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Sea Kayaking

6 Kayaking in the Antarctic

10 A view from the rear

14 KASK forum Anakiwa

White Water Kayaking

18 Aratiatia Rapids

Kayak Fishing

22 Taranaki Kayak Classic

24 Up the Jolly Roger


28 Carpe Diem - ‘Sieze the day’

30 Trans Taupo race roundup

32 Trans Taupo Results

34 Make the most of winter... summer is coming

36 The Rodney Coastal Challenge multisport race

- Fun for everyone.

38 A family affair with the Delamares


5 Editorial

20 Product Focus

40 Learn To Kayak

42 Recipe

43 Buyers Guide

50 Directory: Things To Do

Special Feature

13 William’s kayak dream comes true

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W H I T E W A T E R • R I V E R • S E A • M U L T I S P O R T • F I S H I N G • L A K E S

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Kayaker’s Visibility

The Auckland Regional Council has been hearing submissions on their Bylaw 2.17. It concerns kayak visibility in

the Auckland area.

Discussions with many kayaking groups and individuals over the last months have caused me, along with

many others, to speak at the Hearing. Many feel a bylaw in this circumstance will not be as useful as a wellorchestrated

education program, but it was suggested by the council that funding for education would be more

available when a bylaw exists. The problem I see with bylaws is they can seldom be enforced in any meaningful

way. An education plan, ‘Keep your kayak and gear bright and visible’ and to boaties; ‘Keep a proper watch’

would have significantly better results. However the Chairperson and Councillors interacted with submitters and

allowed them to ask questions or give opinions on others’ submissions. Hopefully everyone will benefit from the

outcome. The key reason for the Bylaw is to make Kayakers more visible to reduce the likelihood of being run

over by larger vessels.

As I am a kayaker and a power boat owner I thought I would let you know the way I handle visibility when I’m out on the water.

A kayaker is most visible when using a flag and wearing a bright coloured top, hat and/or PFD. At night, my all round white light and strong

torch always help me to be seen. I keep a careful look out for all vessels and, wherever possible, keep out of their way. I am doubly careful

when the setting or rising sun may blind an approaching vessel to my existence.

As a power boatie, I take extreme care to expect the unexpected. When moving I keep a look out at all times. Small boats may be obscured

by swells, I never motor straight into the setting or rising sun, I zigzag. This allows me to keep a proper look out and not be blinded by the

sun. I reduce speed when I cannot see it is clear ahead.

The standard rule at Sea is ‘MIGHT IS RIGHT’. Of course this is not legally correct but it’s undeniable when a collision occurs. The small boat

is wrecked; the big boat gets a scratch. Kayakers should make life as easy as possible for boaties by being seen and, where possible, out of

their way. And the ‘big boys’ have to pay more attention to us little ones!

No one wins in a collision. The kayaker is hurt or killed; the boatie has to live with the thought that his or her action, or inaction, caused great

suffering. A timely reminder is “A moment’s inattention can ruin a lifetime of happiness”. Don’t drop your guard folks and stay safe. It’s just like

driving on the road. When you assume that other drivers will make mistakes you are more likely to avoid accidents!

Yakity Yakers have just finished a wicked Whanganui Trip! There were 48 of us on the river for six days, enjoying food and great company, in

heaps of sunshine. I am revitalized for another year and looking forward to April next year. A special thanks to all the leaders who looked after

the pods. Without you - Russell, Gregory, Nick, Tony and Bevan, it could not be done. You Guys Rock!

Cheers Peter Townend


Peter Townend

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ISSUE FIFTY • 2009 5

Sea Kayaking

Kayaking in the Antarctic By Ron Chandler

14 Kayakers paddle in freezing conditions around Marguerite Bay

Marguerite Bay has some of the most pristine scenery in the Antarctic

Peninsula and opportunities to spot wildlife such as the emperor penguin and

elusive Ross seal.

In December 2008 100 passengers, of which 14 were kayakers,

were aboard the ‘Academic Sergy Vavilov’, a 6500 tonne

Russian survey ship sailing from Ushuaia to the Antarctic.

Three days at 12 knots through the sheltered waters of the Beagle

Channel and the notoriously rough Drake Passage got us to Marguerite

Bay well within the Antartctic Circle. The ship’s

strengthened hull and powerful stern drive

system made her ideally suited to enter small

bays and manoeuvre through narrow channels.

Accessing our kayaks via an inflatable

Zodiac proved steadier, much safer and

quicker than using the ship’s gangplank

or the beach. We paddled on six occasions for a total of 15 hours

in air and sea temperatures of minus 2 degrees. We were quite

comfortable wearing three layers of polyprop under a dry suit.

Amidst amazing scenery and wildlife we paddled around icebergs,

each spectacular in itself; many unbelievably blue. We saw Adelie,

Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins, Whales, Seals, Albatross, Terns,

Skuas, and Gulls. The silence was often broken by the sound of

cracking ice and the roar of an occasional distant avalanche. In

a calm bay, sitting still, eyes closed, the sounds were dramatic.

On our last day, attempting an Eskimo roll and eager to get my head above

icy water my spray skirt came off. I had

an impromptu dip in the Antarctic Ocean!

Strictly governed by the 1959 Antarctic

Treaty our activities included visiting

penguin colonies, abandoned research

centres and an old whaling station

linked to the South Shetland Islands.

An albatross soaring close to the ship,

or a penguin approaching within a metre, are wonderful experiences, but

observing this magnificent Continent from a kayak adds a whole new


Attempting an Eskimo roll and eager to

get my head above icy water my spray

skirt came off. I had an impromptu

dip in the Antarctic Ocean!

6 I S S U E F I F T Y • 2 0 0 9

Marguerite Bay is one of the largest bays

on the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Sea Kayaking

Paddling amongst the glaciers and

icebergs gives a dramatic perspective.

The penguins enjoy the view too!

Sea Kayaking is available for a little extra

and experience is required.

Zodiacs are used for access to the

kayaks – a much safer option than

the ships gang plank.

Sea Kayaking

A view from the rear

by Elaine Vine

Novice paddler Elaine Vine learns some valuable lessons

on her January trip to the Abel Tasman National Park.

On my very first kayaking/camping trip

I learnt valuable lessons.

Having had time on the ferry and a quick

shopping trip en-route to get to know my

fellow paddlers, we travelled to Marahau

in a rental van with the Canoe & Kayak

truck towing the trailer of kayaks.

We got to Marahau a bit later than planned,

which meant the tide was well out. So one of

my first lessons was it is very hard work to

carry kayaks and gear up and down beaches!

A second challenge - how to pack my gear

into a kayak. I pushed and shoved and fiddled.

There was lots of good advice from more

experienced group members, and eventually

I got most packed away. Most, but not quite

all. Laurna turned out to be a godsend. She

had less stuff than me, and, I hasten to add,

a bigger kayak! She volunteered to take

a couple of bits in her kayak that I hadn’t

squeezed into mine.

On the water at last, we paddled to Appletree

Bay and pitched camp for the night on our first

golden sandy beach. Beautiful to look at, and

the water was beautiful to swim in too. We

started on one of our most popular off-thewater

activities - checking out what others

were eating - Laurna’s marinated fresh fish

(bought at a supermarket earlier in the day)

was definitely a cut above the rest. Another

favourite off-the-water activity was checking

out what gear others had. Liz’s camp bed

warrants mention. Her philosophy is comfort

first – the hot water bottle which appeared

later on the trip was more evidence of that.

On Saturday morning, we packed up and

paddled to the beginning of the ‘mad mile’.

It looked as if it might be living up to its

reputation, so our intrepid leader Neil and his

equally intrepid offsider Jim paddled around

Laurna’s marinated fresh fish was

definitely a cut above the rest.

the point to check it out. They reported

that it was indeed too ‘mad’ for the whole

group to attempt, so ten of us paddled back

to Observation Beach to wait for better

conditions. Meanwhile, Neil took five keen,

more experienced paddlers around the point

to check out the ‘mad mile’ a bit more.

When they returned conditions had improved

enough for all of us to go. There was a bit of

a swell and the water was quite choppy, but

for me the biggest problem was the persistent

head wind. As the least experienced, and

definitely the slowest, paddler in our group, it

was on this section that I really appreciated

the support and careful attention to safety

of more experienced and stronger paddlers.

Dave was never more than a metre or two on

one side of me and Jim the same on the other.

Their presence, not to mention their advice

and encouragement, meant I paddled with

confidence if not with any great skill. Towards

the end, Neil came back and gave me a

tow - good practice for him, he told me, and I

certainly didn’t mind having a bit of help.

Safely through the ‘mad mile’, we stopped

at The Anchorage for a late lunch, and

discovered that the campsite has filtered

drinking water and flush loos - what luxury!

Late lunch turned into an overnight stay

because the rain came and the sea conditions

chopped up badly again. Fortunately the DoC

people found room for us to camp. Clearly we

weren’t going to make it to the Mosquito Bay

campsite where we were booked in.

On top of our paddling efforts through the

‘mad mile’, we had plenty of kayak carrying

practice at The Anchorage. The kayaks had to

be carried off the beach and put onto storage

racks for the night. Some of us then went

swimming to relax - why not? Sure it was

raining, but you get wet swimming so it makes

no difference if you are getting wet from

above also.

On Sunday morning we packed up, carried

the kayaks down to the beach and, with a brief

stop at Bark Bay, paddled to Mosquito Bay

- still in the company of wind and showers,

but less than the day before. Fortunately,

10 I S S U E F I F T Y • 2 0 0 9

Mosquito Bay didn’t live up to its name, so we really enjoyed its beauty.

The whole of the National Park is beautiful, but I thought Mosquito Bay

was especially so. It’s not a big bay, but it has an estuary and a wee

island in the middle. Lots of deep, soft, golden sand – lovely to look at,

but hard work to carry kayaks and gear across.

We set up camp and had lunch. Laurna created yet another of her

culinary masterpieces. I assisted in putting together some couscous

she had cooked the previous evening, veges from each of our stores,

a small can of lemon and cracked pepper flavoured salmon from my

store. It looked and tasted great.

After lunch seven keen types set off for Tonga Island, three

stayed at Mosquito Bay and rested, and the other six of

us paddled back to Bark Bay to explore the estuary. The

Tonga Island group joined us there. They had decided

against a very hard slog to the island. Instead, we showed

them ‘our’ estuary - a very pretty sheltered spot. On the

way back to Mosquito Bay, one of us stuck on a particularly

sneaky underwater rock that was poking out from the

shore. He pushed himself and his kayak up and off the

rock, luckily because I was the only one nearby. I’m willing

enough, but definitely short on skills, not to mention the

strength to be anyone’s saviour.

Swimming at Mosquito Bay, we had a delightful experience.

A shag unexpectedly dived in and briefly swam with us.

Neil determined on an early Monday morning start. At

6 a.m. someone, who shall remain nameless, banged

pans together very loudly. It shocked the young French

couple who had pitched their tent next to mine. French

language panic followed until they figured out there was no

emergency, just our group getting going.

The weather was kind to us on Monday - sunny and warm with wind

nowhere near as strong as on the previous day. But it had changed

direction and we had too. We were again paddling into it. Not fair!

From Mosquito Bay we paddled back past The Anchorage and

stopped for a short rest and a snack at a small bay just before the

‘mad mile’. It was still a bit bumpy and breezy, but this time much

milder in both respects so I paddled all the way single-handed.

