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Getting Kids into Kayaking

Tips for getting started and great destination ideas for your family.

Wasps, Wakas & Wallabies Some unexpected discoveries while paddling the lakes.

Nepal Update

You won’t believe what these ladies have achieved!

The Buddy System

Scott Challenor and Steve Knowles provide ideas for taking a newbie kayak fishing.

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Issue 52

Kayaking With Kids: 20 Features 6

Sea Kayaking

The Perfect Family Tonic - Introducing your family to


kayaking has many benefits. 20

you’re in another world.

Kayaking With Kids - Paddling together is a great way to build confidence.


Panmure Playground Paddle - When the kids aren’t paddling, there’s plenty to do.

Kayak Fishing 28

Success on the Manukau - The perfect way to spend the day.


Canoe Slalom 15

Wasps, Wakas, Waterfowl & Wallabies - It’s like

The Buddy System - Taking a learner fishing.


Kiwi Slalom Team European World Cup Series Report - Kiwis become superstars.

Quick find from the cover


2009 Multisport Challenges - 6 Events left on the calendar

White Water Kayaking 36

White Water NZ - new name same commitment.


Himalayan River Girls - Nepal update





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Getting Kids into Kayaking

Tips for getting started and great destination ideas for your family.




Product Focus - Beachcomber Duo Release


Recipe - Barbequed Banana


Technical - Professional Development for Kayak Leaders & Instructors

Wasps, Wakas & Wekas Some unexpected discoveries while paddling the lakes.



Nepal Update

You won’t believe what these ladies have achieved!

The Buddy System

Scott Challenor and Steve Knowles provide tips for taking a newbie kayak fishing.

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• Multisport events for 2009 • Kiwi Canoe Slalom Team • Kayak Fishing

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Learn To Kayak


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Buyers Guide

Front cover photo: Inka and the Nepali girls in the famous Sun Kosi waterfall- Photo by Anna Brunno 32 15 Photo above: Anita Austin enjoying L. Rotomahana 28 Photo by Diana Austin

editorial Hello We have received loads of great feed back over the last month regarding the New Zealand Kayak Magazine. We thank you for your open and honest opinions which have opened plenty of pathways to make the magazine a better read for all. Based on your feedback we are committed to bringing you more technical articles, great paddling destinations, great photo’s and less ads (oops sorry can’t do this one). The New Zealand Kayak Magazine was and still is a kayaking community magazine telling the real stories of paddlers passionate about their sport. Exploring faraway places or local hide-a-ways, getting an adrenaline buzz, holidaying with friends and family, catching fish, multisport and kayak races are all stories people want to read. We want you to tell your story, and we don’t mind if you are not a writer and need some help. (You should see how much my Editorial changes once the proof readers have had a go or ten at it). So come on readers, send in your ideas, stories and photos to entertain and motivate others. At last month’s Professional Development Session I was asked “Why should we put the effort into leading trips?” My response was: “Do you like what you got out of the sport, camping, boating and exploring,

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The Perfect Family Tonic Carol Tweed explains how introducing her son to sea kayaking has led to exciting family adventures and lots of laughs as they continue to learn new skills together.

Just how many kids can stand up on a kayak? – Easter fun in the Abel Tasman

About 2 years ago my boys, Nick (10) and Jon (12), and I wandered into Canoe & Kayak to enquire about learning to sea kayak and were soon booked on the Sea Kayak Skills Course. The course was exciting but fairly tiring too, as not only was I learning, but also keeping my eye out for two daredevil boys. But above all it was really good fun. All credit to our instructors for their enduring patience balanced with making it safe but still enough of an adventure! Having undertaken a skills course is one thing and like most things, the more experience you gain, the more you realise how much more there is to learn! Jon soon didn’t want to get wet anymore and found the whole sea kayaking thing boring (I think perhaps it was more to do with being with his Mum and brother…not cool!). However Nick took to it like a duck to water and soon we were regular Yakity Yak clubbies. Initially we took a double and have done some fabulous trips both around Wellington and also further a field. One unforgettable trip saw us launching from Eastbourne heading into a fairly brisk southerly. It was Waitangi Day and our destination was out to the harbour heads and return. Those who know Wellington Harbour will know that the closer you get to the Cook Strait, the larger the swells become. It didn’t disappoint us! Some of the group managed to get wet, but two in a double kayak is stable and fun, especially when you can ride the surf on the return trip. Another memorable day trip was


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in October, we were in a hired double again and the paddle was from Balaena Bay to Lyall Bay. We were treated to a perfect mix of calm, flat water and no wind followed by 2 metre rolling swells as we exited the harbour. Finally at Lyall Bay there was some exciting surf to greet us. The adventure wasn’t over yet. Tuesday evenings at Titahi Bay in the summer are a regular feature on our calendar. When the wind is in the right direction, this is a great place to learn to kayak surf. Nick loves to use the Flow sit on top kayak and has learnt some valuable skills. He has also perfected the art of how to hang

What a smile! Kayaking is a fantastic way to build kids’ confidence.


