super aito 2009

The super Aito race will be on direct on line on for the final race this saturday 1:00 pm TAHITI time;
150 BEST PADDLER for 3 race on friday 13 and saturday 14.
The 3 race will be on live on 2 big TV, one on the venus beach and one on papeete. But on the net only the final race.

Submitted by tahitian689 on Wed, 08/12/2009 - 12:25pm


Mahalo for the info 689. We will all await your video. I look forward to watching the world's best. Make sure to drop us the link when you are finish.


#1 Wed, 08/12/2009 - 2:25pm

Maururu for the link, is it today the main event? im trying to log into the live stream but no succes....enybody out there checking it out or all of you are racing Duke race? i dont blame you....does bumps by sandy beach......Opihi run around Makapu.......Hawaii kai run.....awesome race!

back to Super Aito:
best wishes for Emili and Mike Jud!!

#2 Sat, 08/15/2009 - 11:49am

the new super aito 2009 is
he win with 2 seconde after 63 km on 3 race day 1 10km / day2 moorning 27km afternoon 26km

1 taaroa dubois 4:45:59
2 cronsteadt yoann 4:46:01
3 cronsteadt georges 4:47:30
4 owen manutea 4:50:48
5 teihoarii steeve (junior) 4:50:51
6 ah min mihimana 4:51:38
7 hamblin tereiarii 4:53:36
8 mama heiarii 4:53:55
9 tepava heiarii 4:54:06
10 paie heiva 4:55:34

for hawaii judd mike finish 69

emilie on vahine race finish 2

this edition 2009 of super aito was a amazing race Emilie can talk about it. the DVD will came soom

#3 Sat, 08/15/2009 - 10:48pm

Looking forward to watching this years Super Aito. Just a suggestion Tahitian 689, could you please print song and artists name on footage and also paddlers names kind of like a surf DVD. Mahalo for sharing Tahitian paddling with the outside world.

Great job Emili and Mike.

Carlton Helm

#4 Sun, 08/16/2009 - 9:23am

I was amazed to watch the men's race!!!!!!
You really have no idea who is going to win the race.....
Every 15-20min I would change my mind!

In my opinion the highlights of Super Aito 2009 was Steeve Teihoarii, that is a junior (16 or 17 years old) and Yoann Cronsteadt, that came from behind, I say behind, he wasn't in the fight with the first 6 or 7 guys at the beginning...., to fight his brother on the upwind part of the last race, when Georges was all alone leading the race.

Not talking about Taaroa Dubois that proved to deserve to be named the Super Aito of the year, showing to be so strong in all the races.
Manutea Owen one more time gave a lesson on how to use the ocean on your favor.... After pushing hard for the 2nd race he wasn't feeling his best on the 3rd and last race, but still made the leading guys worried for his frequent "attacks" using the surf and boat wakes.

Was an extremely exciting race to watch! And I can't wait to watch it over again, and again on DVD!!!! =)

P.S.: The 1st race (prologue) for the men was canceled!!! What made some guys happy and other guys very frustrated...... I wonder what would be the results like if the prologue wasn't canceled, maybe it wouldn't change the actual results, maybe would.... Another thing is nobody knows the results for the prologue, 'cause many guys missed the start of their hits, and messed up with the times.

#5 Mon, 08/17/2009 - 3:25pm

Congratulations Emili.
Saw the show on TV, You didn't come for nothing.
Hinatea is amazing !

#6 Sun, 08/16/2009 - 7:00pm

Mike Judd....69th place....

Hey Hawaii...we all know what a bad a$$ Mike is. I know, it was a rudderless race in a boat Mike not familiar with, in waters he not familiar with, in a format he not familiar with, but for me, I put Mike way, way high on my paddling pedestal. I guess I am shocked at his finish. Did he have equipment problem or something else that might have caused his finish to be so low? I hope so because if Mike had clean runs the entire race, then this my friends show how far back Hawaii is behind Tahiti in the world of paddling. Is this a fair assessement??



#7 Mon, 08/17/2009 - 9:41am

believe it. Try looking at the results from other years when Luke, Peter, or Manny have gone.

