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Letter to the Editor 6

A Food Fest on the Whanganui 8

One Paddler’s Achilles 10

Some tips on how to organize a kayak trip 13

Kool Kayaking and Karma 14

A Meander on the Mokau

Whanganui River by a canoe or kayak


is the best holiday I have ever had. 18

Hot hot hot Taupo 20

Wonderful Waikeremoana 22

Winner 24

Letter to the Editor

Putting adventures into training for


adventure races 28

Product Focus 30

A Family Affair 32

Fishing Kayak 34

Snottiness on the River 36

What’s on 37

Four day trip with Greg 38

The Canoe & Kayak Rodney

Coast Challenge Nov 6th 2005 40

Kayaks & Kids at Sandspit 42

Buyers Guide 43

Directory: Things To Do 49

Learn To Kayak 50


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There were ten green bottles hanging

on the wall.

You all know the song and it is rather

pointless but the kids seem to like it.

The nice young lady approaches from the sun

drenched beach. It’s late in the afternoon.

Her eyes sparkle with passion as she looks

deeply into my soul. She moves towards me

and opens her moist lips. My heart beats

faster. Her words are like music from the

heavens. The meaning is so clear and yet

being a clumsy male I misinterpret them. “Is

there a rubbish bin around here?” My reply

is suspicious. All this girl wants is my rubbish

bin for her rubbish that she cannot be

bothered to carry home. WOW but how

wrong could I be? I reply “ Whose rubbish is

it?” Her response almost floors me! “ I found

it on the beach”. Feeling small, and thinking

that there cannot be two perfect women in

the world, I point to the 40 gallon drum

overflowing with beach collections from the

previous month.

In a perfect world Donna would typify the

inhabitants of our green jewel in which we

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all make sure our rubbish ends up in the

bin and are happy to collect any extra

as well.

If friends and activity will improve your

festive season then join a Kayak Club.

You may meet the perfect person on a

deserted beach too.

Merry Xmas

Peter Townend

Your Editor

P.S the other woman is my only true love

who has given me three and a bit paddlers

for our family waka. She picks up rubbish

and I met her on a deserted beach too!

PPS The green bottles all end up on the

ground and the song does not deal with

what happens to them.

PPPS I hate a story that does not finish!

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Letters to the Editor

Hi Ruth,

Thanks for the mag. Canoes have come a long way since we used to make them out of corrugated iron

and a couple of bits of timber and paddled them in the Whau estuary in New Lynn in the ’50s. We used

to spend more time bailing than paddling as the ripply bits on the iron were plugged up with tidal

estuary mud, which used to dissolve pretty quick. God, just think how that would be taken these days

with protective parents!! Cheers, Ken James

Gidday Peter,

I’ve been in Fiji for two months sailing and paddling. A fantastic time had by all the crew. We spotted a

local fisherman with his corrugated iron canoe at Yalobi Bay, Waya Island, Yasawa Island group. Of course

I had to have ago! Thought you’d like to see the boat. Regards, Ross Mackenzie

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A Food Fest on the Whanganui

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by Anne Sharplin

Pete Townend promised, “Cool mornings, warm days,

roaring bonfires and stunning,star-filled evening skies.”

The Whanganui River trip provided all these, plus cold

rain, misty mornings, a full moon and the weather

pattern which covered the Central Plateau with snow.

23 paddlers turned out to be a hardy lot.

We put in at Ohinepane. Two heavily laden Canadian kayaks manned

by Pete and Roger, supported by Canoe & Kayak shop’s Russell from

Auckland, Terry from Hawkes Bay and Brian from Taupo, ensured that

we would be royally fed. We paddled between 14 and 31 kms on each

of 6 days, pausing for snacks, and camping at Poukaria, Maharanui,

Ohauora, Upper Mangapurua and Tieke Marae where we ate huge


I specially remember Pete’s corn fritters one day, banana fritters the next,

and hot scones smothered with melting butter, jam and sour cream. We

ate chicken, chicken and tomato soups, bacon eggs and fritters, mince

bolognaise, apples, bananas and custard, nuts and raisins, strawberry

and chocolate mousse, porridge, muesli, gourmet sandwiches, scrambled

eggs, chocolate biscuits and more from the Canadian kayak larders.

Some of us swelled, to rival Sue’s blue throne - remarkable for its size,

colour and design ! Next to eating - seating influenced our social life

and pecking order. Folding chairs, arm-rests, arm-rest drink holders,

collapsing minimalist models, converted barrels tended to flock together.

But Sue’s blow-up, portable throne was pre-eminent!

The food was superb; the river was magnificent, beautiful and stunning.

Its rapids were fun. On 5 occasions they claimed a miscalculator who

joined the “I capsized in a b... rapid” club, testing our skills in deep water

rescues and proving that we were a close knit bunch of caring friends

whatever we sat on!

Memories of competent friendship in unrivalled wilderness will stay with

us all. I’m sure you’ll regret it if you don’t paddle the Whanganui in 2006.

Photos by Ron Pinkham

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One Paddler’s Achilles

An experienced kayaker paddling solo

close to home capsizes unexpectedly

and suffers a disabling injury. Floating

alongside his kayak, he drifts

and waits.

On a calm July afternoon, Patrick Simard set out

to paddle alone near his home in Victoria. Patrick

is a skilled kayaker who likes to paddle for fitness.

He has a good roll and has experience paddling

and rolling a kayak in surf. He has taken a number

of courses and clinics to keep abreast of effective

paddling techniques and good judgment for seakayak

touring, and over the past year, he’s

concentrated on developing his offside roll.

His plan was to launch from Cattle Point and cross

Baynes Channel to paddle out to Strongtide and

Chatham Islands. The air temperature was about

70˚F, but the water was in the mid-50s, so under

his PFD and spray skirt, he wore a 3mm wetsuit.

The arms of the suit chafe a little, but Patrick puts

up with it knowing that the sleeves of his suit will

keep him warmer in the cold British Columbia

water than a sleeveless Farmer John suit would

in cold water.

The wind was calm, and the sea was smooth.

Visibility was more than a mile through light

overcast. The marine forecast was for continued

calm weather throughout the day. The flood tide,

pushing eastward from the Pacific Ocean and

through the Strait of Juan de Fuca at a speed of

two knots, accelerated as it curled around the

southern tip of Vancouver Island. The tidal stream

at Baynes Channel, well-known for its strong

currents, would be running at about four knots at

its peak.

Patrick launched from Cattle Point at 2:30 and

headed along the Vancouver Island shore, then

across Baynes Channel to Strongtide and Chatham

Islands. The crossing was uneventful, and Patrick

had only to make a small ferry angle to

compensate for the current. After a short time

exploring the shores of the islands, Patrick headed

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back across Baynes Channel. The tide was now

flooding near its predicted maximum of four

knots, and Patrick had adjusted his course to the

west to make a good ferry angle that would set him

on a course back toward Cattle Point.

A sea-going tug crossed Patrick’s path, and he set

up to surf its wake. The waves were only two feet

tall and didn’t provide much of a ride. Patrick was

relaxed and unconcerned about the tug’s wake.

After it had passed, he noticed a larger wake

closing in on him from a different direction. Three

feet tall with a breaking crest, this wake promised

a better ride. The tidal current probably

contributed to the wave’s steep slopes and slightly

breaking crest. The source of the wake was a

mystery-possibly a large freighter out in the

shipping lane.

Before Patrick had time to set up for surfing, the

wake hit him broadside on his right. Patrick let the

crest pass beneath the kayak, but the back side of

the wave was surprisingly steep. Patrick began to

capsize down into the trough and prepared to

high-brace into the trough as the kayak slid down

the back of the wave. He had to reach well down

with his paddle to reach the water. He capsized

only far enough to dip his shoulder in the water;

his brace kept him at the surface but didn’t right

the kayak. After a quick sculling stroke to hold him

at the surface, he put additional effort into a

second attempt to high brace, but he lost his grip

of the paddle from his right hand and capsized

fully. Something had happened to his right arm.

He released the spray deck and exited his kayak.

He emerged and held onto his kayak with his left

hand. His paddle was floating nearby, and as he

reached for it, he realized that he had dislocated

his right shoulder.

While in the water, he assessed his situation: He

could see the tug that had made the smaller wake

heading away. A sailboat, the only other vessel in

the area, was also heading away from him.

Although his right shoulder was badly injured, it

wasn’t very painful for the first few minutes;

however, with the joint between his upper arm

by Doug Alderson

and shoulder now distorted, his arm and hand

were weak and unresponsive.

He tried to keep his injured limb very still. He held

onto the boat with his left hand and held the

paddle with his weakened right hand. The

flooding tide was pushing Patrick out of Baynes

Channel into the open waters of Haro Strait. He

drifted in the current for about 15 minutes before

he saw a sailboat under power approaching him

from the northwest. With only one good arm, it

was very difficult to hold onto the kayak and raise

his paddle above the surface to signal for help,

but fortunately the sailboat responded to his

signal and altered course toward him. By the time

the sailboat reached him, Patrick had drifted a

mile or more from where he had capsized and was

approaching the much-less-travelled waters

bordering Haro Strait.

The skipper of the sailboat put a boarding ladder

over the side, and Patrick passed over his kayak’s

bow line and began the difficult task of getting up

on the first step of the ladder. He had been in the

water for 30 minutes but was still comfortably

warm, and although he was seriously disabled, he

was not in excessive pain. With Patrick and his

kayak aboard, the sailboat skipper headed to

shore for the emergency medical treatment that

Patrick needed.

Patrick felt cold and began to shake. The pain of

the dislocation increased rapidly, and his hand

had grown numb. The sailboat’s small motor

struggled to make progress against the current. It

took another half hour before they made it to a

marina in Oak Bay. At the dock, Patrick’s kayak was

locked up securely before his rescuer drove him

to a nearby hospital.

Lessons Learned

When we are close to home and out for an

afternoon of paddling, the familiar surroundings

tend to lower our perception of risk, especially if

we know that emergency rescue services are

readily available. Patrick had often paddled to the

Chatham Islands, and for him there was nothing

unusual about paddling alone across that busy

channel in a current running up to four knots. This

section of the Victoria shoreline is a popular area

for experienced local paddlers to practise their

skills, and many make the crossing of the channel

to the Discovery Islands. While the area is

considered by many to be the local playground, it

has also been the scene of a number of kayaking


Patrick now feels that he was lulled into a false

sense of security by the familiar and seemingly

benign circumstances and was not sufficiently

alert at the time the breaking wave arrived. He

recalls being very relaxed at the time he capsized

and believes that his nonchalant response to the

approach of the wake resulted in a poorly

executed high brace and the subsequent

disabling injury.

To his credit, he had reduced the risk of cold-water

immersion by wearing a wetsuit. He had also

taken several kayaking courses and had practised

his skills to the point of feeling prepared to

perform a self-rescue if it became necessary to do

so. His training contributed to his ability to remain

calm throughout his capsize and wet exit, but he

was unprepared for the injury to his arm and the

obstacle it created in getting back in his kayak.

Many of us train and practise to be stronger, more

skilful kayakers, but fail to consider the possibility

that we may be incapacitated to some degree by

injury, illness or exhaustion. We regularly make a

risk assessment before we depart the beach

based on weather reports and tide tables, on the

gear we have with us and on an assumption of

normal health and fitness. Chronic or traumatic

injuries to a wrist, elbow or shoulder are

infrequent but common to sea kayaking. The

possibility of injury should be taken into account

in our training and in our assessment of risk.