Bring it on! Nick waiting for a good wave at Titahi Bay. on for dear life on the front of a sea kayak whilst it is being rolled (not by me I hasten to add) and also how to use the bilge pump to squirt and soak unsuspecting adults! Since those early days in Wellington we have done numerous trips to other fabulous places including Abel Tasman (now done three times together!), Nelson Lakes, Marlborough Sounds…we’ve lost count of the times we’ve been there! Nick now kayaks a single and is a good as most adults.

Nick took to it like a duck to water and soon we were regular Yakity Yak clubbies. Kayaking with your child is such a fun thing to do. We have learnt things together, tackled challenges together, fallen in together and helped rescue each other. Lots of laughing and no real ‘strops‘ either, this really has been perfect for mother and son bonding skills. My challenge this summer is to get more kids and teenagers involved in kayaking, my other son included! Let’s get them out there experiencing our beautiful scenery and learning new and exciting life skills together.

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Nick and Carol seal spotting in the Abel Tasman.

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Wasps, Wakas, Waterfowl and Wallabies by Susan Pronk, Pictures by Susan Pronk and Tony Saxton

The cockpits of our kayaks caught the heavy Rotorua rain as they lay on the car’s roof rack, ready for our week away in the sun. The silence in the motor camp, in which we were staying, was interrupted only by a tui as it left its perch in a sodden kowhai tree. The sun rose over neighbouring Lake Tikitapu, and the mist released its clutch on the vegetated hillside. After a good fry up of bacon and eggs in the hope of a good physical day on the water, we decided the rain had eased enough to at least undertake the 5 km walk around the lake so off we set,

somewhat startling if one was to catch a glimpse of one’s reflection in it. You know the vision – battered hat, tousled hair, PFD that balloons the size of your chest to unfavourable proportions. That aside, being out on the water with no one but your partner, nothing to hear but the lilt of the bird song, the buzz of the wasps and the raindrops plopping on the brim of your hat, dissolved away the tensions of living in JAFA country.

We looked like participants in “Dancing with the Stars,” limbs moving in all directions.

umbrella in one hand and camera in the other. The walk was picturesque and even though there was not a kayak to be seen on the water, we did catch a glimpse of a bright yellow amphibian-like vehicle leaving the roadside and plunging into the very deep blue waters. The Nature’s air was so still the beauty on the L. commentary of the Tikitapu walkwa y. driver could be heard from several hundred metres away as he told tales of the lake’s history to his devoted audience. The mechanical duck then revved up its engine, blew a plume of smoke

It was unfortunate that the wasps wanted to act like a guard of honour and accompany us on our journey. Seeing many of them floating belly-up met with loud cheers as more and more were encountered. Nearing the back of the lake, another host of flying pests decided to try their skill at annoying us and plunged down the back of our PFDs in vast numbers. As

Duck with a difference, Lake Tikitapu

and waddled its way out of the water. The momentary disturbance gone, we oohed and aarghed over Lake Tikitapu’s beauty as we continued with our walk around its perimeter, and decided to waste no more time in getting our kayaks launched. Faces plastered with sun-block (ever hopeful the sun would come out), we paddled away from the waters edge. The water was glass-like and


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Sea Kayaking

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View from the lookout between Lake Tikitapu (Blue) and Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake) on the water, shags perched on strategic structures, the brilliant blue plumage of a pukeko pierced the green vegetation where it ran to seek refuge. Swans herded cygnets into a protected cluster as we came too near for comfort and a lone heron retreated from our advance, only to meet with us again as we emerged unexpectedly from among the lake vegetation. There were many more bird species to be admired, and later we viewed them from a different aspect as we expended the little energy we had left walking along the Lake Okareka Boardwalk. Unloading our kayaks at The Landing on Lake Tarawera the following day, we were advised by the locals it would take us 45 minutes to get to Hot Water Beach,

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and that if we kept turning right we would eventually find it. One and a half hours later we arrived having had a good workout battling cross winds and open water. Hugging the coastline looked like a much longer journey and we were both tired from the day before so avoided that choice. A passing Lakes yachty kindly pointed us in the direction of our ide sa una at Hot W own private spa – private for a while anyway. a Shrouds of steam veiled the approaching shore as we trailed our hands in the water testing its temperature. Having decided it was safe to disembark, we dragged the kayaks


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far enough inland to hopefully prevent any melting and leapt into the water. Leaping was no understatement – the water at the shores edge was scorching, even through our boat shoes. We managed to find a comfortable pool of water, which was quite intriguing to sit in. It was very hot on the surface, cool in the middle and changing from tepid to skin blistering as it percolated through the sand era w a beneath my tender derrière. r a T er, L. t wat Sauna complete, stomachs o h in

