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Issue 32Cape Brett or Bust. 6Taranaki Yakity Yak club find heaven in the farnorth.To Wing or not to Wing 19Rob Howarth emphasises the importance ofcoaching, no matter which paddle you prefer.Surf Generation 30Stop working, start surfing says Sam GoodallWild men of Borneo 8Kelvin Oram and his brother James get more thanthey bargained for on the Kinabatangan river.A hazard with your name writtenall over it 20AUT’s Matt Barker argues different angles of safetyvs hazards.Spark of Desire 32Sharon Torckler turns ‘what if’s’ into reality.Day 9 34In 10 days paddling, one is filled with drama forJohn Humphris and Mike Scanlon.Adventure Philosophy 10The team are off again, this time to circumnavigateSouth Georgia Island.My first time over Huka Falls 11Michael Burden takes the plunge.The first roads of Raglan (Whaingaro) town,Harbour and County. 12Ruth Henderson is captivated by this Waikatoarea and its history.Waihaha - Why not? 23Steve and Freddy take the Taupo Yakity Yak clubfor a weekend jaunt.Product Focus - towlines etc 35Night Paddling 36It’s dark, it’s different. Try it!Product Focus - lighting etc 37Meeting of the Waters 38Building a play-hole takes perseverance, but isworth the effort.Kuaotuna Weekend 16Manukau Yakity Yak club enjoy perfect weatheron the Coromandel peninsula.Maritime Safety Authority updates 24Paul Caffyn provides updates on PLB’s and nightlightsBoat Show 24Winners all round.Better than the Movies 28Marty Benson and mates catch up and grab asnapper or two...Seven Dams, Seven days by Sea Kayak 40A 300 km paddle and trundle from Taupo to PortWaikato.Kayak Cooking 42Gordon Daglish turns into a cooking teacher.Buyers Guide 43Kayak tuition 48Directory - accommodation,tours and kayak hire. 48Photography - how to get published 50The Rodney Coast ChallengeMultisport Race 18Winners - from Issue 29 & 30 29Front cover: Warren Kennedy and son, Oliveron Browns Bay ReefPhoto by: Ruth E. Henderson4 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005


EDITOR:Peter TownendPh: [09] 473 0036 Fax [09] 473 0794Email: pete@canoeandkayak.co.nzSUBEDITOR:Ruth E. HendersonPh: 021 298 8120Email: ruth@canoeandkayak.co.nzDESIGN & PRODUCTION:Breakthrough CommunicationsPO Box 108050 Symonds St,AucklandPh: [09] 303 3536 • Fax [09] 303 0086Email: kayak@graphics.co.nzWebsite: www.graphics.co.nzPUBLISHER:Kayak NZ Magazine is published six timesper year by Canoe & Kayak Ltd.7/28 Anvil Road, Silverdale, AucklandPRINTING: Brebner PrintDISTRIBUTION: IMDSUBSCRIPTIONS:New Zealand – 1 year 6 Issues = $30Overseas – 1 year 6 Issues = $50Payment to:Canoe and Kayak Ltd,7/28 Anvil 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.• Deadline for issue 34: 10 October 2005• Deadline for issue 35: 10 December 2005• 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) jpg at full sizeaccompanied by captions. Prints shouldbe 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:Ruth E. Hendersonruth@canoeandkayak.co.nzNew Zealand Kayak MagazineOur Land?From time to time you will have heard about privateland being closed off to the public and while thecurrent government pushes for more public accessto private land, I thought we should think about thishot topic.We are blessed with many beautiful areas aroundNZ, which we Kiwis have used for generations andnow believe to be ‘Our Land’. We may understandit to be Crown Land, or something to do with theQueen’s Chain, whatever that is or Council or DOCland. In fact we will often be using private land thatsome kind person has left open for us to enjoy.These assumptions are getting us in trouble and wewill continue to lose access to areas that our parentsand ourselves have enjoyed over the years and thatwe hoped our children and mokopuna would alsoenjoy in the future.The specific case, which has woken me up, concernsthe great area of the Waikato River known asFuljames or Ngaawaapurua. It has a world classsurfing wave produced by a drop and constrictionin the river. There are many excellent camping sites,natural hot springs and heaps of trout. Over the lastthree decades I have camped, played, paddled andswum with friends and family. My wife and I spentSubscribe a friend to the Kayak NZ MagazineSubscription Form• One year subscription, that’s 6 issues for $30, saving nearly$6 off the news-stand price, delivered free.Name:Email:Address:Phone:Card No:✄Cheque Visa MastercardSignature Expiry date:Send form to Kayak NZ Magazine. PO Box 100 493, NSMC, Auckland.Or phone [09] 421 0662 Fax [09] 421 0663email: pete@canoeandkayak.co.nzour honeymoon sitting around a camp fire onstar filled nights and swimming in the warmpools. Over the years I’ve told new paddlersand campers that it is Ngaawaapurua Trust landand thought no more of it. I have never rungor written to ask or to thank. I have just assumedthat for some reason it is my right.Well, as of last week, the area is locked downand no one can go there any more. It would beeasy to blame the last big group of drunken,defecating Uni students, but who am I to castthat stone as I have also failed in commondecency towards the land owners? It doesn’tmatter whether the owner, or the user, is Maorior Pakeha or just a Kiwi, the issue here, folks, ismanners. We must ask and thank those peoplewho are kind enough to let us use their land.Then we must respect the land andtheir wishes.Friends we have not seen for a while have justarrived, so I must go. Interesting that I first metthem 25 plus years ago on the banks of thebeautiful Waikato when, on someone else’sland, they introduced me to the love of my life.Peter TownendGreat Stuff Safety Flag• Very easy to remove• Simply plugs into a rod holder• If lost overboard it floats• Flexible plastic base and fibreglass shaftBeing seen has never been easierAvailable at all good Kayak storesIncludes Safety Flag & Rod Holderemail: greatstuff@woosh.co.nzISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005 5


SEA KAYAKINGCape Brett or Bustby Reg ChristiansenIt’s official. Kayaking heaven has beendiscovered in the far North, nestledbetween Haruru Falls and Cape Brett.12 Yakity Yak clubbies on a trip organised byTaranaki Canoe and Kayak, undertaken during theweek before Easter, discovered it.We assembled at Haruru Falls Resort campingground in time to set up camp. Our dinner wasa lavish affair of fish and chips on thePaihia foreshore.The following morning 10 of us, Pete and Bronnie,Rusty, Barry, Shane, Brendan, Judy and Graham ina tandem, Darryl and myself were on the wateraround 8.00am to avoid low tide and a slog inthe mud.Breakfast in Russell, washed down with mixturesof Latte, hot chocolate and Cappuccino; saw usrefuelled ready for the next stage.We headed off around Tapeka Point, toMotuarohia Island and the site of Captain Cook’shistoric 1789 landing. Stopping for lunch and aquick snorkel we paddled around the seawardside of Moturua and Motukiekie Islands to OteheiBay, and set up camp at DOC’s Cable Bay campsiteon the southern end of Urupukapuka Island.Cable Bay has a picturesque sandy beach, toilets,fresh water and a cold-water shower. What morecould we ask for?Dinner included fat juicy mussels gathered by thesnorkellers, steamed open in a billy over the gascooker and devoured without mercy.Sunday morning arrived and we were all on thewater at 9.00am carrying enough water to see usto Deep Water Cove and back.We crossed to Rawhiti, joined up with clubbiesShri and Rachel as arranged and headed betweenRawhiti Point and Urupukapuka Island towardsDeep water Cove. In the distance, a Dolphinwatching boat attracted our interest. Suddenly, wehad dolphins rising all around us, blowholesventing. We tracked the pod for some distanceuntil they parted company.We pitched tents at Deep water Cove beforelunch, emptied the kayaks, and at 2pm headed forCape Brett and the Hole in the Rock. The seabecame progressively more turbulent. At the Holein the Rock good swells were crashing through thehole. Would I kayak through that Hole in the Rock?Not bloody likely!A Fullers Ferry lingered around the entrance,reading the swell pattern before finally chargingthrough. Pete and Bronnie arrived, sized it up andafter a short reconnaissance, suddenly chargedoff through the gap, followed by Darryl. Darryl’stiming wasn’t quite so good. A big swell had himpaddling up a wall of water, before disappearinginto the hole. We hesitated! Pete, Bronnie andDarryl popped into sight having successfully madeit through. Judy and Graham took off. The rest ofus followed in single file.As a relative novice in the sea I wasn’tcomfortable. I recalled Pete’s advice, ‘The biggerthe wave the faster you paddle’. My paddling revcounter was off the clock. I could see a big swellcoming. The surge pushed me to the left of thehole. Foot hard down on the right rudder and leftpaddle doing overtime got me back into themiddle. I finally popped out to even moreturbulence on the southern side.The entire group kayaked through the Hole in theRock and everyone was stoked at having had achance to have a crack at this classic touristattraction.Dinner that night was a fairly quiet affair. We hada few shoulder muscles we didn’t know we ownedand were weary.We sat there quietly washing down dinner withsome very drinkable Chateau cardboardprovided by Shri and Rachel and were suddenlyaware of a pod of dolphins in the cove. Energy wasinstantly restored. Knackered kayakers jumpedinto their boats to meet the cavorting pod.Amongst the acrobatic dolphins a mother andjuvenile leapt in unison, having the time oftheir lives.The experience left us ecstatic at being able toget so ‘close and personal’ to thesegraceful creatures.On Monday we packed up at a leisurely pace andheaded back to Urupukapuka Bay, exploringthe coastline and checking out the numeroussea caves.After lunch and a short paddle we pitched tentsin Urupukapuka Bay, another DOC campsite wellset up with toilets, fresh water and shower.On Tuesday morning, still in brilliant weather, werafted up for a team photo then paddled aroundthe seaward side of the islands sticking close tothe coastline looking for gaps we could ‘shoot’.Around the outer edge of Okahu Island wespotted one. Intending to whip through the gap,one at a time, we timed the swells. This would beanother clinical exhibition of kayaking skill by theteam...yeah, right!!I took off into the gap and I was almost throughwhen a swell came over the rocks from the right.Suddenly I was heading for the rocks on my left,rudder useless, the power of the swell had takenover and there was bugger all room to manoeuvre.Within seconds I am on the rocks high and dry. Ihave just invented a new water sport, rockhopping in kayaks!The next surge tried to turn my newfound sportinto an underwater event.I held onto the rocks for grim death to avoid beingflipped. The spray deck popped and I had to getout of the boat, fast.The swell retreated leaving me high and dry.Bronnie and Brendan were on hand to assist. I slidmy Tasman Express back down the rocks. Bronnietowed it and I jumped to grab Brendan’s Penguinfor a tow to more settled conditions. It was aninteresting experience, which reminded me of thesea’s power.Not to be outdone, Brendan refined his kayak rockhopping skills a few moments later. Racing into agap he suddenly found himself picked up andclimbing fast up the rocks. Briefly left high and dry,the next swell grabbed him and he was suckedback to where he started. Exciting stuff, but I canassure you, the bum of your kayak does notappreciate the experience. This should not beattempted if you are prone to high blood pressure.Following the brief drama, we stopped atMotukiekie Island for lunch and paddled betweenMotukiekie and Moturoa Islands. Round theseaward side of Motuarohia Island we headed forTapeka Point and a brief stopover in Russell. Peteand Bronnie arrived separately, and were chasedby Brendan, trying to flip them. He quickly learntthat a swimmer bent on mischief is no match for apaddler intent on staying upright.We left Russell in time to catch the high tide.Paddling in a line, a brief burst across the harbour,saw us safely negotiate what appeared to be amarine version of the 5 o’clock rush hour. Wecelebrated our return from Cape Brett, nosing theboats under the Haruru Falls and lined up for amemorable ‘trip completion’ photo. We timed ourreturn on the high tide perfectly. Our boats weresoon emptied and loaded on to the trailer androof racks for an early start the next day.We had had the trip of a lifetime, perfect weather,dolphins galore, beautiful beaches and coastline,excellent paddling conditions and a great bunchof clubbies to enjoy it with. In the morning, wewere still buzzing over the trip but sad that it wasall over. We pondered options for future trips. Itwould have to be something out of this world tobeat this one. When it comes my time to take mylast breath, I’ll know where heaven is...I had justpaddled it for 4 days!!6 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005


Haruru FallsGroup on last day at Urupukapuka BayISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005 7


INTERNATIONAL KAYAKINGWild Men of Borneoby Kelvin Oram“We’ll hire you a canoe when we getthere!” I promised my brother Jameswhile discussing plans for our paddledown the Kinabatangan River inSabah, Malaysian Borneo.Tackling 3 consecutive rivers on my own wouldhave severely tested my sanity! I was reallylooking forward to sharing a river with someonewho was my best mate as well as my brother.However, I had reservations: I was to beresponsible for someone who had never kayakedbefore on a river once famed for its 8m crocs andheadhunting locals!After a day’s practice near Batu Puteh, the villagewhere our expedition was to start, we met ourlocal guide Bart, already a friend of mine from aprevious visit to Borneo. We hired a couple ofkayaks, pumped mine up and set off into theunknown. The villagers had never been more thanhalf a day’s paddle down the river and thoughtthat we were nothing short of crazy.We had no map, no compass, no forms ofcommunication with the outside world (althoughBart could sing quite loudly!) and our guide hadonly been a few hundred metres down the riverand had only kayaked on a handful of occasions.Then things started to get interesting!...................The 2 hired fibreglass kayaks, had been lyingunder a shed for 2 years before we used them!They were rudder-less and ‘slightly’ difficult topaddle in a straight line. So the whole of the firstday, James and Bart zigzagged down theKinabatangan, wasting huge amounts of energytrying to point in the right direction! Their kayaksalso leaked. Every hour or so we had to find a sandbar, empty the boats of gear and then of water andload up again. This was a frustrating start toour troubles!James noticed, on one of the sand bar stops, thatalong with all the water draining out of the kayak,a steady trickle of little red ants formed rafts onthe surface of the river as they escaped. There wasa huge ants nest in one end of his kayak and theywere not all that happy about being flooded out.Next James winced with pain and scratched hisarse frantically. After sitting in the river for half anhour while we smirked at him unsympatheticallyfrom the riverbank, Bart noticed a similarsensation. They both sat in the cool water rubbingtheir botties while we debated the cause. BecauseBart didn’t have an ant’s nest in his kayak, weconcluded that it must be an allergic reaction tothe fibreglass seats of the kayaks.After suitably padding their posteriors wecontinued paddling down the windy riverthrough the Bornean rainforest past troops ofmacaques and proboscis monkeys. Our heavymetalloving guide knew about the sexualprowess of the dominant male proboscis monkey.It is also known as the 24-hour monkey due to itspermanently erect, bright red member! Thischeered us up no end!At 4pm we asked “How far to the campsite?” Bartreplied, “round the next bend ha ha ha!” After halfa dozen of these “round the next bend ha ha ha’s”we paddled in silence. An hour later as it wasgetting dark we reached the hill marking our campfor the night. At precisely 7pm, we were enjoyingour 2 min noodles when a cacophonous whine hitus. The killer mozzies from hell had arrived fromthe surrounding jungle to drive us into our tentsfor an early night.I had forgotten how small my tent was with two8 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005


