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Issue 55contentsFJ @ FJ - Full James at its’ best: 14Features06 Nelson Lakes - a Winter Wonderland22 Moko - Help us keep him safe.48 A day out on the Teigdale with Josh NeilsonKayak Fishing24 Kayak Fishing Safety32 New Marauder - Performance Fishing Boat48Quick find from the cover35White Water Kayaking14 FJ @ FJ - The Waikato River’s legendary Full James rapidserves up perfect conditions for the annual Freestyle Jam.Sea Kayaking10 From Mud to Marae - Historic Hokianga18 Our Most Excellent Kayaking AdventureMultisport28 Trans Taupo 2010 - Full event report.30 One River - Rangitaiki - a celebration of the people and historyof the river.Regulars5 Editorial25 A New Lease of Life for Canoe & Kayak Manuaku34 Recipe - Smoked Fish37 Join us for an adventure - listings ofexcursions available.38 Product Focus - Test Paddle - Tony Barrett onthe new Kekeno & Breaksea.40 Start your adventure here - Courses available42 Buyers Guide221428Front cover photo: Josh Neilson on the Big Slide - Photo Will ClarkPhoto above: A compeitor at the Freestyle Jam - Photo courtesy ofwww.tourismmarketer.org - ©Fritz 20104 ISSUE FIFTY Five • 2 0 1 0 www.kayaknz.co.nz


SubScribe to be in to Win one of 50 Dry PocketS. See Page 40$7.50 NZ$7.50 AUSTNow’s the time to take time...• Coromandel Classic 2009• Motu Challenge 2009• D’Urville Island Circumnavigation• Discover Stewart IslandSPONSORED BYDiscover Another WorldI S S U E 5 3$7.50 NZ$7.50 AUSTWe discover the joys of taking the family kayaking.A follow up on the girls training camp in Nepal.SPONSORED BYDiscover Another WorldI S S U E 5 2tips for taking a newbie kayak fishing.• Multisport events for 2009• White water paddling• Fishing in the Manukau$7.50 NZ$7.50 AUSTA sport the whole family can get into.and an unplanned polar swim!Tale of the tuna, shark and me.SPONSORED BYDiscover Another WorldI S S U E 5 0• Trans Taupo Race results• White water paddling Aratiatia• Taranaki Fishing Contest• Anakiwa Forum RevieweditorialThe week floating down the WhanganuiRiver with 40 keen Yakity Yakkers is areal tonic for a busy person like me. Itis amazing how some real time awaychanges your day to day perspectivesand how things you have done all yearsuddenly change overnight. It is equallyamazing how when after 6 nights awayin the bush that I can arrive homeand be immediately back into the oldroutines of home. However, some ofthe changes stick each year and my lifechanges a little each time and I believefor the better.The first week home had its normal rushes,tiding up a Ute and trailer load of equipmentRead these issues online... www.kayaknz.co.nzGet the Family KayakingWomen and Kayak FishingKaren Knowles talks to a newbie kayak fisher-woman.Taking on Jeff’s JoyTony Barrett and the crew take on the rapids.Canoe & Kayak wishcompetitors good luckin the Speight'sCoas to Coast 2010Getting Kids into KayakingNepal UpdateEDITOR:Peter TownendPh: 0274 529 255 / (09) 476 7066Email: pete@canoeandkayak.co.nzPUBLISHER:New Zealand Kayak Magazine is publishedfive times per year by Canoe & Kayak Ltd.PRINTING: MHP PrintDISTRIBUTION: Gordon & GotchSUBSCRIPTIONS: (see page 35)New Zealand – 6 Issues = $40Overseas – 6 Issues = $60Copyright: The opinions expressed bycontributors and the information stated inadvertisements/articles are not necessarilyWasps, Wakas & WekasSome unexpected discoveries while paddling the lakes.The Buddy SystemScott Challenor and Steve Knowles providefrom the Whanganui Trip, including a miniskip of rubbish, arranging a working beeat Dacre Cottage, coaching the kids sportsteams and transporting them to other sportsand educational appointments, travelling toCanoe & Kayak Manukau to work with thenew team, getting a May Dance organisedfor the local Community, launching amembership drive for SKOANZ the kayakingIndustry organisation, attending communitycommittee meetings and business meetings.The list is endless, and the day often endswith lunch forgotten and frankly not muchtime to consider anything except getting theimmediate job done. This busy rush seemsto be the norm for many of us parents andbusiness owners.This is one of the reasons why I find it isso refreshing to have a week away from theSpeights Coast to Coast interviewPaddling AntarticaKayakers experience the magnificence of AntarcticaBe prepared!agreed to by the editors or publisher ofNew Zealand Kayak Magazine.Pricing: At the time of printing theprices in this magazine were accurate.However they may change at any time.CONTRIBUTORS: We welcomecontributors’ articles and photos.• Refer to www.canoeandkayak.co.nz.New Zealand Kayak Magazine‘Contributors’ Guidelines’ for moredetails.ALL CONTRIBUTIONS TO:James FitnessEmail: james@canoeandkayak.co.nzNew Zealand Kayak Magazineelectronic distractions of email, web, TV, radio. Themedia distractions telling us all the doom and gloomof the world or hyping us up as James Bond winsout over all the spills and thrills, leaving us amazedon the couch. One night on the river my son Bryneven went to sleep in his tent without dinner and itwas not for doing something wrong. He was justgenuinely tired after an active day and he wantedto. How often does that happen at home? I andmany others on the trip hit the hay early on manynights and often got up early (5ish) just to have aquite cuppa, some quiet conversation and enjoy thewaking of a new day.Just talking with each other these days withthe amount of distraction of electronic devices isbecoming more and more difficult. We sometimesloose sight of the importance of face to facecommunication and often replace it with thekeyboard, headset or hand piece.Over the course of this hectic first week back, Ihave been hankering to sit around an open fire with anice dram of whisky or a cup of tea, fighting off a fewmosquitoes, just talking with friends and family, withthe stars overhead, the power turned off, exercisingthe almost forgotten art of good conversation, anevery night activity while away on the river.The autumn is here, the paddling is great andlife can always be a bit better. Even if you can’tget away in the short term, you can always shutdown the power on your deck, rug up warm and getback to the basics while checking out the stars inyour own back yard. Try it sometime; it’s great forslowing things down momentarily and putting lifeback into perspective. Even better, take an eveningor afternoon off and paddle to a secluded spot.Cheers and happy paddling. Peter Townend.www.kayaknz.co.nzISSUE FIFTY Five • 2010 5


Nelson Lakes- a winter wonderland.By Neil ThompsonNever pack your kayak away for the winter.Lake Rotoroa is at its finest and not asandfly in sight.


A trip to Nelson Lakes in the middle of winter sounded a little extreme. But the promise of short distances, no tents andhuts with fire places, soon filled the trip with 10 Wellington Yakity Yak members.Leaving Friday evening, a van full of eager clubbies and a trailer full of kayaks took the ferry and road to Blenheim. Wewanted to make the most of the short daylight hours and had an early breakfast on the road.Lake Rotoroa, enclosed by mountains, 15 kms long and only 2 kms at its widest, was first of two lakes we wanted to paddle. The day was overcast,the water flat and glassy. As we paddled the eastern shore the clouds lifted to reveal the beauty of our surroundings and the snow covered tops. Theview was fantastic and we didn’t hurry to Sabine hut at the south end of the lake. At 2 pm we unloaded gear and walked a couple of kilometres to afoot bridge over the Sabine River where deep crystal clear water runs through the gorge. A beautiful spot and well worth the walk! Back at the hut therewas a gourmet meal, a couple of mulled wines and then bed.Sunday dawned with the cloud a little higher and the views awesome. We paddled 17 kms, still on glassy water, round the southern end of the lakeand past D’Urville hut. At 2 pm we loaded our van and made for Lake Rotoiti.Close to the Rainbow Ski Field, the small settlement of St Arnaud at the Northern end of LakeRotoiti offers a good selection of accommodation. We had bookingswith a lodge offering backpacking


Featureaccommodation, but to our good fortune they had a plumbing problem and upgraded us to more luxurious hotel rooms. Shame! Finedining and good company made the prospect of Monday night in a hut seem rough.Lake Rotoiti, 8 kms long, is the smaller of the two main lakes in the area. West Bay adds another 6kmsto a circuit. Entering the Bay we kayaked past the source of the Buller River, an insignificantbeginning to the substantial river at Westport.Still surrounded by snow topped mountains I was harassed byreference to a photo I had used to promote the trip.It showed snow down to lake level.What does a Yakity Yakker do whenconfronted with a kayak covered in snow?A (near) naked snow angel of course!


