Samoa dominates American Samoa’s Aunu’u Challenge

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GREAT PADDLING AND FELLOWSHIP: Paddlers from Samoa and American Samoa who gathered at Utulei for the Aunu’u Challenge during the weekend. Photos: Supplied.

GREAT PADDLING AND FELLOWSHIP: Paddlers from Samoa and American Samoa who gathered at Utulei for the Aunu’u Challenge during the weekend. Photos: Supplied.

The Laumei Opens team is the undisputed champion of the 25km Aunu’u Regatta Iron Challenge held in American Samoa during the weekend. 

The Laumei team had a secret weapon in the form of superwoman Amanda Wheatley. They dominated the opens category from start to finish. 

Hosted by American Samoa’s Alo-o-Samoa Outrigger Canoe Club, the marathon started from Utulei waterfront to Aunu’u Island and back. Laumei OC Club was among the clubs from Samoa who tackled the challenge. 

Also present were open and mixed teams from Nafanua O.C.C and Pualele O.C.C who took second and third place respectively, completing Samoa’s domination in American Samoa.

 

2017 AUNU’U IRON CHALLENGE RESULTS

 

V6 Open Men 12.5 km

1. Laumei 1:23.45 

2. Nafanua 1:26.35 

3. Pualele 1:33.42 

4. Alo O Samoa 1:37.00 

 

V6 Open Mixed 12.5 km

1. Galu Afi 1:12 va’a 

2. Alo O Samoa 1:15 

 

Open Men 25 km

1. Laumei 2:21.12 

2. Nafanua 2:23.05

 

GREAT PADDLING AND FELLOWSHIP: Paddlers from Samoa and American Samoa who gathered at Utulei for the Aunu’u Challenge during the weekend. Photos: Supplied.
GREAT PADDLING AND FELLOWSHIP: Paddlers from Samoa and American Samoa who gathered at Utulei for the Aunu’u Challenge during the weekend. Photos: Supplied.
The Pualele Open Men’s team also featured a woman, Dr. Malama Tafuna’i.
The Pualele Open Men’s team also featured a woman, Dr. Malama Tafuna’i.

V6 Open Mixed 25 km

1. Fuzzy Manta 2:32.05 

2. Atafa i Moana 2:36.51 

3. Le Vasa 2:48.51

 

V1 4km Harbor Course

Open Women

1. Amanda Wheatley

2. Malama Tafunai

3. Erika Radewagen

 

Open Men

1. Esera Aumua

2. Dan Conley

3. Jacktai Laban

4. Elton Peterson

5. James Tamasese

6. Jonathan Porter

7. Kopelani Tuulama

8. Lucas Sooaemalelagi

9. Vito Lealasola

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