Coping with Injury

It’s common to practise bracing and rescue skills

in rough sea conditions, but generally we don’t

practise techniques to perform self-rescues while

simulating injury or other impairment. The

training regimens among Greenland kayakers

include a long tradition of preparing for the

possibility of injury or entanglement while

hunting. To recover from incidents similar to

Patrick’s, they developed rolls that kayakers could

do with one arm. While the variety of Greenland

rolls may not be possible to perform with

contemporary kayaks and euro-paddles,

practising wet exits and reentries using just one

arm could provide valuable insight into coping

with an injury. It would be best to learn to deploy

a paddle-float or stirrup with one hand in a

practice session when you’re not in a survival

situation. It’s also very important that paddlers

have the mental preparation and decision-making

capacity to make the most of these special

techniques at the time they’re needed.

Practising Mental Preparedness

Capsizing into the trough of a steep wave is not

uncommon. A sudden high-brace into a deep

trough can place a great deal of stress on the

shoulders. After a failed brace or roll, the

paddler’s shoulders are again at risk, as a second

attempt to high brace is often aggressive and

forceful and done from an awkward position. If

you find yourself faced with a situation that

requires a difficult high brace, allowing yourself

to capsize and roll back up can be a more

controlled and safer response. Patrick thinks he

could have avoided the injury by not struggling

to high-brace. He feels certain that relaxing,

allowing himself to capsize, then rolling up would

have been a simple, easy and successful

alternative. Frequent practice of rolling and

bracing in a wide variety of paddling conditions

will help you stay relaxed and confident and

better able to set up and execute a safe and

controlled roll, with elbows low and close to the


Physical skills are only useful when mental control

is present. Practising the mental skills that allow

us to assess situations, choose plans of action and

implement our best bracing, rolling, wet-exits and

reentries when we need them. Practice sessions

that simulate injuries, distractions, changing

circumstances and limited performance times

provide an excellent way to develop the mental

agility necessary for effective rescues under

difficult circumstances. Frequent practice will help

us make assessments and decisions quickly even

while under considerable stress.

Patrick had practised wet-exits and reentries but

had not prepared himself to respond to an

unexpected injury. After his capsize in Baynes

Channel, he didn’t think to use the pig-tail towline

he was wearing to secure himself to his kayak,

leaving his uninjured arm to raise the paddle or

reach into the kayak for emergency equipment.

Just as it is with physical skills we practise, the

mental techniques we practise diligently will be

the ones we have available at the time of

unexpected circumstances.

It took three months of rest and rehabilitation

before Patrick’s shoulder was strong enough for

him to paddle a sea kayak. He is now paddling

again, but he takes his local waters more seriously

now and carries flares and a marine VHF radio.

Sidebar: The Shoulder

Doug Alderson is a senior instructor trainer for the

Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association and

the author of three books on sea kayaking. His

Handbook of Safety and Rescue, co-authored by

Michael Pardy, (Ragged Mountain Press, McGraw-

Hill, 2003) describes many rescue techniques and

deals in-depth with judgment, trip planning and

decision making for rescue, and includes an

appendix on Mental Shorthand for Decision


Thanks to Patrick Simard for sharing his story and

to Patrick’s rescuer for keeping his eyes open and

lending a hand in a time of need.


The shoulder joint is formed by the junction of

three bones: the collarbone (clavicle), the

shoulder blade (scapula) and the upper-arm bone

(humerus). The rotator cuff is the name given to

the group of muscles and tendons that form a cuff

that holds the head of the humerus in the glenoid

fossa, a shallow socket in the scapula.

The structure of the shoulder joint provides an

extraordinary range of motion. The only contact

between the bones of the shoulder and those of

the torso of the skeleton is at the joint between

the clavicle and the top of the sternum, so the

integrity of the shoulder joint comes almost

entirely from the muscles that surround it. By

allowing a wider range of motion than any other

joint in the body, the shoulder is less stable than

other joints, and two types of shoulder injuries

are infrequent but well-known among paddlers.

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Shoulder dislocations occur when there is an injury to the joint between the

humerus and scapula. Shoulder separations occur when there is an injury to

the joint between the clavicle and the acromion, an extension of the scapula.

When a shoulder traumatically dislocates, the top of the humerus is usually

displaced below and forward of its usual position in the glenoid fossa

(anterior dislocation). In far fewer cases, and unlikely in paddling-related

injuries, the top of the humerus is displaced to a position behind the shoulder

blade (posterior dislocation).

Typically, the significant pain of a dislocation starts about five minutes after

the incident. The pain starts as a dull throb and gets progressively worse. Soon

after the trauma, the muscles become tight and hold the shoulder in its injured

position. The muscles begin to spasm, and the victim will not find any

comfortable position for the arm. Without treatment, the pain can become

overwhelming, leading to debilitating shock, if not unconsciousness.

Treating Dislocations

Occasionally an injury to the shoulder may only temporarily dislocate the

humerus and allow it to return to its original position within the shoulder

joint. In this case, a supportive sling will serve to minimize discomfort and

prevent further injury until medical help is available. If the humerus remains

out of position, there are potentially very serious complications when treating

the injury. The pain and the damage will grow progressively worse, and

emergency medical assistance should be obtained as quickly as possible.

A hospital or appropriate clinic will choose the best of several procedures to

relocate the humerus into its shoulder socket. As with setting a broken bone,

the patient will be well-medicated to relieve pain and relax the tense and

spasmed muscles. Advanced wilderness first-aid courses may cover field

treatment of a dislocated shoulder, but believe me, I have witnessed four

anterior shoulder dislocations, and all of the victims were in severe pain. Any

field treatment would have been overwhelming and excruciating for everyone

involved. Typically, victims cradle their injured arm and aren’t inclined to let

any non-medical person move them. Some padding and a sling to support

the arm in its existing position are likely the safest-and maybe the onlyoptions

available prior to transporting the injured paddler to a medical facility.

A long process of healing and rehabilitation begins after the dislocation is

treated. The patient might be paddling again in three months, and it may take

up to a full year to regain normal strength and a full range of movement. The

shoulder may never be quite the same again. Patients who have sustained a

shoulder dislocation can develop chronic instability and often suffer recurring

dislocations. It may be necessary for surgery to tighten up and/or repair

torn ligaments.

Causes and Prevention

The shoulder is most stable when the elbows are positioned well below the

shoulder and are well bent. The shoulder is unstable and prone to traumatic

injury when the elbows are near or above the level of the shoulder. The

shoulder is most vulnerable to dislocation when the elbow is at, or above

shoulder level with the elbow behind the shoulder and the arm externally

rotated (palm rolled to face upward). The leverage on the arm the possibility

of dislocation is further increased when the arm is extended with a

straight elbow.

Imagine driving your car with your right hand on the steering wheel and your

right elbow by your side. Your left arm is extended and your left hand is

hooked over the top of the passenger seat; your right shoulder is in a safe

position-your left shoulder is not.

In a high brace, the wrists are above the elbows. Contrary to what the name of

the brace suggests, the working blade should remain as low possible, and the

hands shouldn’t be much above the shoulders. The forearm closest to the

working blade should remain near 90 degrees to the paddle shaft, and the

elbows should be well bent and near the torso. In a low brace, the same rules

for the arms and elbows apply, but the wrists are below the elbows. The very

common tendency in either brace is to extend the arm closest to the working

blade. That only reduces grip strength and places the shoulder in an unstable

and weakened position.

The remarkable range of motion in a shoulder provides us with the ability to

manipulate a paddle and control a sea kayak. Deprived of that joint’s supple

strength, our independent progress comes to a stop. We should all pay heed

to our shoulders and routinely practise the best exercise and paddling

techniques to keep our shoulders safe and strong.

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Some tips on how to

organize a kayak trip

by Dave Evans

My first experience of nominating a

destination for a club trip was at a my

first Yakkity Yak Club meeting back in

2001. Pete Townend pointed at me and

said - “Dave ... where would you like to

go for a weekend trip?” The first thing

that entered my head was Motuora

Island and to my amazement Pete had

it up on the board quick as a flash! I

then went into a mild state of panic,

thinking to myself how in the heck am

I going to do this! I need not have

stressed about it, as Gordon spoke to

me after the meeting and volunteered

to be trip Leader. All I had to do was

turn up....how easy was that!

Sometimes being put on the spot brings out the

best in people and I have certainly learnt a lot

about how to organize a club trip from people like

Gordon and many other experienced Leaders in

the club. I now really enjoy pouring over maps

and charts looking for that next destination and

putting a trip together.

Here are some simple tools I have assembled for

planning a club trip:

1) Weather & Navigation Course - I found this

course invaluable to learn how to read and

understand a weather map, take a compass

bearing and comprehend how wind and tide

effect paddling conditions

2) Never hesitate to ask an experienced Leader

about a destination - there is a wealth of

knowledge within the Yakkity Yak network

3) Ask the Locals - I have gained invaluable

information from camp ground managers, local

boaties and of course Coast Guard

4) Think about the time of year and prevalent

weather patterns - for example if I am planning a

Summer trip on the east coast of the North Island

I always take into consideration that there can be

an easterly or north easterly wind and the need

for sheltered exit spots to land or camp.

5) Consider the possible paddling conditions -

sheltered/moderate/exposed - and make sure

that clubbies are informed of distances and

paddling times.

6) Have a plan for where you will take breaks

whether on a day trip or longer journey - always

factor in for the weaker or slower paddler.

7) Nominate times for meeting at the start point

and a time to be on the water

8) Think about a briefing before your group gets

on the water - where you are going, the weather

forecast for the day, rest breaks, anyone with

health issues, a check of essential equipment, first

aid kits, who has VHF radio and/or mobile phone.

9) Have a current first aid certificate or get your

name down to do one

10) Have a list of peoples names and contact

phone numbers - I usually collect this from the

shop a couple of days before a trip - things can

change at the last minute

The main point I want to make is don’t hesitate to

speak up at your club meetings - by putting

forward a destination whether it be a half day

local paddle or a full weekend away. There are

enough experienced Leaders in the club, so if it is

your first trip just say that you will need a Leader

to assist you. Make use of the Yakkity Yak Club

network for local knowledge if you are planning

a trip in another part of the country.

Read the Kayak Magazine and get some

inspiration from what others have done.

So be brave, you will never never know if you

never never give it a go!

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Kool Kayaking and Karma

by Dylan Quinell

This is a tale about kayaking in

beautiful Mt Maunganui, a lesson in

Karma and more evidence of the

importance of surrounding oneself

with good friends, and of course,


I awoke on Easter Friday happy, thinking that I

would soon be carving it up on Raglan’s epic surf,

in my white water kayak. That was until I checked

the surf report. Unbelievably, Raglan was ‘flat’, not

small like 1-2 ft, but flat. Luckily for us the surf was

pumping on the East coast and even better, the

Wairoa was open on Sunday. So off to Mount

Maunganui it was.

Our adventurous group was made up of Joel aka

Mole, Toni and I, all white water kayakers, as well

as three friends along for the adventure. Toni is

an adventurous kayaker ready to take on

anything. Depending on how the first try goes she

might do it again. Mole on the other hand is calm

and controlled. He’s also usually the crash test

dummy, while Toni and I wait to see if he survives.

Our three fellow travellers were crazy Darren the

cook, our other driver and white water swimmer;

Anne who is Toni’s non-biological sister/ German

exchange student and trip masseuse; and Sam,

aka Rat, our resident try everything guy & funny

man. Our two cars were packed with a mix of

warm stuff and fun gear that ranged from a token

surfboard to three white water kayaks and a

guitar. Luckily we were good friends since the trip

that usually takes about two hours, took five, due

to other Easter revellers clogging up our road.

By the time we got to Tauranga it was two hours to

sundown. The others who sensibly wanted to first

find accommodation outvoted Toni’s and my

suggestion to go surfing. This was a mission since

the weather had cleared and most campsites were

fully booked. Motels were above our budget.

Finally we found a tiny corner site next to the road,

which had space to park two cars. It didn’t take

long to set up our tents and before long we were

standing on Papamoa beach looking out at an

angry grey sky and a just as angry storm chopped

sea. Within the sea were 3-4 ft waves, if you could

call those dumping beasts waves. Mole, Toni and

I went paddling for about an hour but spent most

of our time trying our best not to get eaten. Some

epic wipeouts were witnessed. This did not bode

well for Saturday, but we still had big plans of

surfing if it cleaned up. After a game of pool we

decided on the Chinese takeaways. Toni got given

two bowls instead of one by mistake and offered

me one. Against my better judgment I used it and

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grabbed some food, without paying. I was soon

taught a lesson through karma.

I read on a website that in Buddhist teaching, the

law of karma, says that: for every event that

occurs, there will follow another event whose

existence was caused by the first, and this second

event will be pleasant or unpleasant according to

whether its cause was ethical or unethical.

Therefore, the law of Karma teaches that

responsibility for unethical actions is borne by the

person who commits them. To me this is a spiritual

force that punishes people for their wrong doings.

Sounds better than our judicial system. It doesn’t

take months to make a decision and there are no

greedy lawyers, plus it knows the truth.

So, after my misdemeanor I was in line for being

taught a lesson. When I awoke up the next

morning I couldn’t find my wallet or jacket but was

sure they’d be somewhere under the piles of gear

in the tent. Besides, there was surfing to be done.

After we an interesting breakfast, we set off for the

beach. Toni and Anne ate their weetbix and milk

straight out of the packet. From the first sight of

the beach Toni and I began shaking with

excitement and huge grins plastered our faces for

the rest of the day. The weather had cleared, the

sun was shining on a stunning golden sandy

beach and a sea of shimmering diamonds, with

3ft, clean breaking, beautiful waves.

We found ourselves a spot along the beach and

before long we were paddling out, cheering and

hooting. The first thing I saw was Darren and his

sit-on-top getting rolled back towards the beach

by the set. When he came up for a breath he had

a huge grin. It was a great day’s surfing. Every now

and then I’d hear a yell and turn to see my friends

screaming down the face of a near perfect wave. I

pulled off my first 360 degrees flat spin on the

face of a wave, by mistake. I was trying to pull out

of the wave but instead of shooting over the back,

my kayak spun and I ended up going forwards

again, I had to celebrate this with yet more hooting

and shouts of “WOW Mole, MOLE, did you...did

you see that, it was... AWESOME.”

After lunch Toni took out her surfboard while I

stuck with my trusty kayak. Once again we caught

some great rides. Darren captured us on film while

swimming, using Toni’s digital camera and

waterproof housing. We had to dodge the odd

long boarder, angry that we had invaded their

territory. At other times we had to thank them for

not running us down when we got in their way.

After hot showers we had dinner. Darren, the great

camper that he is, cooked himself a feast of bacon,

eggs and hash browns. I shared my cans of

spaghetti and diced apple with Toni and Anne

who still hungry managed to seduce Darren into

parting with some of his feast and even get me a

bit. After that all six of us crammed onto Darren’s

double airbed. We lay spooning, to keep warm,

under the stars, playing guitar and watching the

fireworks show. Before we went to sleep Mole and

I got a massage from Toni and Anne. They

expected a long, and decent massage in return, so

we were forced into massaging till we could

massage no more.

We awoke happy the next morning with the

promise of a day’s whitewater kayaking on the

mighty Wairoa. The only problem for me was that

I had still not found my jacket and wallet and felt

bad about the $10 owed to the takeaways. By now

I had searched the whole campsite, twice, and

asked most of my fellow campers. No one had

seen anything. I had also tried to make a deal with

the man upstairs that if I got my wallet back I

would pay the money I owed. Nothing happened.

I decided that he doesn’t make deals and

borrowed money from Toni to pay it back. At least

then the matter would be off my conscience.

As we were leaving the campsite, heading for the

river which was on the way home I heard a shout

from behind me and turned to see the campsites

owner running towards me with my jacket and

wallet in hand! Everything was still in the wallet!

After thanking him I carried on to the takeaways

but found it closed. I babbled on about karma for

the rest of the day.

The Wairoa is our local river. Today would be our

sixth trip down it. Since we don’t kayak often

enough we would only kayak the mid and lower

sections which are grade 2-3+. First we played in

some grade 1-2 rapids with Sam, Darren and Anne.

We swapped between the sit-on-top and

swimming, with life jackets on to make it easier.

This was a lot of fun and enjoyed by all. Next we

moved up to the standing wave. Toni Mole and I

pulled off some epic flat spins and were wiped

out numerous times while the others watched.

Darren got bored and decided to try and surf the

wave in just a life jacket. The actual surfing didn’t

really work. Instead he disappeared into the wave

and eventually resurfaced about 2m down river

with a grin of pure adrenalin. That wasn’t the last

time he tried it.

Then it was time for us to set off down the river.

We agreed to meet Sam, Darren and Anne back at

the car and off we went. The Wairoa is a great river

to paddle. It’s not too hard but at the same time

not too easy. It gets the blood pumping. A local

named Michael, whom we had met at the wave,

In control while Toni watches on

agreed to paddle the lower section with us. We still weren’t fully

confident with the grade 3 rapids and the 2m waterfall. He showed us

the lines to take as well as what happens if you purposefully get stuck

in a whirlpool. It was amusing to watch as he went round and round

and round. The waterfall was a source of nervousness and mental

preparation, but also a huge buzz. Michael pulled off a huge launch

rolling sideways in the air before landing perfectly. I on the other hand

didn’t pull off a decent boof stroke and was nearly sucked back in. That

shook me up a bit. We thought we were home free with only a small

rock garden to go. I decided not to follow Michael’s line, thinking that it

looked small and I had just done the waterfall. It was a mistake.

I went nose first down a small chute and hit a rock at the bottom. This

flipped me onto the rock and I dropped my paddle. I went down the

next chute upside down and sideways. When I rolled up one side of my

kayak was pressed against a rock while water was running with

reasonable force onto the other. I was stuck! Every time I rolled up I was

rolled over again. Once while I was up I saw Mole sitting about 1m from

me with a look on his face that showed that he knew there was nothing

he could do to help. Eventually my kayak came unstuck and I managed

to guide my kayak down using my hands. In the mean time Joel had

found my paddle and threw it to me. I missed it and it got stuck. About

half an hour later it washed out. I was thankful, as I wouldn’t have to buy a

new one.

Overall the trip was great fun: a great time with great friends in an

awesome setting caught on Toni’s waterproof camera. Lastly, a word of

advice from experience, Karma is watching.

Weetbix breakfast of champions eaten camping style

Power stroke

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A Meander on the Mokau

by Mark Robbins

With Bronnie in charge 15 paddlers, 13

kayaks set off for the Mokau, and then

carried on to Ngatarawa Rd, just past

Mohoenui. At the end of this road we

crossed a farm, with numerous gates

and a track, which gave the group in the

2WD van, skilfully driven by Phil, a bit

of early entertainment.

Loading up the kayaks took a while. Several of us,

including me were new to actually putting stuff

into those hatches! Launching from a concrete

boat ramp was dignified, and then we were off.

Now, what was it Bronnie had said about going

down rapids...? “No problem just follow the kayak

in front - and hope for the best!” Actually, the

rapids were very easy, and soon became

something to look forward to. Very sharp corners

and submerged logs made the logjams

troublesome. The paddle started in fairly open

farmland, slowly meandered south into a deeply

incised valley.

A couple of hours later, we stopped for lunch and

a leg stretch at a nice spot on the river bank, then

continued to where the river changes direction,

heading west along the base of high bluffs. We

passed from the top of the Mahoenui Group

(upper Awakino Limestone) into the base of the

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Mokau Group (Lower Mokau Sandstone). This

area was formed around 20 million years ago.

The Mokau is joined by a tributary, which can be

paddled for a short distance to a hunter’s hut.

Surrounded by high bush-clad hills, nikaus in

profusion along the banks, and numerous wild

goats watching with interest, paddling this part

of the river is very relaxing. Nevertheless, after a

few more kms we were glad to put in to shore and

off-load all our tents and bags of food. The

campsite was an alluvial flat well above river

level. Across the river there was an excellent

exposure of a lens of Mokau coal. The weather

was overcast, quite cold but windless.

After hauling our gear up a slippery bank and

setting up campsite between the numerous cow

patties (most of them still rather “fresh”), we lit a

nice fire and heated up dinner, which Bronnie

provided. An excellent homemade chicken dish,

boil-in-bag rice and carrot salad, accompanied by

some liquid refreshments including a drop of

Sentry Hill Winery Green Ginger Wine. Next came

dessert. The food & gear Bronnie pulled out of

that kayak was remarkable!

A heavy drizzle around this time, sent some to

an early bed, while the “hardy” types kept

yakking in front of the fire. A cold night it was! I

don’t think I had any clothes left in my dry bag

by the morning!

Another fire in the morning to warm up, breakfast

(can’t beat that porridge!), pack-up and we were

back on the water. Our first stop was only 3 km

along the river. We took a track through the bush

to a couple of abandoned but well preserved

horizontal mine shafts. Just visible was the

remains of the railway system used to transport

coal down the river. Conditions for the miners

must have been very hard, especially in winter -

not my cup of tea! Further up the track, we came

to an old farm track leading down to the river.

Following this we soon came to an open sloping

hillside covered in pasture with the remains of

numerous buildings, including a bakery,

numerous exotic trees and dozens of beer bottles.

Still standing is a very large woolshed and a hut

with 1/2 dozen bunks and beds and a big hole in

the roof. The community which once lived here

was supported by a large sheep station, most of

which appears to be regenerating native bush. A

fascinating place - well worth the visit if you

happen to be passing!

Back on the road (sorry - river) again, continuing

on for 12 km, past towering bluffs, we eventually

stopped for lunch near the site of an old limekiln.

It would have been used to make Portland cement

from local limestone. This was achieved by mixing

the crushed rock with clay or sand and heating to

1480 degrees C. I guess they used local coal. I

could not see any obvious limestone outcrops in

the area - the major outcrops are further north.

The resultant fused material called clinker is

ground down to a fine powder before use. This

was probably done after transportation. If anyone

knows more about this plant or the sheep station,

I’m sure we’d be most interested to hear from you.

There is some info at the Mokau museum and

apparently a book on the history of the Mokau

River is coming out soon.

The last leg was just a hop of 6km to the get-out at

Awakau Road. On the high slippery riverbanks,

getting out was a slow, one-at-a-time affair.

Fortunately it was sunny and the wait was very

relaxing for those watching the mugs, hauling

laden kayaks up the bank.

All in all, a great couple of days - good kayaking,

great scenery and excellent company. I learnt a

few things: such as the pleasures of river kayaking,

how to ease that lower back pain by stretching the

legs right out and leaning hard back, and not to

attempt eating scroggin and paddling at the same

time! Special thanks to the drivers, and to Bronnie

for organizing and leading the trip.

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Hot hot hot Taupo

8.00am Sunday morning most clubbies

met at the Canoe and Kayak shop in

Taupo then travelled to the landing by

the Mihi Bridge on the Waikato River

to meet the rest of our group. Bt 10am

the car shuttle over, we had 22

kayaking enthusiasts, paddles in hand,

ready to go.

The small wakes and reflections produced by the

kayaks changed the glassy river surface

as we floated under the Mihi Bridge. We

talked, enjoyed some water fights and

passed historic sites on the way to the

Tutakau Bridge landing.

Here we had a bite to eat, a chat, and a

refreshing swim for the younger

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The beautiful sunny, windless day bought out the

cameras and we have photographic evidence of

the decadence that is shown on some of the Yakity

Yak expeditions, in this case by Mr Baxter, with

his Lazy-Boy recliner chair. He has been known

to reveal a full delicatessen from the holds of his

kayak. At times the home comforts that are

produced from the lower decks of these kayaks

have to be seen to be believed.

We collected some apples and some of us located

the old bush toilet. Next time could Steve or

Freddy and crew at Taupo’s local Canoe and Kayak

shop place half a dozen Porta-loo’s, at each stop

for our convenience?

Ha Ha!

Our next target was a hot thermal stream near

Wharerarauhe. Enroute we passed Maori burial

sites (Uru pa), some in caves high up on cliffs and

old pa sites. Two island pa were submerged when

the dams were built.

On this leg of the journey there were water wars,

which led onto a couple of wet exits and some

water rescue practices. At Wharerarauhe some of

us soaked up the heat of the hot Pool, while

others lounged about soaking up the sun.

Those who had to get home early continued

the paddle down river past the wonderful

Orakei-Korako silica terraces and exited at

the Orakei-Korako landing. Whereas, those in

no hurry lingered while I, further up the

stream, placed some honey and pearl corn

cobs in a very hot spring for eating 20 minutes

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Wonderful Waikeremoana

by Dave Evans

Lake Waikeremoana in the Te Urewera National Park is a

destination any kayaker with a love of nature and a yearning

for isolation must put on their “wish list”. Yours truly had

passed up opportunities in the past with various excuses

such as work commitments or ‘it is too far to travel.’ So, when

a trip was planned for Anzac weekend 2005, I just had to

put my name down and make my own journey of discovery.

Lake Waikeremoana was formed about 2200 years ago by a massive

landslide, which blocked a narrow gorge of the Waikaretaheke River. The

water backed up behind the landslide and created the lake, 248 metres deep.

The local Tuhoe and Ruapani Maori people known as ‘Children of the Mist,’

have lived in the area for centuries. In pre-European times their life was a

constant cycle of food gathering in this demanding landscape of rugged

mountains cloaked in dense forest. There are many areas within the forest

park and on the lake edge, which are sacred to the Tuhoe and Ruapani

people, an important aspect to be aware of and to respect when you visit.

There are more than 650 types of native plant in the Te Urewera National

Park and many birds, including Kaka, Kakariki, New Zealand Robin, New

Zealand Falcon, Tui, Bell Bird, Morepork and Brown Kiwi. Other introduced

species include Grey, Mallard and Paradise Ducks, Kingfishers, New Zealand

Scaup and White Faced Herons. If you sit quietly in your kayak and listen,

you will hear many of them calling from the forest and you may even sight

them around the numerous DOC camp sites.

Lake Waikeremoana is fed by four major tributaries - the Hopuruahine,

Mokau, Aniwaniwa and Te Korokorowhaitiri (also known as Korokoro

Stream). In 1946 a hydroelectric development was completed, which lowered

the lake level by 5 metres. The lake level does vary depending on the amount

of rainfall in the area and the manipulation of the water level from the

hydroelectric scheme. Some members in our group reckoned the lake level

was about 2 metres lower than on their previous visit 20 months earlier.

The Lake Waikeremoana Track is listed as one of the Great Walks in New

Zealand. It affords truly magnificent vistas of the lake, especially from the

Panekiri Bluff. The bluff makes a spectacular backdrop as you kayak across

the main section of the lake. The Track is 46 kilometres of easy to moderate

difficulty, taking three to five days to walk. There are 5 DOC huts and

campsites enroute with generally excellent facilities including fresh water

and toilets.

It is also possible to visit other lakes within walking distance of Lake

Waikeremoana - Lake Kaitawa, Lake Kiriopukae, and Lake Waikareiti - each

with their own special magic. Whilst you cannot take your kayak to these

smaller lakes, I am told that they are well worth a visit if you have the time.

All of the lakes in Te Urewera National Park are renowned for their trout

fishing. Good size Brown and Rainbow trout can be caught by fly or trawling.

Our group decided to camp at designated DOC campsites on the lake edge,

which provide fresh water, a toilet and a decent sized shelter for cooking

and socializing. We had roaring campfires every night, creating a special

atmosphere in the midst of a pristine remote wilderness. You can Free Camp

anywhere on the lake, provided you are at least 500 metres from the walking

track. If you decide to take this option, please find out where the local Maori

sacred sites are located before you start your trip. This information is

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available from the locals or the Information Centre at Aniwaniwa.

VHF channel 6 is used for boat-to-boat traffic and we were told that weather

forecasts were available by calling the Visitor Centre on Channel 19. However,

despite several attempts we were not able to raise an answer. Local boaties

provided weather forecasting, from quite detailed reports to “more of the

same mate” with varying accuracy. Because Lake Waikeremoana is 600

metres above sea level, it is prudent to check out a five day forecast before

you enter the area and treat it like an alpine climate. The weather can change

extremely quickly!

Over the four days we spent on the lake, we encountered beautiful clear

blue sky, warm daytime temperatures, cold south westerly winds, low cloud,

lake mist, heavy frost and snow on the surrounding hills. Just about the full

Monty in terms of weather conditions! Take plenty of thermal clothing and

wet weather gear.

Kayaking on the lake is an absolute pleasure. The forest grows to the water’s

edge. There are water falls, lovely bays and beaches, unusual rock formations

and breath taking vistas. It is a visual symphony of nature at its pristine best

with the added edge of having to be constantly aware of how quickly the

lake can turn from docile flat calm to snarling 30 knot plus gusts of wind. The

lake can and did “kick arse” with a couple of our hardy group taking an

impromptu swim in the middle of the lake.

We paddled most of the lake shoreline over four days. On the first day it was

in brilliant sunshine along the Northern coastline and into Whanganui Inlet,

where we camped at the very sheltered Tapuaenui campsite. On day two we

explored the Whanganui Inlet and then paddled around into the Wairau Arm,

exploring the many little bays enroute. We camped two nights in a

picturesque setting at the Maraunui Bay campsite. Some of the group paddled

to the Korokoro Falls on day three. By all accounts it is well worth the half

hour walk from the Korokoro campsite. The rest of us spent the day walking

two sections of the track in cold bleak conditions. In the Marauiti Hut we

chatted with some hunters who were trying to stalk deer and wild pigs. During

our walk we saw tracks of them but no actual sightings. Day four began in

pleasant conditions with a breeze at our back, paddling back out of the

Wairau Arm. However, on crossing the lake heading for Waikeremoana we

were hit by sudden gusts of wind which managed to tip out a couple of our

intrepid group. So after a quick rescue and sorting out we headed for the

nearest beach to give the drenched duo a hot drink and chance to collect

their thoughts before we continued on the final leg back.

Apart from the natural wonders of the lake and its surrounds, the antics of

some members in our group provided highlights. We had a Talent Quest

organized by our producer Chris. He roped in three young teenage lads who

were sharing our campsite. Those boys will be telling the story of that night

for years to come! Our resident doctor regaled us with funny stories about

strange injury patients coming into A&E....what do you think happens when

a grown man attempts to trim a hedge with a lawn mower??!! So as usual the

company was great and new friendships were forged in typical Yakkity

Yak style.

Many thanks to Stephen and Brenda for organizing the trip and allowing me

to experience a place I plan to revisit again and again in the years ahead.

As they say - “if you never never go, you will never never know” - so just

do it!

Photos by Dave Evans and Guy Folster

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Winner of Fish n’ Dive

Issue 33

Liz Hasselman and partner Loek had been in the Napier Canoe & Kayak

store looking at the Cobra Fish n’ Dive or the Cobra Tandem, keen to

purchase one for the summer and could not believe their luck when they

were rung to tell them they won the NZ Kayak Magazine’s Competition for

a Fish n’ Dive.

Liz and Loek have no real experience with kayaking, but are keen to learn

with some Canoe & Kayak instruction. “We have a batch at the beach, so

having a kayak will be great for getting to the good rocky sections to dive

for selfish”, says Liz.

Liz and Loek have been owners of the Sandwich Factory in Napier for

some years and have been looking at some form of relaxation now they

have sold the business. They both agree kayaking could give them the

relaxation and freedom they have been looking for. Loek could not let Liz

have all the fun so has purchased a kayak for himself!

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Letters to the Editor

Cars carrying brightly coloured kayaks,

Kayaks lined up on the beach ready to

launch into the sea

Triggering envious thoughts of:

‘I’ve left it too late in life

This arthritis in my neck and shoulders

would prohibit me’.

Eventually— other thoughts; ‘if I don’t try it how will I know’.

So I toddled off to the Yakity Yak Shop, situated in North Shore.

There I met with sound advice and signed up for a course

The staff are the friendliest bunch and full of kayak lore.

This basic skills course gave me confidence in rescue techniques,

Paddle strokes, many issues of safety, weather and equipment .

The ‘Sunday Paddle’ was memorable, cold and high winds,

It was suggested I ‘opt out’ due to my age. (I loved every moment!)

Once completing the course one is free to join in the

Sunday kayak trips and I take full advantage of these days,

Enjoying the never ending delight of meeting new people

Always a new experience, a new bay, river or inland waterway.

All the instructors are so professional and likeable people

Ever ready to advise or demonstrate the proper way to do things.

It always amazes me how they remember every-ones names,

Their friendly manner contributes to the success and joy the

course brings.

It’s just two years since I started paddling, and still as keen as ever,

The problem I had with my neck and shoulders are so much better!

Paddling a kayak makes me feel like I’m part of the ocean.

Conscious of every ripple swell and wave and feel so much fitter.

Of all the kayakers that I have met,

I estimate one third are female.

All age groups are represented, so if you are

thinking about joining, don’t miss out like I

did, the sooner you start the more fun you

will have.

So stop prevaricating!

Ken Brett. Aged 83.

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Putting adventures into

training for adventure races

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by Phil White

Training is like an adventure race: its about having

adventures. Thus training for us has become creative,

motivating and challenging. Training also needs to be

specific to the race we are training for, but this article is

about adventures.

Adventure racing is a team sport that involves kayaking, biking, and running/

walking around an unmarked course which is revealed to competitors just

before the start. Often there are additional activities, such as coasteering

(running/walking, climbing and swimming around the coast), caving, rafting,

or an abseil. Races mainly range in length from 6 hours to 10 days.

The kayak stages are from 30 minutes to 6 hours long. The double kayaks

generally used range from very stable, heavy and slow to a bit less stable,

not quite so heavy, and potentially faster. In the rough, paddling a stable

heavy slow kayak is quicker than swimming beside a faster one, as many

teams in the 2005 ARC found out. There is always a compromise between

speed and stability, though with practice, even a fast kayak can become

comfortable in most conditions. Kayaking is done on the sea or lakes (often

rough), in estuaries (which can have more mud than water), and rivers up to

grade two (downstream or sometimes up). Portages may be unavoidable,

or can make good short cuts.

Training adventures start with an idea that excites us; a challenge, a place to

head for, or a reward (or all three). Maps are our inspiration. Not just topo

maps, but marine charts (go to Milford mall for a coffee at a table with marine

charts) and park maps that show camping areas and facilities. Then a bit of

research and some planning are needed to make it work safely. Based on a

rough average of 10 km per hour, we can calculate how far we will get in a

training session of x hours, what food, drink and gear to take. Most

adventures happen close to home, in our case, Auckland’s North Shore. But

there is still the rest of the country to explore.