#8 Mon, 08/17/2009 - 10:14am

I was a hard race.... It had all kind conditions you can imagine on the same race! Downwind, upwind, side winds, up and down swells, side waves (turning around the motu), buys to turn...... man crazy stuff, nothing like Hawaii, where it's most of the time a straight line....

It's hard to prepare yourself for Super Aito.... The format changes every year, you don't know what's the course 'til 1 week before the race day. And it can change on race day depending on weather conditions. Like the 2nd race was supposed to be a different course, 1 km longer. But because the wind was too strong, they decided to do same thing as 1st race (Mahina-Papeete-Mahina).

And has a big difference in between OC1 and V1. V1 is waaaaay more sensible than OC1, and your stroke changes and therefore the muscles you use are a little different too.

I tell you, they didn't like to see that an outsider got to the podium (even been a women, they got worried), it never happened before, they said. And they are already talking about getting the level even higher! It's up to us push harder too!

#9 Mon, 08/17/2009 - 12:53pm

Maui Kjeldsen came close to winning it when he was an 18 year old.
Maui was leading the field by more than a bit when the lead boat got lost... took a detour and took him a couple of miles off course. By the time Maui had gotten back on course and mowed down all he could, 2 Tahitians had crossed the line.
3rd overall is not bad but..hey... Tahiti couldn't have an outsider win and especially not an outsider junior!
Hey what other sport has the world sprint champion who is also the the world marathon champion?

#10 Mon, 08/17/2009 - 4:50pm

Wow. Don't anyone pull any punches.

#11 Mon, 08/17/2009 - 6:42pm

I forgot to mention Moeava Tetuanui, 15 years old, finished 22nd overall. He was fighting for 5th place for 3/4 of the first race! Increadible!!!

#12 Mon, 08/17/2009 - 10:02pm


#13 Tue, 08/18/2009 - 6:52pm

this video is awesome. these guys are such good paddlers.

#14 Tue, 08/18/2009 - 8:01pm

Great work Tahitian 689, so how do we buy the video?

#15 Tue, 08/18/2009 - 8:59pm

contact emilie ...iwouldgo for the DVD she make the distribution for Hawaii.
she is still in Tahiti and she return to Hawaii this saturday.
Enjoy the show !

#16 Tue, 08/18/2009 - 9:14pm

Tahitian 689 Im not in Hawaii Im in Australia. your work is appreciated all over the world, oh well I will have to wait, unless Emilie is coming to Australia.

#17 Tue, 08/18/2009 - 10:26pm

Tahitian 689 is there any chance of getting copies to Europe?

#18 Wed, 08/19/2009 - 1:18am

For Europe i work with jerome Fiedrich the president of Europe va'a.
i'm going to put some DVD on ebay soom. i let u know when it s OK

Kevlon, Emili ship to australia too


#19 Wed, 08/19/2009 - 8:44am

Awesome 689, just awesome. Cannot wait to get my hands on the DVD.


#20 Wed, 08/19/2009 - 9:04am

Tahitian 689...Hiro....

Do they have a Super Aito for veterans?? For us old guys??

#21 Wed, 08/19/2009 - 9:07am

yes, same race the 1er veteran finish at the 11 place
Roland teahui from shell

#22 Wed, 08/19/2009 - 9:18am

11th!! old is Roland?? What age does the veteran division start at?? Hawaii....40, 50, 55, 60. World Sprints women 35, 45, 55....Men, 40, 50, 60... What about tahiti??

mahalo do good work.


#23 Wed, 08/19/2009 - 9:27am

Roland 43 years old.
the 2 veterant is Tapi willy from Pirae finish 33
and the 3 palce from veterant is Tching Gilles finish 36

#24 Wed, 08/19/2009 - 1:58pm

So does the veterans division start at 40 yrs.?


#25 Wed, 08/19/2009 - 2:33pm

yes, start at 40 yrs old
veteran classement :

the 5 th on veteran is Bernardino Rodo and have 53 years finish at the 50 place
6th Atapo andre finish 51
7th Moasen eric finish 55
8 th Teariki ralph finish 61...

