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Win a $500 Gift Voucher.Summer 08/09-Buyers GuideOrca in Kawau BayPaddling AlaskaISSUE 47$7.50 NZ$7.50 AUSTSPONSORED BYDiscover Another World


Issue 47Upper Ruamanga. 6Save Tie Arai. 8Icy Bay, Alaska. 10Buyer’s Guide; Sit in kayaks. 13Chill factor zero. 16Buyer’s Guide; Multisport & Sit in kayaks. 17Buyer’s Guide; Sit on top kayaks 18Orca! 22Learn to kayak 24Luuka Jones at the Olympics. 25Paddling the lakes of the Bay of Plenty. 28Stores for sale. 30Buyer’s Guide; Roof Racks 31Buyer’s Guide; Accessories 35Buyer’s Guide; Clothing. 38Abel Tasman 2008 42Buyer’s Guide; Paddles 43Buyer’s Guide; Spray Decks 46Buyer’s Guide; Buoyancy Aids 49Things to do 50Front cover photo: Ian Cheeseman, This photo: Lisa EdgePhotos by: Peter TownendGrade 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 NOW 0508 5292569OR CALL IN TO YOUR LOCAL CANOE & KAYAK CENTREFOR MORE DETAILS AND COURSE DATES2008 Multisport Package $995Accommodation available in Taupo4 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


$7.50 NZ$7.50 AUSTSPONSORED BYDiscover Another WorldI S S U E 4 6W H I T E W A T E R • R I V E R • S E A • M U L T I S P O R T • F I S H I N G • L A K E S#46 - FINAL.indd 1 02/08/2008 16:42:11EDITOR:Peter TownendPh: 0274 529 255 Fax [09] 421 0663Email: pete@canoeandkayak.co.nzDESIGN & PRODUCTION:Canoe & Kayak Ltd6 Tavern Road,SilverdaleAucklandPh: [09] 421 0662 • Fax [09]421 0663Email: James@canoeandkayak.co.nzPUBLISHER:NZ Kayak Magazine is published five timesper year by Canoe & Kayak Ltd.6 Tavern Road, Silverdale, AucklandPRINTING: Geon PrintDISTRIBUTION: IMDSUBSCRIPTIONS:New Zealand – 6 Issues = $40Overseas – 6 Issues = $60Payment to:Canoe and Kayak Ltd,6 Tavern Road, Silverdale, AucklandPh [09] 421 0662 • Fax [09] 421 0663Overseas subscribers can make payment viacredit card number on subscription form.CONTRIBUTORS: We welcome contributors’articles and photos.• Text should be submitted on disk oremailed as a Word text file.• Photos should be emailed or put on CD asa high resolution (300 dpi / 1.2mb) jpg atfull size accompanied by captions. Printsshould be captioned on the reverse andnumbered and listed in text.• All care will be taken to safeguard andreturn material.• No responsibility is accepted forsubmitted material.• Material published in the magazine mustnot be reproduced without permission.• Refer to www.canoeandkayak.co.nz.NZ Kayak magazine ‘Contributors’Guidelines’ for more details.Copyright: The opinions expressed bycontributors and the information stated inadvertisements/articles are not necessarilyagreed by the editors or publisher of NewZealand Kayak Magazine.ALL CONTRIBUTIONS TO:James FitnessEmail: james@canoeandkayak.co.nzNew Zealand Kayak MagazineAt the time of printing the prices in thismagazine were accurate. However they maychange at any time.Subscription Form• 6 issues for $40, saving nearly $5.00 off the news-stand price, delivered free in NZ.Overseas subscription $NZ60 postage free.Name:Email:Lets all have fun this spring and enjoy the outdoors to the max.Life is a balance of things we have to do and things we want to do. Lawns or kayaking,dishes or cards, friends or TV. We make these choices every day if not every minute.Driving a car we make choices every second, speed up or slow down, when and howmuch to turn, ball on road - kid to follow - hit the brakes.In the outdoors many decisions also have to be made and doing it well is the trickto having heaps of fun.First of all the equation,Safe plus Fun equals A Great TimeWe all know what Safe is. It is getting home with your mates without risking injuryor scaring yourself to death.And we all know what Fun is. It is doing something to make you smile or laugh orwhich sends you into a talking fit when you get back to work. It is seeing new thingsand surviving a challenge which almost scares you to death.Isn’t it interesting that in Safe, Scare is a negative and in Fun it is very often a positive.In Safe it is a measure of how close you are to hurting yourself and in Fun it is anadrenaline buzz that many of us need to have Fun.Having fun in the outdoors has risks; we minimize them and increase safety withtraining, knowledge, equipment and good planning. We are safer staying at home,there is no doubt about that. But we want to live too, and living is very much abouteducated risk taking.Have fun, be safe and have a blast this spring.CheersPeter TownendAddress:Phone:Card No:Cheque Visa MastercardSignature*Subscribe a friend to the NZ Kayak MagazineExpiry date:Send form to NZ Kayak Magazine. 6 Tavern Road, Silverdale, Auckland.Or phone [09] 421 0662 Fax [09] 421 0663email: info@canoeandkayak.co.nzKayaking the Pacific Islands.ISSUE FORTYseven • 2008 5


The Upper Ruamahangaby Tony WarrenSea kayaking is great fun and it can include river kayaking.I don’t mean white water paddling, but more down riverswith small ripples or rapids, easily paddled by intermediatepaddlers. On such rivers you experience ever-changingsweeping views of cliffs, birdlife and bush. You’ll enjoyvisually interesting paddling.The Upper Ruamahanga in the Wairarapa is a beautiful, long, winding riverwith very mild rapids. It’s ideal for learning to paddle. The get in point for thefive hour trip is by the bridge on Kokotau Road. The three hour trip get in is byMorrison’s Bush. The get out for both is at the bridge near Martinborough. Aslong as the water level isn’t low it can be paddled in sea kayaks with ruddersup. On the last trip most interest came from multi-sporters. The upper reachesare clear and many people fish there.On a gloriously fine Saturday, the shortest day of the year, three of our clubmembers paddled the river: Juliana Jarvie, Simon Barrows and myself. DavidBlake, our driver, prevented from paddling by other commitments, shuttledSimon’s van to the get out.. We set off at 11.00 am. I know this as my watchwas attached to the bungy on the deck and, would you know it, it unknotteditself. The last I saw of my watch was at 11.05 when it dropped to the bottomof the river!The first rapid comes shortly after the bridge. A swirl from a log forces thewater upstream over a shingle bank too shallow to paddle. You have to powerthrough the water or edge along the shingle. As Simon found out, tackled sosoon after the put in, it can be disconcerting. We paddled on round bends,enjoying a succession of pleasing vistas. The rapids, what there are of them,are grade one or less, and most can be avoided or passed over quickly.Simon and I paddled sea kayaks and Juliana a Dancer. Juliana learnt to paddlein faster moving water on the outside of curves and then kept up with the seakayaks during two hours paddling at Morrison’s Bush. After lunch she led theway for much of the time.For anyone keen to play in rapids there is an easy one above Morrison’s Bush.In a sea kayak you power up to the rapid, sit in the stopper and watch thewater flow past you. It is most satisfying! The challenge is to sit in the rapidfor as long as possible.Juliana’s burst of speed put the sea kayakers to shame . We completed theremainder of the river in two and a half hours. It should have taken three! Thesection below Morrison’s bush is less interesting but there are a few rapidsand fine views. We got out at the bridge near Martinborough well satisfied.There was no drama, no one swam and we all had an enjoyable time. Greatweather, great company, and a fun river.Note: I completely forgot to take my camera. I have included pictures fromprevious trips to give you some ideas of the river. Most of these shots are ofwhite water boats, but sea kayaks are just as much fun in high water levels.The bush comes right downto the waters edge.The five hourget in.The three hourget in.The get out forboth trips.Putting the power on.6 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


Help Save Te Arai by Grant La HoodTe Arai Beach has some of the most outstanding sceneryon the East Coast of New Zealand and is the last untouchedocean beach in the Auckland region. It is now in dangerof becoming a large scale development site. Plans for 850houses, a hotel, conference centre, tennis courts, shops and agolf course have been submitted to Rodney District Council.With 1666 written submissions against the development itis clear where the public stand on this issue.For many of us Te Arai offers solace from city life and a chance to completelyfree ourselves from the stress of urban living. Building hundreds of homes onthe beach will only replicate the very thing Te Arai offers respite from. Te Araishould be preserved for current and future generations to enjoy.Te Arai is a large regenerating eco-system with high ecological and scenicvalue. It is home to some of New Zealand’s most endangered birdlife includingthe fairy tern and the northern NZ dotterel. There are estimated to be only700 pairs of the northern NZ dotterel and only 35-40 individual fairy tern left.This makes the fairy tern New Zealand’s rarest bird, even rarer than the iconickakapo. The Department of Conservation has described the area as “clearlyan area of outstanding significance for shorebirds”The Auckland Regional Council (ARC) and the central government have madean offer to buy the land back and turn it into a regional park. With publicpressure it is possible to stop the development and have Te Arai returned togovernment ownership. The ARC recently brought Eyres Point which overlooksTe Arai and Pakiri, this was the first step in saving Te Arai.There is wave of emotion in New Zealand regarding coastal development,if you are tired of seeing our coastal regions swallowed up by housingdevelopments then now is the time to make your voice heard. If you would likemore information on how you can help save Te Arai please visit my websiteat www.savetearai.co.nz.The last untouched ocean beach in the Auckland region.Tony carving it up, Jim checking the Kawhai!Look out for this postcard to lodge your support.Help save New Zealand’scoastline and native wildlifeContact:Grant La HoodEmail:savetearai@gmail.comWeb:www.savetearai.co.nzWhangareiSign this postcard and send it to the Prime Minister (freepost)www.savetearai.co.nz www.tearai.orgHelensvilleWaipuWellsfordWarkworthAucklandTe AraiLeighOrewaHen & ChickenIslandsGreat BarrierIslandCoromandelCorrection: In Issue 46 wehad a formatting problem thataffected page 10, an article onpaddling Lake Rotoiti. I wishto apologise to the authorStephen Le Couteur, andreaders for missing the finalparagraph.- the Editor8 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