Safely through we paddled on to Observation Beach and set up

camp. Our tents may be small, but it was an interesting exercise

to fit them all into the campsite. It’s another very pretty place, but

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Sea Kayaking

Team briefing or Simon Says?

there’s not much flat ground.

After lunch, six intrepid souls paddled around Adele Island. The other

ten spent a restful afternoon on the beach where a pair of oyster

catchers, sitting on an egg, didn’t appreciate our presence. They

complained loudly and dive-bombed anyone close.

Jim foraged for mussels, Rachel and Nikki brought them ashore, Chris

and Richard did sterling work cooking them. Later on, the rest of us

appreciated their efforts by helping to eat the mussels.

On Tuesday, the last day of our trip we paddled back to Marahau. I

wasn’t left so far behind so I was paddling a bit faster. But perhaps, with

the end of the trip in sight, everyone else was taking it easy!

At Marahau, the tide was well out. Again we carried kayaks and gear,

packed and loaded for the drive to Picton. Most of us had showers – oh,

the bliss! – but not in a very orderly fashion. Two or three walked to a

public campground and paid to shower. The next person missed out

when the manager said “no more or we’ll run out of hot water for our

resident campers”. The rest of us, unaware of all that, went to a private

campground just across the road. . The residents were aghast and the

owner wasn’t there. We confidently said we were supposed to be there

and happy to pay for showers. They cheered up. We showered and

paid. A pity about the misinformation we gave them though. Let’s hope

the owner wasn’t horrified when he or she found out.

After five such enjoyable days it seemed a real pity to go our separate

ways when we got back to Wellington. The weather had sometimes

been dodgy, the tides seemed to be low at inconvenient times, but the

food and company were high quality. Those who have been on Yakity-

Yak Club trips tell me, the newbie, that there are always neat trips to

look forward to. There’s no need to feel bad that the current one had to

end. What a great way to look at the world!


Neil – Excellent trip leader and winner of ‘why paddle your kayak when

you can sail it?’

Jim –‘I can tease and help at the same time.’

Dave – ‘Zigzag, circle, and paddle fastest in the opposite direction to

everyone else.’

Rachel – ‘Cheerful encourager.’

Jimmy – ‘Keeping count – it’s what auditors do.’

Joy – ‘Good advice about gear.’

Nikki – ‘Carrying mussels when swimming makes you sink.’

Brett – ‘Common sense.’

York – ‘I love to swim and swim and swim and …’

Chris – ‘Good grief, I’m camping!’

Richard – ‘Thank goodness for kayak wheels.’

Liz – ‘Home comforts.’

Elaine – ‘Most effective expletive.’

12 I S S U E F I F T Y • 2 0 0 9

William’s Kayak Dream Comes True

Canoe and Kayak Bay of Plenty owners - Steve and Karen

Knowles in co-operation with, and support of, local kayaker

Robbie Banks have enjoyed the opportunity to help

‘Make-A-Wish New Zealand’.

The Tauranga kayaker/instructor and member of the local kayak club

raised $1535 last September kayaking 366km solo from Tutukaka to

Cape Reinga.

William’s wish came true today - Tuesday 28th April 2009. In his

mother’s words - “ 11yr old William from Rotorua made a wish to have a

kayak so he could go out fishing on all the lakes with

his dad - and hopefully his mum and sisters too”.

‘Make-A-Wish New Zealand’ has been granting wishes

t o seriously ill children and young people since 1987.

Wishes bring magic, joy and hope to these children and

their families coping with serious illnesses.

Today the reward was to see the smile on a little boy’s

face as he realized the gleaming Mission double sit-on

kayak and accessories were all for him!

Robbie said - “It is an immensely satisfying feeling to

know we have created hope and happiness for William

and his family.”

And “I’m looking forward to hear about all the

adventures they enjoy together.

Including hearing about his first fish story”.

We would like to say “A big thank you” to all who kindly

supported this fundraising event.

Steve looks on as William and Robbie checks out kayak and all its gear.

Favourite Places to Paddle #1

Following estuaries from the coast to the inner

suburbs of Auckland is one of my favourite places.

Using a road map, travelling under the motorway,

past all kinds of backyards and ending up at a bush

reserve or thick mangroves is an amazing feature of

a modern metropolitan city.

Luke and Diana Austin, Auckland YY Club.

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ISSUE FIFTY • 2009 13

Sea Kayaking


by Paul Caffyn

The JKA pod, one of many going through some on-water training.

The annual KASK Forum, a gathering of sea kayakers from

throughout New Zealand, alternates between the North and

South islands. The 2009 forum was held at the Anakiwa

Outward Bound School in the Marlborough Sounds. Feedback

from those paddlers attending suggests this was one of the

best ever forums.

What makes the venue so great? It is a combination of location close

to Picton, proximity to the sea, superb catering, better than average

accommodation and excellent facilities for slide shows and workshops.

For the Sunday night campout, where all the forum attendees take to

the water and paddle out to Mistletoe Bay, the paddle from Anakiwa

takes only a few hours depending on the time spent tiki-touring.

Why was the 2009 Forum so good?

A combination of smooth organization, overseas presenters along

with New Zealand instructors and a good mix of onshore/ on the water

workshops. The socializing over drinks and superb meals in the great

hall goes without saying. Two of Australia’s most experienced expedition

paddlers were both keynote presenters and on the water instructors.

David Winkworth, who won the highest award for bravery in Australia

for rescuing his fellow paddler from the jaws of a huge crocodile on the

tropical coast of Queensland, recounted his latest trip from Karumba

to Darwin, with tales of chasing crocs and big sharks attacking their

kayaks. Sandy Robson from Western Australia gave a slide show on

her attempt to paddle around Australia; she started from Queenscliff but

was attacked by a big croc south of Cape York and pulled the pin.

On the Friday evening, Max Grant showed slides of his trip from

Doubtful Sound, south around the Fiordland Coast to Bluff, a paddle

that commenced with five paddlers and ended with Max and his

daughter Melanie completing the arduous paddle. Following was

Paul Caffyn’s presentation on a paddle down the south-east coast of

Greenland that he and Conrad Edwards completed through icy seas in

August 2008.

The range of topics and workshops available showed the full depth

of talented paddlers we have in New Zealand, ranging from GPS

navigation and use of marine VHF radios to Greenland rolling and for

the first time a Feldenkrais Workshop.

The annual photographic competition showed not only how talented

Kiwi paddlers are at taking photos on the water but also showcased

our stunning coastal scenery, marine fauna and flora. Those paddlers

James Jenkins shows off the many talents required by a true paddler.

14 I S S U E F I F T Y • 2 0 0 9

Favourite Places to Paddle #2

K Kililea leading his sailing session.

One of the most underrated winter paddling spots

in Auckland is the Manukau Harbour. There is

hardly any boat traffic compared to the other side,

and if the weather is a bit dodgy you can still find

sheltered parts to get on the water. The Awhitu

Peninsula side is great for Stingrays, Clarks

Beach to Glenbrook/Waiuku has many picturesque

bays. Closer to town Mangere Bridge offers up

easy access and many short or longer trips. Julie,

Manukau YY Club

winning too many photo awards are dobbed in as judges for the next

year’s competition.

On the Sunday afternoon, over 70 paddlers packed kayaks with

overnight camping equipment, good tucker and supplies of medicinal

alcohol, for a paddle to the campsite at Mistletoe Bay. A grouping of

paddlers into pods is great not only for socializing but good experience

for organizing future trips, assessing the skills of paddlers and checking

paddlers have the necessary safety equipment. The vast grassy fields

Mistletoe Bay pod at Davies Bay campsite

at the bay soon disappeared under a colourful tapestry of tents and

kayaks on trolleys. The overnight campout is the time for catching up

with old mates from far away, looking at the latest developments with

kit and kayaks, relaxing under the stars, and being lulled to sleep by a

group of paddlers singing along to tunes from a mouth organ.

Planning is already underway for the 2010 KASK Forum, to be held

north of Whangarei over the weekend 16 – 18 April, to be followed by

an informal gathering the next week for social paddling in the Bay of

Islands. The KASK forums are open to all Kiwi paddlers. As planning

proceeds more information will be available on the KASK website:

Some made it all the way from Auckland

ISSUE FIFTY • 2009 15

Join Your Local

Lots of friendly faces. Taking a break during the Sea Kayak Skills Course.

Come and explore our beautiful

country’s tranquil waterways ...

...or experience adrenalin filled days

on our world class rivers



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The Yakity Yak

Kayak Club

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Would you like to spend time with

a bunch of mates exploring New

Zealand’s beautiful coastline and


‘Too old’ you say or ‘not fit enough’

or ‘don’t like clubs because of the

dreaded committees!’ Well guess

what, you are never too old for the

gentle motion of kayaking. Can you

walk? Well then, you can paddle, in

fact we have had members with a

missing leg or two.

The only committee meetings we

have are wine and cheese evenings

to plan our kayaking trips. No

secretary, no treasurer, just show up

and have fun. That’s our motto.

So come and join our club. You will

get a weekend skills course to show

you paddling techniques and safety


Don’t worry if you don’t own a

kayak- we have heaps. Once you

have completed the weekend skills

course, come along on any club

trips you like. We can hire you a

kayak for these if you need.

There is something on nearly every

weekend year round. Sometimes we

go away camping; or we just cruise

around the harbour stopping on

beaches for coffee and chocolate, or

our legendary club pancakes!

There is never any charge for going

on club trips. We’ll even send you

the New Zealand Kayak Magazine

and there are loads of in store

benefits for our club members.

All training is provided,

just come and have fun!

So take a look at the back cover

and give your local Canoe & Kayak

centre a call or better come and see

us. We’d love to tell you more and

get you hooked on the wonderful

sport of kayaking and probably the

best kayak club in the world!

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White Water

Aratiatia Rapids

by Josh Neilson

Four kayakers perch in their kayaks awaiting the rising

river for a ride of a lifetime!

Watching the World Freestyle Kayak

Champs at Full James rapids amongst

the world best kayakers I heard that

someone had kayaked the Aratiatia

Rapids not far upstream.

I had seen them as a child but, aged 15, I had

a young kayakers point of view. With only a

few years of grade 2 kayaking under my belt it

looked impossible but deep inside I knew I was

lying when I agreed with my family, “I’ll never

paddle it!”

Then, for many years, Aratiatia was just a

place we took holidaying friends to see. But on

each visit the thought of paddling it became

more real. Meanwhile less than a handful of

people ran the rapids some from the top and

some from below the weir.

In the winter of 2007, a friend and I checked it

out for real at the 2pm flow and determined to

tackle the 4 p.m. flow. We didn’t know that in

winter there are only 3 releases per day and

the 4pm one wasn’t on.

A few months had passed when I was picked

up at 1 a.m. at Wellington’s ferry terminal

by Sam Sutton, Dylan Thomson and Sharn

Stewart who were touring New Zealand for the

film ‘The Black Album’. We drove to Taupo for

a 2 hour sleep at Reid’s Farm before checking

out Huka Falls. The flow was massive so we

went on to Aratiatia. We crossed the rapids

and from the car park asked friends by text

messaging to form a safety crew at crucial

points along the rapids.

Aratiatia, on the Waikato River, is a scenic

tourist attraction when water is released from

a dam 4 times a day. At 2-hour intervals it

again rushes down the otherwise dry natural

riverbed. In minutes giant rocks are covered

by spectacular, raging whitewater. The interval

between flows can seem interminable when

you are just waiting to watch it, but when you

are sorting your kayak kit and preparing to

paddle, it becomes a very short 2 hours!