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people inside. We endured a different but no less annoying kind of hell! Mybrother and I are close but not THAT close. In less than 30 seconds the tentwas transformed into a steaming sauna. We just lay there in pools of our ownsweat, trying not to touch each other and swearing quietly. Meanwhile Bartsnored like an amplified epileptic orangutan in the tent next to us.It may be true that in extreme adversity, men pull together and show theirtrue spirit, but not that night! We pulled the fly off to let in some air, wereeaten alive, and grunted monosyllabic insults at each other in our mozzieinfestedcocoon.The next day started slowly and irritably. 24-hour monkeys watched withinterest from the trees above our camp. Bart, whose nocturnal rumblingshad kept us awake for most of the night, said “I didn’t sleep very well lastnight!” After coffee and ciggies we all felt more human and ‘Bart’s CrazySafari’ (his expression) continued.Overnight, the river had risen a couple of metres and picked up speed. LuckilyBart had checked the kayaks during the night and pulled them further upthe bank, so his night-time noises were forgiven!We ate lunch at Bilit, a little village, and went on to a luxury rainforest lodge.We asked if they had a local map. Looking at it we discovered that we hadpaddled 80kms in the past day and a half! To celebrate we stayed the nightand had hot showers, cold beers and steak and chips for tea!!We set off the next day fully rested and with newfound energy. We stoppedfor lunch and a walk around Sukau village. We returned to find James’ kayakhad sunk and was stuck in the mud. We were lucky that it hadn’t drifted away.By this time J & B were now used to the idiosyncrasies of their kayaks.Paddling on we saw bearded pigs, loads of monkeys, a 2m long croc and giantlizards bathing in the afternoon sun.Not fancying another night in the tents (James still had suppurating welts allover his body from the first night, plus mental scarring!) we decided to staywith the workers in one of the oil palm plantations by the river. We endedup staying with a Phillippino immigrant called Santos in his section of theplantation workers’ longhouse. 1000’s of Kms from his family he was workingas a truck driver. We chatted with him and he shared his fresh river prawnsand rice.The next morning’s 2 hour paddle to Abai was to be our last on the river. Weleft most of our food with Santos as a small gesture of thanks for his amazinghospitality (I wonder what he made of stripy peanut butter and crackers?)Unfortunately the river had slowed considerably since the day before andby lunchtime (4 hours paddling!) we still hadn’t reached the village. We atethe last of the crackers and some cheese by a small tributary wonderingwhere the bloody village was. Bart exclaimed “it’s round the next bendha ha ha!”And it was!!At Abai we were informed that our lunch spot was inhabited by a 20ft crocand that no locals go there in small boats for fear of being eaten!We had made it. 150kms in 4 days, braving giant crocs, hordes of voraciouskiller mozzies, hitchhiking ants, fibreglass botties and head-hunters (alrightwe hadn’t seen any but we KNEW they were there!). J&B had probablypaddled twice the distance due to their interestingly designed kayaks.The next 2 weeks were spent on a different kind of ‘Crazy Safari’, travellinground Borneo with our parents! It was wicked to discover Sabah again withmy family and say hello to pygmy elephants, orangutans, swiflet caves andtropical islands which make up this incredible part of SE Asia.Now I am in Kota Kinabalu waiting for a plane to take me back to Thailandand on to the next river adventure: Delhi and the holy Ganges throughN India.Editors note - Through his journeys Kelvin is attempting to raise money andawareness for the ‘Save the Children” fund to help their projects around theworld. www.savethechildren.org.nzAdventure Philosophy to attemptcircumnavigation of South Georgia Island.Graham Charles, Mark Jones and Marcus Waters are heading south againto attempt the circumnavigation of South Georgia Island. Locatedapproximately 1,300 Km East-South-East of the Falkland Islands, SouthGeorgia is situated at the same latitude as Cape Horn in the furious fiftiesand it is little surprise that the southwest coast has not been kayaked.With 161 glaciers slithering off South Georgia’s flanks the PaddlingPerfection Sea Bears, that will be taken for the journey, have beenreinforced to deal with bashing through miles of brash-ice, and for theviolent surf landings the team expects to face. The completecircumnavigation will entail 600kms of kayaking along some of the mosthostile coastline in the world, remarkable for an incredible abundanceof wildlife. The latter will pose problems for the team as they land andcompete for tent space on a beach crammed with aggressivefur seals!Their story so far:Adventure Philosophy had its beginnings in a dream to sea kayak alongthe Antarctic Peninsula in early 2001. Logistically complex and withoutboat support it was a bold undertaking. In keeping with their ideal ofpromoting adventure through inspiration the trio have developed areputation for returning with and producing quality media.TV3’s 20/20 made a 20min documentary of this achievement.‘Colder Than Ice’, a 46 min documentary made in the USA, has screenedaround the world.‘The Frozen Coast’ a 120 page full colour book was published by CraigPotton Publishing.In January and February 2003 the Adventure Philosophy team completedanother world first expedition, in the southern Andes. Approaching theDarwin ice cap by sea kayak for 400km, they then negotiated difficultglaciated mountain terrain and horrendous Fuegan weather to forge anew route through the Darwin Cordillera back to the Beagle Channel. Thistraverse had never been attempted before or since.‘Buried in a Blizzard’, a 24 minute documentary was produced by CreativeTouch Films, and has screened around the world. Even in NZ.Adventure Philosophy believe outdoor adventure is more than justadrenaline and thrills. It is a vital human development medium for thosewho have been fortunate enough to be touched by it. “We have a richadventure heritage in NZ and there is some fantastic stuff going on hereand on the adventure world stage by New Zealanders. We want to seethat reflected in the mainstream media to keep our adventure heritagealive”This philosophy has been translated into action through the ‘Good ForLife’ scholarship launched in 2000. Now known as the ‘Goretex Good ForLife Scholarship’ this is available to young New Zealanders to pursue theirown adventure dreams. The driving objective of the scholarship is topromote adventurous qualities in young New Zealanders. To find outmore visit www.adventurephilosophy.com10 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005


WHITEWATER KAYAKINGMy First Time Over Huka Fallsby Michael BurdenThis summer a lot of my friends had run Huka and had kepton at me that “it was easy” and “you could do it easily”.Living in Taupo I look at the falls all the time so I know theline, right flows, and the moves.I am also aware of the consequences. It’s like any kayaking; a good paddlermakes the hardest of lines look easy and attainable by anyone. This can be afatal misconception. Good paddlers get thrashed in either of the four drops.Every year people are pulled up the walls of the gorge by their mates or otherkayakers. Every year at least one person swims over the falls, and swimmingout of the base happens often - any swim in this area could result inuncomfortable periods of time without oxygen.All of these things are constantly in my mind as I say to myself that tomorrow,if the flow is right, I will just have to get it over and done with and do it for thefirst time (the first time is always the worst).I got back early from the Mohaka. Colin was waiting at the shop looking forsomeone to paddle the falls with. The sun was shining and everything feltright so off we went. All the way to the river I’m nervous, talking, analysingmy own fear; kind of felt like watching a laboratory rat trying to escapeimpending doom.One last look to confirm the flows right then start to get ready. Feeling reallynervous, nervous vomit in the bushes. Just doing things automatically now -get changed - everything out of the kayak I won’t need, all I need is a throwbag and airbags. One last check of my gear as I push off into the river - helmet- pfd - spray deck - bung.Practise rolls on both sides and then eddy hop down to Colin. His final wordsof advice “Boof everything”. I watch Colin’s line and pull out making eachstroke count, timing it all for the last stroke and boof. It is big, white andpowerful as I drop into the smallest of the drops. I am pushed left and keeppaddling for the next boof. Everything looks higher when you are on the lipof the drop, soft landing, looking for my next eddy on river right, dodging theboils off the wall and the muchy hole at the top, I carve into the eddy.Breathing heavy - one drop done, three more to go.I cannot see much from the eddy I am in but I know the move well enough. Ipeel out and into some waves heading left - everything is bigger at river levelthan it looks from above - paddling hard heading left, timing it all for the laststroke, soft landing. Paddling into the eddy Colin tells me to relax, breathe,count to 10. I guess I looked pretty excited! Two down, two to go.I take the chance to look around. It’s cool being down in the depths of thegorge, not aware of the people on the bridge above at all. It sounds all peacefulbut in reality the eddy is boiling and there is a bit of wall action as well.Enough of the reverie. Here we go down the tongue of the ‘pencil sharpener’.I take a different line to Colin, preferring to play with the big white stuff thanthe recirculating eddy on the left.Now it gets interesting (all these things are happening with the ever apparenthorizon line getting closer all the time). Colin’s RAD is a lot slower than myMAC so once through the ‘pencil sharpener’ I have closed up with him. Wehead left for the final move. I am catching him up all the way. He then stallson a diagonal at the top of the ramp and by the time he goes off the edge Iam only three metres behind him. My last thought as I go over the lip is “Ihope I don’t hit him, it will hurt us both.”I have a couple of goes at rolling but give up. Get out of my boat, washed upinto an eddy, get back in and paddle about for a bit below the falls.Yes, I know I swam, still for my first attempt I am feeling higher than any drugcould take you. It took about four or five days to wipe the smile off my face.I will do it again when the flows are right and I am feeling right. It is still andalways will be a drop that is a challenge mentally, emotionally, and physically.ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005 11


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“sheep were carried, two at a time in cockleshells.” Picture plenty of wetsheep! Bridges, oh bridges, we do take you for granted!In the early 1880’s Waingaro hot springs “health-giving properties” attractedEuropean attention and Samuel Picken inspected the land. Next time you go‘house or land hunting’ picture this: Huntly by train, cross the river by boat,on horseback along a bridle path to Glen Afton, by foot to Waingaro. Hebought the Waingaro block. Within a year there was a bridle track fromNgaruawahia, and before long, it was extended to the Waingaro landing atthe eastern end of the Raglan Harbour and the Raglan Township could bereached by sailing boat. The potential of the ‘Hidden Springs’ was soonrealised and the Waingaro Spa Hotel was built in 1885. One hundred andtwenty years later our club can recommend both facilities!Roads were still desperately needed, but in the 1890’s the best the RaglanCounty Council could do was occasionally “turn a pack track into a dray roadto enable new settlers to reach their sections.” The first roads have alwaysbeen rivers and inlets of the sea. Raglan County was lucky to have theWaikato and Waipa rivers on its eastern and northern boundaries; its ownextensive harbour and another harbour south. As early as 1856 there was aferry across the harbour to Te Horea, and whilst kayaking and exploring thelimestone rock gardens we spied remains of a jetty.Stockmen from Te Akau swam their cattle, for the Waikato markets acrossfrom Marotaka Point, near Te Horea. “Encouraged on either side by men incanoes, the animals struggled across to land on the sandspit...”Want to try herding cattle in a kayak?In 1903, with the increase in flax and wheat exports and visitors to the seasidea steamer, the ‘Maori’, began a shuttle service between Raglan and WaingaroLanding. “Travellers joined the steamer at the mouth of the Waingaro Riverwhere a stone outcrop marked the western terminus of the through coachservice from Ngaruawahia.” A coach of course was not an air-conditioned,high padded seat, motorized bus and the roads were not sealed.About this time my husband Ian’s grandfather was a carrier transportinggeneral goods by horse and cart from Frankton, Hamilton to Raglan. Ianremembers stories of MUD!By 1911 two motorcars made the journey over the “abominable” mountainroad from Whatawhata, “...the drivers predicted that many visitors wouldmake the run when the new, shorter deviation was opened for traffic.” Withcars came problems. In 1911 the Ngaruawahia - Waingaro road was closed tomotorised wheeled traffic because of the dangers when horse trafficsuddenly came upon a motorcar round a sharp bend.By 1914 these laws were repealed and motor vehicles with loud-soundinghorns could travel at 6 mph (roughly 10 kph) in daylight hours.Despite the increase of roads, waterways were still used extensively forfreight. Export trade increased with the building of the dairy factory in Raglanin 1902, and the development of the timber, wool and flax industries.Trade slumped in the 1930’s but by the 1950’s the port was the mosteconomical and efficient in the Waikato.The “phenomenal success” of the Railway’s inter-island freight roll-on, rolloffsteamer service in the 1960’s caused a decline in coastal trade, howeverRaglan’s harbour trade was revived by the erection of the first cement silo in1967 and a second one in 1974. From the water these stand out like sentinels.Their cement days over they are being converted to apartments!Across the harbour at Panganui Inlet, the limestone is 20 feet thick. In 1920,a crushing plant pulverised 12 tons a day. But agricultural lime could bebought more cheaply from the Te Kuiti kilns and eventually this industry alsodied. The inlet’s limestone rocks are pure pleasure to paddle amongst. Thecrevices allow plenty of eye contact with crabs.Beef and sheep flourished and in 1967 a large gathering marked the 50thanniversary of the Waingaro saleyards. “Gone were the spoke-wheeled cars,the horse-drawn buggies and the saddled horses lining the fence.” I foundthe photo depicting the 1917 scene hanging on the wall of the Waingaro pubfascinating. It’s not THAT long ago since we all travelled by foot, horseback,buggy, or canoe!And so we have Raglan, established to “facilitate the shipping trade” for thedistrict. It has developed into a seaside resort and community centre for thecounty and “retains some of the quaint characteristics of a port community.”It has been called the Brighton of New Zealand. Today, it being only 30 minutesdrive by road from Dinsdale, Hamilton I’d call it the café centre of Hamilton.One of the first large buildings, the Harbour View Hotel, still dominates themain street. The three groups of Yakity Yakkers who recently visited its‘Verandah Bar’ and indoor restaurant can vouch for the reason for itspopularity - great food of course! And it’s only a wobble away from the greatfacilities at the Raglan Kopua Holiday Park Camping Ground. Ph 07 825 8283For information on other places to stay email the Raglan Information Centreat raglaninfo@xtra.co.nzThey have a spreadsheet with details on dozens of different establishmentsfrom backpackers to luxury Villas.For Waingaro Hot Springs Motor camp phone or fax 07 825 4761 They havecampsites and caravans to hire, and motel units.Cement silos now apartmentsMural on watertower depicts Raglan’s history and attractions14 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005


Paritata portageLimestone rocks at Marotaka Point. Pure paddling pleasure.ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005 15