Icy Bay, Alaska. by Jim YoungIcy Bay, Alaskaby Jim YoungExquisite natural sculptures.Icy Bay. No points for guessing the origin of the name, norfor guessing what paddling lay ahead of us.Formed after a century-long retreat of the Guyot, Yahtse, and Tindall Glaciers,Icy Bay is an amazing place to kayak.In the 1700’s discoverer George Vancouver’s artist painted a scene depictingthe ice wall of a giant tidewater glacier acrosswhat is now the opening of the bay. Thesedays the bay stretches almost 50 kilometresinland and is ready-made for explorationby kayak.I’d met my Israeli mate Doron on Everest in1992 where he summitted and became thefirst Israeli to climb Everest and where, on theLhotse Face, I suffered frost-bite and missedout. We’d remained good friends ever sinceand the chance to join him on this trip wastoo good to pass.In the week before our arrival at Icy Baywe had trekked across trackless Lake ClarkNational Park with three other Israelis.Another four joined us for the Icy Bay paddle.Some of these guys were ex-commandos andtheir camp-fire stories in the ensuing dayshighlighted yet again our isolated paradisewe call New Zealand.Piloted by seasoned and charismatic localbush pilots, our three Cessna’s, loaded to theroof with gear, bumped and bounced alongon a narrow, sloping, shingle beach whereGeorge, the owner of the Icy Bay Lodge, greeted us.The lodge provided a selection of sturdy plastic single kayaks, all with rudders,plus a couple of open two-person rudderless plastic canoes, frustrating tonavigate, especially in a cross wind.George ferried us across the bay in his flat-bottomed boat, his boatman usinga long pole to prod the smaller icebergs away from vital propellerMt. St.Elias, stunning back-drop.10 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


ne Kayaksblades.Low tide in the bay compacts the bergs leaving only narrow channels. Georgewas uneasy so we hurriedly unloaded our gear amid icebergs stranded onthe sandy beach and found an idyllic camp-site, plenty of firewood, and,ominously, lots of bear and wolf tracks.To minimise bear attacks it’s important to keep the food storage and cookingarea at least fifty metres away from the sleeping tents. No food whatsoever,not even toothpaste, should be kept in the tents. Normally bear resistantcontainers (BRC’s) are available from the Ranger Stations but we were unableto locate any for the kayak trip.We’d had a fortuitous close encounter with a bear during the Lake Clarksegment but we were in no rush to repeat the experience!Our arrival on the beach stimulated an assault by the local mozzies backedup by all manner of other biting insects. I’m sure the mozzies here are onsteroids, they are big sods. A liberal dosing of insect repellent and a mozziehead-net are the only answers.Once the camp was set up I took the party through a kayak orientation andsafety briefing. I’d forgotten how much needs to be explained and this tooksome time, especially since some detailed and technical information had tobe translated.Eventually we paddled off for a practice.Most of the group had not paddled much before but they were naturals, theirabilities enhanced by military training. They paddled like maniacs, leavingme in my rudderless plastic bath-tubstruggling in their wake.These guys had little fear. One wantedto practise a paddle-float self-rescue.I spent a few minutes explaining whythat would not be such a great ideain such freezing water. He took somepersuading.A very civilised start at 10am the nextday saw us paddling through easilynegotiatedlarger bergs, but, as theday wore on and the tide receded,our passage became more and moreconstricted.Noises like the crack of a rifle shotpenetrated the calm air when bergs splitand blocks of ice tumbled into the icywater. Even the smallest chunk upsetthe delicate balance of the ice-bergsand was usually enough to provokethe berg into a slow-motion roll until,balance restored, it settled into a newposition. We kept a healthy distancefrom the larger bergs.Melting icebergs form the most exquisite natural sculptures. I marvelledat the incredible shapes delicately fashioned by sun on ice. The bergs areconstantly moving and it would be so easy to stop paddling and drift lazilyamongst them.When the cloud cleared we were treated to yet more breathtaking scenery.Cameras clicked endlessly.The 18,000 ft., Mt. St. Elias with its beautiful sweeping ridges left and rightprovided a stunning back-drop to the iceberg-littered bay. We threadedour way, kayaks scraping and crunching between the bergs and broken offchunks of ice.We could now hear the booms from further up the bay as huge seracs of icecalved off the glaciers. I’d seen film footage of this spectacle and eagerlyanticipated my first live view.Low tide caused the bergs to bunch together and previously relatively opensea was now choked with ice. Progress was difficult and slow. Eventually,experiencing continual grinding and crunching over chunks of ice, and facingan impenetrable cover of ice we turned back to seek the shoreline, hauledup the kayaks and climbed to a vantage point for a look, ever-present bearspraycans at the ready.It appeared that we could make progress if we kept close to the shore.So we paddled around a point and could then see our next camp-site atop anatoll of vegetation covered moraine.This was beautiful elevated spot with a grand-stand view of the glaciers andGrand-stand view with full surround sound.Designers & Constructors of Multisport& Adventure Racing KayaksPhone 06 875 0043 Fax 06 875 0983E-mail:- kevin@ruahinekayaks.co.nzP O Box 11146 HastingsWebsite:-www.ruahinekayaks.co.nzThis fast, stable kayak is designedfor the larger paddler looking fora longer, stable boat.GladiatorISSUE FORTYseven• 2008 11


"you don't see these in the Negev, mate!"the upper bay. It featured full surround sound of reverberating booms, amplereward for strenuous portage of the kayaks and gear up the slippery moraineslopes. We saw moose tracks in the sand and it was here that I first heardwolves yelping and howling.Our delightful camp-site became Misery Hill when the rain started and theground turned into a bog complete with running water. Everything was dampor wet. Waterfalls and streams reminiscent of Fiordland sprouted fromnowhere, the landing beach turned to mud, our views up the bay disappearedin low moist mist.Our tent was pitched in a slight hollow which became a stream forcing alate-night exodus to a better site. I shivered in my damp sleeping bag andpondered the sanity of it all. The rain persisted and we spent most of the dayin our sleeping bags. I could not remember ever spending a more miserabletime in a tent.Mercifully, a watery sun the next day allowed some drying out before wepaddled back down the bay and across to the southern shore to our finalcamp-site.A diversion up to the snout of the Tindall Glacier provided one of the highlightsof the trip for me. We witnessed five or six huge multi-storey seracs calve offIcy Bay....no points for guessingthe origin of the name!the front of the glacier, toppling in slow-motion against each other then intothe sea. This caused a domino effect as the already tightly packed ice movedand shuddered from the immense power. Mesmerising stuff.Our final camp was another idyllic spot with plenty of firewood.Although we carried and used a liquid fuel stove, we preferred to cook overan open fire. At the end of the day it provided warmth and a place to sitaround while chatting.There were plenty of bear tracks but I think we made enough noise to warnoff any wild-life.Next day, back at the Icy Bay Lodge, we unloaded once more in the rain,but the hot showers and fabulously cooked fresh halibut were more thancompensation. Like all good trips the dismal days were soon forgotten andstories became taller with each telling.I’ve done a fair amount of sea-kayaking, but this trip was a unique experiencefor me. Witnessing first-hand the awesome power of enormous blocks ofice calving into the sea was spell-binding, and sharing the experience with agreat bunch of guys from an entirely different culture to my own enriched myappreciation of nature even more.Resounding booms as the glaciers calve off into the bay.12 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


Kiwi - new for 2008/09T h e f a n t a s t i c a l l y s t a b l e a n dmanoeuvrable Kiwi has a cockpitwith room for an adult and smallchild. Its load capacity in two drycompartments makes it great forfamily paddling and camping. Insurf it is user friendly and forgiving.It’s light, super comfortable andfast for its length. An awesome, allround kayak.The Kiwi comes in three models.Standard with no rudder, The Excel( with a rudder) and in Lite weight plastic with rudder.Prices start at $1270Length: 3.75 m, Weight: 20kg Std, 23kg Excel & 18kg Lite , Width: 740 mmTUI EXCELThe Tui is a great kayak for a family adventure or escape into the wilderness.This sleek kayak has been designed to give the paddler maximum speed andcomfort. It can be used in triathlons, river cruising or coastal touring.The Tui has watertight storage areas in the bow and stern of the kayak.Prices start at $1930Length: 4.5 m, Weight: Std 23kg, Width: 620 mmISSUE FORTYseven• 2008 13


shearwaterCompass mount, Paddle lock, Security rescue bar, Comfortable padded seatand backrest, lots of thigh and foot room.The modern deck allows plenty of leg and foot room. Combined with a paddedbackrest, the Shearwater offers maximum comfort for all day paddling.Available in Standard plastic and Lite weight model..SOUTHERN SKUAPrices start at $2475Length: 4.80 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, 23kg lite, Width: 610 mmTasman expressAt 5.3 metres long, this sleek looking craft has been designed to maintain agood forward speed, especially when loaded up with gear. Its low profile andflared bow enables this kayak to perform extremely well in adverse or windyconditions. There is a centre storage area, located just behind the cockpit. Thisprovides a watertight centre compartment with easy access.Prices start at $2695Length: 5.3 m, Weight: 29 kg Std 25 kg lite , Width: 620 mmDesigned for expeditions where distances are to be covered in varying seaconditions. The Southern Skua has a low deck profile enabling it to performextremely well in windy conditions, while its longer hull gives it greater speedand allows it to respond well in a following sea to surf the waves. The SouthernSkua gives maximum stability.A handy third compartment behind the cockpit can be reached whilepaddling.Prices start at $4235Length: 5.4 m, Weight: 24 kg F/G 22 kg kevlar , Width: 600 mmTASMAN EXPRESS KEVLARA true high performance sea kayak with maximum rigidity. Fully constructedof kevlar with a mix of carbon through the cockpit area, this model weighsonly 22kgs. With the lighter weight, this kayak will maintain a greater speedin all conditions.maximusPrices start at $4260Length: 5.3 m, Weight: 22 kg std, Width: 600 mmThe Maximus is designed to give maximum speed and good stability inmoderate sea conditions. The broad bow allows this kayak to ride over waveswithout losing any speed. It is easy to control while surfing. A low profilereduces buffetting by the wind. Its construction, using a mix of carbon andkevlar, keeps it light with no flexing in the centre. This kayak is an ideal craftto use in Adventure kayak races.Prices start at $3620Length: 6.43 m, Weight: 16.5 to 19 kg, Width: 510 mmSeabear Waitoa- Paddling PerfectionA highly stable craft provides an ideal platform in rough or challengingconditions, allowing you to complete your plans for the day and reach yourdestination in safety. Ideal for camping trips or expeditions on lakes or seaalike. The SeaBear Waitoa is the pedigree blue-water tourer’s choice.Prices start at $4045Length: 5.5 m, Weight: 26.5 kg F/G, 24.5 kg kevlar , Width: 600 mm14 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


Foveaux ExpressContour 480This is a very responsive and playful sea kayak that comes with a mouldedthigh brace. The dolphin nose with flair, allows lift in the ocean swellwhile dispersing the water. The low peaked deck performs well in strongcrosswinds. A fun, nimble kayak.Construction: KevlarPrices start at $4160Length: 5.0 m, Weight: 19 kg, Width: 610 mmThe ‘Contour 480’ is highly manoeuvrable and easy to handle. A channelledhull provides outstanding tracking which keeps you on course throughoutextended trips, and its upswept, flared bow makes crossing rough water abreeze. With generous storage capacity, the ‘Contour 480’ is an outstandingweekender or day-tripper that features a moulded seat, foam bulkheadflotation, bow and stern grab handles, and lots of room and comfort.Prices start at $2550Length: 4.8m, Weight: 27 kg , Width: 620 mmContour 490The ‘Contour Tandem’ has two large roomy cockpits, forward up/down haulrudder controls in the rear cockpit, multiple carry handles for ease of portage,excellent tracking and easy to turn, excellent stability in rough conditions.Prices start at $3199.00Length: 4.8m, Weight: 35 kg , Width: 800 mmecobezhigCurrent crafts sea kayak flagship heads the way in innovative design andperformance.So much has been made of the latest design from the ‘Dobbe’ team. It has fullymoulded integrated foam bulkheads, moulded foam lightweight hatches, andwatertight day hatch. A large comfortable moulded foam seat removes anamazing 4kg from the previous plastic versions.The single seater is up to ‘Expedition’ specifications with a long waterline,shallow arched hull and soft chines.Prices start at $3199.00Length: 5.4m, Weight: 27 kg , Width: 590 mmeconiizhThe latest model in the ‘Eco Series’Massive weight reductions give you the volume of the commercial version butwith innovative foam fittings. It has lightweight moulded foam seats front andrear and the centre pod is replaced with ‘membrane’ bulkhead.Sturdy, lighter weight rudder pedals.Deck fittings include flare holder, camera box and paddle recesses.All this adds up to a remarkably light-weight expedition tandem kayak withproven performance in all weather conditions.Prices start at $4250.00Length: 5.6m, Weight: 45 kg , Width: 770 mmISSUE FORTYseven • 2008 15


