Maraamu Surf Ski Race – 2013

The Maraamu Surf Ski Race is an annual event on the world surf-ski circuit conducted for the world’s best surf-ski paddlers. The 38km down-wind blue water ocean race is conducted in the stunning acqua surroundings between Tahaa’s Paipai Pass & magnificent Motu Tapu in the world’s most beautiful lagoon at Bora Bora.


  • Part of the world circuit for the globe’s best surf-ski paddlers;
  • Unbelievably beautiful marine setting;
  • Wind consistency renders the event the world’s best downwind event;
  • Finishes in stunning Bora Bora in the world’s best lagoon.


Maraamu is the Tahitian word for the predominant southerly wind that blows in this area & cools the islands over winter time; its regularity has made this probably the world’s best downwind race.


An international field of around 70 paddlers lined up for the 2013 running of the event, the 5th Edition of this prestigious race. Conditions were ideal with the wind having dominated the local weather conditions for some days prior to the event providing a consistent 3m following swell for the entire 38km course. Former Olympic & World Champion, Australian Clint Robinson, took the crown in a little over 2.5hrs.


Whales were again sighted during this year’s race.

I was on a (very) small boat, ‘not too well’ & there was far too much water & instability to take quality photos, even of the whales! Next year.

Being an off-shore race can mean that opportunities for spectators to participate are limited, as is the fact that the race sets off from the pass in Tahaa & ends on (albeit stunningly beautiful) Motu Tapu.


Organisers are looking to see if it can be arranged for the race to terminate at Vaitape………how good would it be if the finish could be a Matira!



  • To witness the race you’ll have to arrange a ride on a (private) boat;
  • Take the sea-sick tablets & sunscreen in case of 3m plus swells (& a camera in case of whales);
  • If in Bora Bora – worthwhile getting out to truly stunningly beautiful Motu Tapu.




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