SEA KAYAKINGKuaotunu Weekendby Julie ReynoldsIn perfect weather, Scott and I joined6 other merry paddlers on Saturdaymorning at the Kuaotunu campingground, which was virtually empty andvery quiet.We headed straight to the beach in front of BlackJacks. After the plan of attack was shared by Sue,we were happily on the water by 10.15am,destination Opito Bay, approx 11km’s away. Wesaw very few boats on the water and had a senseof being quite on our own. The vista was fab. Acooling breeze came up around 11am. The waterwas beautifully clear and along the cliffs we weretreated with fantastic changes in water colour andpatterns on the sea floor. Fish were jumping and Icaught a fleeting glimpse of a stingray. We stoppedat the halfway mark for a stretch and a chocolatebar then ambled along, taking in the peace andquiet and truly enjoying the easy camaraderie.At midday we landed on the south end of OpitoBay for lunch. Once again very few other peopleabout. The guys tabled a plan to push on toSimpson’s Bay just north of Whitianga. Another16km’s. While they got back on the water the girlsclimbed the 200 steps to the top of the old Pa site.Personally I think that effort required morecommitment than the extra 16km’s the boys weredoing. I could have kicked myself, looking downat the four boats passing below the cliff, inexquisitely clear water. They would have made agreat photo. My camera was still in my boat 200steps below.We descended after a wee while, got back on thewater to rock garden around the corner to Red Bayand then return to Opito Bay for Sue’s Mum to pickus up at 3.15pm. The rock gardening wasawesome. We paddled through numerouschannels amongst the rocks. The cliffs were ababy pink shade. Eventually though, we had tohead for the beach. It was a great day out on thewater. After some back and forth with cars Paulaand I picked the boys up just after 5pm atSimpson’s Beach. They were happy but veryweary. Apparently they had a head wind most ofthe way. Well that’s their story anyway.Sue’s Mum and Dad put on a fantastic feast for usall that night at their home in Kuaotunu. After finefood and a couple of wines we were all headingfor bed by 10pm.Sunday dawned much the same as Saturday, fine,clear and warm. Not even any dew on the seat ofmy boat. Sunday’s plan was to put in at the estuaryin Whitianga and paddle up to the Coroglen Pub.This was unknown water for us so we followedthe map. We hoped we’d make it to the pub but ifnot we’d come up with a plan B. On an incomingtide up the estuary we covered the distance in avery short time. We took instruction from a localfisherman who sent us in the right direction, butbecause we were following the map, his shortcuttook us past the next expected left turn. Wemissed the pub and ended up in a tangle ofmangroves. Sue, Paula and I had a great timebattling on until we had to face the reality thatwe could go no further. The rest of our group hadchosen to wait for us in a wider body of water.Paula in the Mangroves in a wider section of the tributary.More pink rocks.Their boats were still clean. I have to note herethat amongst all the giggling the 3 of us certainlyused all our different paddle strokes, braces andrailing techniques. I think I paddle backwardsbetter than forwards.Once we rejoined our fellow explorers we settledon plan B, to return to the boat ramp in Whitiangaand drive to the Coroglen Pub. Mighty fine plan.The food was generous and the beer gardenempty. A good place to stop on those Coromandelexcursions.All in all a great weekend. Thanks Sue fororganizing a fantastic club weekend.16 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005


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MULTISPORTThe Rodney Coast ChallengeMultisport Race - Fun for Everyone6th November 2005Did you know that Multisport racing is the fastest growingsport in NZ? Thanks to the heroics of Steve Gurney, the‘Speight’s Coast to Coast’ and a lot of hard work behind thescenes, there are now huge numbers of multisport races inNew Zealand with some great events in the Auckland region.The Yakity Yak Kayak Club has a growing band of multisporters regularlytraining around Auckland and with events such as the ‘Cambridge toHamilton Kayak Race and Cruise’ they are also attracting recreational SeaKayakers to the racing scene. John Elia (aged 60 from Browns Bay paddling a5m sea kayak) competed for the first time this year in ‘The Cambridge’ toHamilton. ‘What a great day out, I nearly beat a 36 year old in a 6.4m racingkayak - I’ll get him next year!”The ‘Canoe & Kayak Rodney Coast Challenge’ has become one of the mostpopular events in Auckland and is an ideal race for beginners to the sport.The race winds its way from Muriwai Beach over to Wenderholm RegionalPark via a 10km run, a 30km road bike, a 24 km mountain bike and finally an8km kayak. The Kayaking section is down the Puhoi River and is an easy kayakleg with no white water to contend with!The race is organised by Kaukapakapa Scouts and takes place on 6thNovember 2005. Race organiser Graeme Hounsel says. “It’s a great event. Thecamaraderie before during and after the event is amazing; its what makesmultisport so different, everyone is willing to help a competitor in need.Teams can consist of any combination up to four people, so you don’t needto be good at everything to compete.”To register your interest and to receive more information contact GraemeHounsell ghounsell@xtra.co.nz or rob@canoeandkayak.co.nz18 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005


MULTISPORTTo Wing or not to Wing -That is the questionby Rob HowarthThe wing paddle has defined itself inpaddle sports as a tool to make you gofaster. But there is a key word behindthe increased forwards paddleefficiency that the wing paddle has tooffer - coaching.Some Multisporters will choose a wing paddle astheir first blade; others seem to naturally migrateto a wing paddle over time.The Wing blade is designed to increase forwardspaddling efficiency and was first used by theSwedish National Team in the mid 1980’s. So whatmakes this tool so effective over a regular paddle?Well, to begin with lets define what it is that allowsthe wing paddle to gain that forwards efficiency:Firstly the shape of the blade captures more waterduring the stroke and therefore allows for lessenergy loss through spillage over the sides ofthe blade.Secondly, due to the aerofoil shape of the blade,it can generate ‘lift’ as it is pulled through thewater, in other words the paddle becomes selfpropelling.This lift occurs when a pressuredifferential is created when water flows atdifferent speeds over the two faces of the blades(For those scientists out there this is Bernoulli’sprincipal at work). This only occurs howeverwhen the blade is moving correctly through thewater.Thirdly the wing blade has a flow path throughthe water that helps the kayaker to use the bigmuscle groups, the abs, the chest and the lats.These muscles have much more longevity thanthe arms, which paddlers tend to utilise whenusing a regular blade.However, don’t be fooled into thinking that thepurchase of a wing paddle will instantly increaseyour speed and efficiency. The majority ofpaddlers who have taught themselves how to usea wing paddle have poor technique and are notmaximising the benefits that a wing paddle hasto offer. There is only one solution - Coaching.“Wing paddle coaching is invaluable” says AdeleAnderson (nee McLarin) of The Waitemata Canoe& Multisport Club. “The maximum efficiency gainis about 4-5% over a regular blade, but this is notan automatic result. The theory behind the wingpaddle is excellent, but in order to take advantageof this tool and ensure efficiency of the paddlestroke (therefore increased speed) the bladeneeds to be used correctly. Coaching will provideyou with knowledge and understanding about theoptimal body and paddle position to help yougain the most from your wing blade. Most selftaught paddlers have no idea of these conceptsand are missing out”.Adele has been coaching wing paddle techniquefor 5 years since retiring from the New ZealandMarathon Racing Team in 2000. In conjunctionwith Canoe & Kayak North Shore Adele is nowoffering a 4 hour video analysis coaching session.“The results from these clinics speak forthemselves” states Adele “if you are spending$400 - $500 on a new toy you are crazy not to getsome coaching”.Do not despair however if you are still using aregular blade and do not want to move into a wingpaddle. Regular paddles offer a much easierlearning curve for the full range of paddle strokessuch as draw strokes and sweep strokes. And asfor forward paddling remember that the basics ofefficient paddling are the same whether you areusing a regular blade or a wing - utilise bodyrotation and engage those big muscle groups. Andthe same key word still applies - Coaching.For more information on regular andwing paddle coaching clinics contactrob@canoeandkayak.co.nz or drop into your localCanoe & Kayak shop.RebelFor paddlers of both genders up to 75kgswanting a fast multisport kayak.Designers & Constructors of Multisport& Adventure Racing KayaksPhone/Fax 06 374 6222E-mail:- mike@ruahinekayaks.co.nzWebsite:-www.ruahinekayaks.co.nzISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005 19


OUTDOORS WITHA hazard withyour namewritten all over itby Matt BarkerMatt Barker has been coaching white waterkayaking for nearly 20 years. He holds a CoachLevel 5, the BCU’s highest award, and NZOIALevel 2 Kayak. He works as a Senior Lecturerat Auckland University of Technology. AUToffers diploma and degree level programmesin outdoor leadership and outdooreducation. For enrolment enquiries contactMarilyn Squire on 09 9179999.What a dubious position to be in, paddling a river knowingthat there was a hazard there with your name on it...literally!It had been bugging me for a while now, well 18 months to be more precise,but only off and on and never when I was actually on the river. The fact wasthat I knew there was a killer waiting and that it had my name all over it. Itwas an uncoiled throw bag lurking somewhere in the river. I was not worriedthat I had lost a throw bag but by the fact it now possibly presented a realhazard with entanglement and entrapment potential, quite probably unseen,the type of hazard that catches you completely unawares.One of my students had taken a swim on this grade 4 section of river and thethrow bag had come out of her boat during the rescue and was last seenunstuffing itself floating in the river. Then it was gone ... never to be seenagain... or so we thought.Maybe we should have made more of an effort to search for the throw rope,and avoid endangering future swimmers. But time was against us and Ithought it was better to write it off, finish the rescue and recovery and get tothe takeout with plenty of daylight left. The memory of that throw rope fadedwith time and I presumed it had either been picked up by someone or wasout of harms way.Then one day during a flood on the same stretch of river, a boat was pinnedon the other side of the river to the eddy we were in and just above a seriesof drops. I carried my kayak upstream a little to make a ridiculous ferry acrossto the type of eddy you would never usually go to. It was 20 cm too short,half a boat’s width too narrow for my kayak and was festooned withcuttygrass. But it was the only eddy on that bank anywhere near the pinnedboat. Reaching the eddy, if you can call it that, and scrambling to stay in it, Iinstinctively grabbed for a green slimy tree root for a firm handhold. But Ihad grabbed a bunch of knotted tangled green slimy rope wrapped aroundsomething solid. It afforded me a much needed purchase to get onto thebank. How lucky, I thought, that there was something to get hold of though itwas pretty dangerous to have lengths of old rope hanging about in the river.I decided to be the good citizen and clear this junk out of the river. With alast yank out came a nylon bag attached to the end of the rope. Wait a minutethere was something written on it ...that phone number looks familiar andhey what is my name doing written on it... It was the long lost throwbag!The boat was recovered in short order using my lost and found pieceof equipment.This incident got me thinking about the Environment Bay of Plenty reactionto Rock A on the Rangitaiki, and the policy of national organizations towardshazard removal. There are so many divergent views on what is a hazard andwhat is part of the natural environment. Some white-water boaters cherishthe challenge of obstacles, the natural slalom; the environmentalists believethat every rock and every piece of wood in a river is something’s home anda vital part of a healthy aquatic ecosystem; the council’s “raison d’etre” is tonullify all hazards to the public, while the natural reaction of friends andfamilies is to remove the hazard which has wronged their loved one. Theseare reasoned arguments and will have their advocates and opponents, eachbeing right in their own way.20 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005


As well as getting away from it all and the aestheticpleasure that being in the natural environmentbrings, some people go white water kayaking topit their wits against the white water and thenatural hazards created by the objects it flowsaround and through. White water kayaking (likemost things) is inherently risky and the removalof all risk would reduce the attraction of theactivity to some. If we removed all the dangerousrocks and cut back all the overhanging trees, orany that might fall into the river and took out allthe sharp bends, would the amenity value of thatriver be lost? Would it resemble a concrete linedwater supply canal more than the natural watercourse with its natural hazards, inherent risks andpleasurable challenges and surroundings?If we remove natural hazards, not only do weharm the environment of the river for the rangeof plants and animals that inhabit it and reducethe amenity value for human users but we also,more dangerously, lull ourselves into a false senseof security. The aquatic environment is dynamicand ever-changing. We must not expect the riverhazards to be the same today as they wereyesterday. They can and do change. If we paddlea river thinking it has been made safe we treadon very thin ice indeed. Sooner or later it will notbe hazard free and we will be caught out. It’s likeovertaking round a bend on the road presumingthere is no car coming. Yes, we may get away withit but sooner or later.... We should paddle a riverthinking that around every corner there might bea tree or a rock sieve or other potentially lifethreateninghazard, because in reality there isevery chance there is! Paddling from safe eddy tosafe eddy is the only way to paddle safely. Byremoving all known hazards we are in danger offorgetting that trees exist and move. When wecome across one we are taken by surprise and canbe in danger. Trees in the river act as timelyreminders to be vigilant. A couple of years agoNorthland council left cars wrecks on the roadverges as a very strong and timely public noticeabout the inherent risks of driving too fast. Leavingwood in rivers could do the same role forpaddlers. The physical danger is increased but theeducational value fosters better paddling ethicsand practices. A worthwhile trade off.We shouldn’t think that a rock fall or tree in theriver spoils an otherwise excellent stretch ofwhite-water. We should appreciate theireducational role in fostering good judgement andsound risk management practices. Even on theeasier grades, getting a group to observe a hazardand discuss the reasons why certain courses ofaction will be necessary allows them to feel thatthey have made a wise decision. This can be animportant lesson, a not to be missed opportunity.It’s not such a bad thing to have the occasionalclose shave with a natural strainer to keep you onyour toes; a good lesson has been learned orrevised. But hazards which cannot be seen fromany angle; quiet, sinister, hidden dangers do notfit into this mould. No lesson is learned by thembeing left there, except one of ultimate price.Luckily these are very few and very far between.So next time you go paddling be constantly awareof what might be around every corner or behindevery rock, and if there is a hazard there does itreally need to be removed?Now that I am once again safely in possession ofthe bullet with my name on it, am I any safer? Wellfrom this particular manmade hazard yes, but notfrom the others... only perennial good judgement,risk awareness and appropriate risk managementwill keep me safe on the water.ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005 21


