This year’s annual Manureva Aquafest (26 August) is going to be a little different. As the organisers plan ahead for what promises to be an ‘epic’ 2018 back in Aitutaki, this year’s event will be held on one day only and it has been moved to Rarotonga. The event is traditionally held over 5 days and is more than just a watersports festival; it is a celebration of the ocean and the culture of the Cook Islands and sees competitors doing battle in a wide range of watersports including kite boarding, swimming, SUP (Stand-up paddleboard) and oe vaka racing.
Manureva 2017 comes to Rarotonga
Whilst it’s a shame that the event will not take on its usual format of a 5 day festival, it does mean that holidaymakers visiting Rarotonga on Saturday 26 August will be able to experience some of the world’s best kitesurfing action right outside of Pacific Resort Rarotonga on Muri Beach. KiteSUP Cook Islands are hosting this one day event with things set to kick off at around 2pm and expected to run through to around 6.00pm. Guests at Pacific Resort Rarotonga will have access to front row seats for this fantastic festival and although there is only one day of action – it promises to be an action-packed day!
What can I see at Maureva 2017?
Typically Manureva attracts some of the best watersports athletes in the world. This year, the field may not be as strong however many of the best kitesurfers in the world come from these parts anyway so you can still expect a fantastic display (weather permitting). This year’s one day event is set to include some awesome water based activity and you will be able to catch the following sports:
- SUP Races (that’s stand up paddle boarding in case you were wondering!)
- Beach Bike Races
- Surf Ski Demonstrations
- Sailing Regatta
- Kite Surfing Exhibition including ‘expression’ sessions, Big Air and Races
Family Friendly Day
As always, Manureva will be a family friendly event which makes it perfect for holidaymakers on Rarotonga. There is going to be a big focus on getting kids and parents involved in novelty races that are going to be running throughout the day. This is a great chance to get stuck in and try something new so make sure you clear your plans for Saturday afternoon and head out front onto Muri Beach.
Planning for Manureva 2018 and heading back to Aitutaki
Manureva typically is held over in Aitutaki which provides perfect kite surfing conditions at this time of year. Organisers are currently planning a huge event for 2018 which will once again return to Aitutaki and part of this year’s event will focus on fundraising to ensure that Manureva 2018 is bigger and better than ever! Those wanting to attend this year will be asked for a gold coin donation and there will also be a raffle held on teh day to help raise fund for Maunreva 2018.
To find out more about this year’s programme and the plans for 2018, make sure you head over to the Manureva Facebook page where they post regular updates as well as photos from the day.