We played the traditional game of Paper

Scissors Rock to determine our starting order

and awaited the alarm. This warns that the

gate is about to open and turn the river bed

Dylan at the top rapids

into a raging torrent. My stomach sank when

I heard it. Onlookers soon realised what

we were about to do when, kayaks on our

shoulders, we crossed the bridge. It takes

fifteen minutes for the riverbed to be at full flow

then stays at this flow for a short time before

gradually dropping. We sat in our kayaks on

the rocks by the dam wall and waited. When

the water reached our perch we spun in a very

turbulent eddy. One by one we moved into

the flow and made eddy turns as a warm up

for what was about to happen. People on the

bridge above us peered down and we heard

an occasional voice, but our focus was the

river below. From our pool we looked down

into the gorge where cameras and the safety

crew waited.

The fifteen minutes to full flow passed slowly

until I paddled out of the eddy into the first

rapid. I was rushing towards the weir in

narrows which end in a boiling pit backed by

a wall. The tow back into the hole in the weir

comes from a long way down stream and

forces a move. Getting stuck is not an option

and swimming out is even worse! Within

seconds I was off the lip and pulling through

the water. I was almost through but it held me!

Then the boils let go and I was out the other

side! What a relief. I waited below the weir

for Sam and Dylan to come. They had sweet

lines through the weir and were stoked to

have succeeded.

We floated to the next drop where the river

18 I S S U E F I F T Y • 2 0 0 9

An overview of the Aratiatia rapids with the team all safely at the bottom.

runs along the wall and then drops a few

metres into a huge boil and a 90degree turn.

Ideas on running this differed but there is

no really clean line and all would work fine.

Sam lined up and melted into the pit. Time

passed and he emerged downstream, ran

a small drop and went into the pool. Dylan

and I chose a boof stroke and flat landing.

At the bottom of the pit the boil threw me

back upstream into the main flow and I went

deep for a few seconds. Dylan had a similar

experience, came up and ran the smaller drop

at the bottom.

This part over we were pretty stoked facing

the last challenge. It is a park and paddle drop

The second time I knew

that I could make it but

running something that big

definitely affects nerves.

Once again, action time at

the top banished nerves . I

had sweet lines all the way

through to the bottom and

again celebrated on the

bridge. It seemed funny to

be standing there almost 10

years after I had first heard it

was possible, knowing that I

had now done it.

Today bigger and harder rapids are more

At the bottom of the pit the boil threw me back upstream into

the main flow and I went deep for a few seconds.

Josh Weir- Photo Kenny Mutton.

only been paddled by about 10 people.

Many thanks go to Jamie Sutton, Phil

Mac, Jamie Garrod, Sam Royal, and

others for wicked safety on the river and to

Kenny Mutton and Evan Chadwick for the

sweet photos.

with fewer hazards so it is run more frequently.

Noticing that the flow was dropping we pushed

on to the lip of the final drop. One after

another we paddled onto the big lateral wave,

dropped off the other side into a hole and out

into the main current and calm waters!

Returned to the bridge we were super happy

reliving every part of our descents. People

who had previously run Aratiatia Rapids had

said that once was definitely enough, but

we had other plans. Not quite satisfied we

planned to come back in 2 days and run it


accessible but

Flemming Schmidt’s

run so long ago was a

huge accomplishment!

Aratiatia is one of the

hardest I’ve paddled and

it will be a hard one to

top. Many think it is one

of the hardest stretches

of paddlable whitewater

because, since

Flemming, it has flowed

about 13,680 times and

The boys check out the rapids.

ISSUE FIFTY • 2009 19

Product Focus

Get maximum life out of your dry bags.

In simple terms a dry bag is made of a waterproof material

that rolls over itself to seal.

There is plenty of choice, with varying quality and price.

I have put together a simple breakdown of styles, types

of construction and how to get a long life out of your

dry bags.

Dry bag construction and materials.

Dry bags are made of PVC, Polyester or Nylon, with or without woven

threads and with electronically bonded waterproof seams. That’s the

technical stuff out of the way.

How to destroy your dry bag as quickly as possible.

This is easy. Stuff it over-full. Force the top to roll 3 times as tightly as

possible and then push it around a 90 degree corner to get it inside the

kayak. You’ll win the prize for the world’s greatest dry bag destroyer.

Things to remember to increase the life of your dry bags.

DO NOT OVER FILL – buy a bigger size than you need. It will last

twice as long and cost only a few dollars more. A dry bag that is only

75% filled will easily mould to the odd spaces inside your kayak hatch

allowing you to carry more. Normally we would say that more small

Modern dry bags can last many years,

possibly for your entire kayaking career.

bags are easier to pack into a kayak than a few large bags. This is true,

unless the large bags are only 75% filled.

Most dry bags fail either because the fabric rips or the clear window


So keeping things simple here are a few things to remember.

1/- the clear PVC window has no woven threads in the plastic and is,

therefore, the weakest part of a dry bag.

2/- lighter more flexible fabric is less likely to catch and rip going in and

out of sea kayak hatches.

3/- Ripstop is a woven fabric that has an extra thread added to the

weave, which stops a tear or rip from travelling across or down

the fabric.

4/- When tramping, heavier weight plastic increases abrasion resistance

but this is not usually needed when kayaking.

5/- Most commonly failure occurs where the clear plastic window joins

the more flexible bag fabric. The strongest bag has Ripstop construction

with no window. But who wants to go without a window?

The next most common failure is cracking of heavy weight fabric where

it rolls to provide a seal. Lighter weight fabrics often last longer.

Making life easy. How to purchase the best dry bag for your needs.

All dry bags keep their contents dry, but many make it difficult to find

the thing you are looking for without empting the entire bag. It helps to

have a big window in the bag. Completely clear dry bags are available,

as long as you don’t mind displaying their contents to the world. My

personal emergency kit bag is one of these, which I do not access often

and can visually check the contents.

For other stuff, especially clothes, I prefer a dry bag which opens along

its length. It is easier to find things in a shallow bag with a big opening.

This style of bag is a little more expensive but is so much easier to use.

The value of a small auto purge valve. It lets air out of the bag!

Award Scheme

The NZKI Award Scheme was formed in response to a

growing need in the Kayaking Industry to have more

people with Kayaking qualifications, to encourage more

kayakers towards expanding their skills and knowledge

and to continue to increase the safety of our sport.

The NZKI Award Scheme is structured around the

assessment of skills and knowledge that are required for

the type of activity to be undertaken by the Instructor

or Guide.

A star is awarded for each level achieved, starting off

with the NZKI One Star for personal paddling skills and

knowledge and moving up to the NZKI Five Star for

an Assessor.

For more information phone 0508 5292569

20 I S S U E F I F T Y • 2 0 0 9





When the bag is full and closed you squeeze

it, expel excess air and reduce its size. This

is great for squashing your dry bag into tight

spaces in your kayak. Sleeping bags and

clothes bulk can be reduced greatly before

stowing in your kayak. The smaller the size,

the more stuff you’ll get into your kayak.

My purchase suggestions.

If you are looking for a medium price dry bag,

go for a big opening that opens along the

length of the bag. If you can afford a few more

dollars, add a purge valve. In both cases, go

for the lighter ‘Ripstop’ material. The bag will

last longer. Finally buy bigger so you do not

need to over-fill.

On the other hand if you need a cheaper dry

bag for occasional multi-day camping trips,

buy a known brand.

Some additional points.

Are you storing moisture in your

dry bag?

Remember that if you pack

your dry bag on a cold damp

morning, when the day warms

up the trapped moisture will be

absorbed by the bag’s contents.

Those who have paddled the

Whanganui River may have

experienced the resulting damp

clothes and sleeping bags. My

suggestion is, pack your clothes

years, quite possibly for your entire kayaking

career. So it is worth spending the time and

money to buy the bag best suited to your

needs and treat it with respect. The bag will

return the favour.


Ian Cheesman – Keen

kayaker and importer of

Seattle Sports equipment.



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in sealed plastic bags, one for each day,

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Boots and other bigger items packed in a dry

bag are often difficult to get into a small kayak

hatch. The best solution is put an empty 40

or 50 litre dry bag in the hatch and then pack

them in.

To sum up. All modern dry bags can last many

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Close up of an auto purge valve

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ISSUE FIFTY • 2009 21


Taranaki kayak classic 2009

By Garry Harrison

On APRIL 4/5 TH the 3 rd annual Taranaki

Kayak Classic was held in Oakura, near

New Plymouth. A well attended ‘sponsors’

fun night on the preceding Thursday was

a nice way to say “thanks” to our many


On Friday a perfect weather forecast

encouraged lots of late entries to register

and that night fishing legend BILL HOHEPA

entertained a large gathering with many tips

and tricks. Then the organisers briefed us and

it was off to bed for a 4.30 am start.

In freezing air, but with higher water,

temperature our team, DADS’ ARMY, reached

our chosen spot about 5 30am and readied

our yaks to paddle at first light. Others, good

keen men, had left already, paddling in the

dark to spot x.

We paddled downstream. A few small

waves on the bar broke over the bows of

our Maurauders, and Fish n Dives, causing

me to wonder how big they would be on

our return.

In improving light a group of fishos

showed us some of their catch. They

had nice snapper and Kyle had a fish

over 10kg.

Our team spread over a reef. I chose

a spot, put a bait in the water and

soon had the first snapper on

deck. It went back, it was only a

baby! Eventually good fish came

onboard and at 11am we started

for home. I had half a dozen

good eating fish of up to 4kg

that weren’t prize winners.

Jim had a similar catch.

Dennis and Bruce had failed

to find big fish but they had fun

with eels and barracuda. I guess we should

have been earlier as all the big fish had come at the

change of light.

Ahead large waves were breaking on the bar. UH OH what

to do? We studied the waves and determined to land on a

nearby beach, walk the yaks along the shallows and re launch

in the river.

With everything tied down we went for it on the back of the 7 th

wave and all landed safely. What a relief! The hard part was to relaunch

and paddle the river against the current.

At BUTTLERS REEF Competition HQ the large EGMONT SEA

FOODS container was soon packed with snapper over 10kgs for the

charity auction.

On Day 2 we began a little later, targeting gurnard off Oakura Beach.

Jason and the MISSION TEAM joined us. I found a spot producing

good gurnard and kahawai and soon landed 8 nice fish. When I

paddled over to Dennis, who wasn’t catching much, I recommended

my burly trail. He caught the winning gurnard from ‘my’ burly trail! At

least one of our

team won something.

Finally it was back to HQ

where bigger fish came to the

scales. The winning snapper

weighed in at 11.8kg. 2 nd place

was 11.5kg.

The huge auction raised

$1,200.00 for surf lifesaving and

prize giving was great. Amongst

lots of happy anglers two lucky

people walked away with new

MISSION kayaks,

Look out for the competition which will

22 I S S U E F I F T Y • 2 0 0 9

Favourite Places to Paddle #3

Favourite Places to Paddle #3

Favourite Places to Paddle #3

Kawhia Harbour is a magical place to paddle. In

good conditions, you are able to weave your way

through limestone formations rising out of the sea

and have the choice of secluded, hideaway beaches

for a break. I consider Kawhia Harbour a “must do”

paddle. Barbara, Bay Of Plenty YY Club.