LAKE KAYAKINGWaihaha - Why not!by Steve KittleWell done Kev. Kev is one of ourstaunch Yakity Yak Kayak Clubbieswho loves a wave or two and a bit ofthe rough stuff (ooeeer). I say well donebecause it was Kev’s idea to paddleLake Taupo from Kinloch to Waihahaand camp overnight. It turned into oneof the best weekends we have everhad. We had a huge turnout, with 21paddlers congregating on Kinloch’s finebeach for the beginning of an excellenttwo days.We had a safety brief, chose leaders, distributedwalkie talkies and headed into the unknown. Theforecast was looking sweet for the Saturday withmoderate Southerlies expected for the Sunday.Ideal conditions for the chosen destinations. Aswe paddled out of Whangamata Bay, I expectedthe wind to pick up a little. Nothing, it was like22 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005


paddling on glass - the sun beat down, highlighting the silken threads bearinggossamer spiders to new horizons. We opted for the direct route acrossKawakawa Bay to Boat Harbour, where we would stop for lunch.Boat Harbour, as the name suggests, is a popular spot for overnight fishermenand campers to moor up. Campers be warned there are rats the size of dogshere, eager to dispatch your food. After stuffing our faces and experiencingthe rather unpleasant long drops, we ventured out of the bay and followedthe amazing cliffs of Waihora Bay. I tried to drench my co-paddler, Freddy,under a waterfall. She was sitting in the front of our Eco Niizh super tanker atthe time. I had almost paddled her under the falls when a torrent of choicelanguage flew forth from her mouth [Steve is actually unaware that I am fluentin Uzbekistani]. I put the reverse power stroke into action [along with my nowdemented efforts] and sheepishly paddled away hoping I would not bebeaten later when I was within reach.The group paddled, chatted, laughed and generally enjoyed the surroundingbeauty which is Lake Taupo. Just when I thought things couldn’t possibly bemore perfect we rounded a headland and spied Waihaha Beach. The cliffsdropped away either side to reveal a beautiful beach bathed in the goldenlight of the afternoon sun. We were greeted by David, one of the caretakersof Waihaha campground. He showed us the cleared areas to camp in amongstover 1000 native plants which he and the local Maori trust had planted overthe years. Once we had pitched our tents and established a small town, wewent in search of wood for our fire. We didn’t need to search long. Miriama,another caretaker, kindly let us use some of her logs and even helped get thewood to us by tractor and trailer.As on most overnight trips everyone shared stories, food, wine and space byour roaring camp fire. Some of the guys (and gals) went hunting for trout whilewe gatherers very effectively reduced the amount of available alcohol. Twovery decent sized trout and lots of silliness later, people peeled off to therelative comfort of their nylon homes. Morning came very quickly. My eyelidspeeled back to reveal the devastation that was my tent. Clothes everywhere.Thermarest not under me, broken zip on my sleeping bag and kayaking gearin the dirt. But in my defence, my shoes were neatly placed together. I crawledout and watched blearily as super organised Brian cooked bacon and eggsvery slowly on his Trangia stove. I could only dream of the day that I wouldbe clever enough to pack breakfast.Once we had broken camp, the group divided into two. Some ventured upthe Waihaha River to the falls and our group of 10, headed back to Kinloch. Itwas as flat as a pancake on the lake for about 10 minutes and then it pickedup. Within 1/2 an hour we were being pushed towards our lunch stop, BoatHarbour, by 20 knot winds. One of the clubbies, who shall remain nameless,had the bright idea of bringing a sail and was buzzing along nicely. It ischeating though Baz!After lunch we braced ourselves for the next section of our journey, acrossthe huge Kawakawa bay in increasingly strong winds. The wind direction wasstill in our favour and we had a blast surfing the waves all the way toWhangamata Bay. At the headland of Te Kauweae Point the waves were gettingup to one and a half metres, it was brilliant. Surfing a fully laden 5.6 metredouble kayak is no easy task but my God what fun it was. We were eventuallydumped on the beach where I got pounded by the surf while my co paddlerleisurely removed herself from the dry seat in the front.Once changed, warm and dry and driving back to Taupo, I had one of thosefeelings you get when you have been on a really good holiday and don’t wantit to end.I was very sad it was all over but so glad I went and had a really great timewith such a diverse group of people. The one thing that we all had in commonwas a taste for adventure, a love of the outdoors and to see it all from a kayak.Long may it continue....If this sounds like ‘a bit of you’ then contact Steve or Freddy for informationon the Taupo Yakity Yak Kayak Club - 07 3781003 or phone a Canoe & Kayakshop near you.ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005 23


Personal Locator BeaconsFrom 1 February 2009, the satellite system that tracks distress beacons willstop processing 121.5 MHz analogue signals, and will only detect beaconstransmitting on the 406 MHz frequency.A 406 beacon can be detected more quickly and accurately than a 121.5 MHzbeacon - to within 5km as opposed to 20km for the analogue beacons - whichhas obvious advantages in an emergency situation. The 406 MHz frequencycan also be linked to a database of registered owners held at the MSA RescueCoordination Centre.In an emergency this allows search and rescue staff to access valuableinformation such as contact details and vessel type.The MSA RCCNZ is reminding existing owners of 121.5 MHz beacons to changeto 406 MHZ beacons, and also for people considering purchase of a beacon,that the 406 MHz is the best choice.Lights for Paddling at NightA white light is essential for paddling at night, particularly in highly congestedboat traffic areas such as Auckland and Wellington harbours, and theapproaches to Picton and Havelock in the Marlborough Sounds. An all roundwhite light mounted on a stubby mast, aft of the cockpit is one approachmany paddlers have taken, but a bright white torch can be used to signalyour presence to an approaching vessel. Whichever method used, it is a legalrequirement, under either the Maritime Rules or Regional Council bylaws,for vessels (including kayaks) to display a white light when underway at night.Congratulations to Peter Townend and Daniel Sommerhalderdesigners and builders of the Canoe and Kayak stand. Theircreation caught the attention of judges and visitors alike.Out of 230 exhibitors, they won the ‘Quick Nautical Equipment’ MostInnovative Stand award at NZ’s largest and longest running boating event.The stand was novel in having a ‘fishing pond,’ complete with water and boats,where keen fishermen and woman exchanged a gold coin donation for theopportunity to catch a prize. The donations, reached an impressive $1243for the Wilson School for special needs children.The main prizes of three kayaks were won by: Chris Bancroft of Howick whowon a Cobra Fish n Dive, Harley Butcher of Tauranga who won a PerceptionSwing, and Dave Shanks of Whangaparaoa who won a Q-Kayaks Escapade.Canoe & Kayakwould like tothank PerceptionKayaks, Q-Kayaksand Cobra Kayakswho helped makethe show such asuccess by theirsupport andgenerosity incontributingprizes.PRESS RELEASESafety Updates from Maritime Safety Authorityby Paul CaffynWhen paddling at night, do not display a strobe or flashing light, as this is thedistress signal for man/woman overboard. Having said that, if you are in thewater and requiring a rescue, that is the time to turn the strobe light on. Recentnight exercises involving Wellington Coastguard and local paddlers provedthe effectiveness of quickly locating paddlers in the water who had strobelights attached to their lifejackets.Long Arm of the LawAt the recent Wellington meeting of the National Pleasure Boat Forum, ofwhich KASK is a member, comment was made of Regional Council HarbourMasters issuing infringement notices for failure to either exhibit white lightsat night or wear/carry lifejackets. Both the Lake Taupo and Southern LakesDistrict (Wanaka, Manapouri and Te Anau) councils have a zero tolerancepolicy on the non-wearing of lifejackets. Although the MSA rules andregulations apply to all New Zealand waters, Regional Councils have theirown set of navigation bylaws covering their own patches.Safety Message Getting ThroughAlso at the recent forum, KASK was complimented on their efforts with thework involved and promotion of the colour brochure, ‘A Basic Guide to SafeSea Kayaking.’ As of March 2005, 20,000 copies have been distributed, andsince November 2004, there have been no serious incidents involvingdrowning or serious injury with sea kayakers. Bulk orders of the brochureare still available from Water Safety NZ for any commercial outfitters whohave run out of copies.The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat ShowHarley Butcher in hisPerception SwingDave Shanks andfamily with theirQ-Kayaks Escapade24 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005


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KAYAK FISHINGBetter than the Moviesby Marty BensonIt started out to be a perfect day, gentlesouth west breeze, little cloud puffsscattered about the sky, absolutelyperfect paddling & fishing conditions,even better for an overnighter.Peter Wickham, Peter Jane and myself, packed ourgear into the trailer, loaded the kayaks and awaywe went. At our launching spot, we re-packed ourgear into the kayaks and a-paddling we went. Itwas absolutely perfect. The water was like glass,just wicked paddling conditions. The forecastcouldn’t get any better, but never the less we stilltook gear for four seasons. At our chosen spot (yepthat will do) I decided to go a little further ashhmmmm I just felt like it. Pete and Peter (PeterJane = Popa smurf, Peter W = Gargamal) setthemselves up an awesome little camp (dumpgear go fishing).I arrived back 2 hrs later with little to report. Well,I’d caught a nice snapper of 5kg but he wentstraight back into the water to fight another day. Itis a great feeling to catch a beautiful snapper and• No drainage hole• Strengthening under flange• Only 3 rivets for mounting,less holes in your kayak• Fits Great Stuff safety flagDON’T SETTLE FOR LESSAvailable at all good Kayak storesemail: greatstuff@woosh.co.nzrelease him unharmed for my nephew to catchwhen he gets older ... Popa smurf had caughtsome nice fish 5-7 kg. Gargamal was way over theother side; I found a nice rock to fish from rightbeside a sandy gut.There we were fishing in our own perfect worlds,still in communication distance with each otherbut miles away from anything. The sun was justsetting and a pod of dolphins came cruising past.What a great show they put on for us, jumpingtogether with big belly flops creating big splashes.It was like a couple of kids trying to do the biggestbomb, at the same time I looked at Popa smurfwho was fighting a good fish. He landed it and putit back. Soon I’m into a good fish about the samesize as Pete’s 3-4 kg I returned that one as well.Then I heard Gargamal do the big Yahoo! He wasinto a good fish. A couple of minutes later I heardGargamel’s ‘famous words’ “ oh for *%#! Sake”That put a big smile on my face. He had losthis fish.It was just perfect: the water like glass, the moona bright orange as it comes out of the sea,everyone was catching fish after fish. Man I tellya it was better than any digital make believe.A couple of hours had passed, the moon was highin the sky and it was like daylight. No torches wereneeded, but we all gave the flick of the light signalto each other, time to get back to camp for ahot choc.Popa smurf was there first and the smile on hisface told the story, “Fish everywhere, Marty howdid you get on?” I showed him the 3 fish I’d kept.Biggest 7.5 kg smallest 2 kg. “How many did ya letgo Marty? “ “About 7or 8, I lost count to be honest.”“Yeah,” says Popa smurf “So did I.” We bothlaughed like little kids as Gargamal just camearound the corner and said, “It’s going off” thensplash, and his ‘famous words’ came out again ashe stood into a deep rock pool.We sipped our hot chocolate and ate ‘Farmbake’cookies under the full moon with the gentle soundof waves hitting the rocks followed by a hollowrumble. The little wave made its way up an undergroundcrevasse, causing an echoing boom at theend. (It’s a kind of spooky sound)... I wouldn’tchange that feeling for anything in the world. Theultimate perfect conditions - full moon, no wind,gentle waves. With my old school teacher (Popasmurf) and Gargamal (school friend) it felt like themost special place in the world.We talked about someone going on holiday to Fijior some place and I said “Why would anyonewant to leave the most beautiful place in the worldand go to an over fished, over populated placeGargamal with a keeperwhen NZ has everything?” We had a good feedand turned in for the night, Popa smurf found anice flat rock to sleep on and Pete and me foughtover the only piece of sand!!! I lost and removedrocks (big canon ball size) to make somethingsuitable to sleep on.In the wee hours of the morning we all sort ofwoke up about the same time, trying to getcomfortable. With raincoats and life jackets asbedding it’s not easy to sleep solidly. We all wokeup at sparrow fart (before sun rise but light) andPopa smurf said something like “I’m not gonnabother sleeping next time,” I gave Gargamal a kickin the ribs to get up. He sat up then said his famousline (“ for %*#* sake”) followed by “I’m going backto sleep.”Popa smurf and I went back to the spots we fishedearlier and it was very quiet. I hooked a small fishthen the hook pulled. Things were very quiet so Iput my skills to the test and changed my tactics. Ihooked a screamer of a fish. Man this fish took offlike a freight train. He went straight into rocks orweed. Slowly but surely I eased him out. I couldsee he was a good fish. I landed him in a perfectgut, lined with weeds, and just slid him up ontoshore, a 7-8 kg fish bright red, lip hooked, landedwithout a scale missing I couldn’t resist releasinghim, so I put him back, then watched as he justmagically disappeared in this little gut, 2m wide7m long with a sandy bottom. I thought I wouldwatch him swim out but he just disappeared. Imean disappeared!! It was just incredible how hecamouflaged himself so quickly. I told myselfthat’s his world, time to have breakfast andgo home.We had breaky and started to pack up. For somereason no one was in a hurry, no one wanted toleave. Fishing, camping, kayaking all in one - whatan awesome experience. It was like the end of agreat movie you want to see more. The difference?This movie was real. How do you find this specialmovie theatre? Just get out there, anywhere, justgo, be prepared, be safe, and make sure some oneknows where you are. See ya, at Marty’s Packor Paddle.28 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005


W I N N E R SWinner ofEscapadeIssue 29Our lucky winner of the Q-Kayaks Escapade from Issue 29 isMark McEwan of Spreydon, Christchurch.Mark, a 37 year old Priority Banking Manager and father of twoboys - recently finished the 2 day Coast to Coast and is nowlooking for something a little more recreational that he can dowith the family. The Escapade will help with that.Mark told us he was really stoked at winning and can’t wait toget out in the surf for a play. Enjoy your prize Mark!Winner ofTri/Sea VestIssue 30Mike Pearson 55, married to Amira and father to two grown upsons, Simon and Kevin wins the Issue 30 prize of a Day Two Tri/Sea Vest. He lectures in biology at The University of Aucklandand enjoys tramping, tennis, snorkelling and kayaking. Anoutdoor man, he has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, and abseiled overthe Whangarei Falls.In his student days in the UK he did a bit of river kayaking. Hisfirst experience of sea kayaking was on a memorable familyholiday in 1994; five days paddling the Abel Tasman Park.A few years later Amira and Mike bought a couple of basic seakayaks for beach holidays and an occasional local trip. Now theywould like to do more and are investigating the Yakity Yak club,starting with a Skills Course through Auckland Canoe & Kayak.ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005 29


KAYAK SURFINGSurf Generationby Sam GoodallThe recent massive swells on the east coast of the upperNorth Island are a classic example of how surf is generated.Many people believe that if it’s a windy day then the surf will be up. Notnecessarily. Surf is created by swell generation out at sea and this can happenin two ways:1. Wind swell is created by localised on-shore wind conditions which cangenerate reasonable sized (depending on the strength of the wind) but messysurf on our beaches.2. Ocean swells are created by off-shore low pressure storm systems. Thewinds generated within these storms often do not effect our shores becausethey are so far away, but they create a maelstrom out to sea which createswaves. These waves then travel outwards from the storm (just like throwinga stone into a pond) and form a swell (or a big ripple!). The swell travelstowards land where it appears as surf on our beaches.The recent 6m east coast swell and subsequent awesome surf was a byproductof the storm you can see in the Pacific Ocean on the weather chart.When this sort of swell hits Auckland we get great surf on our local beaches- it doesn’t happen very often and there is only one thing to do - stop workingand start surfing!! See you on a wave!30 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005


