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Canoe Hurdling

Canoe Hurdling (also called Waka Hurdling) was a sport in which participants in canoes attempt to paddle over wooden beams placed in the water. It was a sport practiced early last century in New Zealand and other places throughout Polynesia.

There were two people in each canoe. The technique used to go over the log varied. Some participants stayed in their canoe, with them moving forward in the canoe to tip the front over the log. Another technique was for one or both of the paddlers to jump out of the canoe and push the canoe over the obstacle.

canoe hurdling competitiona canoe hurdling competition in New Zealand

There have been attempts in New Zealand to revive the sport and keep the tradition going.

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