A training challenge for us in an adventure racing double kayak can mean a

number of things. Paddling a specific distance or length of time, such as

around Rangitoto, Motutapu, and Rakino in a morning. Or seeing

improvements in speed by doing time trials around Lake Pupuke. Battling

into strong easterly headwinds and through waves to improve our confidence

and strength, and trying to surf gracefully (for the spectators) into a beach.

Navigating a course in the dark or sometimes in the early morning fog is

particularly valuable practice for paddling by compass setting.

A place to aim for might be a new place to explore, though the weather and

tides can make an old place different. The Hauraki Gulf is full of islands to

circumnavigate. One of our favourites is Tiritiri Matangi; in addition to running

amongst rare birds such as takehe, it is great for snorkelling. Snorkling is a

good way to get comfortable in the water among rocks and swells, similar to

the coasteering section of some adventure races where a wetsuit and fins

can be used. Also a dive to a cray pot has been included in one race. Another

is Rangitoto; it is possible to paddle across, run to the top and get back before

work, during daylight saving anyway. For longer trips, visit Auckland’s coastal

regional parks and DoC campgrounds, such as Mahurangi, Tawharanui,

Motutapu, Tawhitokino, or Tapapakanga. Some of these can only be accessed

by sea, so are never crowded. Exploring an estuary is good for strength work

because of the shallow water, and safe in bad weather (e.g. Okura, Mahurangi,

Waiuku, or Raglan Harbour). Or we might aim for a coffee shop (Puhoi,

Riverhead, and Albany - hang on, they are all pubs! How about Whitford or

Clevedon then?)

Besides achieving the adventure, the reward might be surfing all the way

home after paddling hard into an easterly, watching the sun or moon rise,

meeting friends for a barbeque at the beach (they might drive you and the

kayak home), hot pools on the Waikato River, or the shore of Lake Tarawera,

and that coffee shop again (has someone written an article on what coffee

shops can be accessed by water?). Unplanned rewards might be dolphins,

orcas or sharks for company, or surfing behind a gin palace (but most of them

don’t go slow enough).

With a little imagination, it is very easy to put together a training adventure

that combines kayaking with a trek, run or cycle. So get out there and find

yourself an adventure!

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This is an excellent family kayak that will get you and the kids out on the

Great Kayak

water exploring, fishing, surfing and anything else you can imagine to do on

a kayak.

Peter Townend

This DVD is about Ken, a bit about his expert mate

Alex, and nothing about their blond companion

(nameless on the cover). I’m left fantasizing what

it would have been like if the roles were reversed.

Ken is undoubtedly a champion with a paddle in

his hand, but as dry as a buzzard’s crutch when it

comes to narrating.

The DVD provides both new and experienced

paddlers with the knowledge and skills necessary

for safe and comfortable sea kayaking.

It is in 4 parts: Introduction to sea kayaking,

Essential strokes and techniques, Rescue

techniques and Advanced paddling.

“The Ultimate Guide” is huge (120 minutes). The

subject content is comprehensive and detailed.

The images are highly illustrative and compliment

the narrative. Placid backwaters, perfect surf and

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“Sea Kayaking - the Ultimate Guide” with World Champion Kayaker

Ken Whiting and Alex Mathews

Review by Neil Watson

raging tidal races tempt all skill levels. The “on

location” scenery is stunning.

Forget about trying to get your head around it in

one sitting.

I recommend one part at a time, twice: once to take

in the scenery and the second to concentrate on

the paddling. Enjoy, with your favourite beverage

in one hand, and the other on the replay button.

It’s all good stuff with plenty to mull over and

apply. My bouquets are for:

• The 3 Golden Rules. These are about correct

stroke technique for effective paddling and injury


• Going rudderless. Handy in rock gardens and

surf landings.

• Surfing backwards (I wish!)

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A Family Affair

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by Ruth E. Henderson

Dolphins galore

Byron Bay attracts surfers and dolphins

When my niece Rachel rang, she caught

me on the hop. “Have you seen the

latest Freedom Air fares to the Gold

Coast?” “Nooooo... not everyone surfs

the net in their tea or V - break!”

She’s a slick talker. Within 30 minutes I found

myself a booked and paid up customer.

We were off on our next escapade, not kayaking

the Abel Tasman, or Cathedral Cove, but ...there

had to be a kayak in it somewhere! There was.

A busy bee on the phone, Rach sold the idea of a

holiday in a warmer clime to her mother and

partner, and suddenly my unsuspecting ‘Aussie’

sister had a ‘Kiwi’ invasion on her hands. Barbara

and her family manage Rainbow Apartments in

Coolangatta, on the border of Queensland and

New South Wales, so accommodation was no

problem: waterfront self-contained apartment,

with constant surf as far as the eye could see and

Surfers Paradise, looking like toy-town on the


Once settled in, and armed with a bundle of

brochures, and access to the Internet we plotted

our week’s activities. Barb confirmed that she

could leave the building in daughter’s Jamie-Erin

and Angie’s capable hands and sneak off work for

a couple of paddles. For the rest of the time we

were welcome to the surf-ski and kayaks in the


Byron Bay, the most eastern point of Australia

beckoned. It had wild life: reputably dolphins play

there year round and if we were lucky we might

see a pod of whales.

The Bottlenose Dolphins are “commonly seen

A family affair - Ruth, Barbara, Rachel.

riding the breakers into the bay and chasing small

fish into the shallows. They are gregarious and

sociable animals, fast agile swimmers and can

remain underwater for up to fifteen minutes,”

said one pamphlet.

The southern hemisphere’s Humpback whales

spend December through to March in the

Antarctic, and from June to October in tropical

breeding grounds. The 5,000 km round trip

migration off the east coast of Australia begins in

April, as the temperature drops. They pass Byron

Bay in May and again in November. We were right

on cue to catch sight of them.

The Southern Cross University Whale Research

Centre blurb said “The Byron area is renowned

for its high numbers of humpbacks passing close

to the shore and was once the site of a major landbased

whaling station from 1954 - 1962.”

If we needed anymore encouragement ‘Dolphin

Kayaking’ advertised “...a guided tour of Byron’s

Bay marine life. We take you over reefs and

wrecks, give you a chance to see the many fish

and turtles of our beautiful waters, and of course,

get up close with the bluenose dolphins.”

Of course!



We thought it worth the punt and the $60 for the

gear hireage and local knowledge. A few days

later we were looking for a blue van and yellow

kayaks on Clarke’s Beach. We couldn’t miss them

or Andrew. As large as life, and over flowing with

enthusiasm he directed us to don helmets,

buoyancy aids (both compulsory) and wet suits

if desired. On the beach we had a surprisingly

minimalist briefing considering some of our group

were total novices - more tourist than kayaker. At

least we were quickly into the water and on our

sit-on-top tandems. Rach and I paired up, and

Barb had a muscular young man, a greenhorn, in

the front of her boat.

After 30 minutes of gentle paddling I thought, “ah

oh, this is a bit tame...boring, tedious even. We

spotted a couple of turtles... scanned the horizon

for pods of anything: whales... dolphins...after

about an hour and still nothing Andrew signalled

us to head for the beach under the lighthouse with

a promise of a cuppa raspberry tea and a

chocolate biscuit. That’s when everything


He instructed the front ‘man’ to lean back when

surfing the waves. Surfing the waves!! Golly, I

might be a seasoned salt & pepper paddler, but

when I see surfers, I either stay ashore, or look for

another landing. We canned out in spectacular

fashion. And didn’t get a cuppa for our trouble.

No sooner were we ashore then there were

excited shouts of “DOLPHINS, DOLPHINS.”

We got to see dolphins playing, surfing, diving,

‘belly flopping’, and racing each other. The shutter

delay on my digital camera drove me crazy. It was

hard to anticipate exactly where and when the

dolphins would perform. (Remember they can

‘hold their breath’ for a quarter of an hour.) The

lack of a waterproof case meant I didn’t want to

get too close to the action. Andrew, however, had

all the gear, and got some great shots. Another

birthday...another time ... next time... perhaps the

action photos will be mine?

Photos courtesy of “Multimedia Environment”

and “Dolphin Kayaking” and Ruth E.


ISSUE THIRTYfour • 2005 33


Fishing Kayak

by Bronnie Van Lith

Off Nga Motu Beach one day,

intending to paddle around the

Sugar Loafs, Taranaki‘s reserve

and seal colony, I saw a young

man paddling a Perception

Method Air which is a small white

water boat, a play boat, made for

river rapids or surf. Nga Motu

beach is a harbour and this boat

is extremely slow on flat water. I

couldn’t resist paddling out to

him and asking “ What’s up?” I

nearly fell out of my boat when

he replied “I’m going fishing. “ It

would take him quite some time

to paddle out of the harbour, and

then if he caught a fish, where

would he put it? I chuckled for

the rest of my paddle.

So what makes a good fishing kayak? It should be

something very stable with loads of space for

storage and a decent size tank-well to put your fish

in. You don’t want to put fish inside your kayak as

they will smell out your boat. At sea it is not wise

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to open your boat with a flapping fish. You risk

tipping out and filling your boat with water which

puts you in a very dangerous situation. And of

course your kayak needs length, so paddling

doesn’t take too long or much effort to travel from

A to B.

A common question kayak retailers are asked is

“Which kayak do you sell most?” Obviously it

depends on the purpose for the boat. For fishing

it is definitely the Cobra Fish ‘n Dive. Why? It is a

good quality kayak specifically decked out for

fishing and is incredibly stable.

Once, when doing a demo, a client asked me “How

easy is it to get back on the kayak?” The trouble

was he couldn’t tip off the thing. I suggested

“Stand on the kayak and rock it. See if you can tip

it”. He was still unable to, so he jumped off.

Because of its initial stability it is great in very

rough conditions and also very easy to climb back

on, a very important feature on a kayak. Make sure

you can do it before you take it out into the open

sea. When in doubt ask the retailer if you can take

the boat for a demo.

The tank-well on the Fish ‘n Dive is awesome, it

can fit three dive tanks. It is the largest I have seen

on any kayak and because it is directly behind the

seat, you don’t have to lean too far back to stow

your 20lb snapper. It also means plenty of room

for a decent sized fishing bucket, fishing bag or

live bait tank. We have fishing bags which fit

perfectly into the tank well and can be carried as

a back pack when on shore. Other storage

includes a 10 inch round bait bin or bucket inside

a hatch, directly in front of your seat. You can

easily pull it out for cleaning. Lastly you can fit

your two fishing rods into a large 23 by 13 inch

hatch, so they are nicely tucked away before you

hit that dreaded surf.

Surf? Yes, in Taranaki and elsewhere there aren’t

many places where you wont meet surf. But the

Fish ‘n Dive has hard lines on it, which means you

can, with a little bit of skill, cut & carve into surf

and have a lot of fun. In fact some surfie friends

take a Cobra Tandem out when the surf is

pumping. They both stand on the kayak and go

surfing. They love it! The Cobra Tandem has the

same hull, as the Fish ‘n Dive. The deck is a

different mould.

It’s length, 3.81m gives it a reasonable speed so it

doesn’t get pushed too far back when punching

through surf. And it makes life a lot easier when

pulling out that heavy long line.

Another feature on the Fish ‘n Dive which makes

it such a popular boat is the extra seat up front

for your partner or kids. Our 5 yr old boy loves

this daddy & son quality time. Also there is plenty

of deck space for extra rod holders & a fish finder.

The high seat area makes it a dryer boat and little

strain on your back. However, if you do have back

problem you can fit a deluxe seat which feels like

a lazy boy.

To top it all off, this stable, 3.81m kayak only

weighs 25.85kgs and has a lifetime guarantee on

the plastic! Pretty awesome ah! No wonder it is

such a popular boat. Come and check it out at a

Canoe & Kayak centre.