It was an early start for some

be screened in September on the BILL HOHEPA fishing show channel

110 cue TV, and mark your 2010 calendar for NZ’s number one Fishing


Cheers Garry Harrison for Dads’ Army fishing team

Pictures (from top to bottom)

Top: Bill Hohepa with Kyle from Hunting and Fishing with a 10kg

snapper. Saturdays biggest fish.

Centre: Kurt Penburth ( 9yrs) with 6kg snapper

Bottom: Dave Letherby with overall winner 11kg.

ISSUE FIFTY • 2009 23


‘Up the Jolly Roger’

by Martin Rook

A recent fall in the otherwise inclement weather late December

produced a couple of days which saw boaties & kayakers on

the water at day light with VHF’s giving trip reports to the New

Plymouth Taranaki Coastguard.

Come to think of it, not many kayakers are obliging on Ch 61. Come on

paddlers sharpen up! You never know when you’re going to need help.

Anyway, Herb Spannagl and myself, Martin Rook, launched at port New

Plymouth and headed out behind the Sugar Loaf Island saddle-back,

took a right turn and trolled down tuna-ally. We deviated along the way

to poach a G.P.S. way-point from an

anchored boat which just happened

to haul a nice snapper on board as

we passed. Don’t you just hate that?

The sea was calming, temperatures

rising and water colour improved.

Herb is paddling a Prowler 13,

myself a Cobra Marauder. Both

kayaks have been fitted out with

all the mod cons and set up for

serious fishing.

We made the 75/80 metres depth

mark, working more to the north.

The signs looked good with more

birds and more bait fish, so we

eased up and had a launch. We

noticed a sudden increase in bird

activity so we joined the party.

During the next hour, with a

couple of lure changes, we both

landed nice albacore tuna. A

wind shift to the N.E. as expected

would assist us home. Then, the

unthinkable. I’m partly turned in

the seat adjusting a drag, and

then I’m in the water swimming.

WHAT THE! My safety line kept

the kayak where it’s supposed

to be and I clambered back on

board quick smart. Bloody Hell!

I was sitting sideways in the

kayak with my legs in the water,

sorting out my gear: rods-tackle

bag etc, etc – when I noticed

the shark. SHARK? Where’s my

tuna? – Bugger, still in the water

on the stringer. The shark, a

5 ft mako stopped a kick in the

head. I reached for the stringer

to retrieve the tuna. The shark

came in again - rolled and my

tuna was about to be sushified.

I told him his pedigree with a few

choice words about his ancestors

and desperately kicked out

again, forcing it to let go of its

prize. MINE! All this took about

2 minutes. Herb seeing all the

pandemonium closed in to see

if I’d spat the dummy. “Bloody

shark” I retorted and hoisted the

tuna onboard.

24 I S S U E F I F T Y • 2 0 0 9

Herb was now stationary, his lures sinking deeper, which

attracted the shark who latched on to one. Oi! It didn’t stay for

the photo shoot.

Moving on, a few more hits. Some stuck some didn’t. Again

the ratchet spoke. A cape pigeon got tangled in the braid.

Thankfully I was wearing paddle gloves. The pretty little bird

was somewhat pissed at being handled and promptly took a

swipe at my finger. Strong little bastard- drew blood too. Five

minutes later another sea bird got an undignified release.

All in all a great day. Tired and sunburned we called up

the coast guard watch, our ETA on schedule! Thanks for

the watch!

Reflecting on the trip the unexpected did happen. I fell off!

Heard this before? “It doesn’t happen to me”. Well not

normally no. It was probably about the 3 rd time in 40 years. I

had become a self professed expert. Must be human nature

or something. Those of so little knowledge.

The bottom line: If you are out of your depth and cannot get

back in unassisted you have no right to be out there.

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ISSUE FIFTY • 2009 25


Hi Guys,

Just a quick update on the C2C, will send you a link to the pic’s soon.

Time overall was 19hrs 54min – which I was very happy with (I

wanted to be under 20 hours).

Run was hard – 7hrs 45 min (mainly a walk for me).

Kayak was hard after day 1 but fantastic as usual. Loved the river

(running at 30 cumec I heard) went down the rock garden sideways

through the wave trains (people in front obscured the boulders then

capsized) – put another hole in the boat. Low level made some of

the rapids a real hoot and there were not too many bum scrapes in

the braided section. Had no swims but a wobbly moment in the rock

garden and one on carage corner. Did the kayak leg in 5hrs 45 min,

was very happy to be in under 6 hours.

I would not have been able to do the kayak leg without your training

and then a dozen or so trips on the Mohaka or Rangatiki. So a really

big thank you to all of you guys up in Taupo Canoe and Kayak for

enabling me to not only complete but enjoy this years C2C.


Richard Lawrence


Here are some cool Multisport

events to check out:

Coromandel classic:

28 to 30 August 2009

Cambridge to Hamilton Kayak Race:

13 tth September 2009

Motu Challenge:

10 th October 2009

Rodney Coast Challenge:

8 th November 2009

ort racing


Hi all at Canoe & Kayak,

Just letting you know that I had a great paddle down

the Waimak on Saturday and managed it without

any mishaps. (although I did witness a few along the

way). It was a long and tough paddle - the river was

about 32 cumecs so very different to the 150 & 105

cumecs I paddled in January. I paddled it 2 weeks ago

at 34 cumecs and it still seemed much lower and

slower than that!

Overall, I had a good steady race although my knee

gave me a bit of trouble on the 33km run and esp.

running down the road to Mt White bridge on Day 2.

Had a great bunch ride into Sumner and felt

recovered by the time I got to the finish line - so

managed to finish and meet both my goals of a) time

and b) finishing with a smile on my face.

Thanks for your help in getting me there!



Want to get involved?

Phone 0508 KAYAKNZ now.


View south from Indian Head.

Carpe Diem

Get out of the armchair and become a

multisporter. Anyone can do it!

Meaning of the phrase Carpe Diem:

One interpretation might be ‘eat, drink and be merry, for

tomorrow we die.’ This derives from verses in the biblical

book of Isaiah, with emphasis on making the most of current

opportunities because life is short and time is fleeting. Other

variations include: ‘remember that you are mortal’ and ‘gather

girl the roses’. The most popular version translation from

Latin is ‘Seize the Day’.

Richard Lawrence &

Robin Judkins

Richard Lawrence negotiating a wave on

the Coast to Coast, one of many.

All of these evoke a sense of mortality which is a particularly healthy

way of looking at life, as we are a long time dead it makes sense to

Carpe Diem. Making the transition from armchair multisporter to being

a multisporter is not as big a leap as it seems....Do I hear the common

phrases rattling around heads? I’m too old! I’m not fit enough! Other

people do that, not me!

Well think again...I have been teaching Multisport Kayaking for 5

years from Canoe and Kayak Taupo and have seen every type of

person imaginable. Lawyers, vets, accountants, forestry workers,

surgeons, mothers, grandmothers, IT workers, CEO’s of huge corporate

business’s, students and even an SAS sniper! Most of our clients are

from the 40+ age bracket with my oldest client being 65 years old. He

had a very respectable time on the C2C race. So you see there is no

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28 I S S U E F I F T Y • 2 0 0 9

Beginner or accomplished?

Freddy leading the Waimak familiarisation.

There is plenty of company

to learn with.

age limit and there is no outer comfort zone you can’t overcome with

help of some progressional tuition. There is no ‘type’ of person that

becomes a Multisporter.

There are many many Multisport events appearing on the calendar

some of which are on grade 2 rivers and some which require a Grade

2 Certificate to compete. Our training is designed for all levels.....from

complete beginners to the accomplished who just require

an assessment. Our tuition is based on a progressional

scale, aiming to achieve a level of competence where

you can paddle Grade 2 with friends and be confident

of avoiding any potential hazards, manage yourselves,

read the river and most importantly have fun safely. Our

pass rate is 99.9% due to the thorough training given

over the 3 weekends. Many of our clients go on to win

their categories.

So...If you have had enough of making a dent in your sofa

and have been longing for an adventure which will change

Our training is designed for

all levels.....from complete

beginner to the accomplished

your life (and get you very fit in the process), then close this magazine,

turn to the rear page, dial your local store and Carpe Diem.

Steve Kittle

Canoe and Kayak Taupo

NZKI Instructor

28, Essendon Place, RD 4, Rotorua

Phone 07 345 7647 or 021 898942 Fax 07 345 7657


Richard Lawrence & Neil Smith

appraching the finish line

ISSUE FIFTY • 2009 29


TRANS Taupo –

Records tumble in near ideal

conditions for the 2nd annual event.

Saturday saw Lake Taupo play host to what has quickly

become the biggest open water paddle/row event in the

country. A large flotilla of a multitude of different craft

tackled the marathon 44km paddle and row challenge across

Australasia’s biggest lake.

Competitors line up for the start of the 2nd annual Trans Taupo Race

With forecast wind making a late shift towards the west and

lessening in strength, Trans Taupo race organiser Neil Gellatly

made a decisive call mid-Friday afternoon to run the 2nd annual

paddle and row event in the original direction South to North

across the lake. This had paddlers enjoying a nice light 5-10

knot southwesterly breeze and the assistance of little runners

for a good portion of their journey up the lake under a perfect

overcast sky.

In what competitors described afterwards as near ideal

conditions, it was obvious that the 2008 course and category

records were going to be at threat. But with craft set off in class

waves, a new wake washing ruling and an ever so slightly new

longer course, no one predicted the times that eventuated and

the shear enormity of the record spree.

With a hot pace set by all vying for line and category honors, no

fewer than 9 craft and paddler/rowers went under the overall race

record set by Auckland’s Simon McLarin in the inaugural event.

Amongst these and taking line honors for a second year running

was McLarin, smashing his previous time by 16 min 45 sec to

set a new course record of 3hrs 29 min 4 sec., again narrowly

heading off a valiant challenge from Auckland’s Tim Grammer

just 1 min and 6 seconds in arrears. Top Australian paddler Matt

Blundell claimed third. This winning effort was not only matched

but bettered by the winning woman, Auckland’s and world no# 1

ranked surf ski paddler - Katie Pocock, who slashed 17 min 59

sec off her winning effort last year. She was the first woman to

break into the sub 4hr club with an amazing time of 3hrs 42min

24 sec – remarkably also faster than the old overall race course


The battle to be the first multi seat craft home was perhaps the

tightest of all with just 25 seconds separating the first 3 home. The

double sea kayak pairing of Dave Rudge and Jerome Sheppard

shaved an impressive 17 min & 35 sec off the category record

they previously owned to also break the 4 hour barrier for the first

time and claimed the multi seat honours by a slim 12 seconds,

in a time of 3 hrs 43min 2 sec from the Eastern Bay Scullers

ocean rowing quartet. Whilst the

Eastern Bay Scullers had an

almighty battle the entire way

across the lake with the 2008 3rd

place getters overall - Wanganui

River Institute (boosted this

year with 93’ 94’ World Rowing

Champ – Brenda Lawson). A

mere 13 sec separated the two

ocean rowing craft at the finish.

So quick were the times that in

total no fewer than 12 craft and

crew broke the 4 hr barrier to join

the 3 who were inducted into the

Sub 4hr Club in 2008. 4th to 6 th

placed male surf ski paddlers

Dave Hicks, Gerrard Callebaut

and Damian Munro, all join the exclusive club, along with under

50 mixed double sea kayak pairing Pete O’Sullivan and Anne

Cairns who cut 17min 25 sec off the old category record, clocking

3hrs 50min 58 sec, 2nd placed double sea kayak men under 50

pair of Mark Struthers and Isak Meyer who scraped in under 4hrs

by just 37 seconds.

