Waka ama crews take on Foxton Loop
Hoe Tonga Pacifica Waka Ama Association recently hosted a long distance race on the Manawatu¯ River mouth and up through the Foxton Loop. The event attracted 27 teams from nine clubs across the Lower North Island to race in either a short course 8km race or a long course 18km up the river and towards the town centre. The teams brought 162 paddlers to Foxton and they ranged in age from 12 through to 70-plus. This race was part of the Hoe Tonga Paddler Series which holds four long distance races in a region. The local one runs from Whanganui over to Wairarapa down to Wellington and includes everything in between. The Foxton Loop race was the second one held, with the first race being held in Mana, Wellington hosted by Hawaikinui Tuarua. The third race will be held in Onepoto, Porirua and will be hosted by Porirua Canoe and Kayak Club, the fourth and final race will be held on the Whanganui River. Waka ama is a sport that includes all ages and fitness levels. Hoe Tonga has been working with the Foxton community to get a local club started.