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Stunning beauty is revealed as the mist lifts off Lake Tikitapu

huge trout leapt out of the water only feet away from our kayaks. Lake Okataina was our last point of entry on our quest to navigate the waters of Rotorua. Although there was starting to be a feeling of sameness from one lake to the other, with similar vegetation and contained expanses of water, they all exhibited something of interest. This lake was more of an irregular shape with many inlets that were at first intriguing, but after five hours had me wondering how many more we were to encounter before we’d completed the circuit. And after having dined with more wasps than there were people on the water, dry land was holding a greater and greater attraction - as picturesque as this lake was with its white beaches and fishing boats cradled in every bay. Walks abound around the shores of Lake Okataina. We found one of the shortest ones that were described on a display board as


being an old pa site that one should not disturb. Where all the archaeological treasures we were supposed to nurture were, we never did ascertain, but we found

something we were totally not expecting – wallabies. Quite a number of them curiously peeked at us from behind screens of manuka twigs as they followed our movements. Wasps, wakas, waterfowl and wallabies - a real pot pourri of New Zealand’s heritage, and overall a kayak trip well worth repeating.

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Lake Tikitapu, also pictured above is a popular destination for water skiers in summer. In winter kayakers have it all to themselves.

Product Focus The team at Barracuda test paddle the ‘plug’ during development. Once ready for production the mould is made and production of their trademark yellow kayaks can begin.

The C&K Team are looking forward to paddling the first boats. Look out for our product review next issue.

Barracuda have done it again. After the huge success of the “Beachcomber”, Barracuda is just releasing a new breakthrough, the “Beachcomber Duo” for those of you who like to have fun with a friend. The “Beachcomber Duo” has great lines, looks fantastic, and performs unbelievably well. Its low windage design offers a fast, easy to control double kayak. Its 5.8 metre length by 700mm width delivers fast hull speeds and excellent tracking. The kayak has ample storage with the expedition model even offering extra storage compartments between both paddlers’ legs. The “Beachcomber Duo” has used all the features people rave about on the “Beachcomber”, with super light weight, durable plastic construction, internal glove boxes, Barracuda’s balanced rudder system, paddle holder recess, built in thigh braces, paddle float rescue slot, flared bow and round bilge hull. The “Beachcomber Duo” comes standard in bright yellow, the ideal colour to improve your visibility. From the Barracuda Team

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Canoe Slalom

Kiwis at the World Cup – Lost bags and long days in a Ford Escort don’t discourage our Kiwi Slalom team in Europe.

by Aaron Osbourne Aaron Osborn e Train Photo ing in P by Mik rague. e Daws on

Canoe slalom, is a sport for which you need courage and no fear. Although renowned for providing 90 seconds of whitewater madness slalom paddlers must have precise technique, power and skill. In slalom, paddlers are categorised by how they are positioned in the boat; kneeling with a single paddle (C1) or sitting with a double paddle (K1). Plus, adding to the excitement is the boat with 2 paddlers kneeling (C2). Canoe slalom is a race against time, with one canoeist racing at a time on the white water slalom course. The slalom comes from the various upstream (red gates) and downstream gates (green gates). There are 20 or more gates to navigate in the white water and if the gate is touched with the boat or paddler, there is a 2 second penalty. If the gate is missed completely, a punishing 50 second penalty is given. There are heats, semi finals and finals, a system most are familiar with. Starting with the heats each competitor takes two runs, the better time counts towards a placing in the semi-final. As part of the Kiwi World Cup Team, I arrived in Barcelona, my first European destination to find I had no luggage. Helplessly I tried to explain to the Spanish-speaking airport staff that my bags and paddles (the latter probably more important) were nowhere to be seen. This was followed by an episode of deep breaths and counting to ten. There was more to come though; doesn’t bad luck always come in threes? Losing your luggage is one thing but to get out of the terminal to find out your ride hasn’t arrived, midnight is approaching and the airport information centre is closed, is another! Days moved on without any training, but eventually my luggage and paddles turned up. It was a huge relief as now the training could finally begin. Trying to book a bus ticket was the next mission. With a little help from a local the trip could now begin as I was on my way to the training camp in Spain. The venues which host the European World Cup Series are home to slalom canoeing super powers. France’s Tony Estanguet is a 2x Olympic Gold Medallist while Slovakia is home to Michal Martikan 2x Olympic Gold Medallist and also the Hochshorners, 3x C2 Gold Medallists. Germany brings Alexander Grim, the K1 Gold medal winner at the 2008 Beijing

Aaron (in blue boat), Training at Pau World Cup.