CHILL FACTOR ZERO“Chill Factor Zero” the ad claims.Our readers confirm this!All over the Country the Sharkskin brand of thermal wear isflowing off the shelves. Its fleecy Polartec® lining makes itthe most comfortable paddling wear available.The fabric has three layers. The inner is the Polartec® lining, the middle iswind proof & water proof , the outer layer is a durable UV resistant lycra nylonblend. Who said lycra’s not cool?Andy Blake, from the Wellington Canoe & Kayak Centre, was out on the harbourwhen the first of winter’s low pressures came through. Including some excitingpaddling he was Toastie warm throughout the day.Even off the water, some C&K staff wear their Sharkskins to keep warm.And then there’s Robbie (gawd bless ‘er), an instructor in the Bay of Plenty.Having paddled all day in her top, she crawled into her sleeping bag stillwearing her Sharkskin! “Way too cozy to be taking it off!”With the right gear, you can paddle all year round, and some of the best is inwinter’s crisp, clear calm days.Sharkskins are great for white water paddlers who expect to get wet, partlybecause rolling is easier when cold water doesn’t frighten you. What’s more,your confidence and paddling will improve. You probably know that all whoare taking a kayaking course are prewarned, “You’ll be getting wet!” But onby James Fitnessthe day someone will ask, nervously, “Do we have to get wet?”In the water, wearing a Sharkskin, you’ll feel a little trickle and then you arewarmer than when you were dry. As a wet suit does, your body warms thelayer of water trapped in the pile of the garment. But, the Sharkskin allows youmuch more freedom of movement. Tony Barrett of Hamilton C&K told me “I wason the Mohaka River in May, wearing just a Sharkskin and dry top. AlthoughI was wet all day, I never felt the cold. When I took it off, it felt as if there hadbeen no water in it. The water vanished very quickly.”There’s no need for anyone to put up with the cold any more.Happy paddling!How does it work?Polartec® Windbloc® fabrics block 100% of the windand offer maximum protection from the cold and theelements. A soft hand, stretch, and a durable waterrepellent finish (DWR) make this the highest quality,most comfortable windproof fleece product on themarket.Polartec® Windbloc® fabrics combine the warmth of Polartec® thermalfabrics with a polyurethane barrier membrane that allows moisturevapour transmission and is completely windproof and waterproof,eliminating the need for a windbreaker or additional shell. Thisreduces the weight and number of layers needed to protect andinsulate.These fabrics are very durable, quiet, and non-pilling, and haveenhanced stretch and recovery, making them appropriate for generalouterwear and accessories where weather protection is desirable.Technical Highlights• Blocks 100% of the wind to prevent wind chill•Water repellent surface sheds rain and snow• Provides warmth without the weight and bulk of traditionalinsulating fabrics• Non restrictive fit for full range of motion• Creates less noise than a traditional shell• Polyurethane film membrane allows internal moisture to moveto outer surface, leaving you dry and comfortable in all but themost active sports• Durable and will outlast traditional fabrics• Machine washableAward SchemeThe NZKI Award Scheme was formed in response to agrowing need in the Kayaking Industry to have morepeople with Kayaking qualifications, to encourage morekayakers towards expanding their skills and knowledgeand to continue to increase the safety of our sport.The NZKI Award Scheme is structured around theassessment of skills and knowledge that are required forthe type of activity to be undertaken by the Instructoror Guide.A star is awarded for each level achieved, starting offwith the NZKI One Star for personal paddling skills andknowledge and moving up to the NZKI Five Star foran Assessor.For more information phone 0508 5292569www.nzki.co.nz16 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


BEACHCOMBERThe next Generation in kayaking has arrived with the Beachcomber, Fantastic design coupled with thelatest technologies, The Beachcomber is made of thermo formed plastic which makes it the lightest kayakaround, resiliant and stiff, What more could you ask for in a kayak?Prices start at $2950Length: 4.88 m, Weight: 17kg , Width: 600 mmfireboltThis, very user friendly kayak with its excellent combination of speed and stability. It is suitable not onlyfor the intermediate / advanced paddler, but also for the busy, but keen ‘Weekend Warrior’.Prices start at $2860Length: 5.9m, Weight: 14.5kg Glass, 12.5kg Kevlar, Width: 455 mmgladiatorA fast, stable kayak with its larger cockpit is built for the bigger paddler looking for a longer, stable kayakfor Coast to Coast etc.Prices start at $2860Length: 5.9 m, Weight: 15.5kg Glass, 13.5kg Kevlar, Width: 530 mmintrigueThis kayak is ideal for the beginner/entry level kayaker who is looking for a quick, light kayak with greatstability. Ideal for first time Coast to Coasters.Prices start at $2460Length: 4.94 m, Weight: 14.5kg Glass, 12kg Kevlar , Width: 540 mmPoint 65 5-0-5The Point 65 - 5 0 5 is fast and handles the rough stuff really well. Fully loaded she sits well in the water withoutcompromising stability and still cuts through any chop nicely. A quality kayak that will do everything a seakayaker needs.Prices start at $2299Length: 5.05 m, Weight: 25kg, Width: 580 mmEuro-xThis single-seater kayak is fast and sleek – great for day trips or weekend. Its double chines and obvious keelprovide excellent handling in a variety of water situations. With two storage compartments, the Euro-X is idealfor overnight camping, and even when fully loaded it can handle waves and rough water easily.Prices start at $3895Length: 5.4 m, Weight: 24kg Glass, 22kg Kevlar , Width: 570 mmseabear II packhorseThis a popular choice of tour operators and keen double-paddlers. Large central hatch, as well as bow andstern storage; perfect for extended expeditions along the coast. Easy and stable handling for kayakers of alllevels. Designed to take paddlers of different weights and still give maximum performance.Prices start at $5495Length: 6.0 m, Weight: 40kg Glass, 38kg Kevlar , Width: 850 mmISSUE FORTYseven• 2008 17


flowThe “Flow” has excellent stability. User friendly handling makes it ideal for families and fun seekers atthe beach, lake or river.The flared bow and tracking hull give smooth predictable performance for allpaddler abilities even in choppy conditions.The moulded seating area features integrated footrests and a moulded backrest for instant comfort andadded control.Prices start at $879Length: 2.95m, Weight: 19kg, Width: 750 mmsurgeYou can relax in the comfortable moulded seats and enjoy the ‘Surge’s’ fun, stable and very forgivingtemperament. This user-friendly tandem is perfect for exploration from the bank or shore, catching awave or just milling around.Prices start at $1299Length: 4.80 m, Weight: 26.5 kg, Width: 610 mmCatch 390The stable Catch 390 has features to satisfy the keenest angler. It is ideal for a beginner and upgradekits are available for experienced fishermen. Moreover there is enough space for a DIY enthusiast tocustomize.Guarding against Murphy’s Law, the Catch 390 has a front bulkhead to create two sealed compartments.So when a hatch pops during a surf landing, or a rogue wave catches you with a hatch open, the chanceof swamping is minimal.A unique feature is the watertight fishing rod chute. When negotiating large swells it keeps your rodout of harms way.To secure your gear there are plenty of bungies and anchor points, and flush mount rod holders behindthe seat are excellent for trolling.You will punch easily through surf because the Catch 390’s hull is designed for stability and speed.Prices start at $1650Length: 3.90 m, Weight: 28 kg, Width: 850 mm18 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


squirtNemoDesigned to be both stable and manoeuvrable it makes for a great small adult’sor kid’s ideal kayak.The ‘Squirt’ seats are contoured and recessed to support your back.A great first class designed, ‘moulded in’ side handle makes for easycarrying.Dual tracking lines ensure directional stability, a feature the kids willappreciate. Its manoeuvrability appeals to the adult, so easy to paddle!The Point 65 Nemo is a cute, comfortable and stable recreational kayak forthe whole family, made for day excursions, fishing, or simply playing.It is designed for stability and comfort and is aimed at entry level paddlerslooking for an affordable kayak that is easy to handle on and off the water.It is small and light enough for easy carrying and loading so you can take itwith you wherever you go.At 3.5m, the Nemo cruises along nicely and tracks surprisingly well for itslength. It has enough volume to carry a heavy paddler and gear.Prices start at $449Length: 2.7m, Weight: 15 kg, Width: 780 mmfireflyPrices start at $1099Length: 3.5m, Weight: 22 kg std, Width: 630 mmescapeeHere is a little cracker! The Firefly is designed so the kids can have somefun. Little and light. Easy to handle and nice and stable. Here is a kayak thekids will love, if they can get Dad off it!Priced at $449Length: 2.4 m, Weight: 16 kg kg std, Width: 700 mmescapadeA great general purpose kayak. With upswept bow and long keel the Escapeerides well over the waves, especially in choppy conditions, and tracks straight,giving good forward speed. You can have loads of fun in the surf curving inand out of the wave, or you can go for a leisurely cruise without realising justhow far you’ve travelled.The Escapee has a sealed forward storage area, and a gear carry compartmentat the rear. Fitting a seat/backrest to the plastic saddle clips adds comfort andsupport while paddling.Prices start at $810Length: 3.3 m, Weight: 23 kg , Width: 750 mmwandererThe Escapade is a multipurpose kayak suitable for touring and fun in the waves.The Escapade has an innovative “tri-keeled” hull to give greater speed andstability especially when loaded with scuba diving equipment or fishing gear.The hull shape and upswept bow also ensures good surfing. Fit a rod holderto this kayak and you won’t see Dad for hours!Fitting a clip-on seat/backrest will provide comfort and support for thoselengthy paddles.Prices start at $1020Length: 3.46 m, Weight: 27 kg std, Width: 750 mmA double kayak of great versatility, which can be used on the river, lake, estuaryand sea. The Wanderer is very stable and does not get blown around by thewind like some of the large doubles. The hull is the same as the Sprite II in ourrecreation range, giving it excellent stability, while the enclosed deck providesbetter handling in changing weather conditions. This model has a watertightstorage area at the stern with a back hatch for easy access.Prices start at $1965Length: 4.5 m, Weight: 34 kg std, Width: 820 mmISSUE FORTYseven• 2008 19