ISSUE THIRTYfour • 2005 35


Snottiness on the River

by Bill Parks

River users have a new and unwanted

companion. Didymosphenia

geminata, or didymo, has found its way

into New Zealand. More colorfully

known as river snot, the non-native

and unsightly algae can carpet

riverbeds in brown slime, potentially

affecting native plants and fish.

Didymo was first discovered in New Zealand

October 2004 in the Lower Waiua, but only since

August, when it was found in the Buller, has the

story become a discussion topic amongst river

users nationwide. Its presence has now been

confirmed in eight other South Island rivers: the

Mararoa, Waiau, Oreti, Hawea, Upper Clutha and

Von, which flows into Lake Wakatipu.

Didymo is a diatom, a single celled algae. It

becomes noticeable when it blooms as colonies

attach themselves to river bottoms. Despite its

slimy appearance, it is more scratchy to the touch

and it can grow “streamers” with whitish ends.

Once established, it can cover riverbeds, choking

out other organisms. There is no evidence of any

health risk to humans, though some swimmers

have reported itchiness in their eyes.

According to Phil Barclay, a spokesperson for Bio

Security New Zealand, didymo seems to thrive in

rivers with clear, cool moving water and rocky

bottoms. Though there is no conclusive evidence

that didymo has made it to the North Island,

Barclay says the possibility cannot be ruled out,

and rivers such as the Tongariro in the central

volcanic plateau are considered especially

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vulnerable. Consequently, Bio Security is asking

all river users to clean their gear when ever they

move from one river to another, whether the river

is known to have didymo or not.

Though initial doomsday fears amongst river

users that didymo would seriously affect access

to infected rivers seem unfounded, controlling its

spread will take a cooperative effort amongst all

river users.

“It really comes down to personal responsibility,”

says Barclay. He is adamant that river users take

steps to halt the spread of the organism. It only

takes one drop of water to infect a river. In fact,

officials believe that didymo arrived in New

Zealand from overseas in damp fishing or kayak

gear. Thus, cleaning all gear is essential.

Biosecurity is requiring anyone moving gear from

an infected river to “Soak and scrub all items for

at least one minute in either, hot (60°C) water, a

two percent solution of household bleach or a five

percent solution of salt, nappy cleaner, antiseptic

hand cleaner or dishwashing detergent.”

If soaking is not possible, then river users must

let their gear dry completely and then let it sit an

additional 48 hours.

Kayakers who have access to swimming pools may

also disinfect their gear in the chlorinated water.

Fortunately for paddlers in the Buller region,

cleaning gear is relatively simple. Pam Weiss, codirector

of the New Zealand Kayak School in

Murchison, says the school has installed a saline

bath that may be used not only by clients, but also

by any other river users. Since the many of the

Buller tributaries do not have didymo, Weiss says

that the weed has made her “think more about

which rivers we are paddling in which order.”

New Zealand is not alone in finding didymo a

problem. Though didymo may be native to

Northern North America, it is now spreading

throughout the American west. In August of this

year it was also discovered east of the Mississippi

for the first time. Scientists are looking into why

didymo, whose presence has been known for

years, only now seems to be spreading.

Certainly, experience in the United States should

give Kiwis pause. According to information

published by the US Environmental Protection

Agency, the dense brown mats of algae have

meant that some western US fisheries have

“declined by 90% in 2003 and 2004.”

Fortunately, New Zealand is known for its ‘can do’

attitude, and the paddling community takes

conservation seriously. Alan Bell, president of the

Hutt Valley Canoe Club sums it up matter-of-factly,

“We have to disinfect and get used to it.”

If all river users adopt that mantra, this

unwelcome guest will be kept under control and

New Zealand’s rivers will remain pristine.

More detailed information on didymo in New

Zealand and how we can help contain its spread

can be found at: www.biosecurity.govt.nz/



Easter “Get Together”

Lake Taupo

On-water activities, games,

fishing competition and loads

of trips all weekend

With a party on the evening

of 15 April 2006

BBQ, live music, dancing



Saturday evening ‘DO’ will be

held at Taupo Motor Camp ...

cabins & campsites available

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ISSUE THIRTYfour • 2005 37


Four day trip with Greg

Havelock to Picton

Saturday, September 17-20, 2005

This trip had been arranged for a

couple of months. Greg Andrews (from

Christchurch) and myself (Kevin

Andrews). We are not related in any

way as far as we can ascertain, just

cobbers who met because our wives

were friends. We had been eagerly

waiting for the weekend to arrive. We

picked a full moon and also the tide to

run us out from Havelock. The idea was

to paddle our kayaks from Havelock to

Picton in the ensuing four days. The

weather of course was going to be great

at this time of the year.

As it turned out the weather forecast was shit and

more shit. However, Greg arrived and the decision

was made to have a go. After all we could always

come home.

So it was that Jenny, Kevin’s wife, took us down to

Ohingaroa on Saturday morning and we launched

in brilliant sunshine and a slight Nor’west breeze

and were underway by 9.25am.

We paddled across the Mahau to Putanui Pt in a

slight chop that got a wee bit larger in the Hikapu

Reach with the tide backing against the wind. As

we closed in on Pipi Beach I suggested to Greg that

a few minutes ashore would be in order. He

agreed, so we hauled ashore for a spell. From here

we carried on past Maori Bay, across the front of

Four Fathom Bay and round Turn Point. By this

time the tide was giving us quite a hand and we

were making good time and in reasonable

conditions we made Tawero Point. This was our

lunch stop. Here we stretched out in the sun in the

lee of a rock out of the blustery Nor’west that was

blasting down Tawhitinui Reach and watched the

fizz boats bouncing across the gap towards

Horseshoe Bay. This looked like our first big

challenge. What a grunt it was, a good half an hour

of solid paddling against a big choppy sea into a

strong head wind. Across Richmond Bay we went

with the wind now running more side on, hence a

little less effort was required. Also at this stage we

had a couple of Hector Dolphins decide to show

off for us. They jumped straight into the air in front

of us, leaping higher than our heads, they raced

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past the boats, dashed close inshore and out

again. Two Bottlenose dolphins arrived to join the

fray they swam around us a couple of times, just

magic. We paddled on and duly made the turn

into Ketu Bay where we determined that we would

camp the night.

In the bay five runabouts were all dragging scallop

dredges and a launch was hooked up to a mooring

for the night. We cruised in past the first two

beaches and finally decided on the third as it

looked to have the only camping site. We were

reasonably sheltered in here, possibly the best

spot in the bay available to our lifestyle. Five hours

had passed since Jenny had seen us off. Not too

bad a time for a couple of amateurs I reckoned.

We set up camp and dried our sweat-soaked tops

in the warm sunshine. About an hour or so later,

the wind was increasing and getting colder, so we

had tea and retired for the night. About 11pm the

rain started.

It was still raining in the morning, blowing a gale

from the south, huge williwaws streaked across

the bay, lifting spray 70-80ft in the air. Then the

rain and mist closed in and we could no longer

see across the bay. So to keep warm both of us

crawled into my tent and our sleeping bags. Greg’s

tent fly was not entirely successful so he slept in

the tent with me. In the afternoon the rain eased

to sporadic showers so we went for a stroll along

the beach to the head of the bay, coming back via

a road that had been kept in good nick. We

cooked tea and listened to the weather forecast

and decided that our only choice was to abandon

the idea of trying to get round Cape Jackson, the

top of the Sounds to Picton as there was a storm

warning out and it was a southerly.

After a blustery night we awoke to clear skies but

a rather brisk sou’west blow. We had a quick

breakfast, packed up camp and at 5.50am were

on the water. Destination Penzance Bay, Tennyson

Inlet. We cruised out of Ketu Bay on a calm sea,

rounded the corner into a real rugged sea and

extremely brisk breeze. We punched this for an

hour or so, finally gaining some shelter and a wee

break behind Maud Island. It was here that I asked

Greg to dig out his cell phone and contact Jenny,

my lovely and understanding wife, to request a

pick up at Penzance Bay, our ETA would be in

about three hours.

Well we popped out from the lee of Maud Island

into the biggest sea of the trip and as was now the

norm, another big head wind. At times on this

stretch we both thought that we were not making

any headway, but we were, slowly getting there.

One and a half hours of solid paddling saw us

thankfully resting in the shelter of Tarakaipa

Island in Tennyson Inlet. From here we popped

across to Deep Bay, and landed on a wee beach to

stretch the legs, before cruising around the

coastline in sheltered waters and sunshine

listening to the birds singing in Penzance Bay. Time

11.30am. Half an hour later, Derek Cordes, who

had been contacted by Jenny, arrived in my

vehicle to pick us up. The Bay was flat calm, the

sun shining and one would never have believed

the difference in the conditions just a couple of

miles further out. After a cuppa we loaded the

boats and Derek drove us out. Car problems as

usual at the Clansman in Havelock saw us

enjoying a well-earned Guinness and a bite to eat.

This caused bladder problems and a call at the

Cork and Keg in Renwick a few kilometres towards

home was necessary to get this fixed.

Our day was topped off by Jenny cooking us a

fantastic meal that we all enjoyed along with a

convivial glass of red. It is really great to come

home to such a lovely lady.

The experience was fantastic. We were a tad

disappointed at not being able to achieve our

objective, but by not trying to be smart we live to

try again another day. The weather was not

conducive to kayaking around Cape Jackson. Also

I know now that I still need to get my wrists

considerably fitter. They are at present both

swollen and rather tender. However on the up

side we agreed that the trip is possible and

hopefully we will one day achieve it.

We have far more knowledge about our boats

capability and at no time did we feel unsafe in

the conditions. Possibly had the wind been much

stronger we may not have been able to battle

against it. Not too bad an achievement for a couple

of amateurs I reckon. Greg was paddling his

contour 480 and I was paddling my Tui Excel. Greg

was not able to match my boat speed. I seemed to

slip along somewhat faster with less effort. This

was in good going, i.e. flat water as well as in the

rugged water, even though Greg seemed to be

cutting through the rough flatter than me. His

paddles are squarer than mine, he said he seems

to have to dig deeper to get momentum whereas I

apparently have a flatter sweep with my bettershaped

paddles. After our discussions, in the

watering hole of course, we have decided to

exchange paddles next time out together, and see

if that was the cause for the speed differential or

whether it was simply a case of boat design.

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The Canoe & Kayak Rodney Coast

Challenge Nov 6th 2005 by Rob H

Once again Kaukapakapa Scouts did a

great job in organising this year’s event

and with entries up and near perfect

weather the best family multisport

race on the Auckland calendar was

a ripper.

It truly is a family event for all ages and abilities

and as John Elia explains, even if you don’t want

to do the whole event you can always find a teammate

and support crew to help you along!!

Looking for a team partner was the biggest

challenge. As the deadline for entries drew near

most avenue’s closed. A casual enquiry at the

Naval base and Dan volunteered his running and

mountain biking services. As a first time

multisporter he figured he would be able to

manage and with that we prepared for race day.

Virgin support crew Mike (and family!) were to

look after both myself, Dan and also Sam Goodall

from Canoe & Kayak North Shore. Sam was

entering his first event with high hopes in the

individual men’s event.

Race day starts early as the kayaks are to be left

at the Puhoi transition area. Then back to

Kaukapakapa to drop of the Mountain Bikes.

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Time! Yes time was running out as we headed for

Woodhill Forest. Leave your road bikes here and

go to the beach area for registration, we join in

the procession, register, leave the runners and

slowly pick our way back to the bike racks.