Olympics. At each of these venues their names were printed in bold on posters around the cities, representing their level of popularity amongst the locals. Local school children would shout their names: these paddlers are real celebrities. Even some kiwis were asked for autographs by the young fans, a rather foreign situation for us. The first World Cup in Pau, France, was an amazing course that had just recently been built. Everything was top line and the organisation was pristine. The day brought hot sun and plenty of top paddlers to see. Two massive live TV screens and numerous scoreboards added to the atmosphere. The kiwis had mixed results at this race; Luuka Jones paddled the best she has ever done to finish a career high in 19th. The men’s racing couldn’t have been any tighter (at least we thought not); there was 10 secondsseparating 1st to 50th. Mike Dawson and myself were punished heavily by touches finishing down the order in 46th and 53rd. The next World Cup was in Bratislava, Slovakia. Getting there was a journey every single member of the New Zealand team will fondly (or not so fondly) remember. After 24 hours of nonstop driving the team arrived. It was a smooth ride in an ex-work van that has a perfect engine and interesting interior. Also a Ford Escort, a common car you may see in New Zealand, which the team thought was a brilliant wee number. However what seemed like a lifetime of driving may have not been worth it after all. On arrival we found out the course was flooded and

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Canoe Slalom the race may not go ahead! Everyone was waiting for the officials to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the second series of the World Cup. Contrary to the massive thunderstorms over the next few nights, the answer ‘yes’ was eventually given two days before the race. This didn’t leave much time for training on the course, but as the students in high school do, cramming was in order. Race day brought out the locals (who by the way, seem to wear little clothing), sunshine, sunburn, chicken burgers and kofolas all round. Two smooth runs from Luuka Jones and Louise Jull kicked off racing. Then it was Mike Dawson next up paddling a super efficient first run, putting him in the top 10. I was pleased with my form with no gate touches; a clean time put me in 15th position after the first two runs. Second runs for the Kiwis however proved how tough the new rules are, letting semi-finals for the entire team slip away so easily. There were just milliseconds separating the men’s field. By the end only three seconds separated 3rd to 40th position in the men’s, a very competitive field! The end results saw Luuka Jones in 30th, Louise Jull 32nd, Mike Dawson 22nd and me at 28th. Mike and I were disappointed with our results but also really encouraged as many top names fell behind us. Next stop was Augsburg in Germany, home of the bratwurst sausage, beer and rain! The 3rd World Cup is always a test for the athletes; trying to keep motivation, determination and strength up after many hours of travel, many places of accommodation, different foods and training facilities. The Augsberg course is rather unique looking and even more so to paddle on. The grass stands surround the course making it ideal for spectators to rant and rave on. The 1972 Olympic course is known for its inconsistent water levels. It was thought that this inconsistency may separate the men, however with only 1 run counting, racing was very tight. Qualification day was a rather disappointing day for the NZ Seniors Team. I was stoked with good speed through the top of the course but had trouble around gate 14, loosing valuable time and picking up a 2 second penalty, finishing in 48th. Mike Dawson also had a touch finishing in 39th out of an 80 strong field. Second runs from the boys pushed too hard and picked up 50 second penalties.

A man that en joys his train ing. Aaron in Pra gue. Photo by Mik e Dawson

The girls also had a bad day at the river, both collecting multiple 50’s. Louise Jull finished 44th and Luuka Jones 47th out of 49. The juniors raced to their potential with Cullum Gibb just finishing outside the top 50 and Jane Nicholas finishing top Kiwi Girl in 42nd. The C2 crew finished 25th out of 27. With all the World Cups completed, the Canoe Slalom World Cup Series

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Rankings were posted. The new format provided interesting results. The Kiwis benefited from having a continental race count towards their rankings, and the European Championships not qualifying for points. The New Zealand Team are very optimistic considering they are pretty much the only team without a coach, video support and team officials. Most of the team has stayed in Europe to train in the summer heat. They are competing at the World Championships in Spain this September. We’ll keep you posted.

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Kayaking With Kids

– tips to get your kids started and loving it.

By Karen Knowles

On board together is a great way to build confidence in young kids. Karen and Jessica (3) Knowles enjoy a day at the beach, Mount Maunganui.

There aren’t many sports a whole family can enjoy all together

first kayak. Exploring deserted beaches are family days to

without someone being left out because they are too young

treasure which your kids will never forget. Our children were

or too old. Kayaking is a sport your 6-month-old will enjoy

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forward to kayaking summer and winter. The trick to their enjoyment is making sure their first experiences are good ones and their confidence is built up slowly.

On the beach we used the kayak as a cot to keep baby and toys off the sand Kayak Choice

Sit on top kayaks are great for kids. Their stability is excellent for new paddlers and Mum or Dad can easily jump on board with the very young ones. If you are a confident sea kayaker a double sea kayak is perfect from about 3-4 years on. We have also used an inflatable very successfully when the kids were very young. The higher sides kept From around 3 years onwards, kids make great co-pilots in a double sea kayak. Bronnie and Ezra (3) van Lith explore the caves at Tongaporutu.


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Disappearing for a few days on a family adventure. Ariana (then 6) and Daniel (then 8) Van Lith on the Tangarakau River. everyone safe on the water while on the beach we used the kayak as a cot to keep baby and toys off the sand and provide a comfy place to sleep. A Canadian Canoe would work the same way.