#26 Wed, 08/19/2009 - 3:00pm

Maruuruu 689...good info. Those old guys did great. Makes me want to get a V1, train, and maybe paddle in the aito. Nah...just dreaming...too f&%k'n old for that sh$t....

Wow, all those guys finished before Judd. I tell you one out Tahiti. I know Mike. I bet he is training right now and going go back and do much, much better next year. You watch. When Mike puts his mind to something, its all over. He is like a pit bull.


#27 Thu, 08/20/2009 - 10:22am

if im not wrong, he did 2 or 3rd around 1998....

#28 Thu, 08/20/2009 - 2:23pm

oc paddler

Maui from NZ i think it was on 1995, do the super aito (moorea- mahina) and was out 7 km before the end line.
It was Lewis LAUGHIN , karil MAONI , and Maui.
Maui make the race with Teamo's va'a and after he give his paddle for Teamo and Ralph for change with the "ama"
(his paddle still at home)
on 1998, 3 paddler from Hawaii (the brother FOTI) came for the super aito, and 1 of the brother was the first on his way, but arrive at pirae, it was a upwind and FOTI can't controle his va'a and make some detour ,
For all the paddler it was hard in the upwin, except Karil have the god's benediction, because he paddle with 2 dolphin pirae to mahina and win.
This va'a still on Karil's housse, and be famous in Tahiti all paddler call the va'a "dolphin".

#29 Fri, 08/21/2009 - 10:25am

I think that the only non Tahitian to win it was Jean Luc Eychenne le Toulousain now from Huahine.
Is that right tahitian 689?

#30 Fri, 08/21/2009 - 1:33pm

Jean Luc Eychenne win on 2000
but i check the resulta an lewis didn't make the super aito en 1995 it was conrad who win
and the edition karil win with the dolphin was on 1996. and not on 1998

here the palmares

1993 LEWIS
1994 LEWIS
1996 KARIL
1997 LEWIS
1998 LEWIS
1999 LEWIS
2001 LEWIS
2002 LEWIS
2003 LEWIS
2007 LEWIS

#31 Fri, 08/21/2009 - 3:46pm

Lewis is amazing. He won the race 10 times in 17 editions... 15 years from his fist title to his last... and he still have what it takes to win again.

#32 Fri, 08/21/2009 - 5:06pm

Wow , that is an impressive record of Lewis's isnt it.
He was very close to the lead in the last paa molo solo with only a few miles to go then obviously his lack of preparation on an oc1 took its toll, it would be great to see what would happen if he concentrated on the event for next year.
I was wondering if Conrad van bastolaer was related to Raimana the surfer?

#33 Fri, 08/21/2009 - 5:31pm

689 thanks for the info.
All this time I thought that Franco Taraihau and Rodo were aito champions, Set me straight.

#34 Fri, 08/21/2009 - 9:38pm

All this time I thought that Franco Taraihau and Rodo were aito champions, Set me straight.

Remenber, Te Aito (in July) is a qualifying race for the Super Aito (in august).
There are usually more than 500 paddlers racing the Te Aito. They keep only the first 100s for the Super Aito.
Thus it's possible that they won the Te Aito, I don't know. But they didn't win the Super Aito...

#35 Sat, 08/22/2009 - 3:50pm

forget 2006 Manutea OWEN

#36 Sat, 08/22/2009 - 5:23pm

wow! I'm hooked on va'a after watching that video! Do they have a ladies race?

#37 Mon, 08/24/2009 - 2:20am

Ask Emili... ;-)

#38 Mon, 08/24/2009 - 10:43pm

Hiro/689....I have more questions....

You guys said to make it to the Super Aito, you need to qualify in the aito. For the Veterans division, do you have to make it in the top 100 before you can race or do they hold some slots for the top veterans?? Let's say that in the aito, in the top 100 finishers only 2 veterans made the top 100. Will only that 2 veterans be able to race in the Super Aito, or will they allow other veterans that did not make the top 100 race as well??

For M. Judd...did he have to qualify or did he get a special invite?? If special invite, does one have to ask the race organizers for an exemption??



#39 Tue, 08/25/2009 - 9:18am

You got it right Ratchet.
Got to bo in the top 10.
Special invites for former winners, for paddlers who did good results during past year and for strangers.

