It's that time of the year again where local Outrigger Canoe Clubs battle it out in the 50km Change-over Race.
On November 16, Fiji Outrigger will host the annual Uprising Challenge in collaboration with Uprising Resort in Pacific Harbour.
The 50km mixed changeover race from Suva to Pacific Harbour is now in its 6th year and going strong.
For the first time, an international team from Hawaii will be competing alongside the local clubs.
"We are expecting seven local teams and the Hawaiian Waikoloa Canoe Club team with talk of a Samoan team also attending so we're expecting nearly a 100 paddlers overall," said Sydel Whippy, the president of Fiji Outrigger.
"This style of change over race is the toughest long distance race on the Fiji Outrigger calendar taking over 4 hours to complete.
"It is styled off Hawaii's Molokai Hoe which races from the island of Molokai to the finish at Waikiki on Oahu. It is considered the premium change over race in the World.
Uprising Change Over takes the canoes offshore in Open Ocean and tests the crews paddling and ocean skills as well as their endurance."
Preparations over the past few weeks have been strenuous yet fun.
"Crews have been training specifically for this race since the outrigger sprint series finished in August.
"They have specifically been training for off-shore ocean racing and the changeover technique where fresh paddlers are dropped in the water ahead of the canoe and need to climb into the moving canoe as paddlers being replaced jump out," Whippy said.
The Lami-based Kaiwai Canoe Club has taken the race the last two years running and will be out to retain their title.
"Kaiwai will have a strong defense this year with a strong combination of experienced long distance paddlers many who have done all 5 Uprising races to date," Whippy added.
However, expect strong challenges from other local clubs namely Takia, Nadi Bay, Taf'aga, USP Pacific Islanders and visiting Hawaiian Waikoloa Canoe Club.
Uprising Beach Resort and Spa are the major sponsors for this year's Uprising Challenge.