Be safe, be seen - use a safety light & flag!Your kayak is not easily seen in even the best sea conditions. In a swelland between the waves, your kayak can be invisible to speeding powerboats and larger vessels.Carry a bright coloured flag attached to a flexible pole and you will beseen in most sea conditions. In our experience, the movement of theflagpole is as important for visibility as the flag itself. Along with a brightcoloured kayak and paddling gear it makes sense to fly a safety flag.At night you need to show a white light. This is a legal requirement.Finally for best results place your light as high as possible… meaningon top of your safety flag.Prices for safety flags start at $49.90For safety flag and night lightcombination, prices start at $119.90.Both options are easy to fit with 2 or 3 rivetsor bolts and can easily be removed fortransport and storage.Now you see meNow you don’tDo you paddle or fish during dawn or dusk? Yes? – then you must havea two tone kayak flag to make sure you are visible in the changing light.Better yet, add the waterproof safety light, visible for up to 2 nautical milesin good conditions (running on 2 AA batteries it lasts up to 8 hours.)The flouro red and yellow safety flag is mounted on a light but strongfibreglass rod and comes with a threaded nut that is easily installedonto any kayak. If you prefer the fitting can be mounted onto a boardand placed under a deck bungy. All flags, lights, or flag light comboshave a float just in case!Prices: Deck flag by itselt $75.00Deck light by itself $125.00Deck light & flag $155.00Prices start at $1295the tandemLength: 3.81 m, Weight: 25.90 kg, Width: 915 mmfish N’ divePrices start at $1195Length: 3.81 m, Weight: 25.85 kg, Width: 914 mm(hatches & accessories not included)A ‘two person’ kayak, ideal for fishing, surfing and exploring. It has roomfor great hatches to store your adventure equipment. Can be used by uptothree people and is often used by one.The ultimate fishing/diving kayak. A large well is located in the stern andholds up to three tanks. There is one centrally located seat and a smallercompanion seat near the bow.Prices start at $995ExplorerLength: 3.43 m, Weight: 18.18 kg std, Width: 790 mmmarauderPrices start at $1395Length: 4.27 m, Weight: 28 kg std, Width: 750 mmIdeal for exploring, and one of the driest ‘Sit-ons’ you will find. Greathatches for storing your goodies are available.The Marauder is for the serious kayak fisherman. Fast, stable and loads ofdeck space. Excellent performance in surf.20 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


strikeA Wave Ski which the whole family can enjoy. Fantastic in the surf, it‘s fastand manoeuvrable on the wave.Prices start at $895Length: 2.92 m, Weight: 15.4 kg, Width: 685 mmplayGreat for the paddler who wants a fun fast surf and flat water kayak. Kidslove this Sit-on as it is not too wide for them to paddle and yet is very stable.Great for exploring local beaches & lakes etc.Prices start at $749Length: 3.10 m, Weight: 17.27 kg, Width: 710 mmtourerThe low profile hull of the Cobra Tourer cuts down on windage, enablingpaddlers to maintain high speed and straight tracking with easy handlingin all conditions.Prices start at $1295Length: 4.55 m, Weight: 22.68 kg , Width: 711 mmISSUE FORTYseven• 2008 21


Orca! by Mike ScanlanOrca: Photo Neil TonksAt 10am, Tuesday July 8 th, Neil and I paddled from Snell’sBeach into Kawau Bay looking for snapper. Since I now livethere I do this often but it was new for Neil, who was keento get into soft bait fishing,After several weeks of continuous strong winds we had a mild 15 knotsoutherly and sunshine. We were good to go.A couple of kilometres out what looked like distant whale spouts in only 10metres of water puzzled us. They were close to a rocky headland where theswell was too small to cause breaking waves.Drawing closer we could see black shapes, too big to be dolphins. Then Neilspotted they were black and white and with rising excitement we knew wewere headed for a pod of four Orca.Two, bigger than our Kayaks, had curved dorsal fins, a third was muchsmaller, and the fourth was huge with a high triangular, jet black,Two female Orca, plus calf.Photo Neil Tonksglistening dorsal fin.It was distinctly intimidating. We guessed he was a male and theothers females.They dived and reappeared together. Diving seabirds picked up pieces of whatlooked like gut. We found out later that they were all feeding on stingraysFollowing a Great Barrier Reef’s diving instructor warning we took care notto appear aggressive and paddled parallel to the Orca. I wanted to avoidgetting between the calf and the adults, and did not feel at all aggressive,but the young one did not make this easy. She seemed playful, swimming allover the place.Neil had his camera out to take photos but as the Orca pressed on, appearingand diving, he found it difficult. The time delay on the shutter of his digitalcamera did not help.We paddled ahead of them and stopped about twenty metres apart, hopingthey would swim between us to give Neil a good photo shot. Coming closerthe big male changed direction and came straight for me. I was pretty surepeople were not on the Orca food list but it gave me a heart stopping momentto think he might be irritated and knock me over. At the last moment hedived, clearly visible under my kayak, and turned back to rejoin the others. Imentally rehearsed my roll in case he tipped me over, but there was no contactand I breathed again.When the Orca dived and reappeared some distance away we thought theyhad probably had enough of us. Not wanting to harass them, but buzzingwith excitement we paddled off to find elusive snapper, and left themto their meal.That night I phoned Ingrid Visser, the marine scientist and founder of the OrcaResearch Trust. She had spent the whole day with Jean-Michel Cousteau andhis documentary film group touring the Hauraki Gulf looking for Orca andhad seen none. The news excited her as, I later discovered, any mention ofOrca would!22 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


Learn To Kayak Phone 0508 529 2569 to bookSea Kayakingwhite waterSKILLS 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 $399ESKIMO 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. Starting offin a heated pool and progressing throughflat water to moving water, it allows youto develop techniques and confidence atan enjoyable pace with great end results.Course: WeekendCOST $349ESKIMO ROLLINGThis course covers the skills requiredto become a technically correct EskimoRoller. This will increase your confidence,allowing you to paddle in morechallenging conditions.Course: 4 evening sessionsCOST $200WEATHER & NAVIGATIONUnderstanding the weather and abilityto navigate in adverse conditions is vitalwhen venturing into the outdoors. Learnto use charts and compasses and forecastthe weather using maps and the clouds.Course: 4 evening sessionsCOST $150OCEANS 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 meet thestandard and criteria as outlined on theGrade Two Competency Certificate. A copyis available from Canoe & Kayak Centres.Course: Weekend • COST $349Stage 5KAYAKING SURF COURSESurfing 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 be taughtinclude surfing protocol, paddling out,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 covers likely scenarioson white water rivers. It is suitablefor paddlers who feel comfortable onGrade One to Two rivers. You learnrope skills, muscle techniques, teamcontrol, heads up, risk management andcombat swimming. Also covered areskills required in the following situations:entrapments, kayak wraps, swimmingkayakers 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.nz24 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


Beijing Olympics 2008 by Luuka JonesI had always followed the dream; one day I’d competeamong the best at the most prestigious sporting event in theworld. That chance came four years earlier than expectedwhen I qualified for New Zealand’s Olympic spot in the sportof Canoe slalom. I set off to Beijing on the 27 th of July, notknowing what to expect.What I encountered was better than I ever imagined. The atmosphere amongthe Kiwi team was terrific, and I was grateful to be a New Zealander. Leadingup to my event I had really good sports people, who had been to previousOlympic Games, to talk to. Sarah Ulmer, Hamish Carter, Ben Fouhy and othersoffered great advice, and helped put things into perspective.I had not attended any training camps in China prior to the games, so I wasreally excited about paddling on the course and tackling what some describedas “One of the biggest slalom courses in the world”.It was great to have Tim Baillie from the British Slalom coaching me inBeijing. He was a really good coach, and I learnt a lot from him. A videoreview and assessing my paddling in detail after every session wasincredibly beneficial.Everyone in the New Zealand team was impressed with the course, andwith my sport. People who watched some of my training sessions gaineda new appreciation for canoe slalom. Not many people really know whatthis sport involves and it was really great to see people understanding howexhilarating it is.Before the race I felt nervous, but also excited. Everyday at training, I lookedat the grandstands around the course, and imagined them filled with 12,000+people. When race day arrived, I walked the course with Tim and figuredout which lines I wanted to take. A challenging feature of slalom, you are notallowed to paddle on the course once the gate sequence has been set. Youhave to look at it from the side, and imagine yourself paddling it. You also haveto be reactive on the course, as the changeable water ensures that no one canstick to their plan exactly. The K1men and C1s competed on the first two days.It was really exciting to watch them. The water was so unpredictable and manyreally good paddlers didn’t do as well as everyone expected. The previousOlympics C1 champion, Tony Estanguet, didn’t make the final.On my race day, I feltconfident that I could dothe course well. I plannedmy lines and when I waswarming up, I saw thatheaps of New Zealandershad come to watch me. Itwas great to have a hugelevel of support. My firstrun was not so good. Istarted off really well butat the top got a bit stuckin a stopper. The rest ofthe run was good untilthe third to last gate. Ididn’t quite get through,and got a 50 secondpenalty. At the finish Iwas really gutted. I knewthat with a 50 secondp e n a l t y , c h a n c e s o fmaking the semi finalRegister with yourlocal Canoe & Kayakstore to receive a carsticker and go in to wina $500.00 gift voucherIf your name is drawn, all youhave to do is show your car hasa Canoe & Kayak sticker on it toclaim your prize.Email info@canoeandkayak.co.nzif you cannot get to a store.were extremely low. My second run was a lot better and I was pleased withmy performance.After my event, I went to the athletics, hockey, track cycling, BMX and the flatwater kayaking. Finding out so much about other people’s sports was great. Ialso met more of the Kiwi team and made a lot of friends.It had been such a privilege to represent New Zealand at the Beijing Olympicsand an invaluable experience. In Nottingham until December I am so motivatedto train really hard to qualify for London, 2012 and achieve my goal of standingon the world stage podium. .Luuka Jones with Mahi DrysdaleISSUE FORTYseven• 2008 25


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50km of Kayaking.....20km of Portagingby Steve KnowlesAnother tough day in the office!Some would say “stupidity”, I say “just another challenge”.It was time to do the paddle and portage I’d been thinkingabout for the last couple of years. Six of the Rotorua Lakes intwo days, starting in Half Moon Bay on Lake Rerewhakaaituand finishing in the bright lights of downtown Rotorua.After talking to a local land owner for permission to cross his property I racedto launch in thick fog and sub zero temperatures. BANG ! A shot gun went offnot too far away. “ Great”, I thought to myself, “It’s duck shooting season andI’m going to get shot on the first lake”. Maybe the Kevlar kayak would havebeen a better option than the plastic Point 65 Five o Five.With my compass set for the other end of the lake I set off. Apart from anoccasional glimpse of Mt Tarawera there wasn’t a lot else to see but after30mins the road end where I was getting out appeared out of the fog.I made a quick inspection for water weed, wiped the kayak with soapy water,got out my wheels and began the 6 kms portage to Lake Rotomahana on agood road. The fog started to lift. But on the last 1km of bumpy ground mytop heavy kayak put forces on the trolley it wasn’t designed for. It fell overseveral times and I wondered if the whole trip was coming to a grinding halt.Luckily, I was able to fix the wheels with a piece of discarded plastic wellenough to carry on.A couple of hours behind time I reached Rotomahana. The I km track to LakeTarawera was on the opposite side. I began the second portage taking extracare not to damage the wheels and not to topple the kayak down 10 metrebanks. Each tree root and stump threatened disaster for the trip. After anhour I broke out of the bush on Lake Tarawera’s shore.I had a short trip to Hot Water beach for a soak, then off on a compass bearingfor Humphrey’s Bay and the track to Lake Okataina. It was now a beautifulday with little wind and the sun was low when I reached the next portage. Ichecked the map and pushed on hoping to make Lake Okataina. This trackwas a lot steeper than I expected, with more tree roots and slumps than theprevious portage. It made for very slow going. In failing light I risked twistingan ankle or losing the kayak off the side of the track so I bivied on the track,where there wasn’t enough space to pitch my tent and the ground wasn’t theflattest, but I made the most of it.Morning broke to another foggy day. I stuffed my dry bags and carried themto Lake Okataina. It was then much easier to haul the kayak along the track.I had timed the walk and knew how long it was going to take to get the kayakdown (light at the end of the tunnel stuff). In 200m visibility at best, on anothercompass heading to the boat ramp at the far end of the lake, there wasn’t muchto see, but steering by the compass was not only good practice, it kept my mindoccupied. Eventually the lights of the Fishing Lodge twinkling through the fogreassured me that I was heading in the right direction.The 10 km road from Okataina was steep, slow going and carried traffic. Whileblisters on my fingers and heels were making themselves known I’m surepeople found the sight of a straining portager entertaining. “No pain no gain”,I thought to myself. I went on anticipating the achievement of completing thetrip. With less than 1km to go a tourist walking towards me asked, “Is it far?”I replied, “About 9 kms.” He groaned, and he wasn’t towing a fully loadedkayak! After a couple of hours I could hear the sound of traffic on the Rotoruato Whakatane road, then Lake Rotoiti came into view.Back in cell phone reception a barrage of calls from people wanted to knowhow things were going . I paddled to the Rotoiti hot pools to meet Al, who hadpaddled the 16km from Ngongotaha, for a decent lunch break . The hot poolslooked inviting, but a quick dip could very easily turn into a two hour soak. SoAl and I paddled to the Ohau channel between Lakes Rotoiti and Rotorua.We had to go round the new diversion wall. It diverts water from Rotorua28 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


straight into the Kaituna River to reduce the summer months’ algae bloom onLake Rotoiti. We were now paddling upstream and progress was slow as weapproached the weir where the water flows fastest. In my loaded kayak Ibegan the charge. The 3 metres wide gap has a dangerous steel fence on eachside, not something a kayaker would really want to get tangled in. Paddlingas hard as I could, the kayak just got through. We were on the home run tothe Rotorua waterfront.The lake was flat calm, the sun was setting with a red glow and the temperaturewas dropping as we passed Mokoia Island. With guidance over the phonefrom Bryan, my father in law, we picked out the leading lights to bring us inthrough the waterfront channel. The two cars waiting to take us home werea welcome sight. After 50kms of paddling and 20kms of portaging I was offhome for a hot shower and a beer....but not necessarily in that order.Making for the weir.Big Steve preparing to leave.She was pretty choppy.Now available in New ZealandContact your local Canoe & Kayak CentreISSUE FORTYseven • 2008 29


Canoe & Kayak BOPis For Sale!Canoe & Kayak Bay of Plenty benefits from a high exposuresite in Mount Maunganui with time to run on the lease.It includes a specialist kayak store with retail and on water activities. It is theHome of the BOP Yakity Yak Club, BOP kayaking school and is the specialistBOP Roof Rack Centre. Above the kayak shop is a 65m 2 self contained unit,currently rented to a small business.Steve and Karen started the Centre in 2003. Since then it has been a tip top,well regarded, profitable and growing business. It is now run by one ownerand one staff member.BOP Canoe and Kayak Centre is one of 8 linked to the largest specialist KayakingCompany in New Zealand. Licensed to Canoe and Kayak Ltd the owner enjoysthe Company’s proven business systems, purchasing power and on goinghead office support.To ensure continuing business success from day one, the Company providesa comprehensive training course for new owners followed by bi-monthlymeetings of fellow owners to discuss and share strategies, marketingand operations.A rare opportunity to purchase a profitable life style business in this excitingand growing industry.Please call me on 0274 529255, for a chat.Peter Townend, Managing Director,Canoe & Kayak LtdCanoe & Kayak Bay of Plenty.In store BOPTaupo Canoe & Kayak For Sale.The CastleThe Lodge TaupoThis fantastic lifestyle kayaking business is for sale. Canoe &Kayak Taupo has been established for over 10 years and isnow in a superb location in the most recognisable buildingtown.‘The Castle’ is on one of Taupo’s busiest roads, with huge exposure.The business - a specialist kayak store with amalgamated Roof Rack Centre - hasa healthy turnover and continues to grow. We also offer White Water, Multisportand Sea Kayak instruction. Our guided trips on Lake Taupo and the surroundingrivers are extremely popular. Hire of kayaks and equipment is also offered.Above the shop is a 3 bedroom, 95sqm Flat. Open plan, 1 bed en suit, mountainA Fantastic Lifestyle!and lake views, currently rented out. Canoe & Kayak Taupo is 1 of 8 stores onthe North Island, part of a licensed operation. Income is approx 50% retail and50% tourism and instruction.At present it employs 3 full time members of staff and many ‘on call’ guidesand instructors.Thorough training is given by Canoe & Kayak Ltd with plenty of on-goingsupport.Also there is the opportunity to buy the Kayakers Lodge, a 4 bedroom selfcontained house on the banks of the Waikato River. 14 beds, a renovated, 1bedroom sleepout (also rented out) and double garage. The house is set upto accommodate clients while on kayaking courses, and and is shared withthe current owner.This business is reluctantly for sale due to change in circumstance.Don’t miss out on this great opportunity, live the dream...give me a call on 0274529255 and I will happily talk to you.Peter Townend, Managing DirectorCanoe & Kayak Ltd30 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


CANOE & KAYAKLiberty loaderThis quick and easy device makes loading yourkayak a breeze. Having pre-set the height of theloader and mounted it on your tow bar, you simplylift the rear of your kayak into the webbing cradle,with the nose pointing away from the car. Thenlift the nose and walk it 180 degrees to rest on theroof mounted cradles. The Liberty loader acts asa third bar as well.Priced start at $337.30CANOE & KAYAKRoller LoaderThis version has two rollers in a V shape. Simplyload the bow of your kayak in the roller, lift the sternand push the kayak into position.Priced start at $364.00All three systems can havea bike bar added as anoptional extra.Available from the Roof Rack Centre.CANOE & KAYAKThird BarFor very long loads, or for the ute. The Thirdbar is mounted on the tow bar and has a baracross the top at the same width as a standardroof rack bar. Room for two kayaks.Priced start at $445.55WAVES?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.co.nz for details.THE NEW SEABEAR WAITOAISSUE FORTYseven • 2008 31


Thule Kayak Carrier 874These cradles make transporting your kayak a piece of cake. They mould themselves tothe shape of your kayak, holding it securely in place on rubberized pads. The cradle iseasily adaptable to fit both square and aero bars. A pair of Thule webbing tie downs areincluded in the pack.From $209.00Thule Hull-a-Port 835Easy to load, a stable space-saver, for those who want a clever solution for kayaktransport.Thule Hull-a-Port has a unique and incredibly smart design. It sits at an angle to savespace – allowing you to carry two kayaks or one kayak plus extra equipment on the carroof. The unusual design also makes it a little easier to load, as the kayak can easily belifted into the angled pads, keeping it conveniently in place straight away. You’ll be gladof this when your arms feel like lead after a long and strenuous kayaking trip.Priced at $319.00THULE professional range.Thule Conduit Box 317Loading, separating and transporting conduits has never been easier.This unique, heavy-duty Conduit Box takes care of a few of the most annoying aspects ofloading conduits and similar objects. The double openings at the front and rear ensureeasy access to the load, while slam locks provide reliable theft protection. Perfectly idealfor quick, secure and efficient storage of piping. Size: 320x22x12 cm.Priced at $1199.00Thule Awning 326For working under coverYou may have to work outdoors despite poor weather conditions, but there’s no needto to suffer while doing it. With the Thule Professional Awning fitted to the side of yourcar you can keep up the good work, come scorching sunshine or pouring rain. Just pullit out when you need protection and push it back in when you’re done.Mounts onto the crossbars and operates from the side of the vehicle. The universalmounting system allows it to fit the majority of work vans. Available in three lengths.Heavy-Duty materialsPriced at $1799.00Rhino-rack commercial rangeRhino-Rack produces a huge array of roof rack products. They are particularly well knownfor their heavy duty systems for Vans, Utes and 4x4’s. Rhino can offer their heavy dutyleg systems with the choice of commercial, or heavy duty aerodynamic bar system, thatprovides both strength with style.Rhino-rack roof racksRhino has a great range of Roof Racks and Roof Rack Accessories includingBike Carriers , Roof top luggage boxes, Kayak Carriers, Ski & Snowboard Carriers,Windsurf & Surfboard carriers. Plus Alloy Trays, Steel Mesh Baskets, Ladder Racks,Boat loaders and much much more.....32 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


Check out our new website!www.roofrackcentre.co.nzFor all your roof rack requirements.Email: sales@roofrackcentre.co.nzBAY OF PLENTY: 07 574 7415WAIKATO: 07 847 5565WELLINGTON: 04 477 6911 NORTH SHORE: 09 479 1002AUCKLAND: 09 815 2072HAWKE’S BAY: 06 842 1305TARANAKI: 06 769 5506TAUPO: 07 378 1003MANUKAU: 09 262 0209


NEW FROM PRORACK - THE WORLDS QUIETEST ROOFRACK- THE S- WING.Prorack has released a new design in Roof Racks. The S wing is an innotive solution to an age old problem. Whenchanging cars you need to replace your roof rack too.This unique system utilises the core foot pack and bar which can be upgraded, at a modest expense, to suit allstyles of roof. Unlike many other roof rack systems, S-Wing offers a choice of bar style designed to suit differentload types and personal preferences. The European-style Through bar extends out over the mounting foot toaccommodate wide or larger loads. The Flush bar is ideal for those looking for a more streamlined, ‘factory-fitted’look. With the correct fitting kit they will also fit the roof rails on your station wagon.(Available November 08)The aerodynamic shape reduces noise and wind drag – tests by Canterbury University show the S-Wing crossbarhas 40 to 70% less wind drag than leading competitors’ roof racks, making for great fuel savings.From $399.00Prorack range of rail-mounted roofMany modern vehicles, particularly station wagons and SUVs come with factory-fitted roof rails. The Prorack rangeof rail-mounted roof racks have been specially developed to be compatible with the roof rails on a wide range ofvehicles. In most cases, the stylish and practical Prorack removable rail-mounted roof racks look as if they wereinstalled at the factory. Easy to fit, they are another great practical option adding value to your prized vehicle.From $299.00Prorack Cycle HoldersThe Prorack Cycle Holder range includes both Frame Mounting (pictured here) and Fork Mounting options.The Prorack Frame Mounting system means you can carry your cycle as a complete unit with no need to disassembleit. The Fork Mounting system gets the cycle close to the roof of the vehicle and is adjustable for any kind of fork.Prorack Frame Mounting Cycle Holder (Pictured)This lockable holder is fast and easy to use thanks to the quick release clamp unit which holds the bike frame securely.The arm on the clamp unit folds conveniently away when not in use.This bike holder is only $279.00Kayak CradleThis cradle has always been popular for the acute angles available to suit even the narrowest multisport boat. Theflexible rubber pads mould to the shape of your hull to cradle your kayak perfectly.The pivoting heads allow even pressure distribution across the surface of the pad. In addition, the cradle pad flipsover for easy side loading.The cradle is now designed to fit the standard 25 x 20mm bar and slide into the ‘T’ groove in most aerofoil bars. Ifyou have that ‘odd ball’ roof rack – Prorack have come up with a set of extra fittings to allow fitting to almost any roofrack. Tie down points are incorporated into the base of the cradle.Tie down straps which incorporate a cam-lockbuckle for speedy tightening, are also included in this kit.From $199.00Prorack Roof BoxesProrack Roof Boxes open up a whole new world of opportunities for you and your vehicle. No longer do you needto hit the road with your passenger space cramped by luggage and equipment and your boot overflowing. No morestopping to see that your luggage hasn’t blown away or been drenched by a sudden downpour.Prorack Roof Boxes are available in three handy sizes to take almost anything, from fishing gear or skis to golf clubs,camping equipment and just about anything else you can think of. Box it and go with Prorack!Prorack roof boxes attach to roof rack cross bars. While designed to fit Prorack roof racks they are also compatiblewith most other brands of roof rack. Installation and removal is quick and convenient, no tools are required, andfor security the clamping knobs are located inside the box.Box pictured just $699.00the explorer kayak carrier from RhinorackRhino-Racks popular roof rack products are available from any Canoe and Kayak Store and Roof Rack Centres.Amongst these racks and accessories is the ‘Explorer’ kayak carrier system in either 560 or 561 models.These carrier models are distinguished as being side or rear slide mount carriers. They stand out from others as beingsimple and quick to both fit and remove. The innovative ‘wrap’ mounting system allows fit or removal in secondsmeaning there is no need to have these on the roof rack when not in use therefore saving on fuel consumption.A useful multi purpose holder is available also using the same fit method. These systems can fit other bar profilesand rack brands as well.Model 560 - 561 RRP: $17534 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


Micro Dry Stuff Sacksopti dry stuff sackomni dry backpackCompact splash proof protection forall your valuables and electronics.Constructed with 70D Hex rip-stop nylonwith an easy-to-use three roll closuresystem.$29.90The 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 $44.90140 litresHuge says it! Put a guitar in one, huge storage!It has a heavy-duty 3-roll closure system andadjustable, padded shoulder straps.$99.00Canoe & Kayak TrolleysThe Canoe & Kayak trolley is one of the toughest on the market. Made ofstainless steel, these trolleys will last a life time. Two sets of straps stop themtwisting out from under the kayak, while the solid wide wheels reduce sinkinginto soft sand. Of course they also have a stand which allows easy loading.These trolleys come in two models, the standard will fit most kayaks. Moresuited to sit on tops, this model folds flat with the removal of a bolt.The heavy duty is designed for fully laden sea kayaks. The reinforced padshave a greater angle to suit the ‘rounder bottom’. Fold the trolley and thewheels are removed for easy storage.Price for the Standard trolley $199.Heavy duty $349ISSUE FORTYseven• 2008 35


Camp ShowerThe Camp Shower is great forwashing.Constructed of durable PVC, it has a separate fillcap, on/off valve and a hanging/carrying handle.The Camp Shower is also great for washing dirtyhands and feet.Price: $24.95Paddle/ ROD LeashUnique quick-release-at-paddle feature allowsthe paddle to be quickly and easily attached/detached to/from its leash. The streamlined, lowprofile retractile cord is easy to pack. It stays out ofthe way, while providing an eight-foot expansion.It is constructed with a heavy-duty snap hook formaximum durability and an internal Kevlar cordfilament for maximum breaking strength.Price: $34.90Pack SinkThe 14 litre capacity squarecamp sink can’t be beat.The Pack Sinks unique square shape makescleaning larger items simple and it folds flat foreasy (out of the way) storage when not in use. ThePack Sink is constructed with waterproof, ruggedvinyl; radio frequency welded seams; webbedcarrying handles; with additional top stiffeners tohold it open when in use.Price: $35.90BoosterBlox FoamPaddle FloatWhile the dual-chamber inflatable paddle floatoffers convenient storage; it was recognize thatsome paddlers want a paddle float they don’t haveto inflate; and our BoosterBlox.TM paddle float isthe perfect solution. A unidirectional trapezoidalshaped foam block enhances stability of thefloat to reduce the chance of it flipping over. Thereflective webbing trim and a metallic chromefront panel enhance visibility when you need it;while an integrated whistlelock quick-releaseprovides an added safety feature. Deployment isquick and easy with a large pocket for your paddleblade, and a wide adjustable leash to secure thepaddle shaft.Price: $109.90Paddlers Bilge PumpA must for any boater.This 30 litre per minute Bilge Pump features aneasy-grab handle, super-strong pump shaft andheavy-duty impact resistant plastic.Price: $59.90Paddle FloatAn essential self-rescue devicefor kayakers.This dual chambered paddle float is designed withan extra large capacity for maximum buoyancy,quick release buckles for easy attachment to kayakpaddle and clip-on safety tether to eliminate lossin windy conditions.Price: $84.9036 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


Sportsman’s Sea AnchorA great small-craft safety accessory.These heavy duty Sea Anchors are built with RF welded seams and toughPVC for maximum abuse. With tubing sewn into the top hem, they stay opento deploy quickly. Afishermans must have. They work both as a sea brakewhile drifting, and sea anchor.300mm dia. opening 580mm lengthPrice: $79.00MIGHTYMITE CARTWith integral stand.The MightyMite Cart is small enough to fit in most Kayak holds, yet strong enough to take a 90 kilo,loaded canoe. With pneumatic wheels, galvanized bearings, anodized aluminum frame, a loopcinch strap tie-down, and a single leg kickstand, this cart offers great features at a great price.Collapsed: 550mm length 266mm height 100mm widthWeight of cart – 2.9kg.Weight capacity – 90kgPrice: $149.00Sea Rover compassA must for any Sea KayakerThe Sea Rover features a large compass with easy to readmarkings—no squinting here to read where you’re going! With asimple, yet elegant base, the Sea Rover attaches easily to deck linesor sits nicely on top of a deck bag. Quick-release buckles allow foreasy attachment.Price: $79.90deluxE deck bagKeep that gear close at hand.Deck Mate Deck BagThe Deck Mate Deck Bag offersexceptional value!The entire bag is radio frequency welded to keep waves and rainout. Our splash proof HydroKisscoated zipper is sealed in withno excessive needle holes for water to find. An internal plasticstiffener keeps the whole bag lifted open for easy access to youressentials, while a universal anchoring system allows easy lashingto any boat.The Deluxe Deck Bag offers a clear window for easier gear location and a higherprofile for better gear storage. With its multiple tie down points, bungees andside straps for added storage you will have plenty of room for added gear.Fully RF welded seams will keep most water out, while a reflective end withlashing for strobe mount will help to keep you visible.Priced at just $149.00Price: $119.90ISSUE FORTYseven • 2008 37


KOKATAT TROPOS Re-Action Semi-dry JacketTROPOS waterproof, breathable fabric, latex wrist gaskets with protective coated Lycra® over-cuffs,APT neoprene neck closure, Smoothskin neoprene waistband with adjustable drawcord waist, fullysealed seams for touring or whitewater paddlers who prefer a double skirted paddling jacket to pairwith spray skirt or Whirlpool Bib.RRP $348KOKATAT TROPOS Deluxe Boater PantKokatat,Distributed byDay Two.KOKATAT TROPOSLight BreezeA lightweight, waterproof and breathable pant for general paddling use. Keepsspray and splash off with neoprene waist and ankle closures.TROPOS waterproof, breathable fabricSmoothskin, high-back neoprene waistbandAdjustable bungee drawcordAdjustable neoprene ankle cuffsSelf draining thigh pocket with “hook & loop” closure and key lanyardFactory sealed seamsRRP $198RRP $190Rasdex Adventure open neck cagCanoeists, rafters and kayakers will appreciate this lightweight version of our Super Breeze jacket. Adjustablecoated Lycra® splash cuffs and collar, plus bungee waist keep out wind, water and too much sun.TROPOS Light waterproof, breathable fabricAdjustable coated Lycra® splash collar and cuffsZippered, self-draining left sleeve pocket with key lanyardAdjustable bungee drawcord waistFactory sealed seamsOur upgraded version of last year's basic jacket - now with textured, non-shiny fabric that feels much nicer, and a comfortable drawcord waistband.Originally designed for sea kayakers who like cags with opening necks for ventilation, this cag is equally at home on lakes or rivers. It's especially useful ifyou're going to be out paddling for a while and the weather could warm up or cool down while you're out. Or use it when it's just a bit too warm for a cag witha tight neck seal.Opening neoprene neck seal - with velcro fastener for easy adjustment.Adjustable neoprene wrists - keep them as loose or tight as you like depending on theconditions.Neoprene drawcord waist - a slim neoprene band with adjustable elastic drawcord securedinside for maximum comfort and a good seal.Performance cut - arms, cut with a single long underarm panel to give you the maximum rangeof movement without the waistband pulling upwards.Fabric: A 4oz 'Tactel' textured nylon with a breathable, delamination-proof Exeat coating. Aswith all our garments, all seams are factory seam sealed.Colours: Blue/Black. & Gold/BlackRRP $234.95RASDEX NEOPRENE SHORTSCut for the correct fit when sitting down, these neoprene shorts have aneye-catching metallic blue panel down the sides. 3.5mm neoprene is usedfor the back for extra padding, and 1.5mm for the front for greater flexibilityand comfort.Available in black/blue, S-XL.Red/Black as picturedis no longer available.RRP $99.9538 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


RASDEX ADVENTURE SEMI DRY CAGIf you’re tired of looking at expensive dry cags or want something clean andsimple that will stop all that cold water running down your sleeves, this isfor you: a slim-line semi dry cag with super-comfortable neoprene neck andtextured breathable fabric. No unnecessary frills on this one, just what youneed to keep warm and dry. Ideal for many kinds of paddling, whether you’reusing a kayak or a sit-on-top, on a lake or a river, in competition or just plainhaving fun.Folded neoprene cone neck - a redesigned neck using soft, supple 1.5mmneoprene for a non-restricting seal which avoids any ragged edges.Latex wrists with covers -includes a drainage eyeletto stop water building upbetween the layers.Neoprene waist - a deep bandfor a good comfortable singleseal.Fabric: A 4oz ‘Tactel’ texturednylon with a breathable,delamination-proof Exeatcoating.Colours: Blue/Black.All this for only $229.95RASDEX ADVENTURE PANTSThese paddling pants have beenupdated and improved for the newseason based on feedback from ourcustomers. We've slimmed down thecut of the legs to take away some of thebulkiness, and changed the waist tostreamline things there too. Now youcan be warm and comfortable whenwaiting in the wind, or putting up thetent, or scouting rapids, or havinglunch, or just paddling - everybodywho's tried paddling pants knowshow valuable they are, and now youcan try them too at a very, very goodprice.Unisex cut, with gusset - makes fora good fit for both male and femalepaddlers.Neoprene cone ankle seals - for acomfortable, easy-to-get-into solution(no need to be hopping around on ariver bank with one foot half througha latex seal).Deep neoprene waistband with wide elasticated braces - so that the waistdoesn’t have to be too tight.Fabric: A 4oz ‘Tactel’ textured nylon with a breathable, delamination-proofExeat coating.RRP $244.95Kiwi Association of SeaKayakers N.Z. Inc.(KASK)KASK is a network of sea kayakersthroughout New ZealandRASDEXCLASSIC 2OZOPEN NECK CAGThis cag was developed especially for New Zealand paddlers. It suits multisport paddling in particular,with the opening mesh neck for ventilation and a lightweight fabric. The neoprene drawcord waist andadjustable wrists make it easy to pull on in transitions. The long sleeve version will suit those who preferto keep their arms covered for sun protection, and also makes it suitable as a lightweight windbreakerwhen training.Apart from racing it’s great as a summer cag just to keep the wind and sun off when paddling around thebeach or lake, or on a calm river on a hot day. Drawcord waist - inside a neoprene band for comfort andeasy adjustability. Open neck - mesh insert for even more ventilation if you get too hot.Adjustable wrists - designed to allow you to push the sleeves up if you want to, have the wrists loose orquickly adjust them to a nice tight seal. Fabric: Lightweight 2oz ripstop with Exeat or Vent-X breathablewaterproof coating.Colours: Orange/charcoal or blue/charcoal.Great Value at $234.95KASK 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 CoastISSUE FORTYseven• 2008 39


Warm, water proof pants.‘Bollocks’ shorts from Mission are warm, comfortable andhard wearing Kayak shorts. Made with a brushed Lycrafront, and a 3mm Neoprene back for a warmer and drierderriere.RRP $145.00Roof Racksfor alloccasionsShort or long sleeve first layer.The 4-way stretch fabric moves with you to keep you warmand the flat locked seams mean you look good too. Madefrom comfortable brushed Lycra fabric.Long Sleeve $269.95Short Sleeve $249.95The ‘Teaser’ jacketNo more drips running down your armsThe ‘Teaser’ jacket is a Wind resistant and 1/5metre water proof nylon multi purpose jacketwith neoprene cuffs and collar. Waterproofsealed seams means you’ll stay drier forlonger.Available in short sleeve or long sleeve.Long Sleeve $159.00Short Sleeve $149.00The ‘Groover’ jacketThe ‘Duck’s Nuts’ of paddling jacketsThe ‘Groover’ is a 100% wind proof and up to 5 metreswaterproof, fully breathable, two layer hydrotex/microfibre jacket. Waterproof sealed seams, neoprenecuffs and waistband means no more drips (except theones you’re paddling with). Available in short sleeve orlong sleeve.Long Sleeve $269.95Short Sleeve $249.9540 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


Long Sleeve RRP $124.95Short Sleeve RRP $14.95 RRP $99.95RRP $199.95RRP $74.95ISSUE FORTYseven • 2008 41


Abel Tasman - 2008by Meghan Glue and Laura BlakeA six days’ kayaking trip in the AbelTasman began when 10 adults and5 kids from the Wellington YakityYak Club reached Marahau andlaunched.After discovering that pumps can be used aswater guns, the fight was on with everyonegetting soaked by Laura and Andy before we’deven reached Fishermans Island for lunch. Ourfirst night was at Anchorage .Each day we paddled a bit further up the coast,staying at places including Bark Bay, AppletreeBay and Tinline Bay. Adventures included apaddle round Tonga Island, where we sawLOADS of seals and their babies. They were soplayful and we were sure they were about tojump onto our kayaks.Each day we explored the coastline and foundmany caves that we could paddle into. It wasan awesome time with plenty of photo’s taken.There are a lot of great memories from the trip.‘ACTION MAN’ who led the way on the frontof Christine and Meghans kayak, all five kidstrying to stand up on Andys double kayak,the easter egg hunt which revealed the kids(and the adults) competitiveness and the greatconversations around the campfire.Quote of the day; “where-ever I sit ,I breakwind”. One of our party was lectured by aforeigner on ‘the appropriate material to beburnt on the camp fire’.On our way back to Marahau , we rafted upand anchored our kayaks in a sheltered bay onSplit Apple rock, Marahau. Meghan Glueand Laura Blake with crossed paddles andPaddy Gordon in the kayak.Adele Island. From here we followed a steep track upto the main ridge and panoramic views of Golden Bay.The weather was superb with no rain and very littlewind-except around the campfires. The excitementnever stopped.Rock gardening.Andy & Laura Blake42 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


PADDLESby Mission KayakingYour paddle has a big impact on how enjoyablepaddling will be. One that’s poorly made and doesn’tfit you, can make for a miserable day on the water,while a high quality, well selected paddle is a realdelight.Personal preferences should definitely figure in your selection. Howdoes it feel? How fast are you going to paddle? How far? These areimportant questions to consider and discuss with your dealer. Ifyou can, try out different styles and lengths to get a feel for what’smost comfortable. When choosing a paddle keep these importantcharacteristics in mind.DESIGN* Wide blades provide better acceleration, while long and narrowblades are good for paddling long distances.* ‘Feathered’ paddles are easier to use when paddling into thewind since the blade that’s out of the water is horizontal and offersno wind resistance.* Oval shaped shafts tend to better fit the hand, helping with bothcomfort and control.CONSTRUCTION* Paddles are made from many materials – lighter is usually better(and more expensive).* Paddles made from synthetic materials require less maintenancethan timber ones.* Paddles can be made with a take-apart joint that allows the paddleto be broken down for easier storage and transport, and allows theblades to be set feathered or straight.SIZEPaddle length is really a matter of personal preference. Go with whatfeels best. Keep in mind that a longer paddle tends to be necessary ifyour kayak is wide or if you’re more comfortable with a slower paddlingstroke. Before buying, try different lengths to find what feels mostcomfortable. The following chart makes a good starting point:Paddler Height152-160cm [5’ - 5’3”]Whitewater197-200cmTouring210-220cm162-170cm [5’4” - 5’7”] 197-203cm 210-230cm173-180cm [5’8” - 5’11”] 200-203cm 220-230cm183-190cm [6’ - 6’3”] 203-206cm 225-240cm193-200cm [6’4” - 6’7”] 203-209cm 230-240cmPaddle control when you need it.7 DECEMBER 2008Run 12kmCycle 58kmKayak 19km89 kilometres coast to coast acrossthe Auckland isthmus. From NorthHead, Manukau Harbour on theTasman Sea, to North Head,Waitemata Harbour on the PacificOcean, the course is distinctive andchallenging. “Head to Head” is anexciting race and also an adventure,a journey of discovery throughAuckland’s surprisingly wild andscenic places. Compete as anindividual or in a three person team.For further information or an entry form,contact the event organisers:Nelson Associates,PO Box 25 475, St Heliers,Auckland.Phone (0274) 821 562,email: nelson.as@clear.net.nzwww.head2head.net.nzISSUE FORTYseven• 2008 43


Recreational Paddles from MissionSplash PaddleAn entry level general purpose paddlefitted to a 29mm alloy shaft.TaupoA great all round symmetrical paddlecomplete with a raised index hand control& covered handgrips for comfort.WaikatoThe asymmetrical blade on this paddlemakes it ideal for touring and extendeduse. Complete with a raised index handcontrol & covered handgrips you canchoose the type of shaft you require foryour intended purpose.Touring PaddlesResolutionOur smallest paddle ideal for windyconditions, the smaller paddler and longdistance paddling.Nortwest PassageFor the medium sized paddler, or smallerpaddler looking for a bit more power. Thedihedral blade offers smooth & effortlessperformance for maximum efficiency.Hauraki GulfFor the larger paddler, or one who needsplenty of power. A large asymetricalblade is ideal for experienced paddlerswho require power & control.Carbon Touring PaddlesOpoA long narrow blade for easy paddlestrokes. Light weight for long distancepaddling or the smaller paddler.AlbatrossFull carbon touring paddle with a widerblade for more power.TripperFirst of the carbon paddles. It is lightweight, with plenty of power. The longblade allows for quick acceleration &confident bracing.White Water PaddlesGranityA basic whitewater paddle ideal for surf& whitewater touring.Nevis BluffAsymetrical paddle with a large blade areafor greater power & acceleration. Ideal forwhitewater, surf, rodeo & creeking.KaitunaA more radical asymmetrical shapedwhitewater paddle with a large blade areaideal for surf, rodeo & creeking.MohakaAsymmetrical shaped whitewater paddlefor surf & rodeo & creeking, smaller bladearea than our Kaituna.Carbon White Water PaddlesJazz ForteResin Transfer Moulding [RTM] fullcarbon, a great all round whitewaterperformerJazz Finesse10% smaller than the Forte suited toplayboating for a faster stroke rate or asmaller paddler.Jazz FulcrumResin Transfer Moulding [RTM] fullcarbon whitewater blade the largest ofthe Jazz series for more power.QuicklokAn innovative design allowing you tocustomise your offset & feather and length ofyour paddle by up to 14cms. 29mm shaft sizeallows this system to be fitted to most of ourtop end range of paddles.Recreational Paddles from Q KayaksSafari TouringThe Safari touring paddle has the same strongfeatures as the recreation version, but hasasymmetric shaped blades and a longer shaftto provide maximum ease through the wateron longer trips. The fibreglass shaft option isfitted with rubber drip rings.Safari RecreationThe Safari paddle is a practical recreationpaddle that is strong enough to stand up toeveryday paddling. The shaft is available inanodised aluminium or fibreglass.44 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


Aquatx Cobra PaddlesAquatx Cobra Paddles are designed to meet every cruising paddling need.Shafts are available in anodised aluminium or strong lightweight fibreglassin either one piece or in handy two piece ‘snap ons’. The strong glass filledpolypropylene asymmetric blades come in three sizes and give the optimumcombination of lightness and strength to get the most out of every paddle.Velocity paddles by DescenteThere is a Velocity paddle to suit any paddler.These paddles, are available in 1 piece, 2 piece split or with a ‘Quiklok’ adjustablesplit shaft.The ‘Energy’ nylon blade, and the carbon ‘Impetus’ identical in shape and of amedium size, are nicely balanced units equally at home in a lake, river or seaenvironment. Plenty of power available from the larger tip area compared to moreconventional blades.The smaller ‘Finesse’ nylon blade is the baby of the group and perfect for thesmaller person who requires light weight at 980 grams* and economy.The largest blade in the range, the carbon ‘Impetus’ at only 720 grams* is alightweight powerhouse for the larger, stronger paddler.* on a 1 piece shaft.GRN KY 01Vote for meOnly one Party has a clear vision of how we can live well and protect this beautiful planet we callhome. The Green MPs work hard to provide practical and effective solutions to achieve thisgoal. We need more of them in Parliament. If you share our vision, make it happen.Authorised by Jon Field, 73 Eden Street, Wellington.Find out more about our vision for New Zealand at www.greens.org.nzISSUE FORTYseven• 2008 45


Rhino DecksRasdex are now the manufacturers of Rhino Decks, the wellestablishedNew Zealand brand. We were so impressed withthe seemingly ever-lasting colourful coating on the top, andthe super-sticky printing on the underside, that we just hadto do whatever it took to be able to offer them ourselves! Thisdeck sticks to plastic like only Rhino Decks have ever donebefore, so if you’re not familiar with them yet you have to tryone to believe it.RRP $175.95Rasdex Combination DeckThe deck most used by multisport paddlers - also used by sea andtouring paddlers. The deck has a neoprene deck section but witha nylon body tube which allows good freedom of movement. Thisis often more comfortable than a standard neoprene body tube ifyou’re wearing it for long periods of time. An added advantage isthat on flat water the body tube can be loosened so you don’t gettoo hot. The nylon body also means that one body size fits mostpeople, so it’s a good option for sharing between a family groupor club as well as for individuals.Note the handy Mesh pocket: Ideal for a drinks bottle or handysnacks.RRP $169.95Rasdex standard DeckThis deck is good for many different types of kayaking, and isoften used by newcomers to the sport. It's also popular withthose world-class paddlers who don't need rim protection.Deck section: High-density 3.5mm double-lined neoprenefor durability.RRP $149.9546 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


DAY TWO NYLOPRENE SPRAYDECKThis deck is designed for touring, multisport or groups.3mm Neoprene deck section and breathable ‘exeat’nylon body. Big 10mm bungy around the edge for asecure fit (8mm bungy on multisport decks). Seamtape watersealed. One size fits all. Adjustable shoulderstraps and waist size. Comes in five cockpit sizes to fitall cockpit shapes from multisport to big cockpit seakayaks.RRP $150.75DAY TWO STRONG DECKThis spraydeck is made from hardwearing diamondneoprene. It features a special wear strip on the topof the deck to protect it from little cuts and tears. Thesame print is on the inside to help the deck stick to thecockpit rim. We put an extra tight bungy on the rim tomake sure the deck fits snugly to the cockpit.RRP $180.00DAY TWO NEOPRENE COCKPITCOVERMade from 3mm neoprene with a tight bungy elastic.Fitted to your kayak, it keeps out the rain and bugs,improves your petrol consumption and keeps yoursmelly kayak gear out of reach.RRP $70.00DAY TWO NEOPRENE SPRAYDECKThis deck is snug fitting and warm for all kayakconditions. ‘Diamond’ neoprene deck section andstretchy neoprene waist. Comes in small to XL waist and5 cockpit shapes (or whatever you need made). Strong10mm bungy ensures tight fit to the cockpit (8mm onmultisport cockpits).RRP $139.50ISSUE FORTYseven• 2008 47


Mission Splash DeckIdeal for club and school useThat’s because they last for a long time. The ‘Splashdeck’is a full nylon durable spraycover with a multifit waist.The reinforced edge band and the fact that it’s fully seamsealed will keep you drier.Suitable for Contour and Eco kayaks in the Mission range,as well as several models of Perception kayaks.RRP $139.00Mission HorizonAn ideal deck for the mulitisporter or touring paddler.The ‘Horizon’ is great for paddling in warmer weatherbecause the ‘Emphatex’ multifit waist is cooler thanneoprene. It’s fully seam sealed, with 3mm neoprene deck,and has a bungy to make sure it won’t slip off your waist. Itfeatures an adjustable waist band & adjustable shoulderstraps. Suitable for Contour and Eco kayaks in the Missionrange, as well as several models of Perception kayaks.RRP $159.00Mission Skimpy SkirtzThis full neoprene spray cover comes with a bungy cord tokeep you snug. The 3mm neoprene deck & waist is all seamsealed, complete with safety grab loop. This is an idealbeginner deck for personal use. Suitable for Contour andEco kayaks in the Mission range, as well as several modelsof Perception kayaks.RRP $169.00Mission Cockpit CoversSave petrol with less wind resistance when transportingyour kayak!! Use a cockpit cover whilst travelling to & fromyour favourite paddling spot or even use it whilst storingyour kayak away to keep out the little bugs. Suitable forContour and Eco kayaks in the Mission range, as well asseveral models of Perception kayaks.RRP $60.5048 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


DAY TWO TRI/SEAThis is a great touring or multisport buoyancy vest. Lightweight, comfortable and with fiveadjustments. More than 55N of comfy soft floatation. Front zip entry, three front pockets (oneVelcro with a key clip) and large rear pocket for drinks bladder. Reflective piping on the rear.Comes in S/M/L/XL, Red, blue or gold.mission freetimeRRP $229.50A versatile starter buoyancy vest with five way adjustments tofit children and adults. More than 55N of floatation (industrystandard) made from very soft and comfortable foam. Large frontpocket. Reflective tape on the rear. Comes in red, blue or goldThe ‘Freetime’ with wide tooth zipper, reflective patcheson the front, is easy to get into and the contoured shapegives extra comfort. Side and waist adjustments. Simpleto use and highly visibile. Independently certified tomeet Australia’s tough PFD type 2 safety standard ratings.Available in Yellow.DAY TWO KIWITEARRP $149.00RRP $109.00day two ADVENTURE RACERmission rapidThis is a great vest for racing, with lots of pockets including a hugerear pocket for your drinks bladder. The inside of the vest is linedwith high wicking mesh to reduce sweating. The vest is easy toput on over your head and very light weight for those long races.Over 55N of floatation.RRP $225.00Its 3 dimensional ergonomic design provides a superb fit. It’s great to swim in, and doesn’tride up when in the water. The unique outer skin provides durability while not absorbing anywater. This means with just a quick shake, it’s dry, and ready to be used again.Available in a range of colours and sizes.RRP $145.00mission questmission leaderGreat entry level, rescue-capable,white water and touring PFD.It haspadded shoulder straps, side andwaist adjustments, front pocket, D-ringattachment, reflective patches and piping,38mm quick release safety belt withCarabiner. It even has a knife pocket!Independently certified to meet Australia’stough PFD type 2 safety standard ratings.Available in Safety Gold. Sizes: XS-S, M-L,XL-XXL.The ‘Quest’ is an excellent entry level touring and multisport PFDwith all the bells and whistles. Padded shoulder straps, side andwaist adjustments, 2 front Pockets, reflective patches and piping.Space for a 1.5L water bladder. Independently certified to meetAustralia’s tough PFD type 2 safety standard ratings. Available inSafety Orange. Sizes: XS-S, M-L, XL-XXL.RRP $185.00c&k BUOYANCY AidsIncrease your visibility in these yellowbouyancy aids.They have plenty of adjustment withside, shoulder and waist straps. There isa pocket with a ring to store keys, knife orwhistle on the inside.A full range of sizes available.RRP $210.00These bouyancy aids are a great buy at only $99.50ISSUE FORTYseven• 2008 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 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...Price: $45 adult $25 children Specialgroup and family rates. Call freephone0800 KAYAKN for details.Need some excitement? Take a kayak downthis wicked Grade II river run... this is awhole day of thrills and fantastic scenerydown 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 Kayakers’Lodge 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 Zealand’slushest vegetation. Camping overnightand exploring some of New Zealand’spioneering 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 5506Glow worms CruiseJoin us for a picturesque paddle on LakeMcLaren and into the narrow canyon to viewglow worms by night or beautiful waterfallsby day. This trip takes about 1.5-2hours andis suitable for paddlers with no experience.All gear, hot drinks and nibbles are supplied.Price $65 per person.Phone Canoe and Kayak BOP forbookings. 07 574 7415River ToursExploring beautiful estuaries. Enjoy a scenictrip with wildlife and great views.Phone Canoe & Kayakon 0508 KAYAKNZ for detailsKayak HireTaupo - 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 way ofspending an evening, bringing your group offriends together by completing a fun activitybefore dinner and making a memorableexperience. These trips are available toRiverhead, Browns Bay and Devonport Pubs.COST: $59.00 each • GROUP DISCOUNTSAVAILABLE!Phone Canoe & Kayakon 0508 KAYAKNZ for detailsTwilight 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 day’s 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 Centres.Then, join us!Phone Canoe & Kayakon 0508 KAYAKNZ to find out more50 ISSUE FORTYseven • 2 0 0 8


CITYDISCOVER ANOTHER WORLDAUCKLANDDOMINION ROADBALMORAL ROADSANDRINGHAM ROADArenel LimitedTrading as Canoe & Kayak AucklandSOUT HST LUKES RD502 Sandringham RoadTelephone: 09 815 2073S.H.1.TONGARIRO STNUKUHAUTAUPOSPA ROADLAKE TERRACERUAPEHU STREETTANIWHA STREET77 Spa Road, TaupoTelephone: 07 378 1003Acme Kayaking LimitedTrading as Canoe & Kayak TaupoS.H.1.NORTHNORTHTARANAKIWAIWHAKAIHO RIVERDEVON ROADSMART ROADUnit 6, 631 Devon RoadWaiwhakaiho, New PlymouthTelephone: 06 769 5506Peter & Bronnie van LithTrading as Canoe & Kayak TaranakiHAWKE’S BAYTelephone:06 842 1305E-mail:hawkesbay@canoeandkayak.co.nzCanoe & Kayak LimitedTrading as Canoe & Kayak Hawke’s BayNORTH SHORE SILVERDALE MANUKAU BAY OF PLENTYUPPER HIGHWAY (16)NORTHERN MOTORWAYNORTHCONSTELLATION DRIVEWAIKATOASCENSION PLUnit 2/20 Constellation Drive,(Off Ascension Place) Mairangi Bay,Auckland - Telephone: 09 479 1002Flood Howarth & Partners LimitedTrading as Canoe & Kayak North ShoreKILLARNEY ROADSH 1BY PA SSDUKE STREETKAHIKATEA DRIVENORTHGREENWOOD STDUKE STREETKAHIKATEA DRIVEThe Corner Greenwood St& Duke St, State Highway 1 BypassHamilton - Telephone: 07 847 5565On Water Adventures LimitedTrading as Canoe & Kayak WaikatoNORTHEAST COAST ROADMAIN NORT HIGHWAYTAVERNROADFOUNDARY RD6 Tavern Road,SilverdaleTelephone: 09 421 0662Canoe & Kayak LimitedTrading as Canoe & Kayak DistributionWELLINGT ONNORTHNGAURANGA GORGE RDCENTENNIAL HIGHWAYSTATE HIGHWAY 1MalvernL V MARTIN2 Centennial Highway,Ngauranga, WellingtonTelephone: 04 477 6911J & M Downey LimitedTrading as Canoe & Kayak WellingtonFIRSTDRIVEWAYGREAT SOUTH ROADTOYOTABRONCOSWIRI STATION ROADMOTORWAYNORTH710 Great South Road, ManukauTelephone: 09 262 0209ChallenorReynolds LimitedTrading as Canoe & Kayak ManukauJOIN THESOUTHERNPHONE YOUR NEARESTCANOE & KAYAK CENTRETO TAURANGA BRIDGEMAC DONALD STREETMAUNGANUI ROADLIQUORLANDHEWLETTS ROADKFC3/5 Mac Donald Street,Mount Maunganui(Off Hewletts Rd)Telephone: 07 574 7415Jenanne Investments LimitedTrading as Canoe & Kayak Bay of PlentyWant a KayakShop?For the Ultimatelifestyle business.PhonePeter Townend 0274 529 255Emailpete@canoeandkayak.co.nzwww.canoeandkayak.co.nz

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