One of my favorite images in Polynesia is paddlers and their outrigger canoes. Paddling is as common a sight in Polynesia as running is in Central Park.
The seafaring tradition that allowed for the colonization of Polynesia continues on today, echoing the Polynesian values of honor, beauty, strength, and adventure.
Whether for pleasure, competition, long distance travel or simply to put food on the table, nothing says ‘Polynesia’ like an outrigger canoe.
I have created a gallery of a few of my favorite shots, drawing from previous posts and images recently captured in Tahiti and Bora Bora. I have also included a link to a short film on Amandla’s You Tube Channel of a paddler keeping pace with Amandla.
You will note that women paddlers are sadly missing from my gallery. This is not for a lack of women paddling, for they are out there in abundance. Apparently, I was so distracted by all that male muscle that I failed to capture the really cool women paddling here. Need to work on that.