#40 Tue, 08/25/2009 - 9:45am

Wow, that's tough for the veterans. There must not be that many that try. I would think that the race organizers would have the top 100 open, and maybe go with 25 veterans slots, or however many slots to accomodate the old guys. Realistically, there might be no veterans division if non of the 40 yr olds make the top 100.

thanks for the info...


#41 Tue, 08/25/2009 - 12:40pm

We do have tough vets !
Also it's not a sprint. The Te Aito (qualifying race) is a 30+ kms race with some open ocean, some lagoon, some downwind, and some upwind. Experience can play a big part in such a race.

#42 Tue, 08/25/2009 - 3:01pm

Unreal job Tahitian689. You identified the paddlers and also soundtrack at the end of footage. But the coverage was frickin sick. Especially the young kid "Steeve" who surfed the va'a like how many of us surf the OC-1. Super intense battles, no one really has a commanding lead till the race is over. It was kind of funny that if Yoann paddle as hard as Ta'aroa to the finish, he would've probably won the Super Aito. But like any great DVD, its all about getting sick action footage up close with damatic battles and added more to the DVD with interviews from the top guys.

If anyone feels burnt out on paddling right about now, watch or buy the DVD and you'll get excited as if you started paddling all over again.

Five out five stars!

Carlton Helm

#43 Tue, 08/25/2009 - 10:51pm

Susanna, it does has a women race for Te Aito and Super Aito.

And Carlton, you're so right! I was amazed by Steeve Tehitoaata and his tricks.... (I said that before, but....)
And to be true.... I'm not excited to go back to OC1 right now... All I want is to keep learning and progressing on V1! I'll leave OC1 for later on.... when it's close to January!

It's kinda hard to sleep if you watch the video at night!.... =)

#44 Wed, 08/26/2009 - 8:43am

Hey you guys where can we buy the dvd ( Super Aito )

#45 Wed, 08/26/2009 - 10:05am

So, for all of those here who "know" both, does va'a fitness/training directly translate to OC1? I know that if you attempt to go direct from OC1 to V1 you lose a lot because of the additional skills needed for va'a, but how does it work out in reverse? If I train primarily on va'a and move to OC1 for races, do I lose anything? Is there anything about OC1 paddling that va'a training will not prepare you for?

I know that it takes a certain amount of time to familiarize yourself with any canoe, but aside from this circumstance - what do you think?

#46 Wed, 08/26/2009 - 2:04pm


This is what I think from what I have experienced....
If you can paddle hard and surf on a V1 you gonna have good conditioning and strong shoulders and core. That is a good cross training for OC1.
The problem on the transition, is that V1 surf is very different from OC1 surf, I mean the way you read the swells and the timing.
But I can not say that V1 will make you a faster OC1 paddler....
Time in the water counts! =)

#47 Wed, 08/26/2009 - 3:05pm did you get your DVD?? Whom do we contact?? I know they said Emili, but how do you make contact with her.


#48 Wed, 08/26/2009 - 3:40pm

I got the DVD from Emili. Probably the best way to contact her is via PM.

If any of you get amped to go surfing watching surf vids, this will do the same for paddling.


#49 Wed, 08/26/2009 - 4:35pm

Rachet Jaws,

I'm on Oahu 'til the end of September, send me an e-mail to "", and if you're here on Oahu you can meet me at Hui Lanakila CC or wherever....
I only brought 10 dvds with me, and it's going fast!
Sending to Guam, Australia and mainland.....

#50 Wed, 08/26/2009 - 4:45pm

save me one EMILI!!!

do you think we Argentinians could have one??


#51 Thu, 08/27/2009 - 2:29pm

More DVD arrive for the Kona race

#52 Tue, 09/01/2009 - 8:04am

Where could I get one of these DVDz in New Zealand?? Looks wicked

#53 Tue, 09/01/2009 - 9:04pm

Wicked surfing by Steeve Tehitoaata but I still like watching Manutea better. He is got to be the smoothest paddler ever. Never hurried, even when increasing stroke rate to catch a wave his stroke is still smooth.

#54 Thu, 09/10/2009 - 1:53pm

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