®®One midnight snowfight coming up.Under threat of legal action for false advertising(a lawyer in the group was open to the highestbidder) I told them not to panic. The trip wasn’tover yet…3 km from the Coldwater hut we stopped ata stream and walked a track to stand underWhiskey Falls. The spray is very cold! Makesure you wear good wet weather gear. Some ofus were chilled when we returned to the kayaksand continued to Coldwater hut. First thing onthe ‘to do list’ was to start the fire. Plenty ofpeople put up their hands for the task, but whenyou have a volunteer fireman, stand back, hewill climb over you to get the matches.Some people went for a walk while the restjust thawed. Then it started to rain. An hourlater rain turned to sleet. “Snow damn you”. At9 pm a few were still playing cards, listening tothe rain on the roof when the noise stopped.Fingers crossed I went outside and to my reliefit was snowing. Court case avoided!The snow got deeper and at 11 pm sleeperswere woken by the thud of snowballs hitting thehut. A snow fight was all on. Yeah ha. One crazyGrant & ‘The Dave’ with snow on their kayaks.It came in handy for the snow ball fights.clubby, I won’t mention his name (Dave Wills),was dared to do a snow angel in his birthdaysuit on the jetty. Within a minute he was downto his boxers and performing. Not quite naked,but it was cold. Something about shrinkage hesaid. Nice work Dave.Next morning 4 cms of snow was downto the lake edge and covering the kayaks.Without sounding too corny, it was one of themost beautiful things I had ever seen.Some of us cleared the snow off their kayaks.The rest left it on for a snowball fight all the wayback to St.Arnaud where the last to land gotsmashed by snowballs right on the lakes edge.They were sitting ducks, me included!We sorted out gear, changed clothes anddrove to Picton for the ferry home.It had been a memorable, enjoyable trip witha great group of people and a lot of humour.If you ever get a chance to paddle this area,how about doing it in the winter? You avoidthe sandflies and get some great scenery. Justdress up warm.No guarantee on the snow though.FeatureDRYBAGSDry Pocket Dry BagKeeping keys & phones drySimple construction designed for useinside hatches or deckbags $19.90Opti Dry BagsThe Price LeaderHeavy weight clear plasticwith frequency welded seamsand a tough, abrasionresistant base fabric.10 L $29.90 - 21 L $34.9041 L $44.90Micro Dry Stuff SackFor keeping smallthings dry and safeSame quality constructionas the Super Latitude bagsin a micro size. $29.90Large 1.5L Micro Dry1.5 litres - Ideal forkeeping VHF radios drySame quality construction as theSuper Latitude bags. $44.90Diamond DryFold flat 5 litre dry bagLies flat when not in use for easystorage. Rugged polyesterconstruction and window. $34.90Omni Dry BagsTough & TraditionalSimple solid and dependabledesign with tough abrasionresistant fabric and frequencywelded seams.10 L $39.90 - 21 L $44.9041 L $54.90Latitude Dry BagsLength opening bags - great pricesNo more losing things at the bottom of the bag.Polyester body and heavy-duty vinyl ends.WHY PUT UP WITH A TOP OPENING DRY BAG?10 Litre - $58.50 21 Litre - $72.00 51 Litre - $85.50LOWER PRICESuper Latitude Dry BagsThe best of the future - available nowOpens along the length of the bag - no morelosing things in the bottom of the bag. HandsfreeAUTOPURGE valve for compressingbag into tightspaces. Light weight urethanecoated diamond RIP-STOP allows these bagsto slide easily into hatches.10 Litre-$69.90 21 Litre-$89.90 51 Litre-$109.90All prices shown in this advertisment are recommendedretail prices at the time of publication. Prices in stores maydiffer. Seattle Sports product is distributed in New Zealandby Great Stuff Ltd (email:greatstuff@graphics.co.nz) andsold through Canoe and Kayak stores.wwwcanoeandkayak.co.nz GS/DB2010www.kayaknz.co.nzISSUE FIFTY Five • 2010 9


From Mud to Marae –Historic HokiangaBy Ruth E. HendersonSunset on the Hokiangafrom Rawene Motor camp.Approaching Kohukohu Cafe onthe Hokianga Harbour.About four hours drive North West of Auckland lies theHokianga Harbour. It is steeped in both Maori and earlycolonial settlers’ history. Once you pass through Dargavilleand wind thru the Waipoua forest, home of New Zealand’slargest kauri Tane Mahuta, there seems to be a quaint weechurch and marae on every hillside adjacent to a stream, inletor estuary. Although our visit was primarily for the kayaking(and sand dunes) eventually we couldn’t help but get caughtup in its history.Early arrivals Greg and I, had Good Friday morning to ourselves andpoked about the harbour mouth for a smell of the Tasman Sea, thentried our luck boogie boarding down the steepest sand dunes. Tip: oldpolystyrene boards do not slide on sand. Opposite Opononi we met therest of the Yakity Yak group who had similar tales to tell. But they hadborrowed a sleek and shiny hire board and were taking turns and bets onwho could hurtle downhill fast enough to splash into the sea.Congregating that evening over a drink and nibbles at Rawene MotorCamp (very spick and span these days) trip leader Nick outlined theoptions, travelling with the tide up the Mangamuka River to the bridge(45 km return) or a more leisurely café and history cruise. The majoritychose to cruise!Everyone had to contend with the mud! Like most harbours theHokianga is very tidal and sensible people do not just go with the tidalflow, but also wait for the water. Tip – if necessary, have a little sleep-inand launch above the mud-line.Booties retrieved or washed, within an hour we were at Kohukohu onthe northern shore, where the Mangamuka River and the Waihou Riverenter the harbour. In the 1830’s the town was the centre of N.Z.’s flax andtimber industry and a bustling port. After the Treaty of Waitangi (1840)and when the capital had shifted from the Bay of Islands to Aucklandthis industry declined, but by 1888 it was again busy and had the largestmill in the Southern Hemisphere. By 1900 there was a population ofover 1000. The mill closed in 1909, dairying replaced the timber industryand the Hokianga Co-Operative Dairy Co opened its factory in nearbyMotukaraka.Today the town (pop. 150) has a school, general store, art galleryand accommodation. It relies on people like us for the tourism dollar.Whereas in 925 Kupe gave the place its name, cursing “kohu”, on beingA central fireplace and shelves bulging withbooks make it a snug place for a winter’s eve.given under-cooked hangi food, we had only praise for the café’s coffeeand cakes. Across the road the art gallery had an intriguing exhibition ofukuleles, each a work of art (www.villagearts.co.nz).Too soon it was time for those who had exited on the muddy andslippery boat ramp to gingerly carry their boats back to the water andthose who had climbed out at the wharf’s pontoon to walk back under theHokianga Arch of Remembrance. It commemorates the 84 WW1 soldierswho did not return.We paddled for an hour up the Waihou River and landed at the HorekeHotel, the oldest standing pub still in operation in New Zealand. It wasclosed so we ate our own lunch while waiting for it to open and providea drink and a tour. A central fireplace and shelves bulging with books


FeatureMUD at RaweneSand dunes near the harbourentrance are a breath taking sight.make it a snug place for a winter’s eve (accommodation available at $85dble.) Large photo reproductions depicting early settlers felling timberand bullock teams carting logs out of the bush hang on the walls.However, this settlement was founded before the timber era in 1826,around a shipyard. It was the second N.Z. settlement after Russell andis famous for hosting the biggest gathering of Ngapuhi Maori to sign theTreaty of Waitangi.When the rising tide covered the beach, jostling the boats, we headedfor ‘home’ going with the tide, sidling past mangroves. The Celtic cross ofthe Mangunga Wesleyan Chapel and Mission House built in 1839 stoodout against the skyline. We passed the Kohukohu car ferry ramp andcrossed the harbour to Rawene.Over drinkie poohs that night, many paddle proposals were aired. Thenext morning, Easter Sunday, they were rejected in favour of paddlingto ‘Our Lady of Assumption Church’ and celebrating its centenary. Theproposal for classification to the Historic Places Trust described it aswww.kayaknz.co.nzISSUE FIFTY Five • 2010 11


We were privileged to visit Motukaraka church on itscentenary celebration and be welcomed onto the marae.“An excellent example of the timber tradition of buildingessentially simple country churches in the neo-gothicmanner.” Its 50 ft (15m) steeple and bell tower standinghigh on Motukaraka Point command attention. The storyof why and how Nui Harre built it makes a fascinating read.He is buried in the churchyard, as is Father Becker whotranslated the New Testament into the Maori language.We paddled for less than 30 minutes, plodded in themud and tied our boats together by an old shed below themarae, peeled off our neoprene shorts and changed intowhatever we had for ‘Sunday best’. Tip: a silk sarong is avery handy object: You can change behind it, under it, andeven wear it!The marae was a hive of activity preparing apost ceremony buffet. A tent did a steady trade incommemorative T-shirts, postcards and books. The belltolled, the dignitaries and elders in all their finery androbes filed into the church, and then a lucky 100 (includingfive kayakers) filled the pews. Outside there were chairsand loud-speakers for the 400 overflow.Bishop Patrick Dunn, the 11th Bishop of Auckland, ledthe Centennial celebration Mass in Te reo: difficult forsome of us to follow or find the right place in the hymns,but there is no mistaking ‘Hallelujah’ in any language.‘Areruia’! What a privilege it was to be a part of thecelebrations and later to be welcomed on the marae.Later that afternoon, outside the Copthorne Hotel,Omapere, we shared stories with those who had spentthe day playing in the surf at the harbour entrance andwatched the sun sink over the sand dunes before it fellinto the Tasman Sea.Motukaraka wharf12 ISSUE FIFTY Five • 2 0 1 0


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FJ @ FJThe Waikato River’s legendary Full James rapid serves upperfect conditions for the annual Freestyle JamBy Sophie Hoskins20th and 21st of March were the dates for this years FJ@ FJ event. It was a blast. Saturday saw a huge crowd ofpeople enjoying surfing the wave at a great flow. Therewere coaching sessions from beginner to advanced andkeen kayakers practised for Sunday’s freestyle jam andNZ team selections.Sunday rolled around and a steady flow of people rocked up tothe lovely smell of bacon, eggs and hash browns on the BBQ tofill hungry bellies and raise money for the NZFKA (New ZealandFreestyle Kayak Association). MASSIVE speakers were crankinggreat sounds and the competition got underway. Kayakers couldenter for open men and women, novice men and women andjunior men and women. Stars of the day were Andi O’Connell,who consistently threw big moves and took out the open men’s,and Courtney Kerin a 16 year old from Oamaru. As the only juniorwoman she held her own to finish 4th in the open women. After aday in the sun, warm water and plenty of great moves it was time forprize giving.


A huge thanks goes out to Andy Fuller from DayTwo, Canoe & Kayak Taupo and the Okere fallsstore for helping out with the spot prizes also toTe Awamutu College for the use of their awesomesound system. Thanks to all the others who helpedout with this event.Results were...Open Men: 1 st Andi O’Connell, 2 nd Josh Neilson,3 rd Brendan Bayly, 4 th Greg Nicks, 5 th Bradley LauderOpen Women: 1 st Polly Green, 2 nd Toni George,3 rd Louise Urwin, 4 th Courtney Kerin.Novice Men: 1 st Dan Riley, 2 nd Gavin Lodge,3 rd Mike Gerrand.Novice Women: 1 st Izzy Jull,2 nd Anke Lebesmuehlbacher, 3 rd Katherine Lucas.Junior Men: 1 st Andre Sperling,2 nd Stuart Johnson, 3 rd Jaxon Paraki Webber.Junior Women : 1 st Courtney Kerin.