Pick your day and time

The very first time you take the kids paddling make sure it is a really nice day. Don’t be put off if the young one is scared at first, or didn’t enjoy a cold splash of water, sitting on the bank and watching the family enjoying themselves will encourage them to give it another go. It may take a few sessions of watching for them to become self motivated. You could even try having the kayak on the waters edge with Dad holding it and child on Mums knee and then gradually let the kayak drift out. Estuaries are a great starting point especially if your child is paddling their own kayak. In the shallow water you can walk

I have seen a six year old fall asleep mid paddle stroke in the front of a double alongside for some distance. To get the kids used to paddling under their own steam tie a long rope to the kayak and let them paddle away. You can pull them back if necessary plus, this method saves quite a bit of back ache for the parents. It is a good idea to choose a destination no more than about an hour away for the first paddle. Even though your kids may love the outdoors if kayaking is a new experience an hour may still be long enough for them. The ideal situation is to be back at the beach and the kids ask to go out again; you can then gauge how to plan future trips. My advice is to always plan a shorter trip and extend this if everyone is happy. Take along a few things to make the paddle fun for the kids (and adults) such as water pistols, water bombs, toy fishing rods, even a stick to drag in the water can amuse for a long time. Take a snorkel

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Sleepy Little Monsters

Paddling may well put your kids to sleep which can be a great thing. If you are planning a longer paddle time it for the kid’s usual sleep time, then you may get another hour or so under your belt. Just be aware that even older kids may also fall asleep. I have seen a six year old fall asleep mid paddle stroke in the front of a double sea kayak, so it’s important make sure the Editors Note: A great range of boats! The photo featured below is European. In NZ a buoyancy aid must be worn.

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Kayaking With Kids continued Kids having fun in our great outdoors.

Ariana van Lith (7) on a camping holiday to Hot Water Beach on Lake Tarawera. (also at right)

other paddler can handle the kayak and conditions alone.

Safety and Gaining Confidence

There is nothing more important than making sure your child’s buoyancy aid fits them correctly now. To check this, do the jacket up and then lift the child up by the shoulder straps. If it pulls up over their head, this is what will happen if they fall in the water and panic will ensue. Invest in a good quality buoyancy aid that fits correctly now and will grow with your child for a couple of years. For the under five’s make sure there is a crutch strap. All buoyancy aids lose buoyancy over time so be careful of 2nd hand or hand downs. Bronnie and Pete van Lith have raised five budding kayakers, they advise parents to take their kids swimming in their buoyancy aids at the local pool. They will get used to wearing them in water and can learn to dog paddle in them. Next take the kayaks down to the pool and let the kids practise jumping off and back on again and grabbing the kayak when they ‘fall off’. If your local pool doesn’t allow kayaks, ask your kayak shop if you can come down during an Eskimo rolling session and use the pool. From here progress to paddling into deep water on a calm lake or harbour and practise everything again.

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Just remember the aim is for the kids to love it. Keep them warm in winter, cool in summer, well fed and watered. If they want to stop paddling, let it be. Just make sure you are capable of paddling by yourself or if they are in their own kayak have a quick release tow system ready to go. It won’t be long until the kids are begging you to get outside kayaking and a lifetime of family adventure will begin.


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Here are some ide al sheltered and sa fe locations to introduce kids to ka yaking. North Shore: All of the East Coast be aches and estuaries are great, Long Bay & Okura would be pick of the bunch. South Auckland: Ma raetai Beach is pe rfect. Plus there is a great playgrou nd and ice cream shop.

Some Awesome Adventures for Kayaking Kids and Their Families North Shore: From Sullivans Bay in the Mahurangi you can choose a short paddle to Big Bay or Te Muri. For a real adventure, camp at Motuora Island. The kids will love to explore the shipwreck at nearby Moturekareka Island. Hamilton: Paddle downstream on the Waikato River from the Grantham St boat ramp to Swarbrick Landing on River Road. The kids love passing under the bridges and waving to people on the walkways. This paddle is best for confident kids over 10 years. Mokau River: The river has some little rapids so we suggest an experienced kayaker leads the group. The river is very beautiful and full of history. Drop into Canoe & Kayak Taranaki for advice on the river, camping and parking.

Tauranga: Both Fe rgusson Park and Tye Park are very shallow. Just choo se which ever has the most shelter. Rotorua: Boyes Be ach at Lake Okare ka is a safe place with few skiers aro und. Great playg round too. New Plymouth: La ke Rotomanu, Fitzro y. Safe area where ski boats are not allowed and a river to explore behind the lake. Waitara: Nganga Lake (Trout Lake) is very sheltered with a great little be ach for launching. There’s a nice walk around the lak e too. Taupo: Main beac h of Lake Taupo is safe and close to lots of amenities. Wellington: Pauaha tanui Inlet. Paddle on the northern or southern side de pending on the win d. A great place to have a picnic.

Mount Maunganui: From Pilot Bay there are great rock gardens around the base of the Mount, paddle on to Rabbit Island and keep an eye out for seals. You can get out at Leisure Island and walk back to Pilot Bay to keep the paddle short or return via the Mount. Miranda: This area is a bird sanctuary. Paddle along the shore line and up the river near Miranda, past mangroves and then through farmland with heaps of birds. Stay overnight in the nearby campground with hot pools.