Amoungst 8 category records that fell, Melanie Grant knocked

a massive 1 hr 5min 8 sec off the previous single women’s sea

kayak record; Bryce Irving took 15 min 37 sec off the previous

single men’s waka ama record, falling 3 min and 9 seconds shy

of breaking the 4hr barrier; and Teresa Mumby and Jane Ganley

who took a huge 45min 49 sec of the previous double sea kayak

women’s record.

Overall individual male & female and first multi-seat craft received

good prize money; cash bonuses going to all category record

Katie Pocock - womens winner & race

record holder

30 I S S U E F I F T Y • 2 0 0 9

ne Kayaks

Eastern Bay Scullers - Quad 4 Ocean rowing winners

breakers. All category winners were recognised and competitor’s

efforts were generously rewarded. And for those who took up

the challenge to complete rather than to compete the crossing,

everyone received an impressive registration goodie bag. They

shared in a magnificent bounty of spot prizes at the end of

the day.

From smiles on faces and positive talk amongst competitors,

supporters, sponsors and volunteers around the finish line

and at prize giving, the vibes coming from the event indicated

everyone had a great experience;

with many quick to say they’d

certainly be coming back to paddle

or row next year. If you’d like to join

them, mark down TRANS TAUPO

in your calendar on the 20th of

March 2010.

A full set of finalised race results

can be found on pages 31 & 32. has links to

race photo’s and video footage.

The race organiser would like

to thank the following groups of

people for helping make the event

a success – Tu Wharetoa Maori

Trust Board; Taupo District Council;

Destination Lake Taupo; Taupo

Harbour Master; Turangi and Taupo

Volunteer Coast Guard members;

Tokaanu Lodge Motel proprietor’s;

Tokaanu Tu Wharewaka Water

Sports Complex Trustees; D.o.C;

Taumarunui Lions Club; Taupo

Yacht Club administers;

Friends and Family.

And the organiser is

extremely grateful for the

support of the following

sponsors – Canoe &

Kayak; Prorack; Mighty

River Power; Ruahine

Kayaks; Barracuda

Kayaks; Q-Kayaks;

Hammer Nutrition; NZ

Kayak Magazine; Concept

2; SharkSkin; Liquor King;

Rasdex; Em’s Power

Cookies; JKK Kayaks;

Adventure Multisport Options; Day Two; Great Stuff; Top Gear;

Fortebody Reconditioning; Taupo Tandem Skydiving; and event

partners – Destination Lake Taupo;; Photochick.; North Shore City Beach Series; King of the Harbour;

Bhutty Moore-morial Race; SuperDune; Burger Fuel; Hell’s

Pizza; & Icebreaker.

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Trans Taupo Results 2009

2009 Trans Taupo Final Results



1 Simon McLarin 54 Auckland Brainwave 3:29:04 +0:00:00 1 +0:00:00

2 Tim Grammer 30 Auckland Huki S1-X 3:30:10 +0:01:06 2 +0:01:06

3 Matt Blundell 32 NSW, Australia Epic V10L 3:36:27 +0:07:23 3 +0:07:23

4 Dave Hicks 22 Wellington Epic V10L 3:40:21 +0:11:17 4 +0:11:17

5 Gerard Callebaut 31 New Plymouth Fenn Mako 6 3:44:08 +0:15:04 9 +0:15:04

6 Damian Munro 47 Mt Maunganui Epic V10L 3:58:49 +0:29:45 11 +0:29:45

7 Brad Hayes 2 Hamilton Hayes Total Carbon - Wood4:20:34 +0:51:30 17 +0:51:30

8 Cliff Parker 26 Auckland Fenn Mako 6 4:22:46 +0:53:42 18 +0:53:42

9 Phil Morreau 43 Auckland Epic V10 4:27:05 +0:58:01 19 +0:58:01

10 Warwick Smith 52 Auckland Epic V10L 4:27:21 +0:58:17 20 +0:58:17

11 Neville Styne 10 Auckland Epic V10 Sport 4:29:50 +1:00:46 21 +1:00:46

DNS Warren Granger 15 Palmerston North Red 7 DNS

DNS Christopher Dale 17 Waiuku SA Kayak Centre DNS

WD - CP1 Jason Ferreira 9 Auckland Epic V10L WD - CP1



1 John Sanderson 5 Auckland Epic V10 Sport 4:29:52 +0:00:00 22 +1:00:48

WD - CP1 Andrew Wagg 100 Christchurch Fenn Mako 6 WD - CP1



1 Katie Pocock 34 Auckland Epic V10L 3:42:24 +0:00:00 5 +0:13:20

WD - CP2 Sarah MacDonald 16 Tirau Epic V10L WD - CP2



1 Mike Tate 64 Levin Dagger Touring Kayak 5:10:22 +0:00:00 40 +1:41:18

2 Russell Troy 7 Auckland Barracuda Beachcomber 5:13:59 +0:03:37 45 +1:44:55

3 Brendan Hardigan 56 New Plymouth Mission Eco-bezhig 5:30:24 +0:20:02 53 +2:01:20

4 Ben Darby 29 Auckland Mission Eco-bezhig 5:38:34 +0:28:12 56 +2:09:30

5 Daniel Howe 48 Waitakere Tasman Express 6:02:41 +0:52:19 60 +2:33:37

6 John McLaren 18 Whangaparaoa Q-Kayaks Shearwater 6:25:09 +1:14:47 63 +2:56:05

7 Cliff Perry 55 Taupo Pacific kayaks - Storm 6:52:36 +1:42:14 64 +3:23:32



1 Jeff Wells 11 New Plymouth Mission Eco-bezhig 5:17:19 +0:00:00 48 +1:48:15

2 Kevin Entwisle 49 Auckland Point 5 5:29:01 +0:11:42 51 +1:59:57

3 Ross Whale 60 Marton Challenge Sequel 6:14:27 +0:57:08 62 +2:45:23



WD - Sandra Stevenson 59 Auckland Barracuda Beachcomber WD - CP3



1 Glen Davies 8 Taupo JKK Supernova 4:36:05 +0:00:00 26 +1:07:01

2 Peter Hartley 45 Tauranga Paddling Perfection Slings 4:53:36 +0:17:31 34 +1:24:32

3 Chris Craigmile 50 Auckland Q-Kayaks Maximus 4:53:51 +0:17:46 35 +1:24:47



1 Adrian Davis 40 Pukekohe Q-Kayaks Maximus 4:30:27 +0:00:00 23 +1:01:23

2 Dennis Dickey 42 Hamilton JKK Ocean Eclipse 4:37:29 +0:07:02 27 +1:08:25

3 Don Lawrence 27 Pukekohe JKK Ocean Eclipse 4:47:20 +0:16:53 32 +1:18:16

4 Kevin Yeoward 28 Taupo Mirage 580 4:48:55 +0:18:28 33 +1:19:51

5 Wally James 38 Hunua JKK Supernova 5:12:45 +0:42:18 42 +1:43:41

6 Max Grant 62 Ashhurst Q-Kayaks Maximus 5:13:29 +0:43:02 43 +1:44:25

7 Neil Watson 58 North Shore Albatross 5:14:39 +0:44:12 46 +1:45:35

8 Steve Horne 4 Hamilton Paddling Perfection Sea B 5:22:52 +0:52:25 49 +1:53:48

9 Rex Cunningham 3 Hamilton Euro X 5:33:20 +1:02:53 54 +2:04:16

10 James Hawkins 35 Auckland Paddling Perfection Sea B 7:05:10 +2:34:43 65 +3:36:06



1 Melanie Grant 61 Ashhurst Q-Kayaks Maximus 4:46:20 +0:00:00 31 +1:17:16



1 Rowena Hayes 53 Taupo Mirage 580 5:30:07 +0:00:00 52 +2:01:03

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1 Melanie Grant 61 Ashhurst Q-Kayaks Maximus 4:46:20 +0:00:00 31 +1:17:16

Trans Taupo Results 2009



1 Rowena Hayes 53 Taupo Mirage 580 5:30:07 +0:00:00 52 +2:01:03



1 Bryce Irving 46 Tauranga Pegasus 4:03:09 +0:00:00 13 +0:34:05

2 Joe Cornforth 14 Hamilton Moana nui - Wainui 4:33:40 +0:30:31 24 +1:04:36

3 Anthony Cribb 66 Auckland Tahitian 4:42:27 +0:39:18 29 +1:13:23

4 Tony Loretz 37 Waitakere Hypr Vantage 5:13:37 +1:10:28 44 +1:44:33

5 Byron Perkins 57 Auckland Ocean Canoe 5:16:49 +1:13:40 47 +1:47:45



1 Michael Dolan 68 Auckland Hyper 5:09:59 +0:00:00 39 +1:40:55



1 Dave & Jerome Rudge/Sheppard 25 Wellington JKK Hypernova 3:43:02 +0:00:00 6 +0:13:58

2 Mark & Isak Struthers/Meyer 51 Auckland Ruahine Adventure Duet 3:59:23 +0:16:21 12 +0:30:19

3 Peter & Ted Brock/Huges 24 Auckland Dobbe Tuart 5:23:15 +1:40:13 50 +1:54:11



1 Bruce & Marty Stuart/Taylor 21 Helensville Ruahine Adventure Duet 4:18:54 +0:00:00 16 +0:49:50

2 Greg & Mike Fry/Hopkins 13 Auckland Breaksea II 4:59:35 +0:40:41 37 +1:30:31

3 Stephen & Mike LeCouteur/Wilkie 44 Auckland Paddling Perfection Sea B 5:37:31 +1:18:37 55 +2:08:27



1 Teresa & Jane Mumby/Ganley 20 Hamilton Insominac 4:44:35 +0:00:00 30 +1:15:31



1 Julie & Prue Hopkins/Fry 12 Auckland Insominac 5:04:40 +0:00:00 38 +1:35:36



1 Pete & Anne O'Sullivan/Cairns 65 Palmerston North Ruahine Adventure Duet 3:50:58 +0:00:00 10 +0:21:54

2 Christine & Mitch Couldrey/Potter 19 Raglan JKK Hypernova 4:11:52 +0:20:54 14 +0:42:48



1 Richard & Vicky Willis 1 Cambridge Ruahine Adventure Duet 4:39:43 +0:00:00 28 +1:10:39



1 Craig & Pat Smith/Sprigins 41 Sanson Special - F/Glass 4:12:11 +0:00:00 15 +0:43:07



1 Rob & Bruce Trott/Butters 39 Wanganui Carbon Special 4:34:52 +0:00:00 25 +1:05:48



1 Greg,Gary,Anthony,Alex & Cam Eastern Bay Scullers 67 Auckland Custom Carbon 3:43:14 +0:00:00 7 +0:14:10



1 Pat,Tony,John,Brenda,Georgia Wanganui River Institute 23 Wanganui Wintech 3:43:27 +0:00:00 8 +0:14:23



1 Dianne & Barry Kowalewski/Hosking 97 Stratford Mission Eco-bezhig 5:41:16 +0:00:00 57 +2:12:12

2 Megan & Sue Alexander/Wood 96 New Plymouth Q-Kayaks Shearwater 5:44:21 +0:03:05 58 +2:15:17

3 Joanna & Murray Greig/Nicholson 99 New Plymouth Penguin/QK Spearwater 5:52:21 +0:11:05 59 +2:23:17

4 Yoka & Urban Camenzind 6 Auckland Barracuda Discovery 6:03:06 +0:21:50 61 +2:34:02



1 Mala & Renee Grant/McDonald 63 Rotorua Hotrigger 4:54:27 +0:00:00 36 +1:25:23

2 Audrey & Jocelyn Wikiriwhi & Scott 98 Auckland Surfrigger & Moana Nui 5:12:28 +0:18:01 41 +1:43:24

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Make the most of winter… Summer is coming.

