Registrations for the event closed on Thursday and there is expected to be yet another large turnout for the fun-filled day.
The event is highly popular, with participating teams competing for a chance to win a variety of sponsored prizes.
“The whole beach is lined with tents and people having a good time” says Cook Islands Canoeing Association secretary and event organiser Eva Allsworth.
“It’s high-calibre paddling. Some teams come here knowing that they aren’t the most competitive. However, they still try hard and have fun doing so.”
A number of events will take place today, including races between government department teams, members of the hospitality industry, and much more. All races are in the V12 format and steerers are supplied.
Participating teams have been busy training at Nikao Beach, hoping to walk away with the bragging rights. There will also be a number of spot prizes on the day, including prizes for the best costumes.
Twenty-two teams competed at the last event, with Vaiana’s 21.3 Strokers taking out first place.