All photos courtesy of:www.fritz@reap.org.nz© Fritz 010Prize giving:Top left: Lu Urwin, Izzy Jull, Anke Lebesmuehlbacher,Katherine LucasTop right: Andi O’Connell (holding daughter Niamh),Josh Neilson, Brendan Bayly, Greg Nicks, BradleyLauderBottom left: Lu Urwin, Toni George, Polly GreenBottom Right: Dan Riley, Gavin Lodge, Mike Gerrand.NZKI ww 2, 3 & 4 Star Courses &Grade Two River certificatesCALL IN TO YOUR LOCALCANOE & KAYAK CENTREFOR MORE DETAILSPHONE NOW0508 52925692010 Multisport Package $995We believe our comprehensive Grade Two Training & Certification is the best you can get.Get the skills to confidently paddle on white water.www.kayaknz.co.nzISSUE FIFTY Five • 2010 17


Our Most Excellent KayakingAdventureBy K.Sven Hjelmstrom“How about spending a week touring golden sand beaches,watching baby seals swim around your kayak and relaxingwith good company in the evening ? Join us for Easter week,2010 at Abel Tasman National Park.”This invitation caught my eye on the Hamilton Canoe & Kayak website. It sounded like a good follow up to my most enjoyable trip down theWhanganui River with Pete Townend and 50 plus other Yakity Yakkers afew years back.Yes, Canoe & Kayak Hamilton was joining forces with the windyWellington C & K crew to travel to Marahau in the South Island for OURMOST EXCELLENT KAYAKING ADVENTURE.Auckland and Hamilton met the Wellington crew at their Canoe &Kayak Centre where our trip leader, the smiling Andy Blake, was securingkayaks on the trailer.The ferry trip was fine and our own personal life boats on thevehicle made it secure! After a long, long day for the Hamiltoncrew, we enjoyed a restful night at a motor camp in Picton.Thursday 1 st April, 2010. The Paddling Starts16 paddlers travelled in three vehicles from Nelson to Motueka to pickup fresh rations before hitting the water at Marahau. The Wellington crewsuddenly gave the famous one finger salute when a yellow BarracudaBeachcomer (belonging to Dr Nikki ) lost its front tie down and reachedfor the sky. Our walkie talkies alerted Andy and the convoy stopped tosecure the kayak. A big 10/4 and “roger that” soon became catch phrasesalong with good natured “rogering” comments.At Marahau we packed our Kayaks, had the obligatory briefing, weretold to “lock and load” by Andy and on an ebbing tide we paddled to ourfirst camp site at Apple Tree Bay. Abel Tasman National Park’s crystalclear blue waters, bush overflowing down steep hills to the rocky shoreline, which just begged to be rock gardened, were beautiful and majestic.“Roger that eh Harvey!”It was only a few clicks to Apple Tree Bay’s golden sand beach where wepitched tents just a few metres from the sea. Some had a quick swim. Aahhh!!A kayak, a tent, great weather, great food, great company, heaven at last!The team practise their routinefor the new Olympic sport ofSynchronised Kayak Dancing.


Friday 2 nd of AprilWe were on the water by 9:30 am andat Adele Island we saw our first seal and asmall group of baby seals. Just picture abeautiful blue sky, next to no wind, calmsea, most excellent company and you havesome notion that we were now in kayakingheaven. The only distraction was fromdistant water taxis taking passengersto camp sites, kayaks stacked aft. Wepaddled at a steady pace to match ourkayaking skills. No hassles and no stressrock gardening in beautiful scenery. Welanded at Pukatea Bay for lunch, a restand the Easter Egg Hunt. Andy Blake’sboundless energy, paddling andcooking skills were greatly impressingthe group. He was most ably assistedby Tony Barrett.The next camp site was at Bark Bay.During the afternoon we hugged thecoast, explored and rock gardened.Andy and other more experiencedkayakers completed a few rolls.Bark Bay proved to be a boomerof a camp site. It had water that couldbe drunk without boiling and yes folks, flush toilets. We evenhad a kitchen and a fire that proved to be a focus for dining. The groupof 16 now really became as ‘one’ when we let our hair down and threwcaution and inhibition to the wind. Nikki and Catherine (Wellies) burst intosong as ABBA chicks. Yours truly and Harvey (Hamilton) regretted thatwe hadn’t brought guitars to accompany the talent.Most were in bed by 10:00 pm. Another day in paradise had come toHappy campers on the Abel Tasmanan end.Hey you Auckland Clubbies, it might be a long way to go (900 km oneway) but you have just got to do this trip...Saturday 3 rd of April was another day in heaven. We locked andloaded and headed for Tonga Island, famously known as a sealDiscover the World with...THE WORLD’S QUIETEST ROOF RACKIntroducing Prorack’s Whispbar TM .The most innovative, technicallyadvanced roof rack system thatwill radically reduce drag and fuelconsumption. Now that’s brilliantKiwi ingenuity!Now available from your localCanoe and Kayak store.Visit www.prorack.co.nz to see it on your carwww.kayaknz.co.nzISSUE FIFTY Five • 2010 19


Who will blink first? By Easter the babyseals in the colony are very independentand extremely entertaining.breeding colony. There were seals everywhere. Naturally we kept arespectful distance until we found an empty pool waiting to be explored.Quickly baby seals left their mothers and came to explore us. Withina few minutes, streams of bubbles rose to the surface as the babiesglided beside and under the kayaks. Soon they were climbing on tokayaks to investigate humans. One baby seal waddled up the frontdeck of Michelle’s kayak, took the bailing sponge, dived over one sideand popped up the other. The Penguin paddler retrieved herintact sponge.The mothers first watched,then ignored us, while theirbabies played.More than fifty dolphins thenappeared and were seen at closerange by some of us.We reluctantly left this trulybeautiful scene and headed forShag Harbour where nesting andresting Shags were everywhere.Shagadelic!! On the flood tide wepaddled into a stunning inlet andmet more baby seals who wereplaying in the warm shallowwater. There were penguinsand jellyfish and the scenerywas drop dead gorgeous.Wow, what a day!Our next night was atOnetahuti Beach’s fabulouscamp site. It too had freshwater and flush toilets. Wewere tired, relaxed butvery happy after anotherbrilliant day on the water.A couple of light showersduring the night helped tocool us down.Cleopatra’s Pool is well worth the walk.Sunday 4 th April the weather report indicated that a SEswell was building. We returned to TongaIsland where the low tide put the fabulousseal nursery out of reach but we had funrock gardening in the swell. Our nextlanding was at Mosquito Bay on anotherstunning sandy beach with a beautifuloutlook towards the sea. The flood tiderose quickly over the shallow beachand while we had a drink and a bite toeat, we repeatedly pulled our kayaksto safety!Andy provided the floppy Frisbeethat he found on the roadside manymoons ago. What a weapon! It fliesso well yet is so soft to catch andso forgiving – just like its owner,pancake Chef Andy.Back in kayaks we left the comfortof mother sea and paddled up theFalls River to see the swing bridgeand the crossing that trampersuse on their overland route. Giveme the sea kayaking option any day!Bill and Phil (the flower pot men from Hamilton) wandered overrocks towards a waterfall. Oops! Here is a tip for kayakers – rememberto tie up your kayak where water levels can change. They were lucky thistime but let’s face it, they had a big back up crew!Salt of the earth Jim Walker left his kayak, clambered up a steepincline and took a group photograph from the swing bridge. He will soonbe paddling around Stewart Island with Andy Blake. With Jim back inhis kayak we returned to the rivers’ calm, hot estuary for lunch and anattempt at kayak gymnastics. Just over the sand dune behind us theSE swell was building and the wind was a steady 10-15 knots. Andy,Harvey, Jim and Tony enjoyed rolling practice before we headed for thenext camp site at Anchorage.En route we paddled up the Torrent Riveron an outgoing tide andKnow the height ofyour vehicle and load.20 ISSUE FIFTY Five • 2 0 1 0 www.kayaknz.co.nz