“Life is about the journey, not the destination”

by James Kuegler

For most kayakers and multisporters the winter months

are a period of virtual hibernation. Frigid temperatures,

unfriendly weather and limited daylight are common

excuses for a rapid decline in the quantity and enjoyment

of training.

2007 Grade II Training with Canoe & Kayak Taupo

A simple reframing of one’s attitude can lead to a drastic change in the

satisfaction and the tangible results gained through training. It is easier

to get the kayak from the roof of the car to the water when you have

clear set goals and have mapped out a clear vision of what you want to

achieve. More great races pop up around the country every year, and

the alarming rate at which winter begins to disappear and races come

around never ceases to amaze me. With a strategy in mind, athletes are

not only able to maximise the number of races they enter, but also give

themselves the best possible build up towards their major goal. Prior

planning decreases susceptibility to injury and burn out come the busy

summer months. The idea of goal setting is not exclusive to long-term

goals of completing or being competitive in a particular race, but also

the short and mid-term steps required to get you to the eventual goal.

I support Rhonda Byrne’s work

‘The Secret’. With this in mind,

I put together a ‘vision board’ to

help focus on my goal. For those

unfamiliar with the concept, it

groups photos, quotes, times,

goals, people, or anything that inspires you. Place it somewhere

prominent, so you will see it often. It is easy and enjoyable to make a

vision board which can be applied to any part of life. This worked for

me with the 2008 Kepler Challenge. My heart was set on racing, but the

event sold out before I was able to enter. I trained regardless, keeping

entry flyers for the race and photos of the vistas on my vision board. I

told my friends and family that I would be on that start line. Three weeks

before the race, a late night email offered me

the entry that I had visualised receiving.

Getting stuck in the rut of doing the same old

sessions, the same way you did last week, or

even last year, is counter-productive. You’re

bound to know at least one person who is

training when you are. It is almost guaranteed

that neither of you are huge fans of training in

the cold, wet, or dark. Training together might

mean ten minutes travelling time, but it will be

worth it. It is amazing how much easier it is to

get out of bed when someone else relies on

you. It’s better still when it is social, grouping

together and having a café breakfast afterwards.

This is also a great way to meet new people to

train with.

Varying your activities will help your winter

training. If you really detest cold mornings,

mix kayaking and running sessions with gym

sessions, or cycle training with wind trainer

sessions. I have known cyclists who, during the

Tour dé France, train at night on the wind trainer

in front of the TV.

It can be hard to find time to practise technique

and skills when deep in preparation for a big

race. Mastering such techniques as an Eskimo roll or a more efficient

running or cycling cadence can be hugely rewarding. Incorporating

technique sessions as often as possible, breaks the monotony and

will take valuable minutes off your next race. Other variations can

include cross country skiing,

boxing, swimming, orienteering or

adventure racing. In March, I took

part in the ANZ City Chase, an

Auckland based ‘Amazing Race’

type format. It was thoroughly

enjoyable. I definitely recommend entering races of this ilk. With

everything you do, remember, if it isn’t fun it isn’t worth doing.

Maintenance and conditioning make the most of winter months. For

many athletes, winter injuries are exaggerated or emotionally enhanced

to avoid the inhospitable conditions. Investment in mind and body

hugely improves performance. I have spent time and money to be

supported by expert health professionals who are not only great at

With a strategy in mind, athletes are not only able

to maximise the number of races they enter, but

also give themselves the best possible build up

towards their major goal.

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what they do but also

in harmony with my

values. Essentially I

need to be equipped

to deal with a crash or

niggling injury with my

mind and body working

in harmony. I believe

in a holistically minded

health model where a

practitioner and patient

are working together

to enhance the mind

and body. This is much

more effective than

corrective or crisis

care where practitioner

and patient are in a

constant battle to ‘fix’ the latest injury.

Top multisporters generally aim to train twice a day, six or seven days

a week. Time will dictate the order of sessions, though personally I

prefer to train harder in the mornings. This is where a coach is valuable

in helping to set up a training programme. Most sessions are one to

two hours with some longer sessions during the weekend. A number

of these sessions will be specifically focused on cross training, and

conditioning. I hope that reporting on my experience

is of help to you during this winter.

Thank you for the continued support of my sponsors.

Best wishes

James Kuegler

James Kuegler Profile

Nickname: Kügs Born: 31/10/1987

Hometown: Bombay,

Education: King’s College, AUT, NZ College of


Best Performances.

Winner – 2008 Helly Hansen Cape Brett Challenge

Winner – 2008 North Shore City Coastal Challenge

10th – 2008 Auckland Marathon (2:44:50)

2nd – 2008 Xterra Off-Road Series (Auckland)

1st Team – 2008 Baytrust Motu Challenge (Team

Pearl Izumi)

10th - 2008 Adidas Auckland Marathon

Kugs is a 21 year old Auckland athlete involved in

adventure based activities. Returning from a working

holiday in England he had a crack at the 2008 Coast

to Coast and won that years Helly Hansen Cape Brett

Challenge and North Shore City Coastal Challenge He

balances training with Chiropractic studies and part time

work at Canoe & Kayak’s Manukau Centre.

James competing in the 2008 Speights Coast to Coast

“James writes a monthly

newsletter which you can

join by emailing him on”

Portraits by:

A.S.K. Photography

ISSUE FIFTY • 2009 35


The Rodney Coast Challenge Multisport

Race - Fun for Everyone

8th November 2009

Did you know that Multisport racing is

the fastest growing sport in NZ? Thanks

to the heroics of Steve Gurney, the

Speight’s Coast to Coast and a lot of

hard work behind the scenes there are

now a huge number of multisport races

in New Zealand with some great events

in the Auckland region.

The Yakity Yak Kayak Club has a growing

band of multisporters regularly training around

Auckland. Events such as The Cambridge to

Hamilton Kayak Race they are also attracting

recreational Sea Kayakers to the racing


The Canoe & Kayak Rodney Coast Challenge

has become one of the most popular events in

Auckland and is an ideal race for beginners to

the sport. The race winds its way from Muriwai

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Beach over to Wenderholm Regional Park

via a 10km run, a 30km road bike, a 24 km

mountain bike and finally an 8km kayak. The

Kayaking section is down The Puhoi River and

is an easy kayak leg with no white water to

contend with!

The race is organised by Kaukapakapa Scouts

and takes place on 8 th November 2009. Race

organiser Graeme Hounsel says. “It’s a great

event. The camaraderie before during and

after the event is amazing; it’s what makes

multisport so different, everyone is willing to

help a competitor in need. Teams can consist

of any combination up to four people so

you don’t need to be good at everything to


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A Family Affair with the Delamares

Multisport can be a family affair. Rob Howarth found out how the

Delawres came to be competing.

In March 2007 Louise Delamare decided to enter the 2008

Speight’s Coast to Coast. Her Dad Dave and brother Ed

thought that Louise might need some moral support so

they entered that year as a team. In 2009 they all entered as

individuals and in 2010 they’ll be back for more. Rob Howarth

caught up with the Delamare family to find out more.

Dave Delamare – Age 63, Architect. 2009 Coast to Coast 2 Day

Individual – 17:56:44 2 nd Vintage Men

Louise Delamare – Age 33, Lawyer. 2009 Coast to Coast 2 day

Individual – 18:16:02

Ed Delamare – Age 30 – Architect 2009 – Longest Day – DNF – pulled

out on the kayak leg

What Attracted you to Multisport?

Dave: We have all got a background in running and cycling,

marathons, off road runs, that sort of thing. Louise was attracted

to the challenge of the Coast to Coast and being a close family

Ed, Rob &Louise

unit Ed and myself decided it would be good fun too.

Ed: Multisport is great because it is so varied, the scenery

is stunning and there is no real repetitive element in the race or

training for that matter.

How did you find the white water kayak training ?

Dave: It was really enjoyable and a challenge to learn a new

set of skills. At times it was very testing but that kept you on

your toes. I loved the satisfaction of completing a rapid on the


Louise: I found it pretty daunting, but it is certainly great fun

once you get into the swing of things, you have to be prepared

to practise the things that your instructor teaches you though!

What did you learn from this year’s race?

Ed: Well I learnt heaps as I didn’t finish the longest day

event. I missed the cut off time near the end of the kayak

section. I took it too easy in the early part of the race (gear

problems on my bike didn’t help!) and with the river being so

low it was always going to be difficult to pick up the time on the

river. My training this year will be a lot more focused.

Dave: I got really bad cramp right at the beginning of the

run stage, Louise ran with me and helped me through it (thanks

Louise!). This year I’ll do more bunch riding and I’ll focus on my

nutrition to try and ensure that the cramps don’t happen again. I

probably need to push myself a bit harder in training too and do

some bike – run sessions.

Louise: I was lulled into a false sense of security this year and

I thought it would be easier second time round. I was wrong!

The weather caught me out too, it was really cold and I was

underdressed on the Saturday morning bike ride, it took me

ages to warm up in the kayak.

Will you be back in 2010 and if so what events will you do

along the way?

Louise: I’m in R&R mode at the moment so I’m not sure. My

boyfriend Spencer is going to enter though so if I don’t race I’ll

support him.

Ed: I have unfinished business! I’ll do The Coromandel Classic,

The Rodney Coast Challenge and the Motu Challenge in preparation.

Dave: Yes I’ll be back, I got Silver this year so I’ll be going for gold in

2010. I had the best kayak time for my age group this year but I need to

improve the run and the bike. I’ll compete in the same events as Ed in

preparation, it’s great doing stuff together as a family.

What are your favourite places to Train?

Louise: Locally we all train on the Okura bush track in Auckland for

running. Dad likes to train up at the family bach in northland and we do

quite a bit of cycling down country where the roads are a bit quieter. The

Mohaka is a great river to train on but nothing beats practising on the

course in January.

What is your favourite and most challenging part of the Coast to


Dave: My favourite part of the course is the finish line, you have

a real sense of achievement and it’s a great atmosphere. The most

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challenging part physically would be the run but mentally the kayak

stage is tough. You have to stay focussed or you lose speed and stabity,

especially towards the end!

Louise: The kayak stage would be my favourite, it is so exciting. I

agree with Dad about the physical and mental side of things.

Ed: My favourite section is definitely the run, it is awesome, really

tough on the body as Dad has said. The kayak has to be my most

challenging as I haven’t finished that stage yet!!

Any advice to newbies entering this year?

Louise: Get on a good kayaking course, it’s worth its weight in gold,

then make sure you hook up with people and go and practise as much

as you can on the rivers. Flat water training is great for fitness but you

have to practise at running rivers.

Ed: Go hard!

Rob: Thanks for your time guys, I look forward to training and

racing with you over the next few months.