Hannah Nathan (8) gets up close and personal with dolphins at Cooks Beach, Coromandel.

Purangi Estuary, Cooks Beach: The headland at the entrance has some small caves and one small beach has a great swing. In the estuary snake through the mangroves to find old boats, jetty’s and even a waterfall. Matakana River: Leave from Sandspit and cruise through the mangroves to Matakana for an icecream. This is a great adventure for kids paddling their own kayaks.

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Panmure Playground Paddle by Diana Austin

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Very few young children (and some not so young) will say no to a trip to the playground. The Panmure Basin, in central Auckland, provides the opportunity to paddle to three parks on its circumference. With each leg of the journey only taking about 20 minutes it is well within the attention span of a toddler. If all is going well you can venture out into the Tamaki River a little way, under the bridge, to where the boats are moored. On Sunday afternoon the steam train enthusiasts are working their miniature steam trains between 1- 4pm, depending on the weather. Both kids and adults can ride. The Panmure Basin is the mouth of a volcano and it was also recently found to have a volcano buried within it when geologists were drilling from a barge. Both date back about 28 000 years, this is long before


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nearby Mt Wellington erupted. The lagoon is tidal so make sure you have timed the venture right otherwise the big person organising the trip will be looking really silly and the kids are guaranteed to remember that particular detail. Launch your boats at any of the three parks around the basin: Peterson Road Park (location of model railway), Panmure Basin Park (next to Panmure Lagoon Sailing club, 100a Ireland Road), or at the Lagoon reserve where there is also a skateboard park and the Lagoon Leisure and Fitness Centre with hydro slides in summer. As all Yakity Yak clubbies well know food is important on any trip. We have a family tradition that the preparation for outdoor adventures involves the purchase of a few treats, not normally in the pantry. Now that our girls are a bit older they are able to identify potential paddling spots and recently Panmure Basin by night was suggested – that trip will definitely require hot chocolate and marshmallows.

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Pictured clockwise from top. Banana coated in chocolate spread, cooked and then topped with nuts. Two parcels just starting to ooze juices. Bananas wrapped in bacon & topped with maple syrup (Emelie’s favourite) Emelie tucking into her afternoon tea.

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Success on the Manukau Harbour by Scott Challenor

Photos by John McKinley

A perfect day on the Manukau Harbour

Fishing from kayaks has such a huge following it is inevitable that Kayak Fishing Clubs are now very popular. It’s a great way to learn new techniques, see new gear and of course meet other mad keen fishermen and women. For people either new to kayaking or new to fishing, clubs are the perfect way to up skill and have a great day out. Scott Challenor is one of these mad keen fishos who has started the Manukau Kayak Fishing Club. Here is Scott’s account of a typically

Finally a great forecast for the last weekend in July and a chance for the Manukau Kayak Fishing Club to get out on the water. Sunday dawned bright and the trip was on. I sent out a text to members and soon we were headed to our destination of Matakauwau on the Awhitu peninsula. Up till this weekend the weather had delayed many of our trips so our fledgling club had been a bit slow getting off the ground but is building strongly now. Manukau Kayak Fishing Club is run along the same guidelines as the Yakity Yak Club. When you join we take you through our Boys and their toys. The lads take a break and compare catches.

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fishing kayak skills course. The skills course teaches members rescues, paddle technique and safe practice. The course helps you to paddle confidently and safely, by doing the skills course everyone is starting off with the same knowledge and confidence to join in on all the trips. We have a planning meeting once a month, to plan trips and tell stories, not many stories yet but we’ll get there. We chose our spot, taken from the Manukau Harbour SPOT X map and quickly loaded our gear. Matakauwau has a great boat ramp that is accessible even at low tide. We had parked at the top, so used trollies to take our kayaks down. Our Spot X was about 500 metres off the boat ramp but there were 10 power boats already sitting there so we anchored 200 meters behind them on the incoming tide. I was using two rods, one with a Squidly Black Magic flasher rig which I have used successfully in the past and the other was a Manukau Harbour running rig with about 6 oz of weight to get it to

the bottom in the strong tidal flow. For bait I was using Squid, Bonito and Pilchards. After about 15 minutes of sitting quietly I felt the sinkers lifting off the bottom, I started to take up the slack and BAM a nice strike which felt like a good sized fish. I felt the weight coming on so I tightened the drag on my new Penn 460 Slam and pulled my first Gurnard for the day which measured in at around 41 cm. Things after that went a bit quiet for a while but this spot was meant to fish better on the out going so we had about half an hour to wait. Lee