eached on slippery rocks with not a lotof room for our kayaks. We wanted to seeCleopatra’s Pool. A group of kayakerswho had shared a camp site with uswarned that our 500 metre stroll and visitto the pool meant we could be walkingour kayaks back over the rocks. Wemanaged to get back to the sea withjust a short portage over slipperyrocks. All good fun eh what!Whoah! Anchorage was likeheading back to civilization. Bodiesand kayaks everywhere!While at most camp sites it wasa group effort with no moans orcomplaints to haul the kayaks offthe beach, at Anchorage, therewere special racks for kayaks.As we did most nights everyonewas involved with cooking andover dinner time we shared theday’s experiences and learntwhat other people eat and cleverlycook for an evening meal. But at Anchoragewe were a crowd!Andy Blake our trip leader was the master chef. He made pikeletsor pancakes and all manner of fancy dishes. He carried so fewprovisions on the trip yet he made the most amazing, scrumptiousdishes. We have asked Andy to put some suggestions in the NewZealand Kayak Magazine. It would be good to see a ‘cook off’between Andy and our other master chef, Pete Townend.Monday 5 th April was our last day on the water.We listened to the forecast for the day, an easterly wind with swellto 2 metres, launched in the calm harbour and paddled out to thewaiting swells. The weather was still fine but we soon had a real blastpaddling south to Split Apple Rock.Jim, Rachel & Sarah posed for an action shot with Jim standingin his kayak in the middle of 3 rafted kayaks after the precursorpoo position warm up. Our fearless leader Andy, who was close by,mastered the swells to take the close up action shot. Result – anextreme close up due to the wave action. (Don’t try this at home kids.)After passing the headland, Te Katetu Point, the seas were calmerand we made for a rest stop at Akersten Bay. The beach landingcalled for an angled arrival and paddle ready for the bracing stroke ifrequired. All landed safely. Most then needed an assisted launch. Aswe passed Marahau and snuck in to view Split Apple Rock the swelldecreased and the wind abated.The Rock is impressive. More experienced kayakers had real funrock gardening in the swell and shooting the rocky gap right besidethe Split Apple. Andy did what can only be described as rock gardencaving. He found very narrow and rocky caves and often disappearedfor minutes at a time. Others (like Harvey) followed. We watched inawe.We returned to Marahau at high tide, landed and packed up.The more experienced kayakers continued rock gardening. As werounded the point sheltering Split Apple Rock an unpredicted swellcaught one experienced kayaker, left him high on a rocky outcropand tipped him out of his boat. He was quickly rescued. Well doneteam!We were tired, but blown away by the four days of excitement,adventure and great company in the Abel Tasman National Park. TheHamiltonians and lone Aucklander, who had submitted to Moo Looculture, took the long journey home in their stride.People who think sea kayaking is sedate need an introduction torock gardening. Andy Blake plays in the swell at Apple Rock.A big cheer for Elaine Vine (Wellington) who paddled the whole way withoutthe need for a tow, and for many more personal bests achieved on this mostexciting adventure.Our grateful thanks must go to both Andy Blake and Tony Barrett fororganising this MOST EXCELLENT KAYAKING ADVENTURE.CHILL-PROOF YOURWATER SPORT WITH...Even on a warm day the wind chill can quicklycool you down. Sharkskin is a revolutionarytechnical water sports garment and theproduct of choice for paddlers who enjoytheir sport all-year-round - regardless ofthe forecast!Sharkskin garments come in a largerange of sizes and styles providing theequivalent warmth of a 2.5 – 3mmneoprene wetsuit - but with betterwind chill protection.THE SCIENCESharkskin delivers many benefits to watersports enthusiasts that are unachievable with lesstechnically advanced products such as neoprene.These benefits are achieved by laminating 3 separatematerials together, all with different properties; Theouter layer is made from a durable UV resistant Lycranylon blend. The middle membrane is both windproofand waterproof. The non-chaffing inner thermal layerprovides warmth and comfort against the skin.Now also availablewith 1/2 zipFind your Authorised Sharkskin Dealer www.sharkskin.co.nzwww.kayaknz.co.nzISSUE FIFTY Five • 2010 21


When visiting MokoGive him Space - Feeding and resting times are crucialfor Moko. If you disturb him while he’s resting or searching for food hishealth will deteriorate.Moko - The Dolphin- Help us keep him safe.By Robbie BanksWhat do you do when given an impromptuinvite from your boss to go in search of Mokothe dolphin in Whakatane - load up the kayaksand go! My daughter Jessie, on school holidays,was hanging out for a close encounter with thisbeautiful, elusive and mischievous mammal.Perfect!We found him resting by the mother dredging ship off theWhakatane bar, and followed him into the harbour. Asleepby a big orange buoy, he looked more like a fake decoy,than the real Mc Coy.From my days working on board the Dolphin Safari BoatI recalled dolphin interaction etiquette, but this is a differentball game with an eccentric Bottlenose loner.Moko is a male bottlenose dolphin measuring almost 3metres and weighing 250 kg.Thought to be a teenager he is still growing.He first appeared in Mahia in March 2007 and thrilledlocals for more than 2 years before moving to Gisborneand more recently to Whakatane. Moko is known for hisplayful antics. He enjoys playing fetch and pushing kayaksthrough the water with his snout as we soon found out firsthand.Sometimes Moko turns up with presents of fish forhis human friends.But before you grab your costume and flippers, rememberthat Moko is a wild animal and swimming with him is atyour own risk. Little is known about solo dolphins. Thereare only 90 or so known cases worldwide, 14 of which arefrom New Zealand.Some say that solo dolphins are social outcasts whilstothers believe they separate from their pod by choice.Either way, solo dolphins are a rare phenomenon givingus an incredibly special, unique experience and insightsthat we wouldn’t otherwise have.Sadly the more the dolphin befriends us the less waryhe becomes of us, our boats and other hazards.If you have the opportunity to visit Moko here is a briefoutline provided by Project Jonah N.Z.For more in depth information visitwww.projectjonah.org.nzHands-off - Touch him as little as possible as disease can bepassed from human to dolphin and vice versa.If you touch him remove any jewelry as it could damage Mokosdelicate skin. Avoid touching his face, eyes, and blowhole and don’t pullon his flippers or fin as these can be easily dislocated.Toys and rubbish are a no go - Moko loves playingwith toys but there is a risk he could accidentally damage his skin, eyesor teeth. There’s also the risk that he may confuse these objects withthings like fishing net buoys and become entangled.Please don’t encourage him to play with toys and if you see rubbishin the water or on the beach please pick it up. Thousands of dolphinsdie each year from swallowing or choking on marine debris.Don’t fight him - If he steals your boogie board or any otheritem, let him take it. Any lost property can be retrieved later on, usuallywhen he becomes bored with it.Turn off the engine -If you are in a boat, and Moko isclose by, shut down the engine.Keep Clear - Approach from the side or behind. Don’t circlehim or obstruct his path.Safety first●● Swim in groups never alone.●●●●●●●●Accompany young children in the water at all times.If at anytime Moko appears agitated or you feel uncomfortableleave the water.If you’re in the water and he won’t let you out, remain calm andcall for help.Ask another person to distract him so you can exit the water.Moko’s agilitity with thepaddle was astounding.Photos by Steve Knowles, Canoe & Kayak BOP22 ISSUE FIFTY Five • 2 0 1 0 www.kayaknz.co.nz


there was no getting it back.Al Rose, Jessie and Robbie Bankshave an awesome experience withMoko in Whakatane.Once Moko took control of the paddleTAKING THE SEARCH OUTOF SEARCH AND RESCUEGPS positioning406 MGHz121.5 MGHzHoming signalSOS strobeWaterproofdown to10 metresFloats!We enjoyed our time swimming and frolicking with Moko.He is an agile, powerful swimmer who uses his flippers tosteer and his flukes to stop. We witnessed first-hand howhe can swim, turn and manoeuvre while balancing a kayakpaddle on his head, not returning it for hours! He enjoyedteasing us, swimming in close only to zip away when we triedto recover the paddle.He communicates with squeaks, whistles and uses bodylanguage - leaping as high as 5 metres in the air. Sometimeshe snaps his jaw and slaps his tail.The locals told us if he gets annoyed he will make agrowling sound.The average lifespan of a male bottlenose dolphin isbetween 40-45 years. Let’s respect and care for him andso keep our special opportunities to experience Moko, theplayful dolphin, for many years.Only $849from your local outdoorequipment supplierYour position is transmitted to the Rescue Co-ordination Centre within afew minutes and the search area is narrowed down to 30 sq metres.Peace of mind for loved ones and so small it fits in a pocket!Distributed by Bright Ideas ELB LtdPh: 09 366 6867 www.brightideas.co.nzwww.kayaknz.co.nzISSUE FIFTY Five • 2010 23


Kayak Fishing Safety– first things first, Andy Doncaster shares histips on checking the weather and trip planning.So you have bought your new fishingkayak and are keen to get on the waterand into one of the fastest growingsports in New Zealand. For your sake,and the safety of those who may becalled to rescue you, please checkthe weather before you launch. Thisbasic precaution is often overlooked,particularly when ‘It’s a fine day’I start with swellmap.com. This websiteoffers valuable sets of data for safe planning.From wind speed and direction I identifya launch point close to sheltered water.Remember wind over the water may differ fromwhat you are experiencing when you put in.Kiwi Association of SeaKayakers N.Z. Inc.(KASK)KASK is a network of sea kayakersthroughout New ZealandKASK publishes a 200 pagesea kayaking handbook whichis free to new members: thehandbook contains all youneed to know about seakayaking: techniques andskills, resources, equipment,places to go etc.KASK publishes a bi-monthly newslettercontaining trip reports, events, book reviews,technique/equipment reviews and a ‘bugger’file. KASK holds national sea kayaking forums.Website:www.kask.co.nzAnnual subscription is $35.00.KaskPO Box 23, Runanga 7841,West CoastWave height tells you what you can expect off beaches in your area and swell direction indicatestheir effect on landing.Tide Height gives you an indication of tidal flow and depth of water.With this information you have a great foundation for planning a safe day on the water.When you are on the road or water your VHF radio, tuned to the local weather Channel, will giveyou up to date information. Most marine forecasts report tidal flow conditions.Now do your homework on where you will go for a day’s fishing. Identify a launch point basedon the predicted weather conditions and you can expect to be safe on the water.However, as we all know, the weather does not always play the game, so use a chart of the areato identify emergency exit points should the weather, or any unforeseen event, catch you short. Toavoid danger, exit points need to shelter you from wind and swell. With this in mind pick a main exitpoint, most conveniently the same as your entry point, and have one or two backups.On the water always know where you are so you can easily head to one of your exit points. Andwatch for weather change. A cloud build up generally indicates a coming wind, especially so whenthe cloud is a wall onthe horizon.Remember yourlimitations and alwaystell at least two peoplewhere you will be going;where you will launch;all your emergencyexit points; and whenyou expect to be off ofthe water. And it willsave much anxiety andexpense if you report,“I’m back!”Right: Information asseen on swellmap.com24 ISSUE FIFTY Five • 2 0 1 0 www.kayaknz.co.nz