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Hunger for the Wild - Kayakers Fare

One of the nice things about camping is at the end of a day in

the fresh air you truly do appreciate your dinner. Sitting around

with companions slowly putting together the evening’s fare

is often when all the great stories of previous camping trips

are shared. There comes over the group a sense of relaxed

camaraderie and satisfaction after a day’s paddling.

The great thing about kayaking is the food and refreshments you

can carry. Some of the gourmet feasts I’ve seen prepared in remote

locations are to be wondered at. It’s quite amazing to see what comes

out of various hatches and from behind seats.

We at NZ Kayak magazine thought it would be fun to share some

of those recipes and tips that make the planning, preparation and

consumption that much easier.

One Pan Smoked Fish


500g smoked fish (fresh or tinned)

2 tbsp oil

1 small leek sliced

1 medium red pepper chopped

2 tbsp butter

1 cup Arborio Rice

½ cup white wine

4 ½ cups chicken stock (4tsps of powdered chick stock added to the


2tbsp chopped parsley

1 tbsp chopped chives

2 tbsp grated parmesan

Pre Trip Prep

If taking fresh smoked fish then flake it into a sealed plastic bag and

store in your chilly bag.

I use a small pump bottle of Olive oil readily available in supermarkets,

it takes up no room, is leak proof and lasts for ages.

Pre slice and chop your leek and pepper into a sealed plastic bag to

save having to dispose of the unwanted parts, just mix both in together

ready to tip into the pan.

When I measure out the rice at home I put the butter in with it in a

sealed plastic bag.

The herbs can be chopped at home and combined in a sealed bag with

the grated parmesan.

Wine Match

Sparkling, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay,

Rose, Pinot Noir.

As you only want to drink white wine slightly chilled and not frosty then

a cold river will probably do the trick otherwise this is a great meal with

a Pinot Noir which solves all the issues with refrigeration.

By Julie Reynolds


Heat the oil in your pan, add your leek & pepper and cook, stirring until

leek is soft. Add the butter & rice mix, stir well. Add the wine and stir

until evaporated. Stir in ¼ stock and stir over a low heat until absorbed.

Continue adding ¼ cup of stock at a time absorbing between each

addition. Total cooking time approx 25mins. Finally, when rice is tender,

stir in the flaked fish, herbs and parmesan. Heat through and enjoy.

Additional Notes

If 25mins on your gas stove is too long for comfort then try replacing the

Arborio Rice with Uncle Bens Express Rice. After you’ve sautéed the

leek & pepper, add butter & express rice, then the wine. You won’t need

chicken stock. The flavour may be lighter as the absorption method has

been replaced, but still tasty, easy and now fast.

I cooked this in a pan on my Fold N Go stove but if you are using a

smaller set up then remember this quantity serves four. Having said that

the Fold n Go does just that. It folds small enough to stow in the rear

hatch and allows you to serve up great feasts for more than one.

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The next step up from the entry level

kayaks. Fast with good stability. Medium

skill ability is required to enjoy racing this

kayak. A very popular Coast to Coast


Priced at $2710, $2940 Kevlar

Length: 5.4m, Weight: 14kg Glass, 12kg Kevlar,

Width: 480mm



Intrigue is ideal for the beginner/entry level

kayaker who is looking for a quick, light

kayak with great stability. Also suitable for

first time Coast to Coasters.

Priced at $2460, $2740 Kevlar

Length: 4.94m, Weight: 14.5kg Glass, 12kg Kevlar,

Width: 540mm

buyers guide

Gladiator with its larger cockpit, is built for

the bigger paddler looking for a longer,

fast and stable kayak for Coast to Coast


Priced at $2860, $3170 Kevlar

Length: 5.9m, Weight: 15.5kg, 13.5kg Kevlar,

Width: 530 mm



This very user friendly kayak with excellent

combination of speed and stability is suitable not

only for the intermediate/ advanced paddler, but

also for the busy, but keen ‘Weekend Warrior’.

Priced at $2860, $3170 Kevlar

Length: 5.9m, Weight: 14.5kg, 12.5kg Kevlar,

Width: 455 mm


Adventure Duet is a lightweight, very fast

and recently updated Adventure Racing

double kayak. It continues to dominate

adventure racing in NZ and is a great

recreational double.

Priced at $5260, $5760 Kevlar

Length: 7m, Weight: 29 kg, 24 kg Kevlar,

Width: 550 mm



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The Rebel is designed for paddlers of both

genders up to 75kgs. At 5.65 metres long,

the Rebel is half way between the length

of the Swallow and the Firebolt and is

faster than both.

Priced at $3150

Length: 5.65m, Weight: 11kg, Width: 450mm

The Ocean X is suitable for kayak racing

in the many harbours, estuaries and lakes

of New Zealand and lends itself well to the

kayak sections of many multisport races.

Priced at $3200, $3700 Kevlar

Length: 6.4m, Weight: 18kg, 16.5kg Kevlar,

Width: 500 mm

Fast ocean going Racing Sea Kayak.

The broad bow allows this kayak to ride

over waves like a surf ski without losing

any speed and is easy to control while

surfing. A low profile reduces buffeting by

the wind in adverse conditions.

Priced at $3620

Length: 6.43m, Weight: 16kg, Width: 510mm





A fast stable racing and training ‘Sit -on’.

It has an adjustable dry seat and a cool

draining system. Ideal for the paddler

wanting a good fitness work out.

Priced at $1695

Length: 5.0m, Weight: 22kg, Width: 584mm

An excellent training and competition surf

ski, can be used with under-slung rudder

or rear mounted rudder.

Priced at $1795

Length: 5.3m, Weight: 22kg, Width: 510mm

This boat is a great training/ racing,

rota-moulded alternative to expensive

composite crafts, has moderate stability

and good speed.

Priced at $1695

Length: 5.2m, Weight: 22kg, Width: 550mm

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This is a versatile touring kayak for lake,

river and sea. Stability, speed and easy

tracking make for an enjoyable day’s

paddling. A larger cockpit allows for easier

entry and exit.

Prices start at $1930

Length: 4.5m, Weight: Std 24kg, Width: 620 mm

Penguin has as all the features for multiday

kayaking with ease of handling

in all weather conditions. With great

manoeuvrability this kayak is suitable for

paddlers from beginner to advanced.

Prices start at $2430

Length: 4.80 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, 23 kg light,

Width: 610 mm

A comfortable performance orientated sea

kayak which will suit all sizes of paddlers

with plenty of foot room for the bigger

ones. The Shearwater handles well in

rough conditions. A fun boat to paddle.

Prices start at $2475

Length: 4.80 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, 23kg lite,

Width: 610 mm





Its low profile and flared bow enables the

Tasman Express to perform well in adverse

conditions. It gives the paddler maximum

comfort, with adjustable footrests, backrest,

side seat supports and optional thigh brace.

Prices start at $2695

Length: 5.3m, Weight: 29kg Std, 25kg light,

Width: 620mm

As per the plastic model, the kevlar

Tasman Express responds to rough

conditions but its decreased weight, and

increased stiffness, gives even better


Prices start at $4260

Length: 5.3m, Weight: 22kg, Width: 600mm

Sea K



The Southern Skua has a low deck

profile enabling it to perform extremely

well in windy conditions. Its longer hull

gives it greater speed and allows it to

surf the waves in a following sea. It gives

maximum stability in the open sea.

Prices start at $4235

Length: 5.4m, Weight: 22kg, Width: 600mm

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Torres, a fast and stable sea kayak,

capable of handling extreme expeditions.

Huge storage and lots of leg room.

Prices start at $4320

Length: 5.6m, Weight: 23kg std, Width: 600mm

Foveaux Express, a very responsive and

playful sea kayak. Comes with a moulded

thigh brace. The dolphin nose with flair,

allows lift in the ocean swell. A fun,

nimble kayak.

Prices start at $4160

Length: 5.0m, Weight: 19kg, Width: 600mm

Increase your visibility in these yellow

bouyancy aids. They can be adjusted with

side, shoulder and waist straps. There is

an inside pocket with a ring to store keys,

knife or whistle.


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This kayak is designed for day tripping and

light overnight expeditions. It’s great fun to

paddle and handles easily.

Prices start at $2300

A roomy, manoeuvrable, easy to handle

boat. The channelled hull provides

outstanding tracking which helps keep you

on course. Its upswept, flared bow makes

crossing rough water a breeze.

Prices start at $2550

This double Sea Kayak is an ideal day

tourer with the easy ability to do those

weekend camping expeditions. It handles

well, is fun to paddle and has well

appointed accessories.

Prices start at $3199

Length: 4.5 m, Weight: 26 kg std, Width: 640 mm Length: 4.8m, Weight: 27 kg, Width: 620mm Length: 4.87 m, Weight: 35kg std, Width: 800mm





Eco Bezhig is an enjoyable sea kayak,

fast and nimble with huge storage, great

features and the most comfortable seat

your butt will ever meet.

Prices start at $3199

Length: 5.4 m, Weight: Std 27 kg, Width: 590mm

This model is proving a hit for its lighter

weight and excellent features. This is a

plastic double sea kayak that is great

for all those amazing expeditions and


Prices start at $4250

Length: 5.64m, Weight: 45kg Std, Width: 760mm

a package deal

its you

five o five

Five- O-Five is a fully-fledged touring

kayak for entry and medium level

paddlers. A high-quality touring boat. At

505 cm it offers great glide and tracking.

Prices start at $2299

Length: 5.05m, Weight: 25kg, Width: 580mm





A paddle float you don’t have to inflate!

The reflective webbing trim and a metallic

chrome front panel enhances visibility.

Deployment is easy with a large pocket for

your paddle blade, and a wide adjustable

leash to secure the paddle shaft.


The Beachcomber combines the latest

design with cutting edge technologies

to create an ultra light, thermoformed,

manoeuvrable sea kayak, perfectly suited

to New Zealand conditions.

Prices start at $2950

Length: 4.88m, Weight: 17kg, Width: 600mm

The Point 65 Nemo is a comfortable and

stable recreational kayak for the whole


Prices start at $1099

Length: 3.5m, Weight: 22kg, Width: 630mm

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A Sit-on-Top for the family. Able to seat an

adult and a small child. The Squirt is easy

to paddle and is very stable. Easily carried

by one adult or two kids.

Stable and easy to paddle, Flow handles

surf with ease. Simple for the beginner to

use, yet exciting for the more experienced


A fun double sit-on-top kayak with the

option of a third person sitting in the

middle. Surge has ample stability and

speed and performs well in surf.

Prices start at $449

Length: 2.7 m, Weight: 17 kg, Width: 760 mm

Prices start at $879

Length: 2.95 m, Weight: 19 kg, Width: 750 mm

Prices start at $1299

Length: 3.90 m, Weight: 28 kg, Width: 850 mm




Length: 2.95m, Weight: 19kg, Width: 750 mm

Access 280 is a nimble performer that

turns really easily. The open cockpit

houses a comfortable moulded padded

seat, an adjustable backrest and an easy

to reach, under deck tray for all your


Prices start at $879

Length: 2.8 m, Weight: 18 kg std, Width: 730 mm

Play is great for the paddler who wants

a fun fast surf and flat water kayak. Kids

love this Sit-on as it is not too wide for

them to paddle and yet is very stable.

Prices start at $749

Length: 3.10 m, Weight: 18 kg, Width: 711 mm



A Wave Ski which the whole family can

enjoy. Fantastic in the surf, Strike is a fast

and manoeuvrable sit-on-top.