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was having no luck just ahead of me while John 50 metres behind me was getting bites but couldn’t hook up. John, on his Explorer, was using a new Rocker Rig on his Penn Sea Boy rod with a Penn 360 G.T reel. Just as the tide changed John hooked on to his first fish, also a Gurnard and for the next hour he seemed to keep reeling them in, three more before my next one. Poor Lee, on his Catch 390 hadn’t even had a bite so up anchored and moved closer to the shore, I picked up my second Gurnard, also on the Manukau rig, it was well over the 25 cm limit, then quickly hooked up a third fish which I thought was an absolute monster or a sting ray being on the Manukau. My drag on the trusty old Penn Long Beach was set to full and I started heaving it in, finally getting it to the surface only to find it was a foul hooked Gurnard which had also tangled my other line. I released the fish, as one likes to be sporting and pulled in the tangled lines only to find another good sized Gurnard hooked there which I kept. The next half an hour was spent untangling Flasher Rig from Running Rig, in the end I chopped the Flasher Rig off just to get fishing again. I set a Running Rig on the Penn Long Beach as well. We didn’t fish for much longer but just before upping anchor I hooked another good sized Gurnard, this one measuring 42 cm. Time to go home, the Cobra Marauder again proving a dream to paddle and a great stable base to fish off. All in all a great day, fantastic weather and good company. In the end John came home with 5 gurnard, I nabbed 4 and Lee didn’t get a bite. For the record I caught all my fish on the Running Rig using salted bonito or pilchards, the Flasher Rig and squid as bait was mostly ignored, John caught all his fish using pilchards on a Rocker Rig. Lee was fishing with Ledger Rigs. Good thing when we rocked up to the beach, fisheries officers inspected our catch commenting we had done better than those in the power boats. So if you are interested in kayak fishing and don’t know how or where to start or want to meet other kayak fishers for regular trips come in and talk to us at a Canoe & Kayak Store (Phone 0508 KAYAKNZ) and join the club.

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The Buddy System

– Scott Challenor and Steve Knowles provide tips for taking a newbie kayak fishing. You only have to show friends your morning’s catch

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comes: ‘Can I come too?’ ‘Of course you can!’ So you beg, borrow or hire another kayak and you are off. But what if your new fishing buddy has never kayaked or even been fishing before? Here are some ideas to make sure your newbie is safe, having fun and above all you get them hooked (yes, that’s figuratively and literally). Quick Skill and Gear Check Borrowed gear will usually do the job for your buddy but the one thing that must fit correctly is the buoyancy aid. Bending the rules on this one could be a decision you regret. If you have a novice paddler on your hands, spend a couple of minutes on the beach going over their paddle stroke. It’s very common for new paddlers to slice the paddle blade through the water on their left hand if right handed and vice versa for left handers. This will cause the kayak to go in circles, drive you mad and take up precious fishing time! It’s also a good idea to fully explain all the n

fishing gear before you leave the beach. n Tackle – keep it simple Take only the basics to keep things simple. Generally a 5’6” rod and a

spinning reel is a good start for new kayak fisho’s, but just like buying a kayak, visit a specialist fishing shop for the most suitable fishing gear and advice. Soft baiting is ideal for beginners and you can set up the rods before launching. If using bait, cut and prepare it before leaving the beach and have your traces set up. Once you are out

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Fishing there, it’s then just a matter of threading the bait on the hook. n Keep In Touch Your kayak choice can help here. A double keeps your fishing buddy close and is a safe option with a nervous kayaker. But be warned: like bananas on boats, chit chat is seriously disruptive to fishing. If fishing with your wife, take single kayaks. If you are on a date...well, that depends if you are angling for a second date (well actually if your lady has agreed to go fishing on a date, marry her quick - she’s definitely a keeper). It’s a good idea to tie single kayaks together so you can talk easily and provide any help required. About 20m of rope will do the trick, but if using this option you must have an anchor running rig and quick release system to separate the kayaks quickly in an emergency. Anchoring up together means you can share the burley trail, catch bag and bad jokes. So just keep it simple, have a great time and send your fishing buddy along to a kayaking course and soon they’ll be a seasoned pro like you.

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2009 MULTISPORT CHALLENGES - 6 events to focus your training on.

Baytrust Motu Challenge Saturday 10th October The Motu Challenge is a gruelling event held in and around Opotiki, in the Bay of Plenty and has traditionally been the first big showdown of the multisport season. The race is run through native bush clad gorges, valleys and hills and down the Waioeka River. With over $50,000 worth of prizes the Motu Challenge is regarded as the North Island’s Premium Multisport Event. The event web site offers a ‘Get Teamed Up’ service, for those seeking team members. For more information see: Stage 1 - 65 km Mountain Bike Stage 3 - 52 km Road Cycle Stage 2 - 17 km Run Stage 4 - 27 km Kayak + 8 km Road Cycle + 3 km Run

Rodney Coastal Challenge Sunday 8th November Starting at Muriwai, north of Auckland, the Rodney Coast Challenge is run by the Kaukapakapa Scout group as a fundraiser. With over 500 entrants the Rodney Coast Challenge is a well-known event on the multisport calendar. Many athletes have ‘cut their teeth’ on this ideal entry-level multisport event before progressing on to longer multisport events. For more information see: Stage 1 – 10 km Run Stage 3 – 24 km Mountain Bike Stage 2 – 30 km Road Cycle Stage 4 – 8 km Kayak