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SEA KAYAKINGSpark of Desireby Sharon TorcklerIn summer, January 2001, a steadynortheasterly wind encouraged a fewwhite caps to dance across the top ofthe waves. From where I holiday, thiswind comes straight through the gapbetween Takatu Point and KawauIsland, through the little islands,known to the locals as Rabbit and Goat,and reaches land, to buffet mycampervan. The wind makes itunpleasant to seek some vitamin Efrom the suns rays, or to try and get outto the favourite fishing spot to catchthe evening meal.This day as I sat playing cards with the kids, akayak came around the point from Algies Bay - Iwas surprised to see someone in so small a craftpropelled by man’s own strength, out in weathertoo rough for my powered tin boat. But even moreto my surprise 3 others accompanied him. I satand watched as they made their way across theKiwi Association of SeaKayakers N.Z. Inc.(KASK)KASK is a network of sea kayakersthroughout New ZealandKASK publishes a 146 pagesea kayaking handbookwhich is free to newmembers: the handbookcontains all you need toknow about sea kayaking:techniques and skills,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 7854,West Coastbay, heading for Mullet Point. What was theirdestination... Martins Bay? Motureka?, The BeeHive?, Kawau? Where had they come from ...Algies? Snells?, Sandspit? I longed to know. Theythen disappeared out of sight and I was left withthe thought of “what, when, where, why and howcould I do that?” It was my first experience of seakayaking. The spark of desire had been lit.Holidays over I meandered into the lunch room,for a coffee break and noticed a magazine on thetable, a New Zealand Kayak Magazine, could thisbe fate? I read that mag from cover to cover, andfrom cover to cover again. I just had to get myselfonto one of those amazing trips. Thinking it wouldonly be a summer sport, and with the chillytemperatures of autumn approaching, I made thenecessary phone call. I was talked into doing theSkills Course. I just wanted to go for a paddle,Hmm... but I took the advice, enrolled and itdid not take me long to discover that it wasexcellent advice.Friday night in the pool - freezing cold. Saturdayon Lake Pupuke - wet from re-entry practice.Sunday on the sea - windy. Being so unfit, I wassore and exhausted, but I was elated at what I hadachieved. Couldn’t wait for my next outing.Family commitments meant that, time on the waterwas spasmodic, but the desire had not beendulled. In July 2003 my husband encouraged meto buy my own boat. I debated that I didn’t getout enough to warrant owning a boat, but he waspersistent and the yellow piece of plastic waspurchased. (Sometimes husbands do showwisdom or was it something else?)Another Christmas came with Santa, holidays andsun, and it was now my turn to be the yaker onthe water. With the sun shining, the water calm, Iclimbed into my yellow craft and headed forMullet Point. Staying as close to the landmass aspossible, avoiding skiers and eager fishermenheading out for their day’s quota, I reached mydestination, but was wary of venturing further.Being on the water all alone was rather daunting.My mind was being filled with ‘what ifs’. What wasactually lurking in the depths of the deep bluesea? Not good thoughts when you only have a fewmillimetres of manmade product keeping youafloat. I decided just to do ‘group stuff’.Day paddles, organised by other clubbies, was myforte. On Labour Weekend 2004 I was encouragedto go on a Yakity Yak Weekend trip. Another pieceof advice for which I am extremely grateful, andanother of many firsts. We paddled further than Ithought paddle-power could take you. Yet, Ifound my muscles were still intact and ready formore paddling the following day. This was thenorm evidently for weekend trips, along with thedrinks and shared nibbles at the end of each day.It all added a new dimension to kayaking and itrefuelled my desire for more ... there was plentymore to come.In February 2005 - I finally took the plunge toconquer solo-paddle fear. Launching from myfavourite destination I unloaded, lifted andshuffled (wheels would be good here - definitelymy next purchase). I paddled off to Mullet Point.With a strong north easterly afternoon breezestarting to pick up, I cancelled the option of TheBee Hive, considered Kawau, which could be agood ride home, but chose to head round toMartins Bay. You may have realised by now that Iam in no way a risk taker. I lunched andsunbathed on the beach. With a headwind, andas the waves splashed over the bow, I wonderedif someone on shore was thinking similar thoughtsto mine back in 2001. Round the point the windbecame a tail wind. I surfed and played in thewaves as I headed back to shore. What a greatlife this is.In 2001 a desire was sparked. In 2005 I look backat what I have achieved through kayaking. I havepaddled to islands for day trips and overnighttrips. I have paddled up rivers. I have visitedpubs, which served food. I have visited pubs, withno food to serve. I have lunched at cafés. I havebeen in choppy seas. I have been on the harbourin its most glassy calm state. I have travelled toparts of NZ that I haven’t been to before. I haveboogie boarded, awesome! I have boogieboarded down a sand hill - yes I screamed, and Iwent back for more, fantastic!I have had many laughs with the amazing peoplethat I have met through the Yakity Yak Kayak Club.And ... there is still a desire for more.Photo by Dave Evans32 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005


Book Review‘Coastal Sea KayakingIn New Zealand(A Practical Touring Manual)’For SaleKayak ShopsInterested inowning your ownkayak shop?Review by Paul HaywardOK, I’ve a conflict of interest here - I think the photographsin this book are tremendous, because I took a number ofthem. That may not be enough reason for you to read it, butit leads nicely on to why you might want to consider it. It’swritten for us.Kerry writes both well and entertainingly. At the outset, he clearly states hismotivation. He feels we deserve a book which illuminates our local paddlingparadise, a book without the oft-seen pages on bear-avoidance and instantlynumbing cold water. He covers sharks and jet skis instead. He tempts us ‘togo beyond the confines of the harbour or bay and not come back beforedark’ - and gives both general and personal insights into why you should.Although Kerry says this is ‘not a book about how to sea kayak’, it really is.It’s about how to enjoy the process. No, he doesn’t tell you how to identify atrawler by its lights, nor yet how to phrase a PanPan on your VHF - much lesshow to do a roll. He does tell you why you might enjoy learning these things.Why you might enjoy seeking out knowledge and practising skills whichstretch your mind and body and deepen your enjoyment of the superbkayaking environment we have so abundantly available to us.Having sold you on why, he very usefully tells you where best to find theinformation. He covers just about everything I can think of: for trip planning:transport, food, equipment, weather and communications. He describes hissolo paddles and has some cogent advice on the benefits and dangers ofgroup expeditions.His final paragraph sums it up well: ‘That is what sea kayak touring...isultimately all about - getting to know yourself, your abilities and your limits,and your willingness maybe to push them a bit further next time.’Published 2005 by New Holland Publishers (NZ) LtdRRP $29.99 Available from any good book store and Canoe & Kayak.Canoe & Kayak Ltd is ready toopen Licensed Operations in newcentres and has the going concernHamilton Canoe & Kayak,The Corner Greenwood St& Duke St, State Highway 1bypass for sale.Phone: 09 473 0036Peter TownendManaging Director, Canoe & Kayak Ltdand I’ll be glad to have a chat.All approaches will be dealt with in confidence.ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005 33


SEA KAYAKINGDay 9by John HumphrisThe day started with flat and glassywater in Whangamumu Harbour onCape Brett. Mike and I aimed for aneasy day to Deep Water Harbour on theBay of Islands side of the Cape.We shot some gaps in the rocks andcloser to the tip of the cape gave one amiss due to the shallow rocks. Passingit, I saw a large tunnel on our left. Iwatched the waves and decided to gofor-it.I could handle the smaller 1metre waves straight on, before thenext biggie.Three paddle strokes towards the tunnel, whichwas approx 30 - 40 metres long; I was hit with atremendous wind. It almost froze me in fright. Alarge wave came towards me, and even morefrightening was a huge hole in the sea betweenme and the wave just inside the entrance to thetunnel. Water was gushing in from a cavity in theside of the wall and I was being sucked in. Myattempts to stop were futile. I screamed out“Noooooooooooooooo!” warning Mike not tofollow. The wave washed up the sides of thetunnel, filled the cavities and caused a bigsideways surge. It washed me from one wall to theother. I was fighting for my life. Tossed around likea cork in a washing machine, another wavechucked me into the wall again. I went over andwas sucked out of my cockpit. Tossed around Iyelled, screamed and shouted, in fear and to letMike know not to come in. My field of visionnarrowed to the surrounding 2 or 3 metres. Thesurge was strong and confused. I was tossed andsucked in several directions, unable to let go ofthe kayak as only mystretched out arm withmy hand locked onto theside of the cockpitstopped me from beingsucked deeper. I pushedoff the side of the walland tried to launchmyself over the cockpit. Igrabbed a good lungful ofair, and then up, up, up I went on one of the largerwaves... it didn’t seem to stop... Sliding up the wallof the tunnel I leant into the cockpit to protect myhead. Gasping for air, I tried to get myself onto thekayak but got washed off every time. I was beingwashed back, forth up, down and sideways. Ahuge swell came through. I pushed myself and thekayak away from the side of the tunnel to protectmy head and arms. I was tiring. Sometimes, Ipushed myself under the kayak to stop it crushingmy head against the wall. Once, I came up into theupside down cockpit hoping for a calm airspace,but it was full of water. Then, almost as if a switchwas flicked, I became so weak I had troubleholding onto the kayak. I relaxed, calmed down,stopped fighting, lay back and rested, floated.Mike noted my plea for help had changed from a‘fighting scream’ to a ‘come and get me or I’m notgoing to make it.’The next wave scraped me along the side of thetunnel. I reached out and grabbed hold of the walluntil I was lifted by the wave and had to let go. Ihung on to my kayak and relaxed. I noticed I wasmoving with each backwash. I alternated holdingonto the side in an effort to move through thetunnel and lying back and breathing. I felt energyreturning. Now out of the critical area, but not yetout of danger, I considered getting my paddle floatout and into use. I wasn’t sure how I could blow itup! As I reached for it, wow there’s Mike! He saidhe came through in a break in the waves but I nowknow that he thought he could die.Rather than fussing about fixing up a towrope Iheld onto both kayaks while he towed us to a saferplace away from the surge and the vertical wallssurrounding us. I was now safe... and soon wouldbe back in the kayak. It was hard work being atowrope. After 15 minutes towing I was back in myStorm. Mike pumped it out while I lay back andregained my strength.I had escaped with the only damage being no skinon the fingertips of my right hand, a few deepgrazes on both elbows, a couple of minor scalpwounds and a few stray scrapes.We had about 20 Km to go until our next landing/camping spot. I feared running out of oomph sowe pushed on around Cape Brett, braving the nowconfused seas and wind bombs. AtWhapukapirau Bay we paddled into paradise,behind a small island. Sun, shingle beach, no windor waves. I staggered up the beach where Icollapsed full length in the long grass to sleepsolid for about 2 1 /2 hours.This was the only drama on the whole trip withone evening of light rain and three days of headwind. All our landing spots were almost glassycalm and our campsites magical. We covered theapprox 340 km from Auckland to Paihia in 10 dayswith 9 days paddling and one rest day.We both learnt that you must have a tow rope andit must be easily and rapidly deployed i.e. set upand ready to go, preferably deployable onehanded. It should be long enough for the rescuerto get out of the danger zone and paddle inrelative safety.Editor’s note - Mike and John have paddledseveral thousand kilometres together, most of itin exposed and open sea, with archways, tunnelsand slots. This is their first totally unsafe situation.Never be complacent.Have appropriate safety gear, have it secureyet accessible.34 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005


PALMPALM INSTRUCTORTOWLINE:Adjustable quick release waist beltwith back pocket which holds 2.5m ofwebbing. Small carabiner included.Suitable for towing from longer kayaksand whitewater up to grade 2. Shockcord bungee is built in to the end ofthe webbing to reduce sudden pullaround the waist. RRP $75.00RASDEXThe new 'bubble' print on theRasdex Pursuit Deck is guaranteedto stand out in a crowd. This toughspraydeck fits most multisportboats, plus polo and slalom kayaks.CLASS FIVE COWTAILWITH PADDLECARABINER AND O-RING:To be used only on whitewater rescuePFDs with integrated rescue belt withquick release buckle and carabiner park.1m long extended with internal flatbungee to reduce the length while storedon the side of your PFD. RRP $75.00.RASDEX PURSUIT DECKDAY TWOASTRAL AQUAVESTA fantastic rescue vest with quick release belt,hand warmer, bladder pouch, throw bagpouch and whistle. RRP $399.00.MULTIMATE VESTSA great vest for racing and touring. Lots ofpockets front and back for drinks bladder andfood. A detachable belt for towing or leave itat home when racing. RRP $259.00.RRP $139.00SPORTRACKMODULAR REMOVABLE ROOFRACK SYSTEMThis system can easily be adapted to more than onevehicle by simply changing the module length.Extremely quick and easy to mount.Integrated Lock System.Micro-ratchet system withrelease mechanism.High tensile strength stainless steel.Lighweight 6061 T6 Extruded Aluminium. RRP $440DAY TWO RIVER VESTThe river vest has heaps of flotation,including extra in the front pocket. A largerear pocket for your drinks bladder. The frontpocket has a key clip and plenty of spots toclip on your karabiners. This vest has a builtin tow belt and the webbing over theshoulders goes right to the bottom of the vestfor those tricky situations when youre beingrescued. RRP $269.00.ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005 35


