This year marks the 12th consecutive year for the Bora Bora Liquid Festival—a fun and joyous celebration of water sports and Tahitian culture. The event is scheduled to take place from November 28th to December 9th, and we encourage you to dive in and experience the island of Bora Bora in a totally unique way!
What Is It?
Originally known as the Bora Bora IronMana, the event was established in 2000 by world-class aquatic athlete and competitor Stephan Lambert. It began as the only va’a hoe (single-man outrigger canoe) paddling event in the world that covered more than 34 miles, but it has grown bigger and better ever since.
Each year, new disciplines are added and the race circuits are modified to ensure the novelty of the event and create a fair yet competitive environment for both new and returning athletes. Sporting events include a grueling va’a hoe race, surf-ski competitions, standup paddling sprints and long-distance swims. Some of the world’s greatest athletes travel from California, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, and French Polynesia to put their physical and mental endurance to the test.
Although competitive by nature, this isn’t your typical sporting event. The overall ambiance is playful and celebratory. Family and friends gather on the beach to cheer on the participants and enjoy an afternoon of activities. There are DJs spinning on the beach, festive outdoor barbecues, traditional Tahitian dance shows and a variety of tours and excursions open to everyone. Simply put, the Bora Bora Liquid Festival is a great big party in the lagoon.
“This is one of the most unique and exciting events I’ve ever been a part of,” says open water swimmer Alex Kostich. “While the event is a great racing experience in and of itself, what I love about the Liquid Festival is the celebratory nature of the gathering; its produced by and populated by people who grew up around and have a deep affinity for the ocean. While the events are all highly competitive and incredibly exciting, there’s an undercurrent of passion that infuses the whole week which you don’t necessarily see anywhere else. It’s a stunning location of course, but more importantly it’s a celebration of all things aquatic—and to my knowledge that’s never been done before.”
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