HISTORY OF THE OUTRIGGER CANOE
THE OUTRIGGER CANOE, ONE BOAT, ONE RELIGION, ONE STATE OF MIND
Discovery of the island of friend by the polynesien population with their outrigger canoe
The construction becomes a religious rite has whole part. She is followed by high priests and is given rhythm by invocations to the gods as Tané-i-té the god of the toll manufacturers of "pahi". Once ended the outrigger canoe was baptized and dedicated to a god. The launch of the outrigger canoe was always preceded by an offering to Pohu, the god "shark". The offering in the atua (" god in Tahitian) was very often proportional in the importance of the journey for which the outrigger canoe was intended. The launch of the boat was followed by all the population and the leader of the village. She came along with numerous ceremonies and with meal of parties. All these traditions still are for the greater part respected by the Hawaiian and Tahitian peoples. The outrigger canoe knew how to cross ages by keeping all its authenticity. It represents by itself the culture of the ocean today and is the emblem of the Polynesian islands of which it is native in the same way as the tiare flower.
FROM A SIMPLE MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION TO THE REAL SPORT
From V1 to the OC1, the recent and surprising evolution.
Outrigger canoe surfing OC4It is in fact the Czechoslovak, Karel Tresnak who is at the origin of the design of the OC1 and his history is surprising: In the 70s, Karel Tresnak is one of the best Cistus of slalom in the world: twice world champion (in 1973 and 1975), he defects at the beginning of 1980s and passes on the West by obtaining a green card in the USA. At that time, the Eastern countries were recognized as far ahead regarding sports preparation while the western countries were far from the scientific and individualized techniques practised behind the Iron Curtain. At the beginning of the 80s, Karel is contacted by one of the biggest club of the island of Ohau in Hawaii who wished to optimize the training of their teams OC6 with the aim of first one Molokaï to Ohau, the race which was going to become a true myth in the world of the outrigger canoe. Arrived on the spot, Karel noticed that there was no plan of training individualized according to the morphology and according to the place of every rower. The team contented itself with a volume of ream in common drived by a coach on a boat follower. Thus he made V1 of Tahiti come so that every rower of the team can make training individualized besides the trainings by team. In front of the difficulty of the rowers to hold their cape, he had the idea to adapt a rudder on V1. Then one thing leading to another, and with the aim of adapting outrigger canoes to the local conditions, he had the idea to reduce their size, to give them some "rocker" and to replace the coaming by a position seat on top Even if it means designing a new format of outrigger canoe, he said to himself that it would be good to return it practical: aluminum iatos clickable was the last evolution. THE modern OC1 had been born and does not stop being since improved.
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