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Prices start at $895

Length: 2.9 m, Weight: 16 kg, Width: 686 mm


‘N’ DiVe




Fish ‘n’ Dive is the ultimate fishing/diving

kayak. A large well located in the stern

holds loads of fish. You can customize it

with hatches, fish finders and rod holders.

Prices start at $1195

Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 28 kg, Width: 914 mm

The Marauder is for the serious kayak

fisherman. It is fast, stable with loads of

deck space. Performs excellently in surf.

Prices start at $1395

Length: 4.3 m, Weight: 24 kg, Width: 780 mm

The low profile hull of the Cobra Tourer

cuts down on windage. Paddlers maintain

high speed and straight tracking with easy

handling in all conditions.

Prices start at $1295

Length: 4.55 m, Weight: 22.68 kg, Width: 711 mm

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Here is a little cracker! The Firefly is

designed so the kids can have fun. Little

and light, easy to handle and stable. The

kids will love it, if they can get Dad off it!


Length: 2.4 m, Weight: 16 kg, Width: 700 mm

Probably the closest you will come to

finding one kayak that does it all. Surfing,

fishing, snorkelling. Escapee is stable and

easy to paddle.

A boat the whole family can enjoy.

Prices start at $810

Length: 3.3 m, Weight: 23 kg, Width: 740 mm

An extended Escapee for the larger

paddler. You’ll fish, dive and have fun in

the sun. There’s a storage hatch behind

the seat for easy access and wells at the

front and rear.

Prices start at $1020

Length: 3.46 m, Weight: 27 kg std, Width: 750 mm




The fantastically stable and manoeuvrable

Kiwi has two dry compartments for gear.

Light, super comfortable and fast for its

length. It’s an awesome, all round kayak.

Prices start at $1270

Length: 3.75m, Width: 740 mm

Weight: 20 kg Std, 23kg Excel & 18 Light.

a package deal

its you


A ‘two person’ kayak, ideal for fishing,

surfing and exploring. Tandem has

two 6” hatches to store your adventure

equipment. Room for three, often paddled

by one.

Prices start at $1195

Length: 3.81 m, Weight: 25.90 kg, Width: 915 mm


Explorer is ideal for fishing and exploring

and one of the driest ‘Sit-ons’ you will find.

Great hatches for storing your goodies are


Prices start at $995

Length: 3.43 m, Weight: 18.18 kg, Width: 790 mm







Catch 390 features satisfy the keenest

angler, beginners & experienced alike.

Front & rear bulkheads. Watertight fishing

rod chute. Flush mount rod holders behind

the seat .

Prices start at $1650

Length: 3.90m, Weight: 28kg, Width: 850 mm

The ‘pimped’ Angler edition of the Access.

The Line 280 is ready to go fishing when

you are. Anchor running line is already

fitted. There are rod holders, and paddle

parks to store your paddle while you fish.

Prices start at $1095

Length: 2.8 m, Weight: 18 kg std, Width: 730 mm

Be seen day or night with Great Stuff’s

Safety Flag, LED light unit. It comes

complete with Rod Holder or alternative

deck fittings. A must for all open water



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A must for every boatie. Our 36 litres per

minute Bilge Pump features an easy-grab

handle, super-strong pump shaft and

heavy-duty impact resistant plastic.


Two chamber float gives added safety.

A 2nd chamber for use when you need

extra buoyancy or if one chamber is

accidentally punctured. There’s a clip on

safety tether to eliminate loss in windy



Unique quick-release-at-paddle feature

allows paddle to be easily attached/

detached to/from leash. It comes with

a heavy-duty snap hook for maximum

durability and an internal Kevlar cord

filament for maximum breaking strength.






With full horizontal access, our Latitudes

eliminate the hassle of having to dig

vertically to get at what you want. Built

with a polyester body and heavy-duty vinyl

ends, Latitudes are built

to perform, but at a value price!

10Ltr $58.50 - 21Ltr $72.00 - 51Ltr $85.50

Eco-friendly PVC Free Super Latitudes

feature the great wide mouth-lateral

design. They slide easily into kayak

hatches. Our hands-free Autopurge

valve automatically purges the air as

the bag is compressed.

10Ltr $87.75 - 21Ltr $101.25 - 51Ltr $143.85







BAck PAck

The Opti Dry is super-tough made from

super-clear heavy-duty vinyl. It has an

abrasion resistant bottom.

These all-purpose bags are great for any

adventure. The Omni Dry Bag features a

waterproof 3-roll closure with D-ring, vinyl

body and heavy-duty abrasion resistant


At 140 litres you can fit all your wet gear in

one bag, or keep all your gear dry!

A heavy-duty 3-roll closure system and

adjustable, padded shoulder straps makes

for easy use.

10Ltr $29.90 - 21Ltr $34.90 - 41Ltr $44.90

10Ltr $39.90 - 21Ltr $44.90 - 41Ltr $54.90








Our new Mighty Mite Cart is small enough

to fit in most Kayak holds, With pneumatic

wheels, anodized aluminium frame,

a single tie-down, and a stand, this cart

offers great features at a low price.


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These wheels are the step down from the

heavy duty version. Large wheels still

make any terrain a breeze, while a pin

holds them in. They still fold away into

your back hatch. A lighter weight trolley

for moving mainly empty kayaks.


Easy to carry a sea kayak loaded down

with all your gear! Heavy duty stainless

steel construction. Wheels fold down

conveniently to fit in a back hatch.









A great small-craft safety accessory.

These heavy duty Sea Anchors are built in

tough PVC for maximum abuse. With

tubing sewn in, they stay open to deploy

quickly. 300mm dia. opening 580mm



The Sea Rover features a large compass

with easy to read markings. With a simple,

yet elegant base, it attaches easily to

deck lines or sits nicely on top of a deck

bag. Quick-release buckles allow for easy



Our 15 litre capacity square camp sink

can’t be beat. The Pack Sink’s unique

square shape makes cleaning larger items

simple and it folds flat for easy (out of the

way) storage when not in use.



deck bag


deck bag


Our Deck Bag offers exceptional value!

The entire bag is radio frequency welded

to keep waves and rain out. Our splash

proof, HydroKisscoated zip is sealed in

with no excessive needle holes for water

to find.


kayak centres

For sale

The Deluxe Deck Bag offers a unique

window view access, high capacity and

light reflectivity.

A clear window allows for easier gear

location and a higher profile for better gear



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Directory: Things To Do

TAUPO Maori Carvings Waikato River Discovery

Mohaka Taupo Adventure Tours

Half day guided trip to the rock carvings,

Lake Taupo... only accessible by boat.

A leisurely paddle of about 3km to the rock

carvings. The largest is over 10m high and

from below in a small boat it is imposing.

$90 per person (bookings essential).

Phone 0800 KAYAKN for details.

2 hour guided kayak trip. Experience the

magnificent upper reaches of the mighty

Waikato River - soak in the geothermal

hotsprings - take in the stunning

environment... a perfect trip for all the family...

Adult $45, Children $25

Special group and family rates.

Call 0800 KAYAKN for details.

Need some excitement? Take a kayak down

this wicked Grade II river run... this is a

whole day of thrills and fantastic scenery

down the Mohaka River.

Price: $125 per person.

Call 0800 KAYAKN for details.

We can organize specialized kayak tours to

suit any budget.

From helicopter access, white water

paddling to extended cruises aboard a

mother ship.

Give us a call and we will give you a

memory of a lifetime.

Phone 0800 KAYAKN for details.

Canoe Polo

A great game for young and old.

A fast, furious and fun way to improve

your skills.

There’s a league to suit you.

Contact your local centre for more


Waitara River Tours

For those who are slightly more adventurous

at heart, this is a scenic trip with the excitement

of grade two rapids. Midway down, we

paddle under the historic Betran Rd Bridge

where we will stop for a snack.

Allow 2 hours paddle only.

Priced at $60.

Phone: 06 769 5506

Mokau River

Enjoy this beautiful scenic river which

winds through some of New Zealand’s

lushest vegetation. Camping overnight

and exploring some of New Zealand’s

pioneering history. A true Kiwi experience.

Two day trips $230.00

One day $60.00

Phone 06 769 5506

Sugar Loaf Island

From Ngamutu Beach harbour we head out

to the open sea to Nga Motu/Sugar Loaf

Island Marine Reserve. View the scenic &

rugged Taranaki coastline as we draw closer

to the Sugar Loaf Islands. Enjoy the seal

colony and experience the thrill of close up

views of these fascinating marine mammals.

Allow 3 hours subject to weather.

$60.00 per person. Phone 06 769 5506

Glow worms Cruise

River Tours

Kayak Hire

Join us for a picturesque paddle on Lake

McLaren to view glow worms by night

or beautiful waterfalls by day. This trip

takes about 1.5-2hours and is suitable for

paddlers with no experience. All gear, hot

drinks and nibbles are supplied.

Price $75 per person.

Phone Canoe & Kayak BOP for bookings.

07 574 7415

Exploring beautiful estuaries.

Enjoy a scenic trip with wildlife and

wonderful views.

Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details

Taupo - Open for the summer and by

appointment. Have some paddling fun on

the beach or let us run a Tour for you and

your friends and explore these beautiful


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New Zealand Kayaking Instructors

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Become a kayaking Instructor and Guide.

Get into gear and get qualified!

It’s fun and easy to do.

Don’t delay.

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Paddle to the Pub

Twilight Tours

Customized Tours

Join the Yakity Yak Club

Kayaking to a local pub is a unique way

of spending an evening, bringing your

group of friends together by completing

a fun activity before dinner and making

a memorable experience. These trips are

available to Riverhead, Browns Bay and

Devonport Pubs.



Phone Canoe & Kayak

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Departs from one of your local beautiful

beaches. Enjoy the scenic trip with the sun

setting as you paddle along the coast line.

Group discounts available!

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• Work Functions • Schools

• Clubs • Tourist groups

Whether it’s an afternoon amble, a

full day’s frolic or a wicked weekend

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If there’s somewhere you’d like to paddle

we can provide you with experienced

guides, local knowledge, safe up to date

equipment and a lot of fun.

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the thrill and ease of Cobra

Fishing & Touring Kayaks. Fish in spots

you can’t get to by boat, enjoy built-in

exercise and get close to the action

on the water. All this with an easy to

transport Cobra Kayak for a fraction

of the cost and hassle of a boat!

Cobra Fishing and Touring Kayaks’ range of accessories

allow you to configure your kayak to your own specialist

needs for sports fishing, diving and distance touring.

All Cobra Fishing and Touring Kayaks can be fitted with a

motor bracket for an electric trolling motor. Plus, with the

largest hatches on the market, there is still plenty of room

for rod holders, scuba gear, battery, tackle box, bait tank,

and much more.

Cobra Kayaks all feature polyethylene hulls for super

tough performance with a LIFETIME guarantee to prove it.

The self draining reinforced scuppers throughout give

unparalleled hull rigidity and a drier ride.


Length 4.3 m

Width 780 mm

Weight 24 kg

Capacity 216 kg


Length 4.1 m

Width 730 mm

Weight 24 kg

Capacity 205 kg

Call us now or visit our website

for our dealer locations and

find out how to make your

dreams a reality on the water.


Length 4.6 m

Width 711 mm

Weight 23 kg

Capacity 216 kg


Length 3.8 m

Width 914 mm

Weight 28 kg

Capacity 272 kg

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