NIGHT KAYAKINGRangitoto by nightby Steve SmithOrganised by Auckland Canoe & Kayak, 15 enthusiasticpaddlers met at Okahu Bay, Orakei on a fine Saturdayafternoon for a night paddle to Rangitoto Island.At 4.45pm we set off in convoy, stopped at Bean Rock and crossed theRangitoto Channel surfing a passing ferry’s wake. We reached the pontoon,changed out of our wet gear and had a quick bite to eat before climbing therough, steep scoria track at a steady pace.It was now dark and those people that had them switched on head torches- free to use both hands to cope with scrub and rocks, reaching Rangitoto’scrater site safely. Even in the dark, it’s very impressive. We climbed 100 stepsto the top and spread out before us, the lights of St Helier’s, Mission Bay,Kohimarama, Orakei and Auckland centre twinkled under a full moon. Were-fuelled on chocolate, biscuits and a drink and returned to the kayaks. Wereached Okahu bay at 11.15pm.You can’t climb Rangitoto in Shropshire in the UK and NZ is proving awonderful home for a recent expat. Watching Dennis disappearing into thegloom without a torch because he wanted to see what the darkness was likewith no lights; Phil’s wine-tasting at the summit - glass and all, Rangitoto’smoonscape landscape, and just drifting in the Rangitoto Channel admiringthe Auckland cityscape by night - all was magic!It’s fun to be with people of all ages and experience, out for a good time anda bit of banter; and you don’t have to be super-fit or an expert paddler toenjoy yourself. But make sure you have the right equipment - in this casehead torches, snap-lights, light poles, good sized dry bags for food andclothes - and water. Its thirsty work scaling a volcano!I’m looking forward to the next one.This little light of mine, I’m gonnalet it shine by Ruth E. HendersonAll excited, and eager for my first night paddle I rushed offand bought a ‘light stick’. Not wanting to drill holes in mykayak, and not having a lump of wood handy, I attached itto half a dozen LP records (those black vinyl circular thingsthat do not fit CD or DVD players) on an adjustable clamp.The records slipped under my rear deck bungie. I thoughtthis would be a handy position, as I could reach out andlower it when I wanted to go under a wharf or a catamaran!it was pitch black and beautiful. The phosphorescence was gorgeous. Weplayed with it. Tossing paddle blades of diamonds and amethysts up ontoour bows and at each other. Fish jumped and splashed radiating rings ofsparkling purple. Glowworms quietly twinkled. The Milky Way in comparisonwas a riotous band of brightness. So totally peaceful, so refreshing andrestorative. Just what the doctor ordered.Organised and legal I was ready to join Steve Knowles and fellow team matesfor a paddle over to Motuora for an Ocean Skills course. Everyone had lights,and everyone had a different solution to the attachment scenario. That nightwe shared another dimension to paddling and a quickening of the pulsewhen there was a thump, thump in the dark. Dolphins had come to play. Agreat start to night paddling and the weekend.One of the most exquisite kayaking experiences I have had was a night paddleup the Glen Eden arm of the Matakana River with my light turned off for mostof the trip.I was in desperate need of mental revival (having just put a magazine ‘tobed’), so I sent out a “Pan Pan’ call disguised in an email as “Hey, anyone elsewant to campout and have a paddle before Sunday’s trip to Tawharanui?”Greg, Lou, Roger and Guy answered the call. The campground at TawharanuiRegional Park was full, but Sandspit had room at the inn. After a good feed atthe Café, we headed out. Once past the moored boats, and residential lightsDave Evans and Jacqui Tyrrell36 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005


LIGHT STICKS Light Sticks are easy to fit . Theythread into a bung which canbe fitted to any kayak or mounted on a piece of wood for thosewho don’t like cutting holes in their kayak. Mounted on a 1m pole,they are visible above the paddler’s head for up to 3km in goodmeteorological conditions. They run on 2 AA batteries for at least8 continuous hours (depending on quality of batteries), are totallywater proof and the light unit, batteries and switch are all selfcontained. A magnifying lens which alters the intensity of the lightdepending on which angle you look at it, makes them stand outbetter against city back lights. RRP $99.95PERCEPTIONThe Rapid PFD had beenmanufactured usingstate of the art foammoulding technology.Its 3 dimensional designmeans it hugs your bodyto give a comfortable fit.RRP $169AMPROSILVA L-SERIES HEADLAMPSA cutting edge LED headlamp range. The L1 is theworld's brightest LED headlamp, featuring Luxeon 3Watt LED with 100m range. L1 & L2 switch to powersavewhen battery charge drops to 15% or less.L4 features up to a mammoth 150hrs battery life.See www.ampro.co.nz for more.RRP $69.00 - $270.00OTTERBOX:CRUSHPROOF /WATERPROOF CASES,NEW LOOK!The OtterBoxT was built to keep items dryand safe - cell phone, GPS, palm computer,camera, or anything else that needsprotection against the elements. The closedcell neoprene o-ring creates a positive sealwhich does not allow water in, and the box itself is made with a fibreglass reinforced ABSresin that is virtually indestructible. The boxes tested off the coast of Alaska reacheddepths well beyond 100 feet without leaking. See www.ampro.co.nz for more.MEMORY-MAP: GPS NAVIGATION SOFTWAREMemory-Map lets you navigate with GPS and plan & review your trips with ease.With a GPS connected it shows your position on a full colour detailed map and helpsyou navigate. The Performance Review features let you see exactly where you'vetravelled, distance covered and speeds. Ideal for printing your own custom maps,programming waypoints into a GPS and real time GPS positioning.Topographical version is only $79.95 for a region (6 regions in total), $199.95 for north orsouth island, and $349.95 for all of New Zealand. Marine charts based on the LeisureCraft series including Coastguard PilotGuide points of interest are only $99.95 per region.Available from leading outdoors stores. See www.memory-map.co.nz for more detailsDESCENTEFollowing on fromsuccess in the USAwith new blade shapes for the “OrigiNZ” nylontouring blades and the “Jazz” carbon / epoxytouring blades, is the “Velocity” brand. Theywill be available in NZ for the 2005 - 2006season in either 1 piece, 2 piece split or with“Quiklok” adjustable shaft.The “Energy” nylon blade, and the carbon“Impetus”, identical in shape and of a mediumsize, are nicely balanced units equally at homein a lake, river or sea environment. Plenty ofpower available from the larger tip area compared to moreconventional blades.The smaller “Finesse” nylon blade is the baby of the group andperfect for the smaller person who requires light weight at 980grams* and economy.The largest blade in the range, the carbon “Impetus” at only 720grams* is a lightweight powerhouse for the larger, strongerpaddler.* on a 1 piece shaft.For any further information on the paddles or your nearestsupplier, contact us at flite@xtra.co.nzISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005 37


WHITEWATER KAYAKINGMeeting of the WatersPlay-hole in New PlymouthAt the Meeting of the Waters picnicarea, the tailrace from the MangoreiPower Station flows into theWaiwhakaiho River. The tailrace hasbeen developed into a slalom site. It isalso the site of the play-hole, originallyan accidental ledge left by a digger.However with a lot of rockobstructions, it was an unsatisfactoryaffair. It was noticed that when theWaiwhakaiho flooded the rising waterlevel downstream created a betterplay-hole.This discovery led to the idea that the rocks couldbe shifted to create a tidy hole with eddies eitherside. A small weir downstream would provide thecorrect level. Trust-power, who control tailraceflow expressed support. Andy Fuller and otherkayaking experts gave us some tips. The basic ideawas to ‘squeeze between two rock embankmentsand then drop the flow over a rock ledge.’The first drawing of the concept was in dust on avan door during discussions on a Rangitikei trip.A visit to the Penrith artificial course on the wayto Nepal, gave us a valuable insight into how playholesare formed. However meccano concreteslabs and plastic pegs were a bit beyond ourresources. After this we were still uncertain thatour proposal would work, but it was worth a try.We needed a play-hole because there are notenough rainy days to enable frequent river runs.We needed something to quench the need for apaddle in between times, and it would be goodto have a place to warm up before a river run.We decided to get all required approvals inadvance. The New Plymouth Kayak Club preparedan eight-page proposal which was submitted toTaranaki Regional Council, District Council, Trustpower,TOPEC (outdoor pursuits education) andDOC for approval. Using the Council GIS map wedetermined that the site was on DOC land. Thesurvey peg was found (with pinpoint accuracy)using a GPS. Because of the minor scope of theworks TRC approved the proposal as a permittedactivity, so the full resource consent process wasnot required. We had no trouble getting approvals,but the processing time was slow.NPKC obtained a grant of $2500 from TSB to coverthe costs of digger hire etc.38 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005Building it took four digger visits. Our first attempthad a 3 metre wide gap and produced anawesome pour-over. Rock collapse due to waterflow pressure was a problem. The shouldercollapsed after this first attempt. We widened thegap (ledge width) to 5metre.Then in spite of therocks being about half cubic metre each, the ledgecollapsed. On the third attempt the ledge rockswere secured by large downstream toe rockspartially buried. Neither concrete, nor artificialmaterials were used. The toe rocks were kept aslow as possible so a kayak’s nose would not hitthem. The ledge rocks were trimmed with a hireddiamond blade, petrol driven concrete cutter toget an even height.Because the downstream weir did not createenough pool height, we had a sticky hole,requiring an act of bravery to enter it and someswim outs. So, on the fourth digger visit, the wholeweir was shifted downstream and built up higherwith small rocks. While the turbines were turnedoff, a frantic working bee with two wheelbarrowssecured these with a light veneer of cement/sandmix. The downstream location now providesenough time to roll up and get out of the currentbefore being swept over the weir.Arranging Trust-power to drop the flow to 1 m 3 /sec for a couple of hours, when a digger wasavailable made for difficulty. Tip - employ acontractor with several diggers! One is likely tobe available.The play-hole is now complete. It is a popular spotfor paddlers as Taranaki rivers are raindependent. The play-hole can be surfed at arelatively low flow of 4 m 3 /sec. Maximum flow is7 m 3 /sec. The usual moves - cartwheel, spin,pirouette, blast, blunt etc can be performed. Weare looking forward to seeing the first loop.Many thanks to everyone who assisted in theplanning and building.Design notes for technical minds:GeneralA hole is created as follows.• Accelerate the flow between two shoulders• Drop the flow over a ledge.The width of the ledge is critical i.e. it must be inthe right proportion to the flow available. Theledge width and the flow govern the height of theupper pool.A downstream weir is needed to control the levelof the lower pool.The difference in height between the upper andby Mark Garnerlower pool is the drop. The drop is critical for thefollowing reasons.• Not enough drop and the hole washes out.• Just right gives a retentive hole• Too much and you’ve got a sticky holeThe drop is actually quite small, about 250-300mmfor this play-hole.Design flow rangeThe design flow is critical. For a power station thechoice is easy i.e. all turbines running. In this casethe maximum flow is 7 m 3 /sec. We have found thatthis is an ample flow for a decent size hole andthe minimum flow in practice is 4 m 3 /sec. Less andthe hole is too small.Ledge widthThe choice of ledge width is governed byexperience with other play-holes. It is notcalculated. We selected a 5m width for a designflow of 7 m 3 /sec. For comparison, the Tekapo playholeis 9m wide and the flow is 18 m 3 /sec.Weir heightThe weir is essential to control flow of 4 to 7 m 3 /sec. The height of the weir crest is the same as theledge height.The height of the downstream weir should equalthe natural height of the stream at design flow.However in this case the ledge is a little higher toaccommodate variations in height of theWaiwhakaiho River.Weir widthThe weir width needs to be wider than the ledge.In this case this is calculated at 10 metres.Hydraulic calculationsFor engineers, who are well represented amongstkayakers, Chapter 5 ‘Notches &Weirs’ from thetextbook ‘Hydraulics’ by Lewitt is very useful.Broad-crested weir and submerged weirformulae apply.TerminologyLedge - water drops over the ledge to createthe hole.Shoulders - the left and right hand shoulderseither side of the ledge which funnel andaccelerate the flow over the ledge.Drop - the fall from upper to lower pool.Upper pool - upstreamLower pool - the pool in which the kayaks areplaying.Weir - creates the lower pool and controls its height.


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Seven Dams, SevenDays by Sea Kayakby Mike BellThe planning started nearly twelve months ago. Thechallenge was to portage the seven dams starting from theFuljames rapid in Taupo and finishing at Port Waikato. Atotal paddling distance of over 300km without assistancefrom a support vehicle.We were to free camp along the way carrying provisions, food, cooking andcamping gear for the journey as well as six litres of water to last two days.Water top ups could be made along the way.Most of us had paddled the individual lakes and side-streams on day tripsand had explored different parts of the river north of Lake Karapiro so weasked, “Why not the whole way?” The five were Evan and Linda Pugh fromLeitchfield, John Flemming from Rotorua, Ryan Whittle from North Shore andMike Bell from Cambridge. That’s me.I was the last to arrive at the get-in on Friday afternoon with enough time toload my kayak so we could leave together. Small rapids kept us focused andwith a good flow we managed 28k before pulling the kayaks up a small bankat 7.45pm.With two dams to portage we were up before sunrise for an early start. TheOhakuri Hydro would be the hardest of the trip. A short portage brought usto an area high above the water level of Lake Atiamuri. The only ‘easy’ waywas 40m straight down a fisherman’s track. Each of us carried 10m of rope,joined by John to lower each fully laden kayak to the bottom of the track.Evan and I manoeuvred them to the get-in. We had a short paddle to AtiamuriHydro-dam. Towering cliffs edged this part of the lake in a landscape whichcan only be enjoyed from the water. The water level was low and we had tostop in knee-deep mud. It smelt real bad!Portaging to the base of Atiamuri Hydro was relatively easy but the water atthe get-in was moving quickly. Evan went last to make sure we got round thefirst few corners leading under State Highway 1. He and I got round the cornerto find John capsized, holding on to the back of his kayak. Evan quickly passedme, hooked on his towline and paddled to a large easy back eddy. We bothpumped out John’s kayak then steadied it so he could re-enter. A few bitswere lost from his trolley so we phoned to arrange a spare for the nextmorning. An easy paddle to campsite 2 past the Youth camp, then a washdown, dinner and a beer finished the day.It was a misty, calm morning. After breakfast, packing the gear, and gettingthe kayaks on the water we were off for the next day’s paddling. Skierscamping at the reserve opposite us asked: “Where are you headed?” Whenwe answered “Port Waikato”, there were a few wows and good wishes. Theyprobably thought we were mad!!We had a short rest and snacks at the top of Whakamaru Hydro, trollied upand portaged to the next get-in at Lake Maraetai. At the base Evan, Ryan andI paddled under the spillway. It’s an eerie feeling when you realize the bottomof the previous lake is close through the concrete structure.At the exit point of Lake Maraetai, the portage down a rough four-wheel drivetrack became the undoing of 3 trolleys. One was repairable while the othertwo weren’t. Damn! All we could do was double back for the remainingkayaks. After refuelling with drinking water and food, the final part of thisportage began. We lowered each kayak down a steep slope beside a bridge,and then eased them down 2m onto a concrete platform to water level.Without incident we continued through scenic Lake Waipapa until wereached our designated camping spot.The next day’s portage at Waipapa hydro was probably the easiest and wewere quickly back into the kayaks on Lake Arapuni. The coloured steep cliffsat Lake Arapuni are quite spectacular.Our 6th portage of approximately 3.5k’s was the longest. After what seemedhours we arrived at our next campsite exhausted but with plenty of daylightto set camp.Tuesday dawned and promised to be a shorter day. The plan was to paddlethe length of Lake Karapiro, portage the Karapiro Hydro and camp in the oldquarry. A distance of only 25ks to cover. At the start, 500 metres of rapidssmooth out and form the top of Lake Karapiro. I led determinedly, and withlots of yehaaas and woohoos we all got through unscathed. Evan recorded atop speed of 17.2kph, which was the highest for the entire trip.Fresh blackberries were a nice treat, a change from muesli bars and nuts.We topped up with fresh water at Finlay Park then while Evan, Linda andJohn went to Horahora reserve, Ryan and I paddled the Pokaiwhenua Stream,as far as we could go, a distance of about 4km. We caught up with the othersat Horahora for lunch and managed to dry some of our gear before settingoff again for Karapiro domain. A short portage and a lift over a fence gave usaccess to the track leading to the unused quarry.We gave a shout of delight as this was the last of the dams and from here itwas plain sailing, ah kayaking. We camped and I made a call home to arrangea traditional NZ dinner for the adventurers. Yes, fish and chips andhamburgers finished with ice cold Cola. What a treat. My wife took gear nolonger required.The following morning we intended to use a manmade lagoon as an idealget-in but the river level had dropped 1.2m making it too high. Instead wehad to use strops to carry each kayak to an easier put-in further up stream.We entered a narrow gorge with a surge and exited without any problems.One small rapid to go... I was the last to go through, then without warning, Iwas over. Bugger, I’ve capsized. As the others were ahead I self-rescued, gotin first time, pumped out most of the water, replaced the spray-deck,disconnected the paddle float in time to negotiate the last bit of fast waterjust before Cambridge. I caught up to the others, explained what hadhappened and sponged the remaining water out as we headed towardHamilton.At Horotiu a powerful stench hit us from the freezing works. An amazinglydisgusting Hamilton refuse site is a few hundred of metres from the riveredge. Makes you wonder how much stuff seeps into the river. Yuck!!.We stopped at Huntly to fill bottles with fresh water. The river water hereisn’t that tasty. We passed the dominant building of the Huntly Power Stationand finished the day setting up camp on a semi-island, watching the sun godown. We had been on the water for 7hrs 50mins and completed 74ks forthe day. The river flow helped us a lot.Another morning and up before dawn. There was a light mist on the river,which burned off quickly giving us a beautiful day. We stopped at Mercer forlunch and ice cream. On a journey like this you have to treat yourself alongthe way. An easy breeze was against us and about mid afternoon we foundan ideal camping spot on an island big enough to farm. Cows looked on aswe pulled the kayaks ashore and erected tents where they had stood.On our final day we stopped at Tuakau to empty our rubbish and continuedon to our destination Port Waikato. As John drifted by a sand quarry, which40 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005


