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1 Outrigger Canoe - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, _DSC0053

The roots of Outrigger canoe paddling or ‘Outrigging’ lie in the Pacific Island region where it came into fruition thousands of years ago. The single hull outrigger canoes have an ‘ama’ which is usually connected to the hull by spars called ?iako’ (Hawaiian), ?iato’ (Tahitian), or ‘kiato’ (Maori

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2 Stablising 'Ama' - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia,_DSC0054

The outrigger canoes have an ‘ama’ which is usually connected to the hull by spars called ?iako’ (Hawaiian), ?iato’ (Tahitian), or ‘kiato’ (Maori). single hull

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3 Outrigger Canoes Their Ama - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, 102

The first Outrigger canoe race took place in the Hawaiian Islands in Waikiki in 1917. The outrigger canoes have an ‘ama’ which is usually connected to the hull by spars called ?iako’ (Hawaiian), ?iato’ (Tahitian), or ‘kiato’ (Maori). single hull

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5 Paddle Stand - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, 077

The first Outrigger canoe club in Australia was formed in 1978 on the Gold Coast. The national body, Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association (AOCRA), was formed in 1988. The first club in Sydney was formed in 1989, which was the year the first Australian Championships were held.

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8 Paddle Stand - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, 078

In 1990 there were 11 Outrigger canoe clubs in Australia. Today the number of clubs has grown to over 60.

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9 Paddle Stand - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, 068

The first Outrigger canoe race took place in the Hawaiian Islands in Waikiki in 1917. The first Outrigger canoe club in Australia was formed in 1978 on the Gold Coast.

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11 Paddles And Competitors - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, 112

The first Outrigger canoe race took place in the Hawaiian Islands in Waikiki in 1917. The first Outrigger canoe club in Australia was formed in 1978 on the Gold Coast. The national body, Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association (AOCRA), was formed in 1988.

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13 Ready And Waiting - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, Generic, 080

The national body, Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association (AOCRA), was formed in 1988.

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15 Paddle Tops - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, Generic, 067

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18 Off - Water Sport, Outrigging, Generic, Australia, 072

In 1990 there were 11 clubs in Australia. Today the number of clubs has grown to over 60.

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20 Paddle Bottoms - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, Generic, 070

Outrigging is now growing in popularity with other countries around the world who are taking to this competitive water sport.

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22 Head First - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, Generic, 074

Outrigging is enjoyed by male and female, young and old alike.

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23 On The Turn - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, 034

The exhilarating sport of Outrigging has been very popular amongst the Pacific Islanders for many years and they excel at this sport as well as the similar sport of Dragon Boat racing. Outrigger canoeing is now growing in popularity with other countries around the world who are taking to this competitive water sport.

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24 Not All Plain Sailing - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, 141

Competitive Outrigger canoe events include short to medium distant sprint races as well as marathon ocean races.

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25 In Action - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, 379

Outrigger canoe racing events take place using 6 man canoes (OC6), two man (OC2) and single (OC1). Sprint races vary from 500 to 3000 metres, and marathon races vary from 5 and 30 kilometres.

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26 Team Work - . Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, 120

Competitive Outrigger canoe events include short to medium distant sprint races as well as marathon ocean races.

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27 Timing - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, DSC_1800

The national body, Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association (AOCRA), was formed in 1988.

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28 Ready - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, 095

Starting line up has to have all canoes in line.

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29 Underway - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, 097

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30 Power - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, 232

Outrigger canoeing is a 'powerful' sport.

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34 Energise - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, DSC_1671

Outrigger canoeing is enjoyed by male and female, young and old alike.

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36 Race Official, Get In Line - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, DSC_1633

The red flag is held aloft until all canoes are in line.

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37 Race Official, Go - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, DSC_1634

Once happy all canoes are in line the green flag is raised and the race begins.

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38 Race Official, 'Hang On' - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, DSC_1635

Sometimes not everything goes to plan.

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39 Turning Power 1. Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, DSC_1744

The art of turning an outrigger canoe relies on skill and great tem work.

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40 Turning Power 2. Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, DSC_1745

Competitive Outrigger canoe events include short to medium distant sprint races as well as marathon ocean races. The art of turning an outrigger canoe relies on skill and great tem work.

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41Turning Power 3. Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, DSC_1746

The art of turning an outrigger canoe relies on skill and great tem work.

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42 Turning Power 4 . Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, DSC_1742

The art of turning an outrigger canoe relies on skill and great tem work. Outrigging is enjoyed by male and female, young and old alike. Competitive Outrigger canoe events include short to medium distant sprint races as well as marathon ocean races.

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43 Turning Power 5. Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, DSC_1743

The art of turning an outrigger canoe relies on skill and great tem work. Outrigger canoe racing events take place using 6 man canoes (OC6), two man (OC2) and single (OC1). Sprint races vary from 500 to 3000 metres, and marathon races vary from 5 and 30 kilometres.

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44 Ready And Waiting - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, _DSC0051

The roots of Outrigger canoe paddling or ‘Outrigging’ lie in the Pacific Island region where it came into fruition thousands of years ago. The first Outrigger canoe race took place in the Hawaiian Islands in Waikiki in 1917.

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46 Preparation - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, _DSC0058

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48 Ocean Race Is On - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, _DSC0060

Outrigger canoe racing events take place using 6 man canoes (OC6), two man (OC2) and single (OC1). Sprint races vary from 500 to 3000 metres, and marathon races vary from 5 and 30 kilometres.

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49 Support - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, _DSC0066

Safety is paramount in Outrigger canoe racing which can take place in shark infested waters.

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50 Out Into The Ocean - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, _DSC0068

The exhilarating sport of Outrigger canoeing has been very popular amongst the Pacific Islanders for many years and they excel at this sport as well as the similar sport of Dragon Boat racing. Outrigging is now growing in popularity with other countries around the world who are taking to this competitive water sport.

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51 Women In Outrigging 1 - Water Sport, Outrigging, Australia, _DSC0073

Outrigging is enjoyed by male and female, young and old alike.

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