By the time the vehicle was parked, the first

runners were not long in reaching the transition,

and gosh! Dan arrives. Don’t panic, get on the bike

and go for it. Adrenalin rush down through a

narrow lane between parked cars legs pumping

and my ride is underway. Sam should be on me

soon so concentrate, hard work up the big hill but

then comes the down hill rush, turn right and up

to the transition, hand over to Dan and as I

retrieve my bike in comes Sam. Load up the bikes

and it is off to Puhoi.

The Traffic is heavy and some strangers in town

in Campervans are not sure which way they

should be going. Quick mountain bikers take

about an hour to do this leg and we are pushing it

in the traffic. We park the vehicle and run to the

kayak transition, but my kayak is not there! Then

a voice calls my name. Dan has beaten me here

and tells me he has been waiting for 10 minutes.

“Who is this guy?”

There is a mix up with some gear but I’m on the

water with a magnificent seal launch, plastic sea

kayaks are great eh? I can hear my name being

called. It’s Sam saying something about a paddle.

Oops! Somehow I have Sam’s paddle so I slow up,

we swap and I get left in his wake cursing for being

late to the transition but still make the finish

in style.

It’s all over and time to reflect on a great race. To

Dan, I would like to thank him for giving me the

biggest buzz, for without him I would not have

been able to enter the event let alone face the

possibility of such a good finishing position. I

think he has been bitten by the multisport bug,

and may be in the Individual section next year.

To Mike and family, a big thanks for your help and

I look forward to seeing you compete next year.

Thank you also to the organisers, and a very big

thank you to the officials and marshals who do a

great job on the course.

Every one has their story. This is mine.

John Elia & Dan Reynolds finished 8th in the open

men’s team despite a 10 minute cock up at the

kayak transition.

Sam Goodall finished 8th overall in the individual

men’s - Go Sam!

Well done to all competitors and we look forward

to seeing you all again next year.

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Kayaks & Kids at Sandspit

by Kate Fitness

I was describing our planned weekend at Sandspit to a

friend, “It’s going to be great. We’re expecting about 20 kids

and adults”. At this she pointed out, yet again, our differing

concepts of a good time.

Happily I can report in all earnest that once we had all reminded ourselves

that kids + water + sand = wet sandy kids, even if it is the middle of winter,

we had a wonderful time.

The campsite is unique. The owners have turned derelict sheds into a

fascinating street of shops from the turn of last century(ish). These are packed

with curios that locals have donated. Spot the man at work under the old

Austin. We gradually realised he had a major problem, or he is stuffed!

They also had huge game of Snakes & Ladders. You were a piece on the board.

And they had a giant chess game. We also enjoyed a round of mini golf, even

though the lower holes were flooded.

Did we get afloat then? - Of course!

Thanks to the great weather, a high tide and very sheltered waters, we tried

a range of sit-on-tops & sea kayaks with our kids. The youngest was about 6

months while the oldest were teenagers (who knows their age...who cares?)

The adventurous paddled around the shore to a small park & back. Our

youngest, Emelie (6) managed to paddle all the way - with only a few lollie

bribes offered.

Lunch was very civilised - a visit to Heron’s Flight Winery proved to be an

excellent way to spend the afternoon.

Bryn and Rowan Rose

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When they say there is no water at low tide... They mean it!

We all got together for a chilli of immense proportions - thanks to Brenda &

Rob - Wonderful! The young’uns were entertained in the cinema with duty

parents on a rota system, checking they weren’t switching from “Bad Jelly

the Witch” to anything unsuitable.

The gentle weather held on Sunday and 6 of us set off up river in search of

Matakana. We searched several likely looking mangrove strewn creeks,

which all grew narrower and narrower - someone said cheerfully “there’s a

Café there, I’m sure it’s up here....” But the Café remained an elusive mirage

- we were up the wrong creek...but we still had our paddles.

We did see Kingfishers, stingrays and even a Spoonbill, which is classified

as rare in my bird book. - A first.

Again Emelie paddled herself on a Cobra Play, with a few tows this time. This

has given her a huge leap in self confidence.

A big thanks to Rob & Brenda for bravely organising the weekend - it was a

massive success & lets do another one soon.


A great fun family

boat with plenty

of freeboard

allowing for a

heavy load.

Excellent for

sheltered water


Paddles quickly

and has

excellent stability.

Dry storage



Great general

purpose kayak

for fishing, diving

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A light easy to use

family kayak.

Enjoyable paddling

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in sheltered waters.

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is ideal for fishing,

surfing and

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the driest ‘Sit-ons’

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This kayak has it

all, even an

adjustable leg

length rudder

system. The low

profile hull of the

Cobra Tourer cuts

down on windage,

enabling paddlers

to maintain high

speed and straight

tracking with easy

handling in all

conditions. The

integrated keel

provides stability

and efficiency.



Great for the surf

and the river with



Excellent finish.

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A Sit-on-Top for the

family. Able to seat

an adult and a small

child. It is easy to

paddle and is very

stable. Easily carried

by one adult or two


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A fantastic two

person cruising

kayak which is stable

and fast. It has plenty

of storage and great

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your adventures fun.

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Length: 4.55 m, Weight: 22.68 kg,

Width: 711 mm (x A hatch and tank straps incl.)

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Length: 3.12 m, Weight: 22.7 kg ,

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Length: 2.7m, Weight: 15 kg, Width: 780 mm

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The ultimate


kayak. A large well

is located in the

stern and holds up

to three tanks.

There is one

centrally located

seat and a smaller

companion seat

near the bow. It can

also be fitted with

an optional motor

bracket for an

electric trolling or

small outboard




A Wave Ski which

the whole family

can enjoy.

Fantastic in the

surf, it‘s a fast and



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is great for the

paddler who

wants a fun fast

surf and flat

water kayak.

Kids love this

Sit-on as it is not

too wide for

them to paddle

and yet very



Probably the

closest you will

come to finding

one kayak that

does it all. Surfing,

fishing, snorkelling.

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Length: 3.81 m, Weight: 25.85 kg, Width: 914 mm

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Length: 2.92 m, Weight: 16 kg,

Width: 685 mm

Length: 3.10 m, Weight: 17.27 kg, Width: 710 mm

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Length: 3.3 m, Weight: 23 kg , Width: 750 mm

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‘two person’ is

ideal for fishing,

surfing and

exploring. It has

great hatches for

storing your


equipment. Now

available with

three person

option. It is often

used by one




Fun for the

whole family at

the beach or


Plenty of room

and great


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This double Sea

Kayak is an

ideal day tourer

with the easy

ability to do

those weekend


expeditions. It

handles well, is

fun to paddle

and has well





A stable fun

kayak which is

easy to handle.

This is an


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Length: 3.81 m, Weight: 25.90 kg,

Width: 915 mm

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Length: 4.2 m, Weight: 32 kg,

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Length: 4.87 m, Weight: 35 kg,

Width: 800 mm

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Length: 4.5 m , Weight: 34kg ,

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A great multipurpose


boat for big kids

and small kids


Lots of fun this

summer at the

beach. (Hot


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Fishing, cruising,

well appointed

with gear storage

inside. Also

includes an

optional extra

pod that

detaches, which

is great for

carrying your

fishing gear to

your favourite

spot. The pod

can also be used

as a seat.



Responds to rough

conditions. Its low

profile and flared

bow enable it to

perform well in

adverse conditions.

It is designed to

give the paddler

maximum comfort,

with adjustable

footrests, backrest,

side seat supports

and optional thigh


Stefan Martul

Length: 2.5 m, Weight: 21 kg,

Width: 770 mm

Length: 4.01 m, Weight: 25 kg,

Width: 780 mm

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Length: 5.3 m, Std. Weight: 29 kg,

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one of our friendly team to help choose the best

kayak for you.

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A fast and stable

sea kayak

capable of

handling extreme


Huge storage and

lots of leg room.


start at



Fast, light,

touring kayak

suits beginners

through to


paddlers. The

hull design

allows for great

handling in

rough water.

Well appointed

and ideally

suitable for



Challenge 5

Slightly larger

volume than the

Sequel and

lighter at 22kg. A

fast and stable

touring sea kayak

well appointed

and featuring a

great rudder/

steering system.



This kayak is

designed for day

tripping and light


expeditions. It’s

great fun to

paddle and

handles easily.

Length: 3.43 m, Weight: 18.18 kg,

Width: 790 mm

Length: 5.6 m, Weight: 23kg kevlar carbon,

Width: 600 mm

Length: 4.93 m , Weight: 26kg,

Width: 580 mm

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Length: 5 m , Weight: 22kg, Width: 590 mm

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Length: 4.5 m , Weight: 26kg ,

Width: 640mm

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An enjoyable sea

kayak, fast and

nimble with huge

storage, great

features and the

most comfortable

seat your butt will

ever meet.

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As per the plastic

model, the kevlar

Tasman Express

responds to

rough conditions

but its decreased

weight, and


stiffness, gives

even better



Has all the

features for


kayaking with

ease of handling

in all weather


With great


this kayak is

suitable for

paddlers from

beginner to


Length: 5.4 m, Weight: Std 26 kg ,

Width: 590 mm

Length: 5.3 m, Weight: 22 kg,

Width: 610 mm

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Length: 4.8 m, Weight: 25 kg,

Width: 610 mm

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Is a roomy,


easy to handle

boat. A

channelled hull



tracking which

helps keep you

on course. Its

upswept, flared

bow makes

crossing rough

water a breeze.


565 XLT

This upgraded

model is proving

a hit with its new

lighter weight

and some


features. We

now have a

plastic double

sea kayak that is

great to use for

all those


expeditions and



Length: 4.8m, Weight: 27 kg,

Width: 62 cm

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Weight: 11kg

Width: 450mm

Length: 5.65m

Price: $2995

REBEL This new fast funky Ruahine Kayak is designed for paddlers of both

genders up to 75kgs.

At 5.65 metres long, the Rebel is half way between the length of the Swallow

and the Opus or Firebolt and is faster than them all.


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A versatile

touring kayak for

lake, river and

sea. Stability,

speed and easy

tracking make for

an enjoyable

day’s paddling. A

larger cockpit

allows for easier

entry and exit.

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Flat water

cruising, well

appointed, a



backrest, an

access hatch

in the back

which is great

for carrying

your extra


Length: 4.4 m, Weight: Std 22kg,

Width: 610 mm

Length: 3.7 m, Weight: 20 kg,

Width: 7675 mm

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Weight: 16.5 kg

Width: 500mm

Length: 6.4 m

Price: $3495 kevlar

& carbon

$2995 fibreglass

OCEAN X This Racing Sea Kayak was designed specifically for the ‘Length

of New Zealand Race’ and built around the safety criteria drawn up for that

race. The Ocean X is also very suitable for kayak racing in the many

harbours, estuaries and lakes of New Zealand and lends itself well to the

kayak sections of many multisport races.

Easy finance available from Conditions and

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Weight: 12 kg

Width: 455mm

Length: 5.9m

Price: $3045

FIREBOLT This new, very user friendly kayak with its excellent

combination of speed and stability supercedes our very popular Opus. It is

suitable not only for the intermediate / advanced paddler, but also for the

busy, but keen ‘Weekend Warrior’.

Weight: 12 kg

Width: 480mm

Length: 5.4 m

Price: $2795

SWALLOW The next step up from the entry level kayaks. Fast with good

stability. Medium skill ability is required to enjoy racing this kayak. A very

popular Coast to Coast kayak.

MAXIMUS Fast ocean going Racing Sea Kayak. The broad bow allows

this kayak to ride over waves like a surf ski without losing any speed and is

easy to control while surfing. A low profile reduces buffeting by the wind in

adverse conditions.