Off-Road Raglan Sunday 15th November 2009 will be the inaugural Off-Road Raglan Challenge, an exciting addition to the multisport calendar. The event coincides with the opening of Raglan’s first public mountain bike track. Off-Road Raglan has been designed to be achievable as an individual or with a group of mates. A single transition point means no hassle for support crews. For more information see: Stage 1 – 10km Kayak Stage 3 – 10km Run Stage 2 – 30km Mountain Bike

The Genesis Energy Lake to Lighthouse Challenge 19-21st November 2009 Now in its second year, Lake to Lighthouse has been described by Sportzhub’s Steve Knowles as the “best new event (2008).” The event circumnavigates the stunning Lake Waikaremoana in the Urewera National Park, on the East Coast of the North Island by mountain bike, kayak and on foot before descending via back country roads, farmland and by river on the second day to the coastal township of Wairoa. Lake to Lighthouse has a unique family atmosphere and is extremely well supported by the local communities. For more information see: Day One – Friday 20th November: Stage 1- 15 km Mountain Bike Stage 3 - 25 km Run Stage 2 - 14 km Kayak Stage 4 - 20 km Run + 6 km Mountain Bike. Day Two – Saturday 21st November: Stage 5 - 23 km Mountain Bike Stage 7 - 21 km Kayak Stage 6 - 43km Road Cycle Stage 8 - 16km Run.

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Waiuku New World Steelman Iron Maiden Saturday 14th November The Steelman Iron Maiden is a fun, challenging multisport event, covering a variety of terrain including sealed road, forest tracks, farmland and a section of the Waikato River. The new Castaways Adventure Corporate Section, hopes to encourage companies to enter teams of four. For more information see: Stage 1 – 34 km Road Cycle Stage 3 – 33 km Mountain Bike Stage 2 – 12 km Kayak Stage 4 – 14 km Run

The Wild Moa is more than a multisport event, it is an adventure through Rotorua’s scenic wonderland. The mountain bike stage has been designed to make the most of the fun following single tracks of the Whakarewarewa Mountain Bike park. In 2008 an off-road triathlon was offered in conjunction with the multisport event. For more information see: Stage 1 – 4 km Run + 7 km Kayak + 1 km Portage + 9 km Kayak Stage 2 – 30 km Mountain Bike Stage 3 – 15 km Run

Ruahine Kayaks

The Firebolt is faster and more stable in white water and less vulnerable to strong winds in open water. This is a very user friendly kayak with excellent combination of speed and stability.

Designers & Manufactures of Multisport & Adventure Racing Kayaks Phone 06 875 0043


P O Box 11146 Hastings


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Professional Development for Kayak Leaders and Instructors By Peter Townend

Anyone leading others in outdoor activities knows the importance of continually upgrading skills, testing yourself and gaining knowledge. The hard part has always been finding a group of people to achieve this with who have the same goals and attitude towards learning. To support the indispensable work of kayak instructors and leaders, Canoe & Kayak instigated Professional Development Sessions just over a year ago where the focus is on sharing knowledge and skills covering both sea kayaking and white water. Instructors and leaders from both sea and river backgrounds are encouraged to attend all sessions so we all broaden our ability to deal with the ever changing situations we encounter. The sessions to date have all been well attended and not just because of my legendary lunches. We often invite a guest who has expertise in areas we wish to focus on which has been very beneficial in broadening our knowledge and building new relationships in the kayaking community. Our latest session in August consisted of two days in Taupo reviewing river skills on the Waikato followed by another two days in grade two rapids on the Mohaka. The white water paddlers exchanged ideas in instruction whilst the sea kayakers enjoyed pushing their technical skills to the next level. From the sessions completed to date, everyone has agreed that paddling in each other’s ‘territory’ has provided new experiences that can readily be crossed over to their more usual paddling

Sea kayake rs and river paddlers jo forces at ‘th in e Organs’, Mohaka Riv er. environment. A personal example of how Sea Kayaking skills can be used on a river was a rescue I performed early in my instructing career. I was leading a group on a North Island river when a young paddler was

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Technical caught in a tree. To perform a rescue we first had to remove the kayak from the middle of a strainer (a tree that acts like a net in the current). I tried the standard rope systems and in doing so pulled the ten year old pine tree that I had used as an anchor down a 4 metre slope. It was clear to me at this point that all the river rescue systems I had been taught could not deal with this situation. “What can I do now?” I asked myself My thought process went along these lines. 1/ I need some way of exerting enormous pulling pressure on this trapped kayak. 2/ I have already spent too much time using the only type of anchor point available and risk pulling another tree down. What’s more, most of my rescue gear is hopelessly tangled under a ton of tree and pumice. 3/ The water is moving fast and there is nothing