Participants exit the Huahine pass in the direction of Raiatea on the morning of November 4, 2015 for the first leg of the Hawaiki Nui Va'a 2015 outrigger canoe race. The Hawaiki Nui Va'a outrigger canoe race is an annual event held in French Polynesia every November since 1992. There are more than 100 participating teams (this year — from Tahiti, France and New Zealand). They need to race through four islands in three stages: from Huahine though Raiatea and Taha'a to Bora Bora. The race track is 130 km long. The race is a tribute to history, when during the Great Migration Maori sailed in canoes from their legendary motherland Hawaiki to New Zealand. In the photo: the first stage of the race, the participants have started from Huahine towards Raiatea (they need to cover about 40 km).

Photo: Gregory Boissy / AFP / East News

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