Day one of the 2016 Waka Ama World Championships brought together the world's finest paddlers. The Sunshine Coast lived up to its name, putting on a stunner of a day for all who were present.
Paddlers from the New Zealand contingent displayed a wealth of talent as they took to the water to compete in their respective sections.
Para paddler AJ Macdonald scooped up a bronze medal in the Para Women (VL3) V1 500 race with an impressive time of 3:19:36.
AJ with her coach Roni Nuku
The Para Men's (VL3) V1 500 race saw New Zealand's Brendon Kete finish in 5th place with the time of 2:55:81.
Ngāti Pikiao's George Thomas maintained his winning steak. Beaten by less than a quarter of a boat length, Thomas managed to finish in second place in the Adaptive VL2 V1 500 section.
George Thomas with fellow competitor Gregory Crouse.
Heats also took place today with New Zealand and Australia giving world champions Tahiti a good run for their money.
Below are highlights of some of today's heats.
New Zealand Open Women's V6 500: