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How can I get faster and morepowerful on the water?Part 1: Train off the waterWhether you are a sprint kayaker, white water kayaker, skipaddler, or multi-sporter I bet you are thinking “What do Ineed to do to go faster?”Speed is a function of distance and time, so to increase the distance paddledand decrease the time taken we need to produce more power per stroke.Because muscles contract forcefully (strength) and quickly (speed), we shouldfocus on improving their strength and speed!A guaranteed way to achieve this is a well-planned and executed strengthtraining programme. An endurance athlete may be thinking “oh great so I haveto get big to go faster!” Let’s clear some things up here: A strength programmeincreases strength, not mass. (It is actually pretty hard to add large amountsof muscle even when this is your goal. It requires intense training and largeenergy excess.)A common mistake that many paddlers make (myself included!) when strengthtraining, is performing exercises which mimic paddling. A Seated Double CablePush/Pull exercise instead of a Barbell Row and a Bench Press because youdon’t lie down in a boat is well… say no more! Strength training in the gymmakes you stronger. The overall weight you will be able to lift using the latterexercises is far greater than the first combination example. I am not suggestingthat there isn’t a time or place for single limb exercises. Research has shownthat an individual’s maximum strength lays the foundation for peak powerproduction. However, a combination of both conventional strength training andexplosive resistance training yields greater peak power results. By includingboth types of training methods in your gym routine you will cover both thestrength and speed components of the power equation.Remember the old school way of lifting weights? Strange looking men intracksuits did squats, Olympic style lifts, chins and bench press followed bymany bicep curls? Guess what, they were right all along (minus the curls thatis….) Now that old fashioned training is back in vogue there is a fancy newname for it, so we sport scientists feel we have come up with a new idea. Itis more commonly known today as functional training. The key principle isto use large muscle groups in complex movements, essentially what we doin sport.A great example is a pull-up. You may think that you can’t perform a pull-up.That’s ok because variations to this exercise such as inverted rows and cablepull-downs can help to achieve your goal. Or why not try negative pull-up’s,where you jump into the top position of a pull-up and slowly lower yourselfto the bottom position.A great example of an explosive resistance exercise is a split jerk. This is amodified Olympic lift, performed by driving a barbell above the head usingthe entire body.To get maximum results from strength training, athletes with experience in thegym should aim for 4-6 reps per set, completing 3-5 sets. If strength training isnew to you then 3 sets of 10-12 reps will be enough to achieve early results,while developing technique with a safer, lighter weight.Will this strength and power training crossover into your paddling? I wish I12 ISSUE FORTYthree • 2 0 0 7


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Te whanganui a hei(Cathedral cove marine reserve)by Robbie BanksB.O.P Yakity Yak Club - Photo Essay. Wine, Food & Song,Dolphins, Picturesque Walks Comfortable Accommodation.Oh Yes! And a bit of kayaking too.The Weather forecast was dubious, but we didn’t let it dampen our enthusiasm.We had a wonderful place to stay www.dreamland.co.nz/tatahilodge. Itprovides good quality accommodation at a reasonable price.The swell was up, so we opted for the Whitianga Harbour in pursuit of theCoroglen River, with hopes and anticipation of finding the local pub for anafternoon sip or two.The afternoon slurp eluded us and we paddled back sober yet satisfied.Stopped off at Shakespeare Cliffs & enjoyed the panoramic view of the GreatMercury Bay.Back to the lodge for a cosy social evening, sitting around the table together,Wine & good food abounded, our trip leader R.B plucked up enough courageto even read a poem.Dolphins at HaHei Photo By Dennis HynesDennis leads the wayRobbie Banks Castle Rock14 ISSUE FORTYthree • 2 0 0 7


Followed by our fellow bunkmates / Backpackersfrom Germany who showed their appreciationby singing for their dinner, of course we had toreciprocate.Sunday - the weather settled enough for us to kayakout around the Marine Reserve. On our return toTe Pare point the dolphins arrived and playedwith us. Dennis was privileged to have a dolphinescort on either side of his kayak as he surfed intothe beach.No trip would be complete without a little treat, astop off at Hot Waves Cafe on the way home.I fare welled my fellow clubbies and stayed onfor a few more days, hiked up Castle rock andcontinued the pursuit for the rockiest beach in theCoromandel. I think I found it this time.Thanks to a great bunch of folks. They madethe weekend such an enjoyable, memorableexperience. See you all out on the water againsoon.Cheers from Robbie Banks & Fellow Clubbies atB.O.P Canoe & KayakRobbies quest to find the rockiest beach on the CoromandelWhitianga HarbourPaul & Rachel enjoyed the CoveFun Evening at Tatahi LodgeHaHei Group Photo Sept 07ISSUE FORTYthree • 2007 15


Life’s Truths by Sarah IndrelidThere are some inescapable truths in life- Islands are separated from the land by a stretch of water- The weather forecasts in NZ are not entirely reliable- People from Taranaki don’t let the fact that it’s a bit windy put them offfrom doing things- Bronnie is great at selling the charms of a place, but prone to underexaggeratingthe amount of effort any trip will require- The current English team is not good enough to win the world cupThese set the tone for the YY club trip to the Coromandel over Labourweekend.On a previous occasion I foolishly wrote that trips from Taranaki always startwith a 5-hour drive. Not so! This time it took us about 6 ½ hours to get to ourstart point and overnight stay at Whangamata, the very comfortable SouthPacific backpackers. Next morning in fabulous weather we congratulatedourselves for choosing the Coromandel. The beach on the harbour is well setup for launching with road access, changing rooms and friendly locals. As itwas only a 20km paddle to our next destination (Slipper Island) we started offin the wrong direction (south, and into a headwind!) to explore the islands offWhangamata (Hauturu, Whenuakura & Rawengaiti) and look at the interestingrock formations. Then we headed north – this time thankfully with the windmainly behind us – along the coast.It’s rare to see mutiny on day 1, but it happened! Our illustrious trip-leader,Brendan, suggested a break, a pleasant looking beach. But he made the landinglook distinctly tricky (and wet), and Barry made it look even harder to get outof the breakers onto the sand. The rest of us said “We are quite happy to eatour snacks sitting in the kayaks thank you very much.”While we sat there Brendan and Barry got over it pretty well, and were evenkind enough to entertain us - a.k.a. trying to launch into the breakers again!!We paddled on, exploring a couple of caves en route, and finally stopped forlunch just south of Onemana, on a well placed island with smaller, friendlierbreakers.A bit more paddling and I was amazed to discover that little blue penguinsreally are blue (and really are little!) and Judy spotted a seal. Ross went for aswim in steep waves washing off some big rocks.We reached a headland which lined up nicely with Slipper Island directlydown-wind and briefly discussed whether heading for an island in this muchwind was a good idea (learning from our “stuck on Great Barrier Island”experiences!) But the forecast was for the swell and wind to ease duringSunday so we went for it! The crossing was fun because the wind pushed usalong nicely and steadily increasing wavescaught us from behind providing surfingopportunities for the skilled and randomchanges of direction for the less skilled.We took bets on how long it would take toreach Slipper Island. Brendan won withhis 1 hour 20 estimate (not bad for 8km!)but only because he had us zigzag aroundtwo small islands in a blatant attempt to slowJudy & Graham takingshelter from the stormus down. Emerging from the second of these we could immediately see ourcampsite in South Bay at the west end of the beach mercifully fully protectedfrom the breakers. The campsite’s a very large flat area with covered areas forcooking and eating, and hot showers. It was one of the best I’ve seen. No signof human habitation was in view and it has a beautiful white beach (whichthoughtfully included plenty of driftwood for our campfire).Sunday we were up nice and early to hike over the hill to Home Bay. We hadbeen invited to watch the rugby world cup final (just as well, otherwise thisEnglish girl would not have been on the trip!) It was a treat to get out of the windand into a warm living room. Not so great to see England lose, but you can’t haveeverything I suppose and I’d rather have kayaking if forced to choose.When the match finished the wind was over 25 knots, and the forecast was‘increasing to 35’, so over a cup of coffee we abandoned plan A, paddlingback to the mainland. We decided on Plan B (B for boat– a short paddleacross the wind to Home Bay where we could get the Slipper Express acrossopen water.But at the campsite, one look at the beach put us off launching, and we movedto plan C (C for carry): a short (100m) portage to Stingray Bay. We packed ourtents while the wind picked up. But the breakers on the ‘protected’ beach andthe wind blowing directly onto a jagged rocky headland put us off even thatplan and plan D (D for death-march) came into action. This involved portagingthe kayaks over a great big hill for about a kilometre and a half!Did I tell you about my sore shoulders? Or how Barry’s ‘unloaded’ kayakweighed about a ton and half and turned out to contain large quantities ofbeer? Taking pity on us, our amazing host, Gordon, lent us his Mule to moveall the camping stuff. The wind was now gusting to 50 knots and water wasa bad idea.That was a blessing because it gave us the afternoon to explore beautifulSlipper Island. It has amazing cliffs on its east coast and a host of old pas, aswell as an airstrip and a lovely resort. And it might have been windy but itwas also sun, sun, sun with gorgeous views of the Coromandel peninsula andKayak heaven!16 ISSUE FORTYthree • 2 0 0 7


the other islands. Mark & Sarah got excited about the geology. Late afternoonsaw plan E emerge (E for eat masses and for early start) feasting in the lodge,staying on Slipper Island. While the sun set the wind eased. Great timing foran early boat ride!Monday was a long day, even by YY Taranaki standards. Up at 6, everyoneand their kayaks in the boat by 7.30 – honestly, you wouldn’t have believedthis was possible if you saw the boat. Gordon dropped us at the Tairua jettyand we were on the water by 8.30. In a strong breeze we put in a gruntymorning’s paddling between picturesque rocks and islands. Mark couldn’twait to get to hot water beach. In the middle of some unexpected breakers hedropped into the water to test how warm it was. At Hot Water Beach, paddlingwas particularly gruelling across the bay into a major headwind. We amusedourselves by arguing about whether it was or wasn’t Hot Water Beach. Judyrecognizes things by coffee-shops alone, and was not satisfied until coffeewas sighted! We also wondered about Bronnie’s classification of this trip as“suitable for beginners” although Don did survive his baptism of fire.So we had finished ‘day 2’ by lunchtime of day 3 and still had ‘day 3’ to go. Butwe are not quitters, and despite the road access and the desire to get backhome at a sensible time there was no way we were missing the highlight of thetrip: Graham & Judy kept telling us that the last section was the best paddlingthey’d ever done…. And impressive it is! There are so many high cliffs, weirdshaped islands and, above all, caves, caves, caves. We were in kayak heaven!We went into caves that were dark and narrow, caves that were huge andcathedral-like, caves that had boat loads of tourists in, caves that had lots ofother kayakers in, caves with entertaining swell, caves that looked like cavesfrom the outside but opened out into huge high sink-holes with towering walls,and finally a cave which turned out to be a tunnel short-cutting through theheadland. We even put aside our tiredness and hit Mahurangi Island for yetmore caves! And wouldn’t you know it? Right as we finished, the wind finallydied down and gave us an easy paddle to Hahei’s beautiful white sand beach.We loaded the trailer and reached New Plymouth at 1.45 am! Don’t let anyonesay we didn’t make the most of the long weekend.We had learned that a) trusting the weather forecast when heading out to anisland can be a bad idea, b) when you have more time to explore there can be alot more rewards, and c) great memories can be born from enthusiasm to go doit! Thanks to all the guys who came along and made it fun, especially those whostayed awake to drive us home. And double thanks to Brendan for organisinganother fabulous adventure and Gordon for being so fantastically nice to us.Slipper Island (http://www.slipper.co.nz/) is highly recommended.How many kayaks can you fit ?ISSUE FORTYthree • 2007 17


Opawa River, Blenheimby Kevin AndrewsOn a sunny day I finished mowing thelawns and suggested to 11 year oldgrandson Johnny “Shall we grab thekayaks and head down to the river?”“Great idea grand dad, what do I needto do?” “Just grab a bit of lunch while Iput the kayaks on the car.”In a cool easterly breeze we were on the waterat the Simonsen Reserve just south of Blenheimby 11 a.m, paddling up stream with the wind onour backs.On the falling tide there was plenty to see. Ducks,geese, pukeko and shags were having a ballfeeding in the shallows.Johnny headed off with gusto to prove that he hadnot forgotten any of his skills. But, his kayak wouldjust not stay straight.His rudder’s steering strings were a wee bit astray.I suggested “Have a look at the position of the flapsabove the foot rests.” Ah ha! The left one was tootight. We rafted up, he fixed it and we were underway. Watched by spectators on the bank, we wereinto some serious paddling until out of sight, thenback to cruise mode and looking at the sights.Ducks on their heads waggling their feet, poppingupright to be confronted by a grinning kid in akayak alongside, were a delight to watch. Rabbitsfirst hid in the grass on the bank, then bolted fromcover and disappeared across the paddock.As we rounded Butter Factory corner the RiverA happy young Johnny about to turn around and head back down stream to the car Riverside residents reuse an old parking meter in front of their picnic area18 ISSUE FORTYthree • 2 0 0 7


Queen majestically cruised downstream towardsus. So it was line astern and stick to the right handside, (“That’s starboard granddad.”). Once againthe wee fella enjoyed being the star attraction.12.30pm “What say we have a bite to eat?” We tiedup to was a wee jetty and enjoyed the sandwiches.Then came the big question. “Do you want to keepgoing up stream?” “ Yes please, how far to town?”We were a little over halfway there after cruisingfor 90 minutes, the time it usually took me to beclear of the other side of town. However, Johnnywas still keen so we carried on to see how far hewould push it.We rounded the next two bends and housesappeared. Spirits lifted and paddles flashed aswe headed into the centre of activity around thenew riverside development. The fountain was notoperating but there was a large group of young ladybicyclists, one of which hollered out “I know thatguy in the kayak!” Johnny emphatically deniedthat she was a girlfriend of his. Then it was underthe Crinolen Bridge to the Arthur Street bridge andhere we turned about. An Asian lady photographedJohnny as he cruised past giving her a big smileand a wave. At 2pm heading downstream, wemet the River Queen as she was approaching herberth. We glided past her and the passengers againgave Johnny a big wave. The tide had turned andwe faced a head wind and current. By 2.30 Johnnyfinally accepted the offer of a tow and I hookedhim on behind. Serious paddling got us back to thelaunching ramp by 3pm. People were whitebaiting,picnicking or just looking on. I had unhooked thetow rope round the corner so Johnny finished thetrip in grand style, leaping ashore on the ramp. Hepicked up the two bow handles while I took thestern and we carried the kayaks up to the car. I wasreally proud of his effort and suggested “You’veearned an ice cream!” We stopped at the milkbarand he asked “Can I have a pie as well?” “Surething, go for it.” He did, ate the ice cream then thepie! Who said dessert had to come last?It had been a great day out on a pretty part of theOpawa. I got a couple of good pics and in spite ofthe very cold breeze thoroughly enjoyed the day.Hey grandad how are we going to get around the River QueenNow available in New ZealandContact your local Canoe & Kayak CentreISSUE FORTYthree • 2007 19


Alaska – Mothership Kayakingby Ron Birch20 ISSUE FORTYthree • 2 0 0 7


Four hundred horsepower of Caterpillar diesel poweredup, bow thrusters engaged, and ‘MV Abyssinia’ pirouettedeffortlessly out of a tightly packed berth; through the AukeBay Marina and off into the Saginaw Channel. After monthsof planning and anticipation, my wife Mary and I were on ourway for the adventure of a lifetime. In the week following wecruised spectacular waterways around Juneau, anchoredin delightful secluded coves, and launched the kayaks forsome awesome paddles.Eric Thoman and Kim Boyce, both holders of 100 ton US Coast Guard MastersCertificates, were our hosts and co-owners of ‘Abyssinia’. At 51 and 49respectively they had pursued successful legal careers before opting for acomplete life change. Now with 25 years ownership of various boats, initiallycruising around British Columbia, this was their fifth year in Alaskan waters.Possessing good humour, they were easy going, charming and thoughtfulhosts.Our fellow passengers on this trip were Bob and Sharon from Elizabethville,Pennsylvania. Bob was a motor bike enthusiast working as a salesman at aFor SaleKayak CentresInterested inowning your ownkayak shop?Spasski Bay. The sunset was truly spectacular.The mist lifts over Cross Sound with Mt Fairweather and BradyGlacier on the far side.JOIN THE TEAMCanoe & Kayak Centresavailable NOW.Control your owndestiny.Choose the LifestylePhone: 0274 529 255Email: pete@canoeandkayak.co.nzPeter TownendManaging Director, Canoe & Kayak Ltdand I’ll be glad to have a chat.All approaches will be dealt with in confidenISSUE FORTYthree • 2007 21


Just two hours into the voyage approaching False Point Retreat, we came across a pod of humpback whales bubble net feeding.Harley Davidson franchise, while Sharon was officemanager with an architectural firm. Like us theyhad medium kayak experience, and they proved tobe ideal companions. During the week we came toknow them better, sharing enjoyable experiencesand many light-hearted moments.Launched in 1999 the three decked 100 tonne‘Abyssinia’ is 20 metres long with a 7.5 metrebeam. She is larger and more spacious than wehad expected. Up top the roomy wheelhouse hasample forward seating, plus a small saloon (loungearea). On the middle deck there is a spaciouswell equipped galley and dining area, plusanother larger saloon. Down below we found ourcomfortable wood grained cabin, with full queensized bed and good en-suite facilities.Necky sea kayaks, inflatable dinghy and runaboutwere stored forward on open deck areas abovea large storage hold for bulk supplies and kayakgear. Cruising at a leisurely 7.5 knots (about 13.5km/hour) we felt we were on a small ship ratherthan a boat.Approaching False Point Retreat, just two hoursinto the voyage, we came across a pod of humpbackwhales bubble net feeding. Repeatedly theygrouped together, dived in quick succession, thenmoments later erupted high out of the water withtheir mouths agape, gorging on the small fish theyhad herded together. We watched this amazingspectacle in awe.Spirits raised we went on to our first nightanchorage at Funter Bay, to set up kayaks andpaddle along a beautiful forested coastline, withsalmon leaping around us and bald eagles lowoverhead. That evening we dined on barbecuedfreshly caught salmon plus baked cheesecake.Next morning, we had leisurely hot showers andbreakfast, and headed for Sisters Island. Here, injust one hour’s fishing Bob and I caught seven goodhalibut (similiar to oversized flounders) weighingbetween four and six kilos. We returned severalsmaller halibut to the water alive. Then ‘Abyssinia’was off to our second anchorage at Spasski Bay.With good weather and great views, the kayakswere quickly back in the water. While paddlingwe spotted a deer plus more acrobatic salmon,eagles, and an interesting bird colony. Returningto Spasski Bay a large young grizzly bear wasrummaging on the shoreline. For some time wewere close! Several times the bear looked up atus and raised his nostrils, clearly curious aboutour scent. Twice he entered the forest, shook afew trees then re-emerged onto the beach. For usthis was a truly incredible encounter.That night the crab pots we had set earlier yieldedabout 30 enormous crabs. Keeping our legalquota, we returned the females plus the smallermales to the water unharmed. The others wentinto the fridge alive, and that evening dinner wasfresh halibut and Kim’s delicious freshly cookedchocolate brownie desert. The sunset was trulyspectacular!Monday was grey and drizzly. We cruised toPoint Adolphis, spotting some whales. Earl Cove,our next mooring, teamed with leaping salmon.Three sea otters circled us continuously. Thatevening the ‘feast’ was yummy crabmeat, freshlybaked corn bread, with left over cheesecake andchocolate brownie desert.Day four proved exciting. Our small group wasoff for a 17 km paddle around Inian Island,marvelling at the shoreline, the trees, imposinggranite rock formations, plus many waterfalls.We encountered more otters plus some large sealions. Curious at first, they followed close asternand to the side of us. As their numbers grew theybecame bolder and intimidating. In the distanceseveral pods of whale were spouting, showingarched backs and fluked tails as they divedSuddenly we were stopped dead in our tracks by ahuge splash and bellowing roar. A large humpbackwhale surfaced not 25 metres behind us. Otherwhales surfaced roaring, their calls echoing fromthe coastline. We watched in amazement whenthey headed away, conscious that they had justswum right under our kayaks. Eric took a depthreading; 55 feet (17 metres)! Five large whales hadjust passed under us only 30 metres off shore in17 metres of water. How close an encounter wasthat! Bob remarked, “My fun meter just got broke,it’s gone off the scales”.Shortly after we encountered a dozen kayakers.They were tightly grouped, very serious, andpowering along with no time to stop and talk.Someone shouted “We are paddling 104 km fromPelican to Hoonah” (seemingly with no time toslow up and enjoy anything?) By comparison wewere cruising along, nudging into coves, exploringwhatever took our fancy, chatting with each other,and really having fun!We thought things couldn’t get any better. Howeverwe hadn’t counted on the sea lion colony at MiddlePass. This was primeval, untouched by mankind.Countless bull seal lions on the far shore createda constant roar akin to a motor racing circuit.Increasingly groups of curious sea lions besiegedus; some whoppers we estimated at 250 kilos!Increasingly groups of these curious sea lions besieged us. Some whoppers we estimated at 250 kilos. Theyganged up around us, like bullies, but they were just playful and inquisitive.22 ISSUE FORTYthree • 2 0 0 7


They ganged up, like bullies, but were just playfuland inquisitive. Growing bolder they leapt closerand closer. Behind them in the Pass hundreds ofother sea lions were diving, splashing, surfacingwith large salmon in their jaws, thrashing theirheads. Bits of fish flew in all directions. This wasour Earth, as many parts of New Zealand, wouldhave been for millions of years barely two hundredyears ago!Leaving Middle Pass we briefly battled the tidethrough a narrow channel, before heading behindthe island. The sun was now fully out, providing abeautiful serene paddle along an idyllic coastlineof dense forests, coves, granite rock formations,and more lovely waterfalls. We met more whalesand pulled up on remote pristine beaches(complete with wolf prints). It truly was ‘Kayakers’Heaven’. That night we feasted on ‘AbyssiniaSpecial’, a rich and yummy halibut bake toppedwith crabmeat and cheese. For afters there wasapple and blackberry pie. This day had beenincredible and we were high on the experience.Next morning we had a short cruise to Elfin Coveon Chichagof Island, a quaint fishing settlementknown as a ‘boardwalk town’. After a morning strollaround this small settlement’s planked walkways,we paused to watch fishing boats, floatplanes,other vessels and an interesting mix of characters,mainly lean rugged hardworking types. Despitetheir hardiness they were chatty and friendlywith soft accents, clearly American but soundingjust that bit different. Out to sea the view overCross Sound towards Mount Fairweather and theenormous Brady Glacier was breathtaking. Welunched and kayaked out of Elfin Cove towardsGeorge Island. Mist had settled in and things didnot look too promising, but luck was with us again.Everything cleared, and we were treated to morespectacular coastal scenery and views to die for.The whales were out again and we were in foreven greater treats. Tricky conditions greeted usrounding the north west corner of the island, withfast rippling currents, and waves ricochetting offthe cliffs. Except for Sharon, we were a little uneasyin the chaotic chop.Along the northern shore of George Island, weheard a humpback spout, and sure enough therewas one coming for us 150 metres behind. It divedand we waited, cameras ready, not knowing whereit was going to come up! Pow, up it blew alongsideus about 30 metres away. Then it dived again andwe gave chase. Bob being really keen surged onahead; and was only about 20 metres behindwhen it surfaced again. His “fun meter’s brokeagain”. With several more close whale encountersTidal conditions were a bit tricky and the weather a bitdubious, however Bob and I caught some good fish.it was fun for all. Add to this the dramatic backdropof glaciers and mountains, and this was trulythe ‘Alaskan experience’ we all hoped for. Thatevening we enjoyed a crabcake feast, and anothergreat social evening chatting about our lives, ourbackgrounds, contrasting with adventures on thistrip. By now we were getting to know each otherand were enjoying good-natured humour andjibing. Next morning a whale breached off theharbour entrance as we started a short cruise toFern Harbour on the other side of Cross Sound.There we launched the runabout and went trollingfor salmon. Tidal conditions were tricky and theweather a bit dubious, however Bob and I caughtsome good fish. Later there was a brief eveningcruise in the runabout to have a closer look at BradyGlacier in the next bay. Mary spotted a brown bearFriday and last chance for a paddle. Early morning mist at FernHarbour.ISSUE FORTYthree • 2007 23


and an otter, carrying her young on her tummy, before thick mist closed in. Soit was back to ‘Abyssinia’, for barbecued salmon and Key Lime Pie.Friday, a quiet misty morning and last chance for a paddle, with some goodphoto opportunities. On ‘Abyssinia’ we sighted distant Orcas, lunched andheaded home towards Juneau, reaching a romping 11 knots with the tideunder us. Back at Point Adolphis we slowed down, and this time caught morewhale activity plus salmon jumping everywhere. There was also humanKayak mothership ‘Abyssinia’Farewell photo. Abyssinia back at Auke Bay, with Eric, Bob,Ron, Mary, Sharon and Kim.One of several Humpback whales encountered on Cross Sound behindGeorge IslandCross Sound. Serene paddle heading back around George Island.activity in kayaks and other craft. Then we were off towards Swanson Harbour,comfortable and pretty relaxed. ‘Abyssinia’ was our second home, in whichwe moved around as we pleased and snacked out in the galley when wefelt like it. With the small group on board we’d had no trouble arrangingkayaking activities which suited each of us. We had had a fantastic time andit had been a blast!Next day, on the short trip back to Auke Bay marina, we spotted more whales,saw an enormous halibut being hauled into a four metre tinny, and admiredthe impressive Mendenhall Glacier and Juneau Mountain scenery. We saidfarewell to Bob and Sharon, who had an afternoon flight to catch, then Maryand I spent our last evening on ‘Abyssinia’. We’d had an incredible experience,made some good friends, and were stocked up with memories (plus photos)galore. Best of all, we did it! And in comfort!So why ‘Abyssinia’? We looked at kayak camping trips, however the obviouscomfort of a mothership, versus camping in the rain, avoiding the bities,and no concerns about bears rummaging through the campsite easily wonout. Additionally, instead of being confined to local paddles around oneor two base camps, each day would be new to paddle. There are a numberof motherships to choose from, ranging from smaller single deck launchesand yachts carrying as many passengers as ‘Abyssinia’, to larger vesselsaccommodating more people. ‘Abyssinia’ is Eric and Kim’s home, with allhome comforts, and you are truly their guests. With only one or two othercouples on board it is easy to agree on kayaking and activities. Like us Boband Sharon were happy to do a couple of really good longer kayak outings,plus a few shorter paddles, combined with fishing and sightseeing. For moreserious kayakers the hosts would be happy to arrange longer paddlingdays covering greater distances. The only stipulation is that you have somereasonable kayaking experience and know how to self rescue. By comparisonsome other motherships websites we looked at catered for guests with noprevious kayaking experience, and in two instances the kayaks shown wererecreational canoes and not true sea kayaks. Certainly our choice proved tobe a good one for us and we were well pleased.Interested readers wanting more information can go to www.kayaktransport.com and can contact Eric and Kim at info@kayaktransport.com. Additionallya Google search on ‘Alaska mothership kayaking’ or similiar will generallybring up some options.24 ISSUE FORTYthree • 2 0 0 7


Bacon Berry & Banana PancakesRecipe by Robbie BanksWhat you need:The biggest, hugest frying pan that you can fit in your kayak,so you can make one big mother of a pancake to share with allyour paddling buddiesIngredients1 cup of flourA pinch of salt1 teaspoon Baking powder1 or 2 eggs250 mls of milk or if remote camping substitute with milkpowder & waterExtrasFrozen BerriesBaconBananaMaple SyrupSprig of mintFresh Cream (whipped using theplastic container method)Chuck all dry ingredients into a plastic shakeable container.I use an easiyo plastic jar. Add the milk and eggs. Shake well.Pass it around to let everyone have a shake as they will be scoffing it later.(Use a spoon or knife to scrape the sides).Meanwhile heat up the pan & cook the bacon (I cut it into small bits so it cooks fast & put aside) Melt alittle butter in the pan then pour in the pancake mix, the whole lot!Cook until brown or when the bubbles start forming.Now comes the challenge see if you can flip the mother ship!Once flipped you can start decorating. Throw the bacon on top to keep it hot, add a handful of berries I usefrozen blueberries, they defrost during the paddle and the heat of the pan just warms them up nicely.Slice up 1 or 2 bananas, drizzle with maple syrup & garnish with a sprig of mint. YUM! By now the otherside should be cooked. Dig in & enjoy. I eat it straight out of the pan, saves dishes.P.S Always a good idea to take a spare gas can for the cooker, my fellow clubbies will understand!WAVES?WHAT WAVES?Mark Jones | Adventure Philosophy |chose the SeaBear for its stability in extreme conditionsThe new SeaBear Waitoa takes stability on the water to a new level.Designed to withstand even the roughest of seas, the SeaBear Waitoahas an improved deck and cockpit design on a proven kayak, makingit the natural choice for our most successful kayak adventurers.Visit paddlingperfection.com for details.Order a SeaBear Waitoa beforeJanuary 31, 2008* and get thenew Adventure Philosophy bookTHE NEW SEABEAR WAITOA*Conditions applyISSUE FORTYthree • 2007 25


New Zealand’s Best Kept SecretThe Yakity YakMany of the articles you are reading in this magazine are about tripsorganized by the Yakity Yak Club.Interested in Joining up?Well read on and get involved“Too old” you say or “not fit enough” or “don’t like clubs because of the workingbees and committee meetings”. Well guess what, our oldest member is 80 plusand started paddling in the last two years. Can you walk? well then you canpaddle, in fact that’s not correct we have had members with a missing leg ortwo, but you get the picture. The only committee meetings we have are a wineand cheese evening once a month to arrange trips. There are no secretaries ortreasurers. We just discuss where to go next and who is coming. These trips areviewed on www.canoeandkayak.co.nz and booked at your local Canoe & KayakCentreJoin the club. You will get a weekend skills course to teach you techniquesand safety skills and a year’s membership. If you are keen to learn more thereis a bunch of courses to teach everything from Eskimo Rolling to becoming aninstructor. At no cost is the Leader’s Training Course, ten weeks part time forthose who have the urge to put something back into the club.So what does joining the club cost? Only $299 for the first year including theweekend course and then only $45 per subsequent year thereafter.NORTH SHOREAUCKLANDSILVERDALEMANUKAUWAIKATOUnit 2/20 Constellation Drive(off Ascension Place),Mairangi Bay, AucklandPHONE: 09 479 1002502 Sandringham RdSandringhamPHONE: 09 815 2073DISTRIBUTION CENTRE6 Tavern Road, SilverdalePHONE: 09 421 0662710 Great South Road,ManukauPHONE: 09 262 0209The corner Greenwood St &Duke St, State Highway 1 BypassHamiltonPHONE: 07 847 556526 ISSUE FORTYthree • 2 0 0 7For up coming Yakity Yak trips


Kayak ClubProudly Supported by Your LocalNow you say “They must charge for each club trip”. My friend you would bewrong. There is no participation charge for club trips.The Yakity Yak Kayak Club was set up by a bunch of enthusiastic instructors.After spending much time teaching people how to paddle we found a fewmonths later that they had not carried on with paddling. They said there wasno one to paddle with, or they were a bit shy, or they did not have a boat, orthey lacked confidence to go on trips where they did not know the area orthe people.So we said enough is enough and the Yakity Yak Kayak Club was formed.We cannot guarantee you will get on like a house on fire with every club memberbut we know you will find a bunch of like minded mates to enjoy our wonderfullittle paddling paradise.So get on the phone to one of the Canoe & Kayak Centres (see advert on the backpage) and join the Yakity Yak Kayak Club. You will be welcome.Welcome aboardPeter TownendOne of the founding YakersJOIN NOW!PHONE0508 5292569BAY OF PLENTYTAUPOHAWKE’S BAYTARANAKIWELLINGTON3/5 Mac Donald Street77 Spa Road,15 Niven StreetUnit 6, 631 Devon Road2 Centennial HighwayMount Maunganui (off Hewletts Rd)TaupoOnekawa, NapierWaiwhakaiho, New PlymouthNgauranga, WellingtonPHONE: 07 574 7415PHONE: 07 378 1003PHONE: 06 842 1305PHONE: 06 769 5506PHONE: 04 477 6911see www.canoeandkayak.co.nzISSUE FORTYthree • 2007 27


The sinking of the Canterburyby Ruth E. HendersonIt was a bit like the gathering of the clan. Nadia texted itwas “all go” and to check that we were heading north. Rogerarrived at Cable Bay after a quiet leisurely Thursday ofexploration by himself at Urupukapuka. Charlie and I turnedup in time for dinner and a joint jaunt the next morning. Bymidday Sue and Steve had arrived, also early so they couldpaddle out to the Canterbury, for a last fond farewell pat.One by one, they arrived. The North Shore and AucklandYakity Yak clubs and Andy from Manukau converged onthe Island. By Friday evening arrivals had reached railwaystation proportions and it was impossible to keep up withwho what when and where as tents, laughter and cookingsmells filled the night air. And in the morning we awoketo find even more tents had sprouted in the dark. We nownumbered about 25 kayakers.Face painting production lineThe pageantry, the bunting28 ISSUE FORTYthree • 2 0 0 7


We were in the Bay of Islands to witness the scuttling of HMNZS Canterbury.The 3000 tonne warship, a Leander-class frigate, was launched in 1970 andproudly served the country for 35 years before being taken out of commissionin 2005. Now stripped of salvageable material and pollutants, with the engineroom, galley and magazine flooded and with holes cut in her sides, she was‘in location’ anchored off Deep Water Cove.The forecasted wind failed to show, the sun shone and with the sinkingtimetabled for 1430 hours there was time for other forays. Steve and Suetook one big pod up, straight-lining, to Cape Brett and through the Hole in theRock. Nick and Co went fishing before breakfast, and again en-route to OkeBay where he smoked one for us ‘coastline huggers’ to share.As we drew closer to the grey warship and countdown approached, thenumber of yachts launches and fizz boats in view swelled by the minute.Soon we were part of the throng. There was a carnival air, rigging decked outin bunting and colourful flags, people hailing, and using Channel 6 to locateone another. Two hours to wait we gathered for lunch on the steep rocky beachand the hill over-looking the Cove, joining Russell, Ann and others from theNorthland Kayak Club and Guy who had driven up for the day. Picnics over– some swam, some got wet as Greg preyed on unsuspecting arrivals withhis latest toy, an American torpedo water gun; Sue produced black and redballoons and pots of face paint - Dave and Jacqui turned into production linemake up artists. We were ready.At 1345 we were on the water. The 100 boats I had counted when we hadapproached the Cove were now far too numerous to count, apparently, evenfrom a helicopter. Reports the next day varied from the exaggerated “crowd ofbetween 2000 – 2500 recreation boats of all sizes, commercial boats, charterboats, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft” to the understated “spectator flotillaof 300 to 400 boats.” In my reckoning there were 1000 boats at anchor and 50kayaks, dozens of dinghies and rubber-duckies, jostling for the best positionbehind the 500m cordon barrier.At 1430 an audible groan went up when the sinking was delayed till 1530. Theday wore on …waiting, waiting, and the bum became numb. VHF exchangesand humorous repartees entertained. One cow-cocky protested that he hadto go home and milk, others ‘asked’ for fresh beer supplies.That new time came and went. We were told that there would be a one minutecountdown. It never eventuated, so most like me missed capturing on camerathe 8 kg of explosives detonating with red flashes, instant billowing smoke,and a blackening sky. The explosives certainly jolted us to attention. It felt likea minor earthquake. Smoke continued to rise in black plumes, and within aminute the Canterbury listed to starboard, towards the nearest land. Then thestern sunk, the bow pointed skyward and finally all that was left of the navy’slast steam warship was bubbles and a patch of white water: a moving sight. Ittook about 4 minutes from ka-boom to gone.The occasion was tinged with sadness as some of our crew were Navypersonnel or ex – Navy and had served on the Canterbury. However, muchlike an organ donor sacrifices something to give life, the sunken ship nowgives the Bay of Islands dive and tourism industry a new playground. Shewill live on as an artificial reef, attracting national and international divers.HMNZS Canterbury is still serving, but for a different purpose, a peacefulone - recreation.Ka-boom and plumes of black smokeWaving goodbyeListing to starboardGreg gets made upGoneISSUE FORTYthree • 2007 29


Very Kayakable by Simon GreigAfter four months of kayak withdrawal,and a five day high, two penguin litesordered from our reliable Canoe andKayak BOP Centre arrived in Rivertonon schedule. We, Karen and I, hadbrought the rest of our gear from Mt.Maunganui. We tested everything ona two hour kayak around the JacobsRiver Estuary. All systems go, Thepoggies a must to keep hands warm!Next day, at almost full tide, in great weather,no wind, mirrored views, we kayaked acrossthe Estuary, through The Narrows, and up thePourakino River.. Very kayakable. paddling theclear, slow flowing river, we passed whitebaitstands entered the serine native forest under abeech canopy. We landed amongst the trees for abite to eat but did not stay long. Kayak booties dohave some thermal properties, but icy soil doesget in. Back on the water for a leisurely kayakdown stream on the out going tide we were almoststranded taking a short-cut. According to the GPS,we had travelled 24 km.Two days later, Lake Monowai was ‘VeryKiwi 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.kayakable’. Karen and I started about mid-day.The sun was shining and there was a gentlebreeze. The northern sides of the hills had nosnow. Except for the beech trees, it could havebeen a lake anywhere in New Zealand. Paddlingtowards the base of the V shaped lake the aweinspiring snow capped mountains were mirroredon the water. We were the only two on the lake.Often when we stopped to listen, we heard nativebirds, and trickling streams or waterfalls. That’sit. Serenity on water. The disposable camera didnot do it justice.We intended to kayak for 2 hours before turningback, but the perfect conditions persuaded usto continue to the end of the lake. We landed onthe quartz gravel beach for refreshments withoutinsect repellant, and the sand flies had beenwaiting for us! Surprisingly we did not get bitten.Maybe the garlic in the vegetable juice we had forbreakfast did the trick, or we did not stand still forlong enough. Who knows?Within minutes of starting back, what appeared tobe a bow wave from a large boat crossed the water.It preceded wind coming from the other side of theV. Astonishing! I had never seen a wave beforethe wind. Within ten minutes, it was gusting withwhite caps but it was still calm in the V ahead. Thepressure was on to get there before the wind gotstronger. We experienced the odd wind gust, but itwas mostly calm. It was a reminder of how quicklythe conditions can change.We had travelled 27 km according to the GPS. Theextra distance caused us to get off the water infading light. The temperature was dropping makingpoggies and woollen hats essential. We used ourhead torches to change and put the kayaks on theroof rack. We should have remembered that forsafety, allowing plenty of time to get off the wateris important in winter, even up north. Maybe theexperience had been more than ‘very kayakable’.It verged on being dangerously ‘too kayakable’,the condition in which a kayaker loses all senseof space and time.We are aware how difficult it can be for NorthIslanders to arrange a trip on a Southland/Fiordland lake. If any member is interested inhiring the kayaks and gear at the same rate asyour local Canoe and Kayak Centre, or even need akayak buddy, please contact us. We could come toa reasonable arrangement to pick you up from theairport and deliver you to your destination. Thiscould be the beginning of something new.Simon Greig and Karen Robertson:sfgreig@gmail.comKayaking calmness - Lake MonowaiWebsite:www.kask.co.nzAnnual subscription is $35.00.KaskPO Box 23, Runanga 7841,West Coast30 ISSUE FORTYthree • 2 0 0 7


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The AwesomeGorge – Kaitunaby Peter Van LithI had often heard of the Awesome Gorge section of theKaituna, how it is a fun, beautiful and exciting section of theKaituna river not as frequently paddled as the more famoustop section. The threat of being dammed put it high on myagenda as a river to do in the near future. My opportunitycame with a Canoe and Kayak Taranaki club trip to theRangitakai, Tarawera and Kaituna Rivers. Our group of 18,half of which were grade 2-3 paddlers, shuffled leadersaround for the various rivers. I had my opportunity to do myfirst run down the Awesome Gorge on Sunday.We warmed up on the Okere falls run, portaged the trout pools fall and hoppedback into our kayaks eager for a last bit of advice from Andy Uhl as we drifteddown the deceptively tranquil river. I had information on this section fromother kayakers but what you hear can sometimes be quite different from theactual run. It is classed a grade 3 with possibly a grade 4 drop. The first halfis straightforward with a few chute type rapids. Then the river narrows intoa section of about 500 metres introduced by a reasonable rapid with a sharpright turn. It narrows further to between 3 and 4 metres between sheer c cliffsgiving the effect of a hydro slide with heaps of water and very few eddies.To feel truly alone with the beauty and power of the river, Andy encouragedus to go down with minute breaks between each paddler. Where the riverwidened slightly the group met again with smiles all around. (Pays to get localknowledge for this part, as a fallen tree would make it impassible).The next challenge was the waterfall. Although not very high it has a hard leftturn at the bottom. It proved a challenge for play boaters who hit the far wallbefore resurfacing. The key is to hit the peak at the top of the falls river left.After the falls we soon came to the get out which, if missed, puts you in GnarlyGorge where you don’t want to go!At this stage, carrying the kayak uphill is not high on most kayakers list of funthings to do, and you realize why it is not frequently paddled.Our mate who had missed the narrow gorge section convinced us to do itagain. He redeemed himself with a clean run. A last run on the Okere fallssection with the rest of our group in rafts finished a great weekend. The onlydampener was the thought of possibly losing such an awesome section ofriver to a hydro dam.32 ISSUE FORTYthree • 2 0 0 7


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Kitting out my Cobra Marauderby Bruce HowsonPeter van Lith asked me to put something together about howI have set my Cobra Marauder for fishing. I wondered whatwas special about what I had done when each of us sets upour kayaks according to situations and mistakes that wehave made and seen. We have all had close calls and foundourselves in silly situations. One of mine was fishing 200 ftbehind some breakers when a huge rogue wave frightenedthe burley out of me because, while tied to an anchor, Icouldn’t get out of the way!The solution proved to be simple. I attached a buoy (the bladder from awine cask) to the anchor warp, ran the warp through an adjustable ring, andmoved it along the boat to change the boat’s attitude to the current or wind.The warp was then attached to a quick release yachting type fitting. Nowwhen I need to get free from the anchor a good tug on the rope releases it tobe retrieved later.While upgrading my kayak to increase deck space and storage, I upgradedthe electronics with a colour sounder. Screwing a sounder to the deck crampsthe usable working area and in the unfortunate event of a rollover, which willhappen to the most experienced of us, (just ask Naki Man) anything projectingfrom the deck is likely to be wiped out. I set the screen into a dash board. Thisalso gave me room to mount a VHF radio. Apart from the extra space, I nowhave some rollover protection and the electronics are not exposed to theelements. However when tying the kayak upside down on the roof rack thedash was in the way. I made it removable, easy with a couple of left over dutzclips. So now two half turns on these screw heads and the whole unit can bechucked in the back of the Anglia.Ideas I have adopted have come from listening to other yaker’s problems andtheir solutions which are shared in a Yak fishing club. The first of many suchclubs was formed when members of Taranaki’s Oakura casting club realizedthe club events coincided with days when we wanted to fish from kayaks. Nowover half the club’s membership is made up of yak fishos.Earlier this year the club ran its inaugural Taranaki Kayak Fishing Classic.Over 60 fishermen, (Oops must be PC about it) “fisher people” competedfrom all around the country. Copious fishy tales were exchanged, somebizarre and many downright hilarious. Just check out the website; www.kayakfishingclassic.co.nz. Planning is now well underway for the 2008 event,on March the 8th & 9th. Sponsors are in place and entertainment has beenconfirmed at the Butlers Reef in Oakura. Canoe & Kayak has once again comeon-board with a fully kitted Marauder as the major spot prize and the CobraExplorer as an early bird prize. Discounted accommodation can be arrangedfor competitors through the Oakura Beach holiday Park.34 ISSUE FORTYthree • 2 0 0 7


Roof Racksfor alloccasionsRegister with your localCanoe & Kayak storeto receive a car stickerand go in to win a$500.00 gift voucherIf your name is drawn, all you haveto do is show your car has a Canoe& Kayak sticker on it to claim yourEmail info@canoeandkayak.co.nzif you cannot get to a store.ISSUE FORTYthree • 2007 35


NagruroroRiver JourneyTihoi VentureSchoolby Damien FirthEight Tihoi Students selected a White WaterExpedition for the winter of 2007 on the NagruroroRiver in the Kaweka Ranges, Hawkes Bay. Itwould be a classic River Run with one support raftfor provisions and rescue back up, starting withchopper trips from Kuripapango.Snow on the windscreen and wind and in much turbulence thestudents struggled to hold down a hearty breakfast of bacon, eggsand hash browns flying up river to Ngawaparua Hut.Many students were to paddle Bliss Stick Creek boats; whosestability would protect them against the icy cold water. In adelayed start they pushed off the rocky beach as darkness fell.Soon boats were ditched and headlight lights donned. In raintwo and a half hours and six river crossings later the cold, wet,tired and hungry students and the teacher stumbled into the3m by 3m shelter at Omarukekere Bivouac. The Instructorscrammed into the Bivy, the students crawled into sleeping bagsunder blue fly tents.On day two, boats retrieved, the journey continued. Grade 2 /3 rapids, offered choices of many long paths. The instructorswere continually scouting and bunny hopping down the river.Despite the stability of the Bliss Stick boats several students‘edged’ up stream, were pushed into an obstacle to edge awayor get caught on an eddy line. They fell into the icy water.The fortunate ones were barrel rolled by instructors or otherpaddlers. On a meandering stretch with the Rocks Ahead Hutin view, spirits were high.… Bang! ... On day three a distant rifle shot excited the paddlers.They salivated at the thought of venison stew to accompany thespuds. An entrée would have topped it off , but unfortunatelythe trout were too elusive.On Day four the students portaged around a nasty strainer(a fallen tree on a meandering bend) highlighting again theimportance of scouting ahead. It reminded the boys of riverhazards.The fog lifted, fingers and toes thawed. Ice melting from thebottom of the boats, the boys pushed off from Cameron Hut. Ina short break at an old hunters campsite sparks flew and thestudents dodged the smoke to get warm by the fire,.The river was wider, slower and more braided as the studentspaddled the remaining few kilometres before the bridge.The river journey provided an adventure, flying up river, packinggear into creek boats, running hundreds of rapids. Get a groupof experienced paddlers, some quality river runners/creekersand go river running today!36 ISSUE FORTYthree • 2 0 0 7


International Outdoor Recreation and EducationConference, Christchurch, January 21-24, 2008It’s not a conference, it’s a Confluence: ‘the premier gathering of the New Zealand and international outdoor sectorthis decade’.“Outdoor recreation and education are embedded in the New Zealand psyche, with most New Zealanders living closeto the mountains, rivers, lakes, bush and sea”, says Outdoors New Zealand’s Chief Executive, Laura Adams. “Keeping theoutdoor industry up-to-date with international trends and bringing them together to share experiences and knowledgeis vital for New Zealand’s future. I think the Confluence will make a significant contribution to the New Zealand prioritiesof national identity and economic transformation. It is going to be a very important event.”The Confluence Tutakitanga, sponsored by Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC) and hosted by Outdoors NewZealand, will bring the outdoor sector together for four days with seminars, workshops and speakers from eight countries.Keynote speaker, Dr Alan Ewert, Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism at Indiana University, USA, will speak on‘Stress and Coping in Adventure Education Programs’. Other topics on offer are ‘Cowboys and Cotton Wool: The Role ofMen in Adventure Education’, ‘The Spiral in Action: A Pathway of Outdoor Education in Low-Decile Secondary Schools’,‘Maori and Rivers’ and ‘Extreme Sport Subcultures: Big Wave Surfing’.300 local and international delegates are expected to attend the four-day conference. Pre-conference workshops andpost-conference activities augment The Confluence creating a nine-day international outdoor symposium, the first of itskind in New Zealand.Registrations close January 7. Contact Outdoors New Zealand at 04 385 7287 or www.outdoorsnz.org.nzfor more information.Grade Two River CertificatesAsk anybody who has competed in a multisport race and they will sayOne or two weekends trainingIs just NOT ENOUGH!!!We believe our comprehensive Grade 2 Training & Certification is the best you can get.To gain the skills to confidently paddle on white water, you need at least3 weekends on the water with our instructors.PHONE NOW0508 5292569OR CALL IN TO YOUR LOCAL CANOE & KAYAK CENTREFOR MORE DETAILS AND COURSE DATES2008 Multisport Package $995Accommodation available in TaupoOfficialSponsorISSUE FORTYthree • 2007 37


Product releaseThe all new foveaux expressThe Foveaux Express is a responsive and playful sea kayak. Our originalcomposite design, with a redesigned deck configuration, gives it the sportylook and practicality of a third hatch. The dolphin nose with flair, allows lift inthe ocean swell while dispersing the water, and the low peaked deck performswell in strong crosswinds. A fun, nimble kayak.Length: 5.0 m , Weight: 19 kg, Width: 610 mmseabear waitoaNewly launched redesigned sea kayak. Very comfortable and stable sea kayakwhich is suitable for all conditions, from quiet day trips to expeditions inthe highest of seas. Comes now loaded with those handy features as paddlerest, day hatch, thigh braces and comfortable seat. Is suitable for starters toexperienced kayakers. No-nonsense and iconic Kiwi designed and made inNew Zealand made sea kayak.Length: 5.6 m , Weight: 24.5 kg, Width: 600 mm$4050 $3945rhino racks now availablethe explorer kayak carriercommercial racksRhino-Racks popular roof rack products are available from any Canoe andKayak Store and Roof Rack Centres. Amongst these racks and accessories isthe ‘Explorer’ kayak carrier system in either 560 or 561 models.These carrier models are distinguished as being side or rear slide mountcarriers and stand out from others as being simple and quick to both fit andremove. The innovative ‘wrap’ mounting system allows fit or removal inseconds meaning there is no need to have these on the roof rack when not inuse therefore saving on fuel consumption.A useful multi purpose holder is available also using the same fit method.These systems can fit other bar profiles and rack brands as well.For many years Rhino-Rack has built its reputation on the construction of solid,well made heavy duty rack systems for the commercial sector. This style andmethod of construction is now often being copied by others.Systems continue to develop and today Rhino is a leading manufacturer of roofracks for any vehicle type and usage. Rhino-Racks entire range is availablefrom any Canoe and Kayak Store and Roof Rack Centres.Model 560 - 561$175RRP:ISSUE FORTYthree • 2007 39


Products available in store or order atinfo@canoeandkayak.co.nzMICRO DRY STUFF SACKSWe’ve tested these little beauties in thefield!Used to protect our mobile phones, we’ve putthem in our B/A pockets and gone paddling!We’re talking rolling and surfing.The three roll closure system is more thanthe labelled splash poof. Constructed in 70DHex rip stop nylon, they’ve proved to be hardwearing and reliable. With the clear windowon the front, you can easily operate your MP3,phone or digital camera.A great phone bag at a low price, just $29.90THIS IS THE SEA 3‘This is the sea 3’ is a DVD made by seakayakers, for sea kayakers. Presented byLendal.Starring our very own Steve Knowles, surfingat the Mount.Follow other paddlers around the world forsome of the best footage of kayaking I’ve seen. The perfect watch forthose coming cold wet winter Sundays. Over 2 hours of footage.Available in store, or order by e-mail. info@canoeandkayak.co.nz.RASDEX ADVENTURE SEMI DRY CAGIf you’re tired of looking at expensive dry cags or want something cleanand simple to stop all that cold water running down your sleeves, thisis for you: a slim-line semi dry cag with super-comfortable neopreneneck and textured breathable fabric. No unnecessary frills on thisone, just what you need to keep warm and dry. Ideal for many kindsof paddling, whether you’re using a kayak or a sit on top, on a lake ora river, in competition or just plain having fun.• Folded neoprene cone neck - a redesigned neck using soft, supple1.5mm neoprene for a non-restricting seal which avoids any weakpoints or ragged edges.• Latex wrists with covers - includes a drainage eyelet to stop waterbuilding up between the layers.• Neoprene waist - a deep band for a good comfortable single seal.Fabric: A 4oz‘Tactel’ texturednylon with abreatheable,delaminationproofExeatcoating.Colours:Blue/Black.All this for only $224.95RASDEX COMBINATION DECKOMNI DRY BACKPACKThe deck most used by multisport paddlers - also used by sea and touringpaddlers. The deck has a neoprene section with a nylon body tube whichallows freedom of movement. This is more comfortable than a standardneoprene body tube if you’re wearing it for long periods of time. An addedadvantage is that on flat water the body tube can be loosened so you don’tget too hot. The nylon body also fits most people, so it’s a good option forsharing between a family group or club as well as for individuals.• Deck section: High density 3.5mm double-lined neoprene fordurability.• Body tube: 4oz waterproof,seam-sealed, breatheablenylon for comfort and theultimate in flexibility. Pair ofwide elastic shoulder bracesfor security.• Mesh pocket: Ideal fora drinks bottle or handysnacks.• Cord: 9.5mm shock cord for plastic cockpits, 8mm for fibreglassrims. Webbing grab loop for easy release.RRP: $159.95This thing is huge!140 litres of storage. Enough room for all your wet gear.The handy backpack allows you to carry your gear while as well pullingyour kayak on a trolley. No more return trips.The heavy duty 3-roll closure system keeps your stuff nice and dry whilethe adjustable, padded shoulder straps make it comfortable to carry.Made of heavy duty PVCA huge bag at a low $99.0040 ISSUE FORTYthree • 2 0 0 7


Products available in store or order atinfo@canoeandkayak.co.nzSportsman’s Sea AnchorCamp ShowerThe Camp Shower is greatfor washing.It’s time to trade up! Constructedof durable PVC, it has a separatefill cap, on/off valve and ahanging/carrying handle. TheCamp Shower is also great forwashing dirty hands and feet.Price: $24.95A great small-craft safety accessory.These heavy duty Sea Anchors are built with RF welded seams andtough PVC for maximum abuse. With tubing sewn into the top hem,they stay open to deploy quickly. A great small-craft safety accessory,to work both as a sea brake while drifting, and sea anchor.300mm dia. opening 580mm lengthPrice: $79.00PACK SINKOur 14 litre capacity square camp sink can’t be beat.The Pack Sinks unique square shape makes cleaning larger items simpleand it folds flat for easy (out of the way) storage when not in use. ThePack Sink is constructed with waterproof, rugged vinyl; radio frequencywelded seams; webbed carrying handles; with additional top stiffenersto hold it open when in use.Price: $35.90MIGHTYMITE CARTOur new MightyMite Cart is smallenough to fit in most Kayak holds,yet strong enough to take a 90 kilo,loaded canoe. With pneumaticwheels, galvanized bearings,anodized aluminum frame, a loopcinch strap tie-down, and a singleleg kickstand, this cart offers greatfeatures at a low price.Collapsed:550mm length266mm height100mm widthWeight capacity –90kg$149.00ISSUE FORTYthree • 2007 41


Learn To KayakPhone 0508 529 2569 to bookStage 1Stage 2Stage 1Stage 2SKILLS COURSEA comprehensive course designed tocover the skills required to become atechnically correct and safe paddler.The course progresses so you developtechniques and confidence at anenjoyable pace with great end results.This course is run over a weekend or byrequest in the evenings.COST $295ESKIMO ROLLINGThis course covers the skills requiredto become a technically correct EskimoRoller. You increase your confidence,allowing you to paddle in morechallenging conditions. Being ableto eskimo roll will make you a morecompetent, safe and capable paddler.Course: 4 evening sessionsCOST $200INTRO TO WHITE WATERA comprehensive course designed tocover the skills required to become atechnically correct paddler. Startingoff in a heated pool and progressingthrough flat water to moving water, itallows you to develop techniques andconfidence at an enjoyable pace withgreat end results.Course: WeekendCOST $349ESKIMO ROLLINGThis course covers the skills requiredto become a technically correctEskimo Roller. This will increase yourconfidence, allowing you to paddle inmore challenging conditions.Course: 4 evening sessionsCOST $200Stage 3Stage 4Stage 3Stage 4WEATHER &Understanding the weather and abilityto navigate in adverse conditions isvital when venturing into the outdoors.Learn to use charts and compasses andforecast the weather using maps andthe clouds.Course: 4 evening sessionsOCEANS COURSEAn advanced course designed to build onyour skills. Covering paddling technique,kayak control, rescues, preparation,planning and decision making.Course: Weekend/overnight.COST $350RIVER SKILLSOn this course we continue to buildon the skills gained on Stage One andTwo Courses. Developing your skills,technique and confidence on the fastermoving white water of the WaikatoRiver and progressing on to a Sundayday trip on the Mohaka River. Includes,eddie turns, ferry gliding, rolling, surfingand building new skills in River Rescuetechniques and River Reading.Course: Weekend • COST $349MULTISPORTDuring this course we build on the skillsgained on the Stage One to Three Courses.Developing your moving water skills,technique and confidence in your MultiSport Kayak. We start on the MohakaRiver on Saturday and progress to theWhanganui on Sunday for some bigwater paddling. River racing competencyletters are awarded to those who meetthe standard and criteria as outlined onthe Grade Two Competency Certificate.A copy is available from Canoe & KayakCentres.Stage 6Stage 5Stage 6Stage 5KAYAKING SURFSurfing is heaps of fun when you knowhow. We will spend the evenings startingoff in small surf and building up to oneand a half metre waves. We will use arange of sit-on-tops and kayaks to makeit fun and easy to learn. Skills to betaught include surfing protocol, paddlingout, direction control, tricks and safetyCourse: 4 evening sessionsCOST $349RESCUE COURSEYou need rescue skills to look afteryourself and your paddling buddies inadverse conditions. This course coverstowing systems, capsized kayaks,T Rescues, paddle floats, stern deckcarries, re-enter and roll.Programme One EveningCost $60ADVANCED WHITEWATERThis course is designed to sharpen yourwhitewater skills and start learning simplerodeo moves. We will focus on skillssuch as river reading, body position androtation, advanced paddle technique,playing in holes and negotiating higherGrade 3 rapids. We recommend you arefeeling comfortable on Grade 2+ rapids.Ideally you should already be paddling themid section of Rangitaiki or equivalent.Course: Weekend • COST $349RIVER RESCUEThis course is designed to cover likelyscenarios on white water rivers. Thecourse is suitable for paddlers who feelcomfortable on Grade One to Two rivers.The areas covered are rope skills, muscletechniques, team control, heads up, riskmanagement and combat swimming. Alsocovering skills required in the followingsituations: entrapments, kayak wraps,swimming kayakers and their equipment.Course: Weekend • COST P.O.A.AwardsContact your nearest Canoe & Kayak centre to develop apersonalised course to suit your needs.For more information phone 0508 5292569www.nzki.co.nz42 ISSUE FORTYthree • 2 0 0 7


swallowintriGueGladiatorThe next step up from the entry level kayaks.Fast with good stability. Medium skill ability isrequired to enjoy racing this kayak. A very popularCoast to Coast kayak.Prices start at $2710, $2940 KevlarLength: 5.4 m, Weight: 14kg Glass, 12kg Kevlar , Width: 480 mmfireboltThis kayak is ideal for the beginner/entry levelkayaker who is looking for a quick, light kayakwith great stability. Also suitable for first timeCoast to Coasters.Prices start at $2460, $ 2740 KevlarLength: 4.94 m, Weight: 14.5kg Glass, 12kg Kevlar , Width: 540 mmavailable online atinfo @canoeandkayak.co.nzThis fast, stable kayak with its larger cockpit isbuilt for the bigger paddler looking for a longer,stable kayak for Coast to Coast etc.Prices start at $2860 Glass $3170 KevlarLength: 5.9 m, Weight: 15.5kg Glass, 13.5kg Kevlar, Width: 530mmadventure duetThis new, very user friendly kayak with itsexcellent combination of speed and stabilitysupercedes our very popular Opus. It is suitablenot only for the intermediate / advanced paddler,but also for the busy, but keen ‘Weekend Warrior’.Prices start at $2860 Glass, $3170 KevlarLength: 5.9m, Weight: 14.5kg Glass, 12.5kg Kevlar, Width: 455 mmrebel KevlarMultisportocean xThis lightweight, very fast and recently updatedAdventure Racing double kayak continues todominate adventure racing in NZ and is a greatrecreational double.Prices start at $5260 Glass, $5760 KevlarLength: 7m, Weight: 29 kg Glass, 26 kg Kevlar, Width: 550 mmMaxiMusThe Rebel is designed for paddlers of bothgenders up to 75kgs. At 5.65 metres long, theRebel is half way between the length of theSwallow and the Opus or Firebolt and is fasterthan them all.Prices start at $3150Length: 5.65 m, Weight: 11 kg , Width: 450mmthe eliMinatorThe Ocean X is suitable for kayak racing in themany harbours, estuaries and lakes of NewZealand and lends itself well to the kayak sectionsof many multisport races.Prices start at $3200 Glass, $3700 KevlarLength: 6.4 m, Weight: 18kg Glass, 16.5kg Kevlar, Width: 500 mmsurf sKiFast ocean going Racing Sea Kayak. The broadbow allows this kayak to ride over waves likea surf ski without losing any speed and is easyto control while surfing. A low profile reducesbuffeting by the wind in adverse conditions.Prices start at $3620Length: 6.43 m, Weight: 16.5 to 19 kg, Width: 510 mmviPerA fast stable racing and training ‘Sit -on’. It has anadjustable dry seat and a cool draining system.Ideal for the paddler wanting a good fitness workout.Prices start at $1595Length: 5.03 m, Weight: 19.09 kg std, Width: 585 mmAn excellent training and competition surf ski, canbe used with under-slung rudder or rear mountedrudder.Prices start at $1695Length: 5.29 m, Weight: 21 kg kg std, Width: 510 mmThis boat is designed as an entry level alternativeto expensive composite crafts, has good stabilityand speed. Colours: Stone grey, Mango, Whitegranite, Lime, Yellow.Prices start at $1595Length: 5.15 m, Weight: 22 kg std, Width: 550 mmISSUE FORTYthree • 2007 43


TUI EXCELPENGUINShEARwATERA versatile touring kayak for lake, river and sea.Stability, speed and easy tracking make for anenjoyable day’s paddling. A larger cockpit allowsfor easier entry and exit.Prices start at $1930Length: 4.4 m, Weight: Std 24kg, Width: 610 mmTASMAN EXPRESSHas all the features for multi-day kayaking withease of handling in all weather conditions. Withgreat manoeuvrability this kayak is suitable forpaddlers from beginner to advanced.Prices start at $2430Length: 4.80 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, 23 kg lite ,Width: 610 mmTASMAN EXPRESS ELITEA comfortable performance orientated sea kayakwhich will suit all sizes of paddlers with plentyof foot room for the bigger ones. Handles well inrough conditions, a fun boat to paddle.Prices start at $2475Length: 4.80 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, 23kg lite, Width: 610Available online atResponds to rough conditions. Its low profile andflared bow enable it to perform well in adverseconditions. It is designed to give the paddlermaximum comfort, with adjustable footrests,backrest, side seat supports and optional thigh brace.Prices start at $2695Length: 5.3 m, Std. Weight: 29 kg, Lightweight: 25 kg, Width: 620 mmSoUThERN SKUAAs per the plastic model, the kevlar TasmanExpress responds to rough conditions but itsdecreased weight, and increased stiffness, giveseven better performance.Prices start at $4140Length: 5.3 m, Weight: 22 kg std, Width: 600 mmfovEAUX EXPRESSSea KToRRESThe Southern Skua has a low deck profile enablingit to perform extremely well in windy conditions,while its longer hull gives it greater speed andallows it to respond in a following sea to surf thewaves. It gives maximum stability in the open sea.Prices start at $4110Length: 5.4 m, Weight: 22 kg kevlar , Width: 600 mmC&K BoUYANCY AIdA very responsive and playful sea kayak. Comeswith a moulded thigh brace. The dolphin nosewith flair, allows lift in the ocean swell. A fun,nimble kayak.Prices start at $4040Length: 5.4 m, Weight: 14.5kg, Width: 540 mmfoAM PAddLE fLoATA fast and stable sea kayak capable of handlingextreme expeditions. Huge storage and lots of legroom.Prices start at $4240Length: 5.6 m, Weight: 23 kg kevlar carbon, Width: 600 mmCAMP ShowERIncrease your visibility in these yellow bouyancyaids. They can be adjusted with side, shoulder andwaist straps. There is a pocket with a ring to storekeys, knife or whistle on the inside.$99.50A paddle float you don’t have to inflate!The reflective webbing trim and a metallic chromefront panel enhances visibility. Deployment is easywith a large pocket for your paddle blade, and a wideadjustable leash to secure the paddle shaft.$109.90The Camp Shower is great for washing.It’s time to trade up! Constructed of durable PVC, ithas a separate fill cap, on/off valve and a hanging/carrying handle. The Camp Shower is also great forwashing dirty hands and feet.$24.9544 ISSUE FORTYthree • 2 0 0 7


aCadia 370Contour 450Contour 480Flat water cruising, well appointed, a niftyadjustable backrest, an access hatch in the backwhich is great for carrying your extra gear.prices start at $1299Length: 3.7 m, Weight: 20 kg std, Width: 680 mminfo @canoeandkayak.co.nzThis kayak is designed for day tripping and lightovernight expeditions. It’s great fun to paddle andhandles easily.prices start at $2099Length: 4.5 m, Weight: 26 kg std, Width: 640 mmContour 490Is a roomy, manoeuvrable, easy to handle boat.A channelled hull provides outstanding trackingwhich helps keep you on course. Its upswept,flared bow makes crossing rough water a breeze.prices start at $2299Length: 4.8m, Weight: 27 kg, Width: 620 mmeCo niiZH 565 XLtayakseCobeZHiG 540This double Sea Kayak is an ideal day tourer withthe easy ability to do those weekend campingexpeditions. It handles well, is fun to paddle andhas well appointed accessories.prices start at $2899Length: 4.87 m, Weight: 35 kg std, Width: 800 mmpoint 65 nemoThis model is proving a hit with its lighter weightand some excellent features. We now have aplastic double sea kayak that is great to use for allthose amazing expeditions and adventures.prices start at $3849Length: 5.64 m, Weight: 45 kg std, Width: 760 mmpoint 65 505An enjoyable sea kayak, fast and nimble with hugestorage, great features and the most comfortableseat your butt will ever meet.prices start at $2899 prices start at $1099 prices start at $2299Length: 5.4 m, Weight: Std 26 kg, Width: 590 mm Length: 3.5 m, Weight: Std 22 kg, Width: 630 mm Length: 5.05 m, Weight: Std 25kg, Width: 580 mmCobra mHH325 VHFThe Point 65 Nemo is comfortable and stablerecreational kayak for the whole family. It isdesigned for stability and comfort and is aimedat entry level paddlers looking for an affordablekayak easy to handle on and off the water so youcan take it wherever you go.Cuda 168 FisHFinderA fully-fledged touring kayak designed for entryand medium level paddlers, it is not only theperfect choice for outfitters and schools but alsofor the paddler seeking an affordable and highqualitytouring boat. At 505 cm (yes hence thename) it offers great glide and tracking.Cuda 168p FisHFinderCobra handheld marine VHF radio. Completewith AC & DC charger. 1, 3 & 5W output. Instantemergency channel access. Submersible to JIS7standards. Nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery.$249A top selling member of the Cuda family for it’sgreat on-the-water performance and value! 4”, 4level greyscale screen. 200kHz transom mounttransducer. 168x132 resolution. Fishtrack & Fishsymbol I.D.$239Comes with Porta-Power Pack case and portable200kHz Skimmer transducer with suction cupmounting bracket. (Batteries not included)$349ISSUE FORTYthree • 2007 45


fireflyescapeeescapadeHere is a little cracker! The Firefly is designed sothe kids can have some fun. Little and light. Easyto handle and nice and stable. Here is a kayak thekids will love, if they can get Dad off it!$449Length: 2.4 m, Weight: 16 kg kg std, Width: 700 mminfo @canoeandkayak.co.nzProbably the closest you will come to finding onekayak that does it all. Surfing, fishing, snorkelling.prices start at $810Length: 3.3 m, Weight: 23 kg , Width: 750 mmwandererAn extended Escapee for the larger paddler to fish,dive and have fun in the sun.prices start at $1020Length: 3.46 m, Weight: 27 kg std, Width: 750 mmthe tandemationalplayA stable fun kayak which is easy to handle. This isan enjoyable kayak for all the family.prices start at $1695Length: 4.5 m, Weight: 34 kg std, Width: 820 mmstrikeA ‘two person’ kayak, ideal for fishing, surfingand exploring. It has room for great hatches tostore your adventure equipment. Now availablewith three person option. It is often used by oneperson.prices start at $1195Length: 3.81 m, Weight: 25.90 kg, Width: 915 mmexplorerGreat for the paddler who wants a fun fast surf andflat water kayak. Kids love this Sit-on as it is nottoo wide for them to paddle and yet is very stable.prices start at $695Length: 3.10 m, Weight: 17.27 kg, Width: 710 mmtourerA Wave Ski which the whole family can enjoy.Fantastic in the surf, it‘s a fast and manoeuvrablesit-on-top.prices start at $849Length: 2.92 m, Weight: 161 kg std, Width: 685 mmfish n’ diveIdeal for fishing, surfing and exploring and one ofthe driest ‘Sit-ons’ you will find. Great hatches forstoring your goodies are available.prices start at $895Length: 3.43 m, Weight: 18.18 kg std, Width: 790 mmmarauderThe low profile hull of the Cobra Tourer cuts downon windage, enabling paddlers to maintain highspeed and straight tracking with easy handling inall conditions.prices start at $1295Length: 4.55 m, Weight: 22.68 kg , Width: 711 mmThe ultimate fishing/diving kayak. A large well islocated in the stern and holds up to three tanks.There is one centrally located seat and a smallercompanion seat near the bow.prices start at $1095Length: 3.81 m, Weight: 25.85 kg, Width: 914 mm(hatches & accessories not included)The Marauder is for the serious kayak fisherman.Fast, stable and loads of deck space. Excellentperformance in surf.prices start at $1295Length: 4.27 m, Weight: 28 kg std, Width: 750 mmISSUE FORTYthree • 2007 47


PADDLERs biLgE PumPPADDLE fLOAtROD/ PADDLE LEAshA must for any boater. Our 36 litres per minuteBilge Pump features an easy-grab handle,super-strong pump shaft and heavy-duty impactresistant plastic.Two chamber float for added safety. A 2ndchamber for use when you need extra buoyancyor if one chamber is accidentally punctured.Unique quick-release-at-paddle feature allowspaddle to be quickly & easily attached/detachedto/from leash. Constructed with a heavy-duty snaphook for maximum durability and an internal Kevlarcord filament for maximum breaking strength.$59.90 $84.90 $34.90LAtituDE stuff sAcksuPER LAtituDEAvailable online atWith full horizontal access, our Latitudeseliminate the hassle of having to dig vertically toget at what you want. Built with a polyester bodyand heavy-duty vinyl ends, Latitudes are builtto perform, but at a value price!10Ltr $54.90 - 21Ltr $64.90 - 51Ltr $99.90OPti DRy stuff sAckEco-friendly PVC Free Super Latitudes featurethe great wide mouth-lateral design, utilizethe best materials and features. Slides easilyinto kayak hatches. Our hands-free Autopurgevalve automatically purges the air as the bag iscompressed.10Ltr $69.90 - 21Ltr $79.90 - 51Ltr $119.90Omni DRy stuff sAckOmni DRy bAckPAckProdThe Opti Dry is super-tough and super-clear.Constructed with heavy-duty clear vinyl and anabrasion resistant bottom.10Ltr $29.90 - 21Ltr $34.90 - 41Ltr $44.90mightymitE cARtThese all-purpose bags are great for anyadventure. The Omni Dry Bag features awaterproof 3-roll closure with D-ring, vinyl bodyand heavy-duty abrasion resistant bottom.10Ltr $39.90 - 21Ltr $44.90 - 41Ltr $54.90stAnDARD tROLLEy140 litresHuge says it. We put a guitar in one last weekend,huge storage. A heavy-duty 3-roll closure system$99.00hEAvy Duty tROLLEyOur new Mighty Mite Cart is small enough to fit inmost Kayak holds, With pneumatic wheels, anodizedaluminium frame, a single tie-down, and a stand, thiscart offers great features at a low price.$149.00These wheels are the step down from the heavyduty version. Large wheels still make any terraina breeze, while a pin holds them in. They still foldaway into your back hatch. A lighter weight trolleyfor moving mainly empty kayaks.$199.00Easy to carry a sea kayak loaded down withall your gear! Heavy duty stainless steelconstructions. Wheels fold down conveniently tofit in a back hatch.$349.0048 ISSUE FORTYthree • 2 0 0 7


SPORTSMANS DROGUESEA ROVER COMPASSPACK SINKA great small-craft safety accessory.These heavy duty Sea Anchors are built in tough PVCfor maximum abuse. With tubing sewn in, they stayopen to deploy quickly. Designed to work both as asea brake while drifting, and sea anchor.300mm dia. opening 580mm length$79.00info @canoeandkayak.co.nzThe Sea Rover features a large compass with easyto read markings—no squinting here to read whereyou’re going! With a simple, yet elegant base, the SeaRover attaches easily to deck lines or sits nicely ontop of a deck bag. Quick-release buckles allow foreasy attachment.$79.90STD DECKBAGOur 15 litre capacity square camp sink can’t bebeat. The Pack Sink’s unique square shape makescleaning larger items simple and it folds flat foreasy (out of the way) storage when not in use.$35.90DELUxE DECK BAGuctsYAKITY YAK KAYAK CLUBOur Standard Deck Bag offers exceptional value!The entire bag is radio frequency welded tokeep waves and rain out. Our splash proof,HydroKisscoated zip is sealed in with no excessiveneedle holes for water to find.$119.90KAYAK CENTRES FOR SALEThe Deluxe Deck Bag offers a unique window viewaccess, high capacity and light reflectivity.A clear window allows for easier gear location anda higher profile for better gear storage.$149.00BUY A SUBSCRIPTIONJoin the club. You will get a weekend skills courseto teach you techniques and safety skills and ayear’s membership. If you are keen to learn morethere is a bunch of courses which teach everythingfrom Eskimo Rolling to becoming an instructor.$399NORTH SHOREUnit 2/20 ConstellationDrive (off Ascension Place),Mairangi Bay, AucklandPHONE: 09 479 1002AUCKLAND502 Sandringham RdSandringhamPHONE: 09 815 2073SILVERDALEDISTRIBUTION CENTRE6 Tavern Road, SilverdalePHONE: 09 421 0662MANUKAU710 Great South Road,ManukauPHONE: 09 262 0209WAIKATOThe corner Greenwood St &Duke St, State Highway 1Bypass, HamiltonPHONE: 07 847 5565BAY OF PLENTY3/5 Mac Donald StreetMount Maunganui (offHewletts Rd)PHONE: 07 574 7415HAWKE’S BAY15 Niven StreetOnekawa, NapierPHONE: 06 842 1305What a great way to earn a living. Working in arecreational retail business with heaps of timeoutdoors, floating on the sea with great company.Phone Peter Townend on 0274 529 255,James Fitness on 0275 414 474 oremail info@canoeandkayak.co.nzfor more information.TARANAKIUnit 6, 631 Devon RoadWaiwhakaiho, New PlymouthPHONE: 06 769 5506WELLINGTON2 Centennial HighwayNgauranga, WellingtonPHONE: 04 477 6911TAUPO77 Spa Road, TaupoPHONE: 07 378 10036 issues for only $35, saving nearly $6.40 offthe news-stand price, delivered free. This greatmagazine will give you heaps of information andideas to make your kayaking more enjoyable.Subscription price to anywhere in NZ$35Please Note:For the kayaks advertised, theprice is for the kayak only. It doesnot necessarily include any of theaccessories, hatches, seats etc shownin the photos. The prices were correctat the time of printing however dueto circumstances beyond our controlthey may alter at any time. Pleasecontact your nearest Canoe & KayakCentre and they will put together agreat package of the best equipmentavailable for your kayaking fun.ISSUE FORTYthree • 2007 49


Directory: Things To DoTAUPO Maori Carvings Waikato River DiscoveryMohaka Whanganui River TripsHalf day guided trip to the rock carvings,Lake Taupo... only accessible by boat.$90 per person (bookings essential).Call freephone 0800 KAYAKN fordetails.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...Price: $45 adult $25 children Specialgroup and family rates. Call freephone0800 KAYAKN for details.Need some excitement? Take a kayakdown this wicked Grade II river run...this is a whole day of thrills and fantasticscenery down the Mohaka River.Price: $125 per person. Call freephone0800 KAYAKN for details.Phone: Taupo 07 378 1003,Hawke’s Bay 06 842 1305Interested in a great adventure on thisMagnificent River?Give us a call and we will give you amemory of a lifetime.Canoe & Kayak TaupoPrice on application.0800 529256TAUPO AccommodationWaitara River ToursMokau RiverSugar Loaf IslandAccommodation available to Yakity Yakclub members and their families... Ideal forsport and school groups... Situated on thebanks of the Waikato River our KayakersLodge accommodates up to 15 people, isfully furnished, with plenty of parking and aquiet location.$30 per person per night.Phone: 0800 529256 for detailsFor those who are slightly more adventurous atheart, this is a scenic trip with the excitement ofgrade two rapids. Midway down, we paddleunder the historic Betran Rd Bridge wherewe will stop for a snack.Allow 2 hours paddle only. Priced at $50.Phone: 06 769 5506Enjoy this beautiful scenic river whichwinds through some of New Zealandslushest vegetation. Camping overnightand exploring some of New Zealandspioneering history. A true Kiwi experience.Two day trips $230.00 orone day $80.00.Phone 06 769 5506From Ngamutu Beach harbour we head outto the open sea to Nga Motu/Sugar LoafIsland Marine Reserve. View the Taranakiscenic, rugged coastline as we draw closer tothe Sugar Loaf Islands. Enjoy the seal colonyand experience the thrill of close up views ofthese fascinating marine mammals.Allow 3 hours subject to weather.$55.00 per person. Phone 06 769 5506Hawkes Bay Harbour CruiseRiver ToursKayak HireA guided kayak trip round the safe watersof the Inner Harbour, while learning aboutthe history of the area. During this stunningtrip around the beautiful Napier InnerHarbour of Ahuriri, we stop to share a glassof fresh orange juice, local fruits and cheeseplatter.All this for $40 per person.Exploring beautiful estuaries. Enjoy ascenic trip with wildlife and great views.Phone Canoe & Kayakon 0508 KAYAKNZ for detailsTaupo - Open for the summer and byappointment. Long Bay, Auckland - byappointment only. Have some paddlingfun on the beach or let us run a Tour foryou and your friends and explore thesebeautiful areas.Phone Canoe & Kayakon 0508 KAYAKNZ for detailsNew Zealand Kayaking InstructorsAward SchemeBecome a kayaking Instructor and Guide.Get into gear and get qualified!It’s fun and easy to do.Don’t delay phone 0508 5292569 nowPaddle to the PubKayaking to a local pub is a unique wayof spending an evening, bringing yourgroup of friends together by completinga fun activity before dinner and makinga memorable experience. These trips areavailable to Riverhead, Browns Bay andDevonport Pubs.COST: $59.00 each • GROUP DISCOUNTSAVAILABLE!Phone Canoe & KayakTwilight ToursDeparts from one of your local beautifulbeaches. Enjoy the scenic trip with the sunsetting as you paddle along the coast line.Group discounts available!Phone Canoe & Kayakon 0508 KAYAKNZ for detailsCustomized Tours• 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 KAYAKNZJoin the Yakity Yak ClubWant to have fun, meet new people, havechallenging and enjoyable trips, and learnnew skills?PLUS get a regular email newsletter andthis magazine! Also, get a discount onkayaking courses and purchases fromCanoe & Kayak stores.Then, join us!Phone Canoe & Kayakon 0508 KAYAKNZ to find out more50 ISSUE FORTYthree • 2 0 0 7


Highperformancefunwith Aquatx Cobra Kayaks andenjoy high performance fun, ridingthe foam, fishing or just paddling!The Aquatx range of Cobra Kayaks meets the fullrange of on-water paddling needs from surfing fun,serious fishing, diving and touring, to multi-sport highperformance.Aquatx Cobra Kayaks all feature polyethylene hulls forsuper tough performance, with a 10 year guaranteeto prove it. The self draining reinforced scuppersthroughout give unparalleled hull rigidity and a drierride.Aquatx Cobra Surf & Fun Kayaks are speciallydesigned for family fun at the beach or on the river.The light-weight but strong design means they canbe easily mounted on roof racks or trailers and thensimply carried to the water.The ‘sit on top’ design with self draining scuppersmeans a drier, safer ride.Aquatx Cobra Touring and Fishing Kayaksare unique because they offer a range of specialistaccessories to configure your kayak to your own needsfor sports fishing and distance touring.All Aquatx Fishing and Touring Kayaks can be fittedwith a motor bracket for an electric trolling motor.Plus with the largest hatches on the market, there isstill plenty of room left for rod holders, scuba gear, thebattery, tackle box, bait tank, and much more.Aquatx Cobra High Performance Kayaksare the kayaks of choice for low-cost, robust traininggear. Designed for both speed and distance, AquatxHigh Performance Kayaks offer a great deal whetheryou are new to multi-sport kayaking or you are anexperienced veteran seeking a training boat.Aquatx Cobra Kayak Accessory System is acompletely configurable system with a huge range ofcustom options.Call 0508 AQUATX or visit www.aquatx.co.nz2 7 8 2 8 9Call us now for ourdealer locations orvisit the Canoe andKayak dealer nearestyou and find out how tomake your dreams a realityon the water this summer.


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