A New Lease ofLife for Canoe &Kayak ManukauPockets now availableon Multisport decksCanoe & Kayak Ltd are the proud new owners of Canoe &Kayak Manukau and we are all looking forward to a brightand exciting future.Peter Townend the Managing Director and founder of Canoe &Kayak is enthusiastic about the future plans for this great area and willfocus the company on our existing and new retail customers and thebuilding of the Yakity Yak club.“This is a great opportunity for us to make some very positivechanges” Peter Townend said.Phil Linklater has remained working part time and Steve Smith, whohas worked for Canoe & Kayak on a full time and part time basis overthe last 4 years, will be managing the store.Steve will be supported by two new Team members; 'Club Captain',Nick Webb and a 'Senior Instructor', and they will organize andencourage club trips and courses.We are hoping the Senior Instructor role will be filled by an existingclub or staff member or existing customer. If you are interestedplease give Peter Townend a call on Phone 0274 529255 or emailpete@canoeandkayak.co.nz.The Rasdex Multisporter PFD hashad another successful Speight’sCoast to Coast, taking a win withGordon Walker. A good numberof the other top 10 finishers inall classes also chose it. Why?Because it is the most completemultisport PFD on the market:quick side entry, lightweight, plenty ofpockets, comes withbladder and routingfor 3 tubes via our innovativeblock system. Why compromiseyour race? Use what the winners use!RRP $289.95The new Hydra PFD has been tested to NZS 5823:2005. Itis also approved for night time use. Available in high vizyellow (see Auckland harbour bylaws) and red, and in 2sizes. Features large front pocket and key clip, plus hiddenside pockets which allow extra foam to be fittedso it can be used for canoe polo.RRP $149.95www.kayaknz.co.nzISSUE FIFTY Five • 2010 25


Have Nothing To Do? Then GoNowhere!Next time you’re planning annual leave, tell the boss you want a weekoff in April to join the annual Yakity Yak Club’s Whanganui River trip.(incorporating side trip to the Bridge to Nowhere).Upfront, it has to be said that this very popular 6-day tripwould not be the success it is, without the preparation,personal commitment and unrelenting enthusiasm of Chefde Mission Pete Townend. (No Pete, as Editor in Charge youare not allowed to edit that out!).By his own admission, Peteclaims the trip gets easier to organise each year but continuesto succeed in the “full bellies, lots of laughter and spice oflife” promised in his trip briefing.As the Whanganui River is a great place for learning and playing, thetrip is an ideal club event for both novice and more advanced paddler.Additionally there’s all that scenery, the DOC camps and a magnificentpiece of historical engineering, literally in the middle of nowhere.Pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone you will be rewarded withimproved self confidence and experience in paddling rapids. Oh sure youcould easily set yourself up with a local tour company who throw a vesselat you that somewhat resembles a kayak, leave you to your own deviceswith only a map as your guide, or take the jet boat if you’re into speed.Neither compare to the opportunities and camaraderie you will get withthis large well organised group.There’s no shortage of local knowledge from those club members whohave made their way down the river before. You can glean informationfrom packing and weight logistics (I say that as I recall one trip leaderloading rocks into his kayak for balance and another stuffing scorchedalmonds so far up the nose of the kayak it took ½ an hour of hilarity toretrieve them), to kayak performance, paddle technique, river currents,eddies, v’s and pressure waves, and Maori protocol.This trip is not for you if you are on a serious diet. You will not goF U NFITNESSF RI E N D SJoin Your Local Yawww.canoeannCALL NOW TO JOor see


Trips and excursions are available through outthe year with the Yakity Yak Club.Check out some of the trips coming up!Visit Moko in Whakatane, paddle to Motuihe Island, see the seals in the AbelTasman, explore Waikaremoana, paddle the Mokau River. There’s even anexpedition to Stewart Island or Milford Sound (Still in the planning stages).There’s something for everyone.hungry. Pete T has the menus down pat and even organises “high tea”in the middle of nowhere. Once settled on a beach for lunch or into campat night expect much, much more than a “Backcountry Dried Pack”meal. Resist going to bed early - for those that hang out late chocolate isthe reward!You will have to rough it in a tent, (we were lucky with the weathergod(ess) being kind to us). You will get wet. You may fall in. You willsmell. In fact you will become increasingly paranoid about your smell.While you can do without luxuries pack a few pairs of spare undies –never underestimate the thrill and comfort of clean dry undies againstyour derriere after a wet day paddling!You will have to chip in. Help unload the canoes carrying communalfood and cooking equipment. Jump into stirring, flipping, smashing,mixing, pouring and serving around the camp kitchen. The trip cost(which is great value for money), does not include Sherpas! Pete onlyhas so many hands and nor should trip leaders be expected do all thework. Your contribution is essential to make the trip an enjoyable successfor everyone.The final day sees you entering wider canyons and subsequentintroduction to some of the more challenging rapids. You will, on that day,be well ready for the “big rapid”. Spillages and sinkages aside (nearly)everyone loves, and nobody forgets the last rapid. We were wet but thesun was shining. What more could you ask for?Contribution from Red Pod Team Member #4 River Trip 2010.kity Yak Club Todaydkayak.co.nzIN 0508 KAYAKNZpage 36


Trans Taupo 2010- event organiser Nick Reader reports on the 3rd annual event.I had mixed feelings standing at the finish of the3rd Trans Taupo Race, mostly concern, jealousyand respect.A small amount of concern due to the wind climbing to 20 knotsplus which was creating 1.5 m swells and blowing some paddlers offcourse. Jealousy because I wished I could have paddled the lake, gotthe blisters, stumbled out of my kayak and run to the finish (instead Iwas driving around the lake doing radio reports.) And finally respectfor all the people who took on the race especially those who made itto the finish line over a long 44 km course in rough conditions.The 3rd annual Trans Taupo was held in 15-20 knot westerlywinds on Saturday 20 March. There were a total of 110 paddlerswho took on the 44km across Lake Taupo from Tokaanu to Taupo.Conditions were close to the limit of running the planned coursewhich meant wind, waves, surfing and concentration. Lucky thelake was 19 degrees because there were a few people who wentfor an unplanned swim!!! The Mighty River Power Coastguard boatwas kept busy all day making sure all paddlers were in their craft, oncourse and OK.Top Olympic paddler Mike Walker triumphed over defending championSimon Mclaren by a couple of minutes with Tim Grammar in 3rd. (Allthree on surf skis). With a time of 3:30:41, Walker narrowly missed outon the course record by just 97 seconds. That honour still belongs toMcLaren with his blistering performance in 2009 of 3:29:04. With wavesup to 1.5 metres there would have been lots of surfing opportunities forthe surf skis, but the final 15 km was challenging in the strong Westerlycross wind that swept across the main Taupo Bay.The Waka ama six man crew called team GOODYEAR followed up thetrio of surf ski paddlers in 4 th place and was just 14 minutes behind theoverall winner. A fantastic effort from 6 guys in a big waka!In 5 th overall, competing in the double sea kayak mixed class, wereGlen Muirhead and Marianne Archer in 3:50:13. Double sea kayaks wereone of the most popular craft this year and we think the social factorPaddlers look over the 44km course.might have something to do with that.Placing first female and a great top 10 overall Dene Simpson pilotedher surf ski home in 4:07:57, not far off the Sub 4 hour mark.2010 was the year the big Waka became a part of the Trans Taupo.In total four Waka entered including a Waka 12 (Two 6 man Wakalashed together).The two Whanganui Waka ama crews discovered just how importanta skirt is when one of their Waka filled with water just 500 metres fromhome. Their Waka then became a submarine, but they still managed toclaw their way slowly to the shore and cheers of fellow competitors.The W12 entered by the local Taupo nui-a-tia College paddled wellon leg one (18 km), but decided to pull out at that stage. 18 km is stilla respectable distance and the crew is determined to complete the full44 km in 2011.Jim Noble put in a fantastic effort in the 0ver 50’s category rowing aspecial wooden skiff. Jim’s race was made even harder when his rudderstopped functioning just before Hatepe meaning he had no steering forIt would take more than a submerged waka ama tostop the team from Whanganui finishing the race.28 ISSUE FIFTY Five • 2 0 1 0 www.kayaknz.co.nz


the final 19 km with blustering cross winds. Jim first attempted the TransTaupo crossing in 2008 in a wooden row boat, but had to pull out, so nowit is Mission Accomplished.One of the most interesting features of the Trans Taupo is the varietyof craft and people involved. Craft include surf ski, Waka ama, oceanrower and sea kayak. There are sit-ins, sit-ons, plastic, composite,wood, fibreglass, sit-forward, sit-back, one man, two man, three man, sixman and twelve man. This makes a really colourful event mix and goodconversations at the start and finish line.For the results please go to the Trans Taupo page atwww.epicevents.co.nz. Included are overall, class, 6 km, clubchampionship and the updated Sub 4 hour club. Please note thatthe times have been adjusted since they were first posted due to atiming error.The Trans Taupo has established itself as a classic open water paddlingrace. Most competitors across the finish line mentioned the ‘toughness’of the race, but the looks of satisfaction on their faces showed that thecrossing was worth the effort.A big thanks to all of our sponsors, and especially to Dan Moses ofCanoe & Kayak Taupo for his efforts on the day.Photos are available at:http://ipaddle.ning.com/photo/albums/trans-taupo-paddle-1Video link is:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WylIubeAZsKevin Yeoward of Taupo came in first ofthe composite sea kayak 50 plus division.Taupo local Nigel Newburyfinishes the trifecta.Epic Events LtdMobile: +64 21 983766Fax: +64 7 3765471E mail: nick@epicevents.co.nzWeb: www.epicevents.co.nzPost: PO Box 1636, Taupo, New ZealandNew Skua From Q-Kayaks!For all the kayak specs. and stockists,visit www.q-kayaks.co.nz or phone 06 326 86671st Plastic Sea Kayak -Trans Taupo Race 2010.www.kayaknz.co.nzISSUE FIFTY Five • 2010 29


One RiverBy Jim RobinsonThe Rangitaiki paddle marathon was a great race. More than that, it wasa celebration of the people and history of the river.Crack and slurp. While a bunch of keen kayakers raced 42 kmdown the Eastern Bay of Plenty’s Rangitaiki river - an exuberantfinish line crowd slugged back mouthfuls of butter-tasting kina.Crack and slurp, crack and slurp. This was the “World Kina EatingChampionships” and the prickly little sea urchins were going down a treat.The winning kina-eaters guzzled down their allocation of the Eastern Bayof Plenty delicacy faster than any other - which probably left their stomachsaching as much as the paddlers’ arms.All part of the fun. The kina championships were just one of the featuresof the inaugural Rangitaiki River Festival, held near Whakatane in lateMarch. Highlight on the water was the Rangitaiki paddle marathon, a 42km effort from Lake Matahina down to Thornton Beach. That included threeboat portages, the first a difficult 1.2 km slog down the Matahina dam.Olympic Games kayakers Mike Walker and Dene Simpson were themens and womens winners, both leading from early on. Walker was fifth inthe K2 1000 m at the 2008 Olympic Games and he’s currently building upfor a K4 bid for the London Games in 2012 so no surprise, 42 km was wellwithin his comfort zone. Walker clocked 3 hrs 25 min and collected the titleof North Island mens marathon paddling champion, plus a handy $700.“It was fun. It’s a great race,” the winner said. “It’s a good concept,paddling the river to the sea. It’s unique with the portages and tying in thehistory of the river.”Simpson, who paddled the K1 and K2 500 m for South Africa at the 1992Barcelona Olympics, was equally impressive. The 52 year-old clocked 3hrs 49 min to finish fourth individual overall.“Such a well rounded day,” Simpson reckoned. “The hard work paddlingdown the river was no surprise, but the rest of the day was. There was thesoulful start, a great race design and course, cheerful and conscientioussupport all along the way, an inviting finish, and substantial and welcomeprizes. [You] can’t get better than that.”That “soulful start” was a welcome from local iwi representatives to theThis wasn’t your usual kayak marathon whichincluded portages and all kinds of craft.lake. As the sun rose above the rippling waters they spoke of the river’ssignificance and then sang, calling for a safe journey for the individualand teams paddlers.And so it proved. While the Rangitaiki has a good flow, there’s only onerapid, a short spell of churn across the fault line of the 1987 Edgecumbeearthquake. Other than that, the only river hazards are ancient tree trunkswhich rise high out of the river near Edgecumbe. They’re easy to avoid:part of the character of the river.The conclusion of the Festival saw stones from other regions on theriver being dropped into the river mouth as a symbol of unity. Simpsonreckoned that was a special gesture: “A race is just a race after all. Butlife before and beyond that is real.”Results: www.whakatane.comNew Zealand kayaking Olympian Mike Walker completed the paddle marathon in3 hrs 35 min and gained the title of North Island mens marathon paddling champion.


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Smoked FishBy Ruth E. HendersonFor something more traditional than my favourite of whole hot-smokedfish served with a salad – try this recipe for “Smoked Fish in white parsleysauce.” Works just as well in a billy as it does stove top at home.Ingredients:1 Smoked fish2 Tbsp Butter2 Tbsp White flourMethod:3 cups approx Milk4 Parsley sprigs1. Melt butter (or use same quantity of margarine or vegetable oil.)Bring to a quiet bubble (don’t burn).2. Add flour and mix to a crumbled consistency and heat 1 to 2 minutes untildry (don’t burn).3. Add ½ cup of milk and stir continuously until it forms a thickpaste.4. Add a further ½ cup of milk (again stirring continuously) until it forms asmooth paste.5. Add further milk a little at a time (still stirring) until you get a creamy sauce.6. Heat sauce for approximately 5 minutes, still stirring.7. Flake smoked fish taking care to remove all scales and bones and add to sauce andheat through.8. Add and stir in finely chopped parsley to mixture and heat 1 to 2 minutes.If at any time sauce becomes too thick, simply add a little milk and stir until smooth and creamy.To avoid sauce becoming lumpy at the various stages of preparation the secret is to keep stirring until lumps disappear.Serving suggestions – with mashed potatoes and peas/beans etc for dinner or on toast for lunch. Put leftovers in a container and havecold, with crackers for lunch or with that kayaking tradition, pre-dinner nibbles.CHECK OUT THESE GREAT NEW KAYAKSKEKENO: comfortable and exciting.Lightweight sea kayak, a breeze to paddleFor seas and lakes, rivers and the surfBREAKSEA: responsive and completeFast and exciting sea kayakFor open water and riversVISIT THE WEBSITEFOR FURTHER DETAILSwww.paddlingperfection.co.nzT : 07 839 144434 ISSUE FIFTY Five • 2 0 1 0 www.kayaknz.co.nz


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Q. How do you ensure you havecovered all the checks and informationrequired before going on a trip?A. Take 5Canoe & Kayak has developed the Take 5 form,designed as a reminder of the things that needto be discussed and checked before going outon the water.One of the most common reasons an incident oraccident occurs, is that we forgot something. Thismay be ‘specific hazards while surfing’ or as simpleas “Have we all got hats?”It’s the simple things that make the difference.These forms are available on waterproof card freefrom your nearest Canoe & Kayak Centre.Equipment List - Buddy up & checkTake 5Helmet (rivers & surf)Beanie / hatThermalsPaddle JacketPFDSpray deckBootiesWater & foodKayak & paddleKayaking Check listAs a group talk through all these issuesGroup - Oceans & LakesPumps & Paddle FloatsGroup - RiverThrow ropesPin kit & sawTrip planLatest weather forecastConditions match skills?Hyperthermia (hot) & Hypothermia (cold)On & off water safetyEnvironmental concernsEmergency Procedures include emergency get out.Working communication devicesSpecific safety issues for this tripParticipant listAny medical conditionsAll participants keen to proceed?Electronic Communicationse.g. VHF radio, mobile phones, PLBIn case of emergency:Dial 111VHF 16 – May DayCheck in person Ph:Trip Plan/ 2-minute form lodged with Check in person.Appropriate wind conditions to run trips:Novice - no significant surf or swell, wind under 15 knotsIntermediate- surf or ocean swells less than 1.5 metre orwind under 25 knots.Advanced- any condition that is suitable to the trips aimsAt conclusion of trip or activity:Check in person Ph:Group Debrief.Group GearSplit paddlesRepair kitFire lightingCooker/thermosSpare thermalsTow system1st Aid KitFlaresCompassCharts / MapsGPS (optional)Knife (cut rope)Emergency ShelterMobileWorkHomeJoin Today!Yes - I’d like to join the Yakity Yak ClubFirst Name:Surname:Email:Address:Phone:Post Code:First Year Membership (includes 2 day course)Individual: $395 Couple: $745Family of more than 2 - please ask for pricing.Special rates apply for children.Payment DetailsSend form to:Card No:Cheque Visa MastercardSignatureExpiry date:Canoe & Kayak LtdP.O. Box 35123, Browns Bay,Auckland, 0753.Or phone 0508 529 2569email: info@canoeandkayak.co.nz


Join Us For An Adventure.Taupo Maori CarvingsWaikato River DiscoveryWhite Water PaddlingTaupo Adventure ToursHalf day guided trip to the rock carvings,Lake Taupo... only accessible by boat.A leisurely paddle of about 3 km to the rockcarvings. The largest is over 10 m high andfrom below in a kayak it is imposing.$85 per person (bookings essential).Phone 0800 KAYAKN for details.2 hour guided kayak trip. Experience themagnificent upper reaches of the mightyWaikato River - soak in the geothermalhotsprings - take in the stunningenvironment... a perfect trip for all the family...Need some excitement? Take a kayakdown a wicked Grade 2 river run... this isa whole day of thrills and fantastic scenerydown some of New Zealand’s best rivers.We can organize specialized kayak toursto suit any budget.From helicopter access, white waterpaddling to extended cruises aboard amother ship.Give us a call and we will give you amemory of a lifetime.Adult $45, Children $25Special group and family rates.Call 0800 KAYAKN for details. Call 0508 529 256 for details. Phone 0800 KAYAKN for details.Canoe PoloWaitara River ToursMokau RiverSugar Loaf IslandA great game for young and old.A fast, furious and fun way to improveyour skills.There’s a league to suit you.Contact your local Canoe & Kayak Centrefor more information.Call 0508 529 256 for details.For those who are slightly more adventurousat heart, this is a scenic trip with theexcitement of Grade 2 rapids. Midway down,we paddle under the historic Betran RoadBridge where we will stop for a snack.Allow 2 hours paddle only.Priced at $70.Phone: 06 769 5506Enjoy this beautiful scenic river whichwinds through some of New Zealand’slushest vegetation. Camping overnightand exploring some of New Zealand’spioneering history. A true Kiwi experience.Two day trip $250.00One day $80.00Phone 06 769 5506From Ngamutu Beach harbour we head outto the open sea to Nga Motu/Sugar LoafIsland Marine Reserve. View the scenic &rugged Taranaki coastline as we draw closerto the Sugar Loaf Islands. Enjoy the sealcolony and experience the thrill of close upviews of these fascinating marine mammals.Allow 3 hours subject to weather.$70.00 per person. Phone 06 769 5506Glow Worm Kayak TourRiver ToursKayak HireNZKIJoin us for a picturesque paddle on LakeMcLaren to view glow worms by nightor beautiful waterfalls by day. This triptakes about 1.5-2hours and is suitable forpaddlers with no experience. All gear, hotdrinks and nibbles are supplied.Price $75 per person.Phone Canoe & Kayak BOP for bookings07 574 7415Exploring beautiful estuaries.Enjoy a scenic trip with wildlife andwonderful views.Have some paddling fun on the beach orlet us run a tour for you and your friendsand explore beautiful areas.New Zealand Kayaking InstructorsAward SchemeA great progressive way to become akayaking instructor or guide.Phone Canoe & KayakPhone Canoe & Kayakon 0508 529 256 for details on 0508 529 256 for detailsPhone 0508 529256Paddle to the Pub Twilight Tours Customized ToursJoin the Yakity Yak ClubKayaking to a local pub is a unique wayof spending an evening, bringing yourgroup of friends together by completinga fun activity before dinner and making amemorable experience.Phone Canoe & Kayakon 0508 529 256 for detailsDeparts from one of your local beautifulbeaches. Enjoy the scenic trip with the sunsetting as you paddle along the coastline.Phone Canoe & Kayakon 0508 529 256 for details• Work Functions • Schools• Clubs • Tourist groupsWhether it’s an afternoon amble, afull days frolic or a wicked weekendadventure we can take you there.If there’s somewhere you’d like to paddlewe can provide you with experiencedguides, local knowledge, safe up to dateequipment and a lot of fun.Contact your local storeon 0508 529 256We’d love to tell you more and getyou hooked on the wonderful sportof kayaking and probably the bestkayak club in the world!So give your local Canoe & Kayakcentre a call or better, come andsee us.Phone Canoe & Kayakon 0508 529 256 to find out more orsend the form on page 36.www.kayaknz.co.nzISSUE FIFTY Five • 2010 37