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Weight: 16.5 kg to 19 kg

depending on construction

Width: 510 mm

Length: 6.43 m

Price: $2980 - $3330

depending on construction

Weight: 26 kg Glass


24kg Kevlar

Width: 550mm 550 mm

Length: 7m 7 m

Price: $4995 Glass - $5495

depending on $5495 construction


ADVENTURE DUET This lightweight, very fast and recently updated

Adventure Racing double kayak continues to dominate adventure racing in

NZ and is very suitable as a recreational double.


Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice. Accessories and hatches as pictured may not be included in price.

Weight: 14.5 kg

Width: 540 mm

Length: 4.94m

Price: $2295

INTRIGUE This kayak is ideal for the beginner/entry level kayaker who is

looking for a quick, light kayak with great stability. Very suitable for first

time Coast to Coasters.

Weight: 19.09 kg

Width: 585 mm

Length: 5.03 m

Price: $1495

THE ELIMINATOR is a fast stable racing

and training ‘Sit -on’. It has an adjustable dry seat and a cool draining

system. Ideal for the paddler wanting a good fitness work out.

Weight: 21 kg

Width: 510 mm

Length: 5.29 m

Price: $1595

Includes rudder foot plate

and pedals as standard.

SURF SKI An excellent training and competition surf ski, can be used with

under-slung rudder or rear mounted rudder.

Weight: 22 kg

Width: 550mm

Length: 5.15 m

Price: $1495

Includes multisport rudder

and Ozo foot pedals and

foam pillars fitted as


VIPER This boat is designed as an entry level alternative to expensive

composite crafts, has good stability and speed. Colours: Stone grey, Mango,

White granite, Lime, Yellow.

Easy finance available from Conditions and

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Accommodation available to Yakity Yak club

members and their families... Ideal for sport

and school groups... Situated on the banks

of the Waikato River our Kayakers Lodge

accommodates up to 12 people, is fully

furnished, with plenty of parking and a quiet


$25 per person per night.

Phone: 0800 529256 for details

Directory: Things To Do

TAUPO Maori Carvings Waikato River Discovery

Mohaka Whanganui River Trips

Half day guided trip to the rock carvings,

Lake Taupo... only accessible by boat.

$85 per person (bookings essential).

Call freephone 0800 KAYAKN for


TAUPO Accommodation

Hawkes Bay Harbour Cruise

A guided kayak trip round the safe waters of

the Inner Harbour, while learning about the

history of the area. During this stunning trip

around the beautiful Napier Inner Harbour

of Ahuriri, we stop to share a glass of fresh

orange juice, local fruits and cheese platter.

All this for $40 per person.

Phone 06 842 1305

Paddle to the Pub

Kayaking to a local pub is a unique way of

spending an evening, bringing your group of

friends together by completing a fun activity

before dinner and making a memorable

experience. These trips are available to

Riverhead, Browns Bay and Devonport Pubs.



Okura River Kayak Hire Company

Phone: 09 473 0036

2 hour guided kayak trip. Experience the

magnificent upper reaches of the mighty

Waikato River - soak in the geothermal

hotsprings - take in the stunning

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

Price: $40 adult $25 children Special

group and family rates. Call freephone

0800 KAYAKN for details.

Waitara River Tours

For those who are slightly more adventurous at

heart, this is a scenic trip with the excitement of

grade two rapids. Midway down, we paddle

under the historic Betran Rd Bridge where we

will stop for a snack.

Allow 2 hours paddle only. Priced at $50.

Phone: 06 769 5506

Okura River Tours

Exploring Karepiro Bay and the Okura

Marine Reserve. Enjoy this scenic trip with

abundant wildlife and a stop at Dacre

Cottage, the historic 1860 settlers house,

which is only accessible by boat or a long


Okura River Kayak Hire Company

Phone: 09 473 0036

Twilight Tours

Departs from one of The East Coast Bays

beautiful beaches. Enjoy the scenic trip

with the sun setting over the cliff tops as

you paddle along the coast line.

COST: $49.00 • Group discounts available!

Okura River Kayak Hire Company

Phone: 09 473 0036

Mobile: 025 529 255

Need some excitement? Take a kayak down

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

whole day of thrills and fantastic scenery

down the Mohaka River.

Price: $100 per person. Call freephone

0800 KAYAKN for details.

Phone: Taupo 07 378 1003,

Hawke’s Bay 06 842 1305

Mokau River

Enjoy this beautiful scenic river which

winds through some of New Zealands

lushest vegetation. Camping overnight and

exploring some of New Zealands

pioneering history. A true Kiwi experience.

Two day trips $220.00 or

one day $70.00.

Phone 06 769 5506

Kayak Hire

Taupo - Open for the summer and by

appointment. Long Bay, Auckland - by

appointment only. Have some paddling

fun on the beach or let us run a Tour for

you and your friends and explore these

beautiful areas.

Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details

Customized Tours

• Work Functions • Schools

• Clubs • Tourist groups

Whether it’s an afternoon amble, a full

days frolic or a wicked weekend

adventure we can take you there.

If there’s somewhere you’d like to paddle

we can provide you with experienced

guides, local knowledge, safe up to date

equipment and a lot of fun.

Contact your local store

on 0508 KAYAKNZ

Interested in a great adventure on this

Magnificent River?

Give us a call and we will give you a

memory of a lifetime.

Canoe & Kayak Taupo

Price on application.

0800 529256

Sugar Loaf Island

From Ngamutu Beach harbour we head out

to the open sea to Nga Motu/Sugar Loaf

Island Marine Reserve. View the Taranaki

scenic, rugged coastline as we draw closer to

the Sugar Loaf Islands. Enjoy the seal colony

and experience the thrill of close up views of

these fascinating marine mammals.

Allow 3 hours subject to weather.

$50.00 per person. Phone 06 769 5506

New Zealand Kayaking Instructors

Award Scheme

Become a kayaking Instructor and Guide.

Get into gear and get qualified!

It’s fun and easy to do.

Don’t delay phone 0508 5292569 now

Join the Yakity Yak Club

Want to have fun, meet new people, have

challenging and enjoyable trips, and learn

new skills?

PLUS get a regular email newsletter and

this magazine! Also, get a discount on

kayaking courses and purchases from

Canoe & Kayak stores.

Then, join us!

Phone Canoe & Kayak

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Stage 1



A comprehensive course designed to

A comprehensive course designed to

cover the skills required to become a

technically correct and safe paddler. The

course progresses so you develop

techniques and confidence at an

enjoyable pace with great end results.

This course is run over a weekend or by

request in the evenings.

COST $295

Stage 3


Understanding the weather and ability to

navigate in adverse conditions is vital

when venturing into the outdoors. Learn

to use charts and compasses and forecast

the weather using maps and the clouds.

Course: 4 evening sessions

COST $150

Stage 5


Surfing is heaps of fun when you know

how. We will spend the evenings starting

off in small surf and building up to one

and a half metre waves. We will use a

range of sit-on-tops and kayaks to make

it fun and easy to learn. Skills to be

taught include surfing protocol, paddling

out, direction control, tricks and safety

Course: 4 evening sessions

COST $349

This course covers the skills required to

become a technically correct Eskimo

Roller. You increase your confidence,

allowing you to paddle in more

challenging conditions. Being able to

eskimo roll will make you a more

competent, safe and capable paddler.

Course: 4 evening sessions

COST $200


You need rescue skills to look after

yourself and your paddling buddies in

adverse conditions. This course covers

towing systems, capsized kayaks,

T Rescues, paddle floats, stern deck

carries, re-enter and roll.

Programme One Evening

Cost $60

Win Win

For more information on any of these

courses or tours - fill in the form and

receive an information pack and

Go in the Draw to WIN....

Prize drawn on 15 January 2006

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Learn To Kayak

Stage 2

Stage 4


An advanced course designed to build on

your skills. Covering paddling technique,

kayak control, rescues, preparation,

planning and decision making.

Course: Weekend/overnight.

COST $350

Stage 6


cover the skills required to become a

technically correct paddler. Starting off

in a heated pool and progressing

through flat water to moving water, it

allows you to develop techniques and

confidence at an enjoyable pace with

great end results.

Course: Weekend

COST $349


valued at $295




Stage 1

Stage 3


On this course we continue to build on

the skills gained on Stage One and Two

Courses. Developing your skills,

technique and confidence on the faster

moving white water of the Waikato River

and progressing on to a Sunday day trip

on the Mohaka River. Includes, eddie

turns, ferry gliding, rolling, surfing and

building new skills in River Rescue

techniques and River Reading.

Course: Weekend • COST $349

Stage 5


This course is designed to sharpen your

whitewater skills and start learning simple

rodeo moves. We will focus on skills such

as river reading, body position and

rotation, advanced paddle technique,

playing in holes and negotiating higher

Grade 3 rapids. We recommend you are

feeling comfortable on Grade 2+ rapids.

Ideally you should already be paddling the

mid section of Rangitaiki or equivalent.

Course: Weekend • COST $349


This course covers the skills required to

become a technically correct Eskimo

Roller. This will increase your confidence,

allowing you to paddle in more

challenging conditions.

Course: 4 evening sessions

COST $200


This course is designed to cover likely

scenarios on white water rivers. The

course is suitable for paddlers who feel

comfortable on Grade One to Two rivers.

The areas covered are rope skills, muscle

techniques, team control, heads up, risk

management and combat swimming. Also

covering skills required in the following

situations: entrapments, kayak wraps,

swimming kayakers and their equipment.

Course: Weekend • COST P.O.A.

Ph: home



Please send me info. on:

Send form to: WIN A KAYAK COURSE; NZ Kayak Magazine,

7/28 Anvil Rd, Silverdale. Phone (09) 421 0662.

Stage 2

Stage 4



During this course we build on the skills

gained on the Stage One to Three Courses.

Developing your moving water skills,

technique and confidence in your Multi

Sport Kayak. We start on the Mohaka River

on Saturday and progress to the

Whanganui on Sunday for some big water

paddling. River racing competency letters

are awarded to those who meet the

standard and criteria as outlined on the

Grade Two Competency Certificate. A copy

is available from Canoe & Kayak Shops.

Course: Weekend • COST $349

Stage 6

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502 Sandringham Rd

Telephone: 09 815 2073

Arenel Ltd

T/A Canoe & Kayak Auckland




Unit 2/20 Constellation Drive,

(Off Ascension Drive), Mairangi Bay,

Auckland - Telephone: 09 479 1002

Flood Howarth & Partners Limited

Trading as Canoe and Kayak North Shore















The Corner Greenwood St

& Duke St, State Highway 1 bypass

Telephone: 07 847 5565

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7/28 Anvil Road, Silverdale

Please phone for opening hours

Telephone: 09 421 0662

Canoe & Kayak Limited

Trading as Canoe and Kayak Distribution


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38 Nukuhau Street, Taupo

Telephone: 07 378 1003

Rees and Partners Limited

Trading as Canoe and Kayak Taupo















2 Centennial Highway,

Ngauranga, Wellington

Telephone: 04 477 6911











Unit 6, 631 Devon Road

Waiwhakaiho, New Plymouth

Telephone: 06 769 5506

Peter & Bronnie van Lith

Trading as Canoe and Kayak Taranaki




710 Great South Road, Manukau

Telephone: 09 262 0209

J. K. Marine Limited

Trading as Canoe and Kayak Manukau







15 Niven Street

Onekawa, Napier

Telephone: 06 842 1305

CSJ Limited

Trading as Canoe and Kayak Hawke’s Bay









3/5 Mac Donald Street

Mount Maunganui (off Hewletts Rd)

Telephone: 07 574 7415

Jenanne Investment Limited

Trading as Canoe and Kayak Bay of Plenty




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