was in full operation, he told a bloke we had started from Taupo. His eyesmust have popped out of his head with amazement. We beached on thesandy shore opposite and could hear the conversation on the CB betweenthe blokes on the barge and the guys on the shore. As we left they wished usa safe journey and gave us a mighty wave.We reached the island system to face the last of the incoming tide. Instead offighting the current, we had an early lunch and rested for about an hour. Inthe estuary we had a following wind, which made paddling easy, but withthe tide still coming in the chop was bigger but not uncomfortableIn the distance we could see our landing point. I asked everyone to keep hisor her gear on and pose for a last photo. We landed, posed, changed into dryclothes and enjoyed beer, coffee, café food and other carbohydratereplacements while we waited for our pick up. When the vans arrived weloaded up and congratulated each other on our accomplishment.Just fantastic!!Actual paddling time was 41hrs 1min with an average paddling speed of7.4kph covering a total distance of 303k excluding side-streams.Thank you Hawkes Bay Regional Council.from the Taupo Canoe & Kayak gangFor a slightly eccentric paddler known as River Ron, being pinned by asubmerged metal pole facing upstream in a grade 2 rapid is not nice. Irefer to the metal poles that had made their way into river, from the oldBridge across the Mohaka (about 0.5km upstream of the Napier/TaupoHighway 1). It pushed his kayak sideways and pierced his spray deck,narrowly missing his leg. Unable to free himself, he was rescued by fellowpaddlers and lived to tell the tale and paddle another day.After that incident we changed our Ops manual and portaged the areawhile we worked out how, when and who could remove theoffending poles.My first port of call was the Hawkes Bay Regional Council who advisedme by letter that “river users need to be cognisant of the poles or anyother submerged objects (rocks/trees). They were not the responsibilityof the Council”. Fair enough I thought, while wondering whatcognisant meant.However, the letter went on to promise that they would send anEnvironmental Regulation Officer to have a look. Well, look he did andwhile said officer was there he undertook the task of taking them outand cutting a couple of them to a reasonable level under the low rivermark. By all accounts he did a splendid job, removing the potentiallydeadly poles and making us feel a whole lot better about taking clientsthere. It’s also good to know that we have served the kayaking communityas a whole and saved another poor soul ending up like Ron, or worse!!So, hats off to the guys and gals at Hawkes Bay Regional Council and themystery person from the Environmental Regulation Section for theirefforts in making the Riverland’s section of the Mohaka a safer place topaddle.ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005 41


KAYAK COOKINGBush Breadby Gordon DaglishAfter a hard day paddling, (that’s if you have got away early enough and arenot now trying to set up the tent in the dark!) food always comes very highon a list of priorities. If it is freshly cooked all the better.One of my favourite, tried and true meals is ‘Bush Bread’The fastest way to make bread is in boiling oil. (Keep the pretty parts of yourbody away as boiling oil will burn). The recipe can be changed by addingmuesli or just about anything you have left over. Mix dry ingredients thenadd water slowly to the centre so that at the end of mixing you still have dryflour sticking to the dough. Knead the dough. Adding flour will stop it stickingto fingers, pots, hair, etc. (Using a plastic bag will save washing up.) Leave torise if not too hungry. Add small balls of dough to oil (keep them thin or theywill be doughy on the inside) and cook until golden brown. Remember tocook lots for other people. Good luck.BUSH BREADSelf-raising flour - 4 partsMilk powder - 1 partMix dry ingredients togetherAdd Water - put in centre of dry ingredientsKneadLeave to riseRoll out to patty size and/or fill with “Stagg” and make into ‘Cornish pasties’Fry in very hot oil.Photos by Rachel McCormack.Master Chef - Gordon DaglishApprentice Chef - Ruth Henderson.42 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005


WinFor more information on any of thesekayaks or equipment - fill in the form andreceive an information pack andGo in the Draw to WIN....Prize drawn on 31 September2005Name:Email:Address:Rapid PersonalFlotation Devicevalued at $169Ph: homeworkmobilePlease send me info. on:Send form to: WIN A RAPID PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE;NZ Kayak Magazine, 7/28 Anvil Rd, Silverdale. Phone (09) 421 0662.NEW ZEALAND KAYAK MAGAZINE’S BUYERS GUIDERECREATIONAL AND SIT-ON-TOPKAYAKSSPECIFICATIONKAYAKSSPECIFICATIONWeight: 34 kgWidth: 83 cmLength: 4.70mPrice: From$1429Weight: 17 kgWidth: 68 cmLength: 2.8 mPrice: $859ACADIA 470 A great fun family boat with plenty of freeboard allowing fora heavy load. Excellent for sheltered water exploring. Paddles quickly andhas excellent stability. Dry storage compartment.ACADIA 280 A light easy to use family kayak. Enjoyable paddling for thewhole family in sheltered waters.Weight:Width:Length:Price:21.77 kg597 mm5.046 mFrom$1995Weight: 23.5 kgWidth: 62 cmLength: 4.5mPrice: $1360EXPEDITION is designed to go fast. It is built to accelerate quickly and getto its top speed in a short period of time. This boat has lots of storage and isideal for any paddler interested in performance touring, sea kayaking andlong distance cruising.Weight: 22.68 kgWidth: 711 mmLength: 4.55 mPrice: $1195(x A hatch and tank strapsincl.)TOURER This kayak has it all, even an adjustable leg length ruddersystem. The low profile hull of the Cobra Tourer cuts down on windage,enabling paddlers to maintain high speed and straight tracking with easyhandling in all conditions. The integrated keel provides stability andefficiency.SWIFT The swift is an easy handling and stable sit-on-top, with a hullshape similar to that of a sit-in kayak to give it greater speed. The standardSwift comes rigged with a rudder and storage compartments, making it theideal craft for those longer trips or a day out fishing beyond the breakers.Weight: 27 kgWidth: 750 mmLength: 3.46 mPrice: $910ESCAPADE Great general purpose kayak for fishing, diving and havingfun in the sun.Easy finance available fromConditions andbooking fee applyISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005 43


We have many more kayaks available so please ask if you cannot see what you want.RECREATIONAL AND SIT-ON-TOPKAYAKSSPECIFICATIONKAYAKSSPECIFICATIONWeight:Width:Length:Price:18.18 kg790 mm3.43 mFrom$895Weight:Width:Length:Price:36.36 kg915 mm5.03 mFrom$1295THE EXPLORER is ideal for fishing, surfing and exploring and one of thedriest ‘Sit-ons’ you will find. Great hatches for storing your goodiesWeight:Width:Length:Price:THE TANDEM ‘two person’ is ideal for fishing, surfing and exploring withgreat hatches for storing your adventure equipment. Now available withthree person option. It is often used by one person.Weight:Width:Length:Price:25.90 kg915 mm3.81 mFrom$109517.27 kg710 mm3.10 mFrom$649THE PLAY is great for the paddler who wants a fun fast surf and flat waterkayak. Kids love this Sit-on as it is not too wide for them to paddle and yetvery stable.Weight: 34 kgWidth: 840 mmLength: 4.75 mPrice: $1599SWING 470 PLUS A fantastic two person cruising kayak which is stableand fast. It has plenty of storage and great features to make youradventures fun.Weight: 25 kgWidth: 780 mmLength: 4.01 mPrice: $1099SWING 400 PLUS Flat water cruising, well appointed with gear storageinside. Also includes an optional extra pod that detaches, which is great forcarrying your fishing gear to your favourite spot. The pod can also be usedas a seat.Weight: 14 kgWidth: 700 mmLength: 3 mPrice: $710SPRITE ONE A kayak for the family, able to seat an adult and child.Easy paddling, adjustable seat back and clip down hand grabs, paddleswell in a straight line and is very stable. Suits flat water conditions.THE TRIPLE is an excellent performing family Sit-on. The centre seat areais dry with heaps of room so the kids can move and fidget without causingthe adults any concern. The centre space also allows for storage of heaps ofcamping equipment.Weight: 25.85 kgWidth: 914 mmLength: 3.81 mPrice: From $995(hatches & accessories notincluded)FISH ‘N DIVE The ultimate fishing/diving kayak. A large well is located inthe stern and holds up to three tanks. There is one centrally located seat anda smaller companion seat near the bow. It can also be fitted with an optionalmotor bracket for an electric trolling or small outboard engine.Weight: 15 kgWidth: 780 mmLength: 2.7mPrice: $489SQUIRT A Sit-on-Top for the family. Able to seat an adult and a smallchild. It is easy to paddle and is very stable. Easily carried by one adult ortwo kids.Weight: 23 kgWidth: 750 mmLength 3.3 mPrice: $770ESCAPEE Probably the closest you will come to finding one kayak thatdoes it all. Surfing, fishing, snorkelling.Weight: 22.7 kgWidth: 810 mmLength: 3.12 mPrice: $939TORRENT FREEDOM Great for the surf and the river with awesomemanoeuvrability. Excellent finish.Weight: 32 kgWidth: 830 mmLength: 4.2 mPrice: $1160DELTA DOUBLE Fun for the whole family at the beach or lake.Plenty of room and great stability.Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice. Accessories and hatches as pictured may not be included in price.44 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005


We have many more kayaks available so please ask if you cannot see what you want.RECREATIONAL AND SIT-ON-TOPKAYAKSSPECIFICATION KAYAKSSPECIFICATIONWeight: 21 kgWidth: 770 mmLength: 2.5 mPrice: $630Weight:Width:Length:Price:32 kg820 mm4.5 mFrom$1170 to$1590WHIZZ A great multi-purpose family boat for big kids and small kids alike.Lots of fun this summer at the beach. (Hot surfer!)Weight:Width:Length:Price:27 kg67 cm470 cm$1299 (Std)$1559(Expedition)NAPALI 470 The Napali 470 has been loaded with lots of technicalfeatures. It is a stable sit-on-top, and as efficient as a standard-size touringboat.Weight: 16 kgWidth: 685 mmLength: 2.92 mPrice: $795SPRITE TWO Two person cruiser, comes with dry gear storage. Fast,stable and easy to use. Adjustable back rest. Suits flat water conditions.Weight:Width:Length:Price:32 kg74 cm520 cm$1499 (Std)$1899(Expedition)NAPALI 520 We took the lines of the Napali 470 and stretched them outto nearly 5.2m and added another seat. The result is the Napali 520, a mostefficient tandem sit-on-top.Weight: 20 kgWidth: 710 mmLength: 2.98 mPrice: $849COBRA STRIKE A Wave Ski which the whole family can enjoy. Fantasticin the surf, it‘s a fast and manoeuvrable sit-on-top.LAKE AND SEA KAYAKSFive O Amazing surf sit-on-top. Fun, agile and performance orientated.Weight: 35 kgWidth: 800 mmLength: 4.87 mPrice: $2750CONTOUR 490 This double Sea Kayak is an ideal day tourer with theeasy ability to do those weekend camping expeditions. It handles well, isfun to paddle and has well appointed accessories.Weight: 45 kgWidth: 760 mmLength: 5.64 mPrice: $3589ECO NIIZH 565 XLT This upgraded model is proving a hit with its newlighter weight and some excellent features. We now have a plastic doublesea kayak that is great to use for all those amazing expeditions andadventures.Weight: 27 kgWidth: 62 cmLength: 480cmPrice: $2199Your height, weight and paddlingability will affect the type of kayakbest suited for your needs. Ask foradvice at your specialist kayak shop.Weight: 20 kgWidth: 675 mmLength: 3.7 mPrice:Tourer $1289Expedition $1599ACADIA 370 Flat water cruising, well appointed, a nifty adjustablebackrest, an access hatch in the back which is great for carrying your extragear.Weight:Std 22kgWidth:610 mmLength:4.4 mBasic $1410Excel $1750Excel lightweight $1920CONTOUR 480 Is a roomy, manoeuvrable, easy to handle boat. Achannelled hull provides outstanding tracking that helps keep you oncourse. Its upswept, flared bow makes crossing rough water a breeze.TUI EXCEL A versatile touring kayak for lake, river and sea. Stability,speed and easy tracking make for an enjoyable day’s paddling. A largercockpit allows for easier entry and exit.Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice. Accessories and hatches as pictured may not be included in price.ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005 45