ProductsTest Paddle: Steady or SnappyBy Tony BarrettThe Kekeno and the Breaksea are two kayak designsintroduced by Paddling Perfection. One grey day in March, Itook the opportunity to test both these kayaks for a day tripon Raglan Harbour.The Kekeno, named after the NZ fur seal, is the stable, small cruiserthat someone who wants stability and security will love. Only 4 m longit’s not so much a long distance cruiser as a day paddler. In looks itresembles a baby Seabear with its V hull, large hatches and full volumebow. Performance wise, it’s hugely stable, with no suggestion it wants toget any wetter than it has to. For such a small sea kayak I was impressedat how it surfed the small choppy waves on the harbour with ease. TheKekeno is like a small family hatchback – it’s not going to scare you withits power but it will be secure and reliable.The Breaksea is the Ferrari of the kayak world, narrow at around 540mm wide and 5.22 m long, fine bow entry and a huge turn of speed.On the GPS we clocked a maximum speed of 12.6 kph and found wecould maintain a steady cruising speed of 10 km/hr. Of course, for all thatspeed you have to accept that the Breaksea will not have the stabilityof the Kekeno. With its gentle rounded hull, the boat is very lively and anovice paddler would need time to get used to that. For a paddler whois comfortable bracing and rolling you can push the Breaksea to its mostplayful maximum. It responds well to very aggressive railing and you cancarve a fast turn, and have great fun with it. Upwind into chop it eats upthe mileage. Looks wise, the hatches are recessed into the hull in a“European” kind of style that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.What both kayaks share in common is they will suit mid to smallersized people best – the Kekeno due to its smaller size and the Breakseadue to its smaller width.Where they differ is that each kayak serves a specific group of people.The Kekeno will suit someone who wants the lightness of a fibreglass orKevlar kayak, the reliability of a secure, stable craft, and isn’t interestedin keeping up with longer sea kayaks. The Breaksea will suit someonewho wants a performance sea kayak that is fast and lively, and it will bethe other kayaks trying to keep up with you!Tony Eskimo rolling in the Breakseaproud sponsors ofthe speight’scoast to coast 2011speight’s COAST TO COAST11TH & 12TH FEBRUARY 2011eNTRIES OPENING SOON!We look forward to seeing you THERE.see us for all your training and equipment requirements.freephone 0508 529 2569canoeandkayak.co.nz38 ISSUE FIFTY Five • 2 0 1 0 www.kayaknz.co.nz


Railblaza Has Introduced aNew Mounting SystemProductsLaunched in February this year, RAILBLAZA's StarPort Mounting System isdestined to be a hit within the canoe and kayak community.The StarPort system is simple, flexible and inexpensive. You can surfaceor flush-mount a StarPort to the hull. From there, you can add and lock arod holder, a G-HOLD grip, a flag for extra visibility, an eye or webeye fortethering, or even a small cutting surface. Each StarPort is a helping hand onthe water.Even StarPort's pedigree is impressive. Product developer Ross Pratthas spent his entire 30-year career in the Marine industry, and the centralconnecting design of the StarPort is based on a common sailboat's top handlewinch handle receiver: if this hole is robust enough to hold a steel winchhandle, it'll hold a paddle to the side, a tether to another kayak, anything tohelp you extend your experience outdoors.Learn more about RAILBLAZA and new product offerings atwww.railblaza.com, or contact your nearest Canoe & Kayak stores.New Great Stuff SafetyFlag/lightThey look the same, but Great Stuff LEDsafety lights have recently been updated.New LED bulb technology provides a 50%increase in light power without increasingpower consumption.KAYAKA Paddle BoardshortThese Paddle Boardshorts from Bodyline are extremley comfortableand warm. The inner short is made of 100% Ultraspan Super StretchNeoprene and 100% quick dry Nylon outer shell. Soft, lightweight andflexible. Anatomically designed for maximum fit, stretch & warmth. Matchwith the KAYAKA TOPS to maximize your water sport performance.Designed in New Zealand!A SPECIAL limited timeUPGRADE OFFER for owners ofGreat Stuff flag lights.New version lights are availableas an upgrade through Canoe &Kayak Centres for $33.75Price Reduction on SeattleSports, Super Latitude DryBags.Up to a 23% reduction in priceAt Canoe & Kayak, we want everyone to enjoyusing the best dry bag available, so we are reducingprices!10 litre $69.9021 litre $89.9051 litre $109.90KAYAKA Long JohnAs the winter comes, you’ll need to be looking at some extraprotection.Bodyline’s Kayaka Long Johns are ideal for winter fishing andsurf casting. The full length body keeps your torso warm while allowingfull movement of your arms for paddling. Match this with a Kayaka top tomaximize your protectionand comfort. As with allBodyline gear, they areanatomically designedfor maximum fit, stretch& warmth. There is alsoa handy key pocket.Kayaka Long Johnsare proudly made inNew Zealand.www.kayaknz.co.nzISSUE FIFTY Five • 2010 39


Start Your Adventure HereSea KayakingSKILLS COURSEA comprehensive course designed to cover the skills required to become acompetent and safe paddler. The course develops techniques and confidence atan enjoyable pace with great end results. It runs over a weekend or by request inthe evenings.With this course you become a Yakity Yak member with access to lots of tripsand activities around the country.Duration: 1 WeekendRESCUE COURSEWEATHER & NAVIGATIONYou need rescue skills to lookafter yourself and your paddlingbuddies in adverse conditions.This course covers towingsystems, capsized kayaks, T-Rescues, paddle floats, sterndeck carries, re-enter and roll.Duration: 1 SessionESKIMO ROLLINGUnderstanding the weather and ability to navigatein adverse conditions is vital when venturing into theoutdoors. Learn to use charts and compasses andforecast the weather using maps and the clouds.Duration: 4 SessionsKAYAK SURFINGYou’ll learn the skills required to become a competent Eskimo Roller.You increase your confidence, allowing you to paddle safely in morechallenging conditions.Duration: 4 SessionsOCEANS COURSEAn advanced course designed to build on your skills. It covers paddlingtechnique, kayak control, rescues, preparation, planning and decision making.Duration: 1 Weekend/ OvernightSurfing is heaps of fun when you know how. Youwill spend the evenings starting in small surf andbuilding up to one and a half metre waves. We usea range of sit-on-tops and kayaks to make it funand easy to learn. Skills to be taught include surfingprotocol, paddling out, direction control, tricksand safety.Duration: 4 Sessions


Phone 0508 529 256 for more info & bookingWhite Water KayakingINTRO TO WHITE WATERA comprehensive course designed to coverthe skills required to become a competentpaddler. Starting off in a heated pool and .progressing through flat water to movingwater, it allows you to develop techniques andconfidence at an enjoyable pace with greatend results.Duration: 1 WeekendMULTISPORT & WHITEWATERRIVER SKILLSOn this course you continue to build on theIntro to White Water course, developing yourskills, technique and confidence on faster movingwhite water and progressing to a Sunday day tripon a Grade 2 river. It includes eddie turns, ferrygliding, rolling, surfing and building new skills inRiver Rescue techniques and River Reading.Duration: 1 WeekendADVANCEDWHITEWATERA comprehensive package of instruction and coaching designed toprogressively build your kayaking skills to NZKI 1 Star & Grade 2 RacingCertificate level. Run over three weekends you are introduced to white water,develop water confidence, river reading and white water skills. You’ll enjoyriver running instruction on the fastest lines and rebooting all the other skillswe have taught you during your first two weekends.Duration: 3 WeekendsRIVER RESCUESSuitable for paddlerswho feel comfortable onGrade 1 to 2 rivers, youlearn rope skills, muscletechniques, team control,heads up, risk managementand combat swimming andskills required to cope withentrapments, kayak wraps,swimming kayakers andtheir equipment.Duration: 1 WeekendSharpen your white water skills and learn simplerodeo moves. We focus on skills such as riverreading, body position and rotation, advancedpaddle technique, playing in holes and negotiatinghigher Grade 3 rapids. We recommend you arealready feeling comfortable on Grade 2+ rapids.Duration: 1 Weekend


1Buyers Guide425637Family KayakingThe best part of summer is spending time at the beach,on the boat or in the water. What better way to enhance theexperience than to take a kayak with you.A kayak allows you to get away from the crowded beach andfind a more secluded bay around the corner. The kids will lovepaddling, jumping off, or swimming around the kayak. Paddlearound the rocks to get to your fishing spot, or explore thecoastline, lakes and rivers.Sit - on - top kayaks are extremely stable making themsuitable for young and old. Your options are endless. You cancustomize your kayak, to suit your needs. Adding seats forcomfort, storage hatches, anchor systems, rod holders, andeven GPS and fishfinders! There is a kayak to suit all uses.Grab a kayak that surfs well and the ‘older’ kids will have hours1 Escapee Length: 3.3 m, Weight: 23 kg, $ 830Width: 740mm2 Tandem Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 25.9 kg, $ 1095Width: 915mm3 Flow Length: 2.95m, Weight: 19kg, $ 879Width: 750mm4 Play Length: 3.1 m, Weight: 18 kg, $ 545Width: 711 mm5 Kiwi Length: 3.75 m, Weight: 20 kg Std, $ 131023 kg Excel & 18 kg Light, Width: 740 mm6 Escapade Length: 3.46 m, Weight: 27 kg, $ 1055Width: 750 mm7 Explorer Length: 3.4 m, Weight: 18.2 kg, $ 850Width: 790 mmof enjoyment. Fun for the whole family.www.canoeandkayak.co.nzfrom


