will push the the nose of the vaa to the left.

#28 Thu, 12/06/2007 - 12:03am

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