2017 Waterman Tahiti Tour | Ironmana

2017 Mistral Waterman in Tahiti

In 2107 Mistral parterned and sponsored the Waterman Tahiti Tour.
This is a Waterman Event with a difference, open to all comers, simply willing to pit themselves against themselves, against the elements, against uncertainty, an event which hits home hard in respect of authenticity, set in the remote beauty of Tahiti and her islands, taking in Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa and Bora Bora. Created by Stephan Lambert, the concept is simple enough, but it is the venue in which it is served up and the tossed-salad format which makes it uniquely special to all other waterman styled events and the survival based nature of the challenges which make it full-bore-core and not a token offering.


"Expect nothing, be ready for everything . . . go deeper . .." A waterman should be able to deal anytime, anywhere with what can happen in order to be water polyvalent and mentally, totally open.

Further to this, it explores the very idea that a Waterman must be an adventurer, a trailblazer, in a state of constant pioneering metamorphosis and that it is not satisfactory to be in a transitory state, but to exist in a rich prism of opportunity and readiness and in this context, the Waterman Tahiti Tour (WTT) offers exactly this. Waterman Tahiti Tour Disciplines Stand up paddle boarding, prone paddle boarding, ocean swimming and a mele of other random disciplines; plank contest, rowing machine, va'a hoe, surfski, underwater rock running, beach sprints and running. The event is open to all-comers over the age of 15 years of age. Waterman Tahiti Tour Mistral Junior Waterman (under 15yrs) A value adding event series for junior age water atheletes (under 15yrs) for the 2017 season, competing on Mistral 11'6 Lombok Tribe Boards.

The famous Ironmana is the Waterman Tahiti Tour Final which in 2017 will be staged from Dec 4th to Dec 9th on the island of Huanine. Ironmana Partnered Events and Waterman Tahiti Tour (Final) Qualifying Series Ironmana, with the Pacific Paddle Games Dana Point USA California and the 11 Cities SUP Tour, Holland. Thanks to the generosity of Air Tahiti Nui airline tickets are awarded to podium finishers in varying divisions in order that they may attend the Ironmana, Waterman Tahiti Tour Final in Bora Bora. 


WTT Round 1: Punaauia PK

11 - 12 March 2017

Recognised as one of the best beaches on the island of Tahiti, Punaauia was the location for the opening WWT event in 2017. With majestic views towards the island of Moorea, Punaauia (pronounced poo'navia) sets the scene for a mix of hotly contested events including prone paddle boarding, stand up paddle boarding and swimming. A magnificent location offering clear waters and lots of local supporting spectators. 

WTT Round 2: Papara Taharu'u

14 - 16 April 2017

Located on the black sand beach of Papara, is one of Tahiti's only beach breaks. A beautiful location on the south side of Tahiti Nui and given its user friendly nature, it is also one of the most popular places to surf. The wave is pretty standard of a beach break, so there is a fair mix between closeouts and peaky, punchy rides. It's a good place for those not quite ready for the heavier reef breaks or a non-surfing partner wanting to learn at certain times of the year.  

WTT Round 3: Huahine Explorer

25 - 28 May

A stunnning Explorer styled 'survivor' event, the event is designed to tap into places unknown within you. Huahine is immaculately tropical and effortlessly Polynesian. Lush and scarcely developed, this is an island to visit for extreme calm, communing with nature and a genuine taste of culture. Huahine feels like one island, but in fact it's two, connected by a short bridge. Huahine Nui (Big Huahine), to the north, is home to the bustling little village of Fare. Rugged and isolated Huahine Iti (Little Huahine), to the south, offers the islands’ best beaches, azure lagoons and a serene, get-away-from-it-all atmosphere. If you want to test yourself in a paradisiacal setting, this is the place to be.

WTT Round 4: Moorea

10 - 11 June

The Magicial Island of Moorea. A few minutes from the island of Tahiti by plane and only thirty minutes by high-speed catamaran, Moorea soars magically out of the ocean in an explosion of green velvet - what you would imagine a South Seas island to be. A wide, shallow lagoon surrounds the island's vertical mountains where poetic threads of waterfalls tumble down fern-softened cliffs. Peaceful meadows flanked by pinnacles of green will fill your senses and renew your belief in the majesty of nature. Pastel-painted houses surrounded by gardens of hibiscus and birds of paradise, circle the island in a fantasy of happy, yet simple villages. Again swimming, SUP and prone paddle boarding are on the menu of events to test your limits

WTT Round 5: Tehaupo'o

26 - 30 July

The town of Teahupoo has seen surfers coming from all regions of the globe since the 1960s. Back then, wave riders were discovering that it was possible to paddle out to a reasonable surf break in only fifteen minutes. The first surfer to claim the first ride at Teahupoo was Tahitian Thierry Vernaudon, in 1985. Take the opportunity to spend time in this magical and remote part of Tahiti and feel the mana that is ever present in this staggeringly beautiful location, rimmed with volcanic mountains of emerald, lush green vegetation.

Tahiti Nui Ironmana Channel Crossing

20 - 26 November

An epic traditional canoe sailing race. The sailing outrigger canoe is a powerful symbol in Polynesian culture. It was once the main means of inter-island transport. A challenging race from Tahiti to Bora Bora with stages to Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea and Tahaa. The organizers are in association with AIR TAHITI NUI and TAHITI TOURISM and the POLYNESIAN FEDERATION OF TRADITIONAL SPORT AND GAMES aim to perpetuate the ancestral art of outrigger canoe sailing. This is an extreme sport requiring high levels of physical prowess. It demands non-stop action, paddling in search of wind & swell.

Ironmana WTT Final - Liquid

27 - 3 Dec

The IRONMANA - WATERMAN TAHITI TOUR FINAL is a fun and joyous celebration of water sports and Tahitian culture hosted each year during the month of December. 2017 marks the 17th consecutive year for the festival. "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." The 2017 Ironmana was staged on the island of Huahine.

Tahiti Fly Shoots

March 11th 2017 Onwards

Tahiti's leading drone (aerial) video production team, cover all the action from the WWT and Ironmana Events.

Tim McKenna Photography

March 11th 2017 Onwards

Tim McKenna, originally from Australia, residing in Tahiti, is the official photographer for the WWT and Ironmana events.