Latest Release: ARE TAHITI Names Mainland U.S. Distributor

© Ben Thouard : Baptiste Gossein (on Sea Doo), Front paddler: Georges Cronsteadt

1/25/21 • For Immediate Release • Papeete, French Polynesia

ARE TAHITI, which prides itself on designing high-performance outrigger canoes, is pleased to announce its partnership with ARE Outrigger World as its exclusive mainland U.S. distributor.

Newport Beach-based ARE Outrigger World will distribute ARE Tahiti’s three primary outriggers—the rudderless V1; the OC1, with rudder; and the V6 Matahina, the team canoe with an unsurpassed racing record in Tahiti, Hawaii and Australia.

Front two: Justin Feesago, Tim Ohno, Center: Joey Alvarez, Back two: Carlos Rios, Bernard Cablayan

ARE TAHITI manufactures outriggers with painstaking attention to design, craftsmanship and high customer expectations. It is steered by a mission to make canoes faster and more fun for more and more paddlers. By partnering with ARE Outrigger World, ARE Tahiti will help outrigger canoeing reach more and more paddlers throughout the United States.

“I am very pleased to have found a distributor who shares my obsession for quality and customer satisfaction,” said ARE Tahiti founder Baptiste Gossein. “It’s an excellent opportunity to bring the ultimate paddling experience of our fine canoes to racers and recreational paddlers alike.”

ARE Outrigger World head Joey Alvarez, himself an avid paddler, expressed excitement over the new relationship. “To be associated with ARE Tahiti is an honor—and an opportunity to fuel the growth of outrigging in the United States.”

ARE Tahiti will begin delivering canoes to the mainland U.S. in early March, 2021, and ARE Outrigger World anticipates a tremendous response. These canoes can help outrigger clubs improve their racing records with the V6 Matahina, help individual paddlers improve their skills with the V1 rudderless canoe, or give paddlers who prefer ruddered canoes the new and improved standard in this class—the OC1 Mana. 

For more information, visit the ARE Tahiti website at


  • by Frankie Sevilleja
    January 27, 2021 4:58 am 0Likes

    How is your oc1 on lakes? I mostly paddle and train oc6 on lakes. I’m looking into something different from everybodys oc1 such as pu’ukea, Ares, pu’eu canoes. If you can share some information on your ARE Tahiti. Ty

    • by ARETahiti
      January 27, 2021 5:27 am 0Likes

      Will do. We are testing OC1 Mana next week with different paddlers. Lakes will be similar to flat harbor water…rudderless V1 will be good on lakes except for windy days, OC1 would be better on windy days.

  • by Peter Cruz
    February 12, 2021 7:09 am 0Likes

    where and when can i try an OC1?

    • by ARETahiti
      February 15, 2021 4:20 pm 0Likes

      Hi Peter, Where do you paddle?

  • by Jb Ioaba
    February 24, 2021 7:34 am 0Likes

    How did the testing go. Any feedback on flat water performance?

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