1Buyers Guide52364InflatablesWhen storage is an issue, you can’t beat an inflatable.Inflatable kayaks can be stowed in a cupboard or locker in theapartment, on a yacht, motorboat or camper van.There is no need for a roof rack, as you can transport it inthe boot. They are light and easy to handle, you can even takethem in an aircraft. Inflation only takes minutes with a goodpump.Modern inflatables are surprisingly rigid, easy to paddle andvery stable. Fun for the whole family.from1 Helios II Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 17 kg, $ 1895Width: 750 mm2 Safari Length: 3.04 m, Weight: 12.5 kg, $ 1695Width: 720 mm3 Twist I Length: 2.6 m, Weight: 6 kg, $ 995Width: 790 mm4 Twist II Length: 3.6 m, Weight: 9 kg, $ 1295Width: 830 mm5 Helios I Length: 3.1 m, Weight: 13.5 kg, $ 1595Width: 710 mm6 Whakapapa Length: 4.3 m, Weight: 23 kg, $ 3159Width: 1025 mmPlease note: Prices do not necessarily include any of the accessories,they may alter at any time. Please contact your nearest Canoehatches, seats or rudders etc shown in the photos. The prices were correct& Kayak Centre and they will put together a great package ofat the time of printing however due to circumstances beyond our controlthe best equipment available for your kayaking fun.0508 KAYAKNZ


Buyers Guide14526378MultisportFor a healthy body and mind, multisport racing gives a wellrounded exercise regime for the variety of disciplines required.The extremely sociable events circuit has a variety of achievablegoals where a stepping stone approach can be adopted to reachyour pinnacle. This may be the Motu Challenge or the Speight’sCoast to Coast. You are in control, you choose your goal.The kayaks are fast and fun. You’ll easily find the right boatto suit your experience level. Remember stability is the first steptowards speed.Please note: Prices do not include accessories.1 Viper Length: 5.2 m, Weight: 22 kg, $1695Width:550 mm2 Hurricane Length: 5.9 m, Weight: 12 kg, $3040Width: 490 mm3 Gladiator Length: 5.9 m, Weight: 15.5 kg, $286013.5 kg Kevlar, Width: 530 mm4 Swallow Length: 5.4 m, Weight: 14 kg, $271012 kg Kevlar, Width: 480 mm5 Duet Length: 7.0 m, Weight: 29 kg, $526024 kg Kevlar, Width: 550mm6 Firebolt Length: 5.9 m, Weight: 14.5 kg, $286012.5 kg Kevlar, Width: 455 mm7 Maximus Length: 6.4 m, Weight: 16 kg $3730Width: 510mm8 Tribear Length: 6.4 m, Weight: 16 kg $3730Width: 510mm0508 KAYAKNZfrom


NEW Marauder out now8 31492 56FishingNo engine to maintain, no boat ramps required, and quiet to boot.Kayak fishing is becoming a very popular way of getting out on thewater. Certainly much cheaper than buying and maintaining a boat.Kayaks are used to access those out of the way rocks for surf castingand for a quick and easy access to the sea. No crew required. Even thesmallest car can transport them, with the correct roof rack.Nothing beats the hunt for the big one. The stealthy kayak easilyapproaches fish without alerting them to your presence. Each kayakcan be decked out to suit the paddler’s needs, whether that be rodholders, comfy seats, anchor systems, fish finder, GPS, VHF radio.Your imagination is the only limitation.Please note: Prices do not necessarily include any of the accessories,hatches, seats or rudders etc shown in the photos.from1 Marauder Length: 4.3 m, Weight: 24 kg, $1195Width: 780mm2 Catch 420 Length: 4.2m, Weight: 28kg, $1750Width: 730mm3 Fish n’ Dive Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 28 kg, $1095Width: 915 mm4 Tandem Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 25.9 kg, $1095Width: 915mm5 Escapade Length: 3.5 m, Weight: 27 kg, $1055Width: 750mm6 Water Strider Length: 2.4 m, Weight: 15 kg, $1890Width: 730mmwww.canoeandkayak.co.nz


12NEW FOR 201034Sea KayakingGetting away from the madding crowds and close to nature is one ofthe most common reasons given for taking up Sea Kayaking. There areinnumerable stories told of getting up close to wildlife while kayaking.Imagine paddling with dolphins, penguins and even orca!Sea kayaking is the maritime version of tramping, but you can take thekitchen sink. There’s lots of storage in a kayak allowing you to carry morethan you could on your back. What a way to see the country, exploringall our wonderful lakes, rivers and coastline, while getting exercise andsocializing with a great bunch of friends.Please note: Prices do not necessarilyinclude any of the accessories, hatches, seatsetc shown in the photos. The prices werecorrect at the time of printing however due tocircumstances beyond our control they mayalter at any time. Please contact your nearestCanoe & Kayak Centre and they will puttogether a great package of the best equipmentavailable for your kayaking fun.www.canoeandkayak.co.nz


5 789106111213 14from from1 Beachcomber Duo Length: 5.80 m, Weight: 26 kg, $4300Width: 700 mm2 Sea Bear Length: 6.0 m, Weight: 40 kg std, $5495Pack Horse 38 kg Kevlar, Width: 850 mm3 Eco Niizh XLT Length: 5.65 m, Weight: 45 kg, $4250Width: 760 mm4 Incept Pacific Length: 5.35 m, Weight: 22 kg, $3690Width: 670 mm5 Skua Length: 5.2 m, Weight: 27 kg std, $277524 kg light, Width: 600 mm6 Beachcomber Length: 4.9 m, Weight: 17 kg, $2950Width: 600 mm7 Tasman Express Length: 5.3 m, Weight: 29 kg Std, $277525 kg light, Width: 620mm8 Shearwater Length: 4.8 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, $254523 kg light, Width: 610 mm9 Southern Skua Length: 5.4m, Weight: 22kg, $4400Width: 600mm10 Foveaux Express Length: 5.0 m, Weight: 19 kg, $4280Width: 600mm11 Torres Length: 5.6m, Weight: 23 kg std, $4400Width: 600mm12 Break Sea Length: 5.2 m, Weight: 22.5 kg std, $399520 kg Kevlar Width: 520mm13 Kekeno Length: 3.95 m, Weight: 21.5 kg std, $349519 kg Kevlar, Width: 630mm14 Incept Tasman Length: 4.35 m, Weight: 17 kg, $2970Width: 670 mm0508 KAYAKNZ


A day out on the TeigdaleBy Josh NeilsonOver the past few years I have been lucky to experience the travellingkayaker lifestyle and have paddled some amazing and remote places.Often there are cool rivers, but now and then I come across one thatfits in the ‘Top 5’. There is no formula to rank the ‘Top 5’, but you know,when you find one, it’s worth writing about! The Teigdale in the waterfallrich lands of Norway is one that joins Tree Trunk Gorge and the AratiatiaRapids.From our base in Voss it’s only a 20 minute drive to the take out.Coming round a corner, right in front of you is ‘double drop’, possiblythe best way to end a day’s kayaking! Here you can gauge the riverlevel and head for the put in. The road is flat for about a kilometre thenit suddenly heads for the sky! At the top you go through an old tunnelemerging into an alpine world. There’s an old wooden bridge over asmall rocky creek which doesn’t look promising but is apparently ‘goodto go’.After paddling for a few minutes of tight bumpy sieved out mank thewalls are more solid and the drops become waterfalls!The first main drop is a small boof onto a pillow which throws youleft and into a wall-ride, then off a nice 30 footer into the pool below!From here you are committed to a big slide down stream! The run hasmore clean drops until you come to one that you’ll need to scout. Theline looks sweet but the lip of the drop is wide and shallow. It is likely tocause bottoming out and going over the handlebars.I was last to run and could not see the others’ lines. I hit the lip, wentover and landed headfirst in very green water! At the pool I found therehad been similar crashes!Making our way down river someone would get out, scout a fall andrelay the best line back to the others. We then paddled it, unsighted,and kept the ball rolling. Paddling with a crew you know well, you trustyour mate’s line and enjoy the drop without seeing it. This makes forfun times! After several drops we came to Notter Drop, one of the mostinfamous in the Norwegian Guide book. It is named after Andy Notter,the first to run it. He was badly injured. Since then Mike Abbott is theonly paddler to run it cleanly.On this day Sam Sutton decided to fire it up and styled it. It was coolto watch! 90% of the water drops about 7 metres onto a rock, the other10% lands on water. After a tough 40 metres entry your kayak has to bein that 10% to make it out!Below Notter Drop the river flattens out and you enter the last gorgewith a blind 7 metre ramp down to the right or a boof off to the left. It’s acrazy feeling paddling up to something with such a big horizon havingnot seen what it looks like! All good though! This is the entry to thegorge that ends in ‘Double Drop’. Although you are running these bigdrops part of your mind is thinking about the really big one! Ever sinceI thought about kayaking in Norway, I have longed to paddle ‘DoubleDrop’! In 2008 the water level was too low. But now, a year later,standing at the lip was such a sweet feeling! You have an 8 metre dropinto a 4 metre long pool before a 12 metre drop into the take out pool.The thought of boofing as hard as I can, and landing as flat as I can, offan 8 metre drop made my back cringe a little.Sitting in the eddy at the top I was so excited! Finally here! I movedinto the current and headed for the lateral wave at the lip which linedme up perfectly for the boof. And what a boof it was! Seeing the bottompool but not the middle pool, I was ‘flying’ until I felt a soft cushion undermy boat! Not what I expected but all good! There was a lot of spray andnot much time to react for the next lip. Through the mist I lined my boatup, rolled off, tucked forward and dived into the pool! Pushed out from


the falls I was stoked with soft landings on both falls , the amazingsight looking back, and hearing the rest of the crew yelling!A beautiful day, a solid crew of mates, good flow and sickwaterfalls help to put rivers in the ‘Top 5’. With out a doubt theTeigdale made the cut and will be in the list for years to come!Cheers to Sam & Jamie Sutton, Dylan Thomson, Bradley Lauder,Will Clark, the crew on the river that day. It was amazing!You can check out some of the other sweet rivers we have beenlucky enough to paddle on www.whitewater-koa.blogspot.com


And this is how it’s done - Josh Neilson in theDouble Drop sequence - Photo by Sam Sutton


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