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.
There have been attempts in New Zealand to revive the sport and keep the tradition going.
- Hurdles (track & field) — involves running and jumping over regularly spaced obstacles at speed.
- Canoe Tilting — participants on canoes attempt to knock each other off and into the water.
- Canoeing — a paddle sport in which the rider kneels or sits facing forward in a canoe.
- Canoe Marathon — athletes paddle a kayak or canoe over a long distance, often with out-of-water sections.