We have many more kayaks available so please ask if you cannot see what you want.LAKE AND SEA KAYAKSKAYAKSSPECIFICATION KAYAKSSPECIFICATIONWe recommend that everybody who uses akayak should participate in a trainingcourse. This will ensure your enjoyment andsafety. Ask at your nearest kayak shop.Weight: 27 kgWidth: 610 mmLength: 5.3 mPrice: $2550Lightweight $2820TASMAN EXPRESS Responds to rough conditions. Its low profile andflared bow enable it to perform well in adverse conditions. It is designed togive the paddler maximum comfort, with adjustable footrests, backrest, sideseat supports and optional thigh brace.Weight: 22 kgWidth: 610 mmLength: 5.3 mPrice: $3980Weight: Std 26 kgWidth: 590 mmLength: 5.4 mPrice: $2699TASMAN EXPRESS KEVLAR As per the plastic model, the kevlarTasman Express responds to rough conditions but its decreased weight, andincreased stiffness, gives even better performance.ECOBEZHIG 540 An enjoyable sea kayak, fast and nimble with hugestorage, great features and the most comfortable seat your butt will evermeet.Weight: 26kgWidth: 640mmLength: 4.5 mPrice: $1999CONTOUR 450 This kayak is designed for day tripping and lightovernight expeditions. It’s great fun to paddle and handles easily.Weight: 25 kgWidth: 610 mmLength: 4.8 mPrice: $2250Lightweight $2520PENGUIN Has all the features for multi-day kayaking with ease ofhandling in all weather conditions. With great manoeuvrability this kayak issuitable for paddlers from beginner to advanced.Weight:Width:Length:Price:23kgkevlar/carbon600 mm5.6 m$4110 KevlarWeight:Width:Length:Price:22kg600 mm5.4 m$3960 KevlarTORRES A fast and stable sea kayak capable of handling extremeexpeditions. Huge storage and lots of leg room.SOUTHERN SKUA Fast, stable sea kayak. Great in the rough and in thewind. Well appointed for expedition and day trips.Weight: 22kgWidth: 590 mmLength: 5 mPrice: $3110(Freight charges may apply)CHALLENGE 5 Slightly larger volume than the Sequel and lighter at 22kg.A fast and stable touring sea kayak well appointed and featuring a greatrudder/steering system.Weight: 26kgWidth: 580 mmLength: 4.93 mPrice: $2099 North Island$2195 South IslandSEQUEL Fast, light, touring kayak suits beginners through to advancedpaddlers. The hull design allows for great handling in rough water. Wellappointed and ideally suitable for multisport training.Weight: 34kgWidth: 820 mmLength: 4.5 mPrice: $1690WANDERER EXCEL A stable fun kayak which is easy to handle. This isan enjoyable kayak for all the family.Weight: 22kgWidth: 600 mmLength: 4.5 mPrice: $1785 North Island$1903 South IslandBREEZE Fully appointed sea kayak. Light weight and agile with a longwaterline giving good speed in a smaller sea kayak. Designed with thelighter paddler in mind. Suitable for day or overnight trips. Fun in a compactpackage.Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice. Accessories and hatches as pictured may not be included in price.46 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005


We have many more kayaks available so please ask if you cannot see what you want.MULTISPORT AND RACING SEA KAYAKSKAYAKSSPECIFICATIONKAYAKSSPECIFICATIONWeight: 11kgWidth: 450mmLength: 5.65mPrice: $2995Weight:Width:Length:Price:16.5 kg500mm6.4 m$3495 kevlar& carbon$2995 fibreglassREBEL This new fast funky Ruahine Kayak is designed for paddlers of bothgenders up to 75kgs.It is 5.65 metres long, which is half way between the length of the Swallowand the Opus and goes faster than an Opus.Weight: 12.5 kgWidth: 450mmLength: 5.89mPrice: $2995OCEAN X This Racing Sea Kayak was designed specifically for the ‘Lengthof New Zealand Race’ and built around the safety criteria drawn up for thatrace. The Ocean X is also very suitable for kayak racing in the manyharbours, estuaries and lakes of New Zealand and lends itself well to thekayak sections of many multisport races.Weight: 14.5 kgWidth: 540 mmLength: 4.94mPrice: $2295OPUS This popular ‘user friendly’ kayak, with its excellent balance ofspeed and stability is designed for the multisport paddler moving up to afaster kayak from a Swallow or similar.INTRIGUE This kayak is ideal for the beginner kayaker who is looking fora quick, light kayak with great stability.Weight: 12 kgWidth: 480mmLength: 5.4 mPrice: $2795SWALLOW The next step up from the entry level kayaks. Fast with goodstability. Medium skill ability is required to enjoy racing this kayak.Weight:Length:Price:13.5 kg Kevlar12 kg Carbon /Kevlar6.2 m$3095 Kevlar$3295 Carbon /KevlarWeight: 16.5 kg to 19 kgdepending on constructionWidth: 510 mmLength: 6.43 mPrice: $2980 - $3330depending on constructionMAXIMUS Fast ocean going Racing Sea Kayak. The broad bow allowsthis kayak to ride over waves like a surf ski without losing any speed and iseasy to control while surfing. A low profile reduces buffeting by the wind inadverse conditions.Weight:26 kg GlassKevlar/Carbon24kg Width:550mmLength:7m 7 mPrice: $4995 Glass - $5495depending on $5495 constructionKevlar/CarbonADVENTURE DUET This lightweight, very fast and recently updatedAdventure Racing double kayak continues to dominate adventure racing inNZ and is very suitable as a recreational double.F1 This innovative new multisport kayak is designed for the advanced andelite paddler. This radical kayak is fast with considerable secondary stabilityand is fitted with our new “bikini” seat. It will accelerate with ease, cuttingwave trains and eliminating rocking.Weight: 19.09 kgWidth: 585 mmLength: 5.03 mPrice: $1495THE ELIMINATOR is a fast stable racingand training ‘Sit -on’. It has an adjustable dry seat and a cool drainingsystem. Ideal for the paddler wanting a good fitness work out.Give your specialist kayak shop a calland talk to one of our friendly team tohelp choose the best kayak for you.Easy finance available fromConditions andbooking fee applyPlease note that all prices are subject to change without notice. Accessories and hatches as pictured may not be included in price.ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005 47


Learn To KayakSEA KAYAKS, TOURING AND SIT-ON-TOPSWHITE WATER AND MULTISPORTStage 1Stage 2Stage 1Stage 2SKILLS COURSEA comprehensive course designed tocover the skills required to become atechnically correct and safe paddler. Thecourse progresses so you developtechniques and confidence at anenjoyable pace with great end results.This course is run over a weekend or byrequest in the evenings.COST $295ESKIMO ROLLINGThis course covers the skills required tobecome a technically correct EskimoRoller. You increase your confidence,allowing you to paddle in morechallenging conditions. Being able toeskimo 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 progressingthrough flat water to moving water, itallows you to develop techniques andconfidence at an enjoyable pace withgreat end results.Course: WeekendCOST $349ESKIMO ROLLINGThis course covers the skills required tobecome a technically correct EskimoRoller. This will increase your confidence,allowing you to paddle in morechallenging conditions.Course: 4 evening sessionsCOST $200Stage 3Stage 4Stage 3Stage 4WEATHER & NAVIGATIONUnderstanding the weather and ability tonavigate 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 build onthe skills gained on Stage One and TwoCourses. Developing your skills,technique and confidence on the fastermoving white water of the Waikato Riverand progressing on to a Sunday day tripon the Mohaka River. Includes, eddieturns, ferry gliding, rolling, surfing andbuilding 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 Mohaka Riveron Saturday and progress to theWhanganui on Sunday for some big waterpaddling. River racing competency lettersare awarded to those who meet thestandard and criteria as outlined on theGrade Two Competency Certificate. A copyis available from Canoe & Kayak Shops.Course: Weekend • COST $349Stage 6Stage 5Stage 6Stage 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 make itfun 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 $60WinFor more information on any of thesecourses or tours - fill in the form andreceive an information pack andGo in the Draw to WIN....Prize drawn on 31 September 2005ADVANCED WHITEWATERThis course is designed to sharpen yourwhitewater skills and start learning simplerodeo moves. We will focus on skills suchas river reading, body position androtation, advanced paddle technique,playing in holes and negotiating higherGrade 3 rapids. We recommend you arefeeling comfortable on Grade 2+ rapids.Ideally you should already be paddling themid section of Rangitaiki or equivalent.Course: Weekend • COST $349RIVER RESCUEThis course is designed to cover likelyscenarios on white water rivers. Thecourse is suitable for paddlers who feelcomfortable on Grade One to Two rivers.The areas covered are rope skills, muscletechniques, team control, heads up, riskmanagement and combat swimming. Alsocovering skills required in the followingsituations: entrapments, kayak wraps,swimming kayakers and their equipment.Course: Weekend • COST P.O.A.SEA KAYAK SKILLS COURSEvalued at $295Name:Email:Address:Ph: homeworkmobilePlease send me info. on:Send form to: WIN A KAYAK COURSE; NZ Kayak Magazine,7/28 Anvil Rd, Silverdale. Phone (09) 421 0662.48 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005


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.$85 per person (bookings essential).Call freephone 0800 KAYAKN fordetails.2 hour guided kayak trip. Experience themagnificent upper reaches of the mightyWaikato River - soak in the geothermalhotsprings - take in the stunningenvironment... a perfect trip for all the family...Price: $40 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: $100 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 Yak clubmembers and their families... Ideal for sportand school groups... Situated on the banksof the Waikato River our Kayakers Lodgeaccommodates up to 12 people, is fullyfurnished, with plenty of parking and a quietlocation.$25 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 where wewill stop for a snack.Allow 2 hours paddle only. Priced at $50.Phone: 06 769 5506Enjoy this beautiful scenic river whichwinds through some of New Zealandslushest vegetation. Camping overnight andexploring some of New Zealandspioneering history. A true Kiwi experience.Two day trips $220.00 orone day $70.00.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.$50.00 per person. Phone 06 769 5506Hawkes Bay Harbour CruiseA guided kayak trip round the safe waters ofthe Inner Harbour, while learning about thehistory of the area. During this stunning triparound the beautiful Napier Inner Harbourof Ahuriri, we stop to share a glass of freshorange juice, local fruits and cheese platter.All this for $40 per person.Phone 06 842 1305Okura River ToursExploring Karepiro Bay and the OkuraMarine Reserve. Enjoy this scenic trip withabundant wildlife and a stop at DacreCottage, the historic 1840 settlers house,which is only accessible by boat.Okura River Kayak Hire CompanyPhone: 09 473 0036Kayak 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 detailsNZKINew 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 PubTwilight ToursCustomized ToursJoin the Yakity Yak ClubKayaking 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!Okura River Kayak Hire CompanyPhone: 09 473 0036Departs from one of The East Coast Baysbeautiful beaches. Enjoy the scenic tripwith the sun setting over the cliff tops asyou paddle along the coast line.COST: $49.00 • Group discounts available!Okura River Kayak Hire CompanyPhone: 09 473 0036Mobile: 025 529 255• Work Functions • Schools• Clubs • Tourist groupsWhether it’s an afternoon amble, a fulldays 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 KAYAKNZWant to have fun, meet new people, havechallenging and enjoyable trips, and learnnew skills?PLUS get a regular email newsletter andthis magazine! Also, get a discount onkayaking courses and purchases fromCanoe & Kayak stores.Then, join us!Phone Canoe & Kayakon 0508 KAYAKNZ to find out moreISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005 49


How can you getyour photos inthis magazine?We are always looking forgreat front cover shots, andalways need pictures toillustrate articles.Photo by Gerry MaireDigital photography being relatively new to most of us - here are a few pointers:Set your camera on the highest possible resolution, and superfine compression. At this setting with a 256 MB CF card or equivalent (about $100)you can take oodles of photos before having to edit and delete. When out snapping, turn your camera ‘on its ear’ and take some photos in ‘portrait’format. Kayaks being long, do not lend themselves to this format, but if you want a front page shot, or full page photo, this is what is needed. Whosays we need to see all of the kayak anyway? An ‘in your face’ shot is more likely to be chosen over a passive scenic shot. Do not ‘play around’ withyour photos. Resist the temptation to do any image altering or enhancing. Leave that to the professionals. The old rules still apply - to get betterpictures: move your feet (or kayak) to avoid the power pole or to get in closer; notice where the sun or shadow is, use the early morning or eveninglight; shift the offending rubbish bin, errant twig or paddle; frame the shot - create a picture. Download your best images onto a CD, at 300dpi atmaximum size or get your friendly Chemist/Photography shop to do it for you. Do not send 107 shots. Pick your top ten! Post CD’s, (or transparenciesand prints - which will be returned) to NZ Kayak magazine, 7/28 Anvil Rd, Silverdale. Don’t forget to include your name, address, phone number andcaptions for your photos. Who knows........ your artwork may be on the cover of your magazine (and we’ll give your Mum, sister, girlfriend... copies).Ruth E. Henderson50 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005


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DISCOVER ANOTHER WORLDCITYAUCKLANDDOMINION ROADBALMORAL ROADSANDRINGHAM ROAD502 Sandringham RdTelephone: 09 815 2073Arenel LtdT/A Canoe & Kayak AucklandSOUTHST LUKES RDNORTHS.H.1TONGARIRO STNUKUHAUSPA ROADLAKE TERRACETAUPO38 Nukuhau Street, TaupoTelephone: 07 378 1003Rees and Partners LimitedTrading as Canoe and Kayak TaupoNORTHTARANAKIWAIWHAKAIHO RIVERDEVON ROADSMART ROADUnit 6, 631 Devon RoadWaiwhakaiho, New PlymouthTelephone: 06 769 5506Peter & Bronnie van LithTrading as Canoe and Kayak TaranakiHAWKE’S BAYTARADALE ROADNIVEN STREETNORTH15 Niven StreetOnekawa, NapierTelephone: 06 842 1305CSJ LimitedTrading as Canoe and Kayak Hawke’s BayNORTH SHORESILVERDALEMANUKAUBAY OF PLENTYUPPER HIGHWAY (16)NORTHERN MOTORWAYNORTHCONSTELLATION DRIVEASCENSION PLUnit 2/20 Constellation Drive,(Off Ascension Drive), Mairangi Bay,Auckland - Telephone: 09 479 1002Flood Howarth & Partners LimitedTrading as Canoe and Kayak North ShoreNORTHEAST COAST ROADMAIN NORTH HIGHWAYTAVERN ROADANVIL RDFOUNDRY RD7/28 Anvil Road, SilverdalePlease phone for opening hoursTelephone: 09 421 0662Canoe & Kayak LimitedTrading as Canoe and Kayak DistributionFIRSTDRIVEWAYGREAT SOUTH RDTOYOYABRONCOSWIRI STATION ROADSOUTHERN MOTORAWAYNORTH710 Great South Road, ManukauTelephone: 09 262 0209J. K. Marine LimitedTrading as Canoe and Kayak ManukauTO TAURANGA BRIDGEMACDONALD STREETMAUNGANUI ROADLIQUORLANDHEWLETTS ROADKFC3/5 Mac Donald StreetMount Maunganui (off Hewletts Rd)Telephone: 07 574 7415Jenanne Investment LimitedTrading as Canoe and Kayak Bay of PlentyHAMILTONDUKE STREETKAHIKATEA DRIVEKILLARNEY ROADSH1BYPASSNORTHGREENWOOD STDUKE STREETKAHIKATEA DRIVEThe Corner Greenwood St& Duke St, State Highway 1 bypassTelephone: 07 847 5565This shop is for saleWELLINGTONOPENINGSOONJOIN THEPHONE YOUR NEARESTSHOPEasyfinanceavailable.Conditions andbooking fee applywww.canoeandkayak.co.nz52 ISSUE THIRTYtwo • 2005

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