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HEAD Vaka Eiva lifeguard Rene Hand is hoping for a much safer and less dramatic paddling competition this week, with calmer conditions forecast than in 2017.
Unrelenting challenging conditions made it a hard slog around the course for the paddlers who took part in the National Singles Race on Saturday.
Double Cook Islands Olympian Ella Nicholas, and younger sister Jane line up at the first round of the International Canoe Federation (ICF) World Cup series for Canoe Slalom in London this weekend.
Fifteen paddlers took to the water on Saturday for the second to last race of the singles season, which saw some exciting battles on the water.
The magnificent paddling duo of Conrad and Serena Hunter finished first in the mix masters race at the famously challenging PAA Kaiwi Channel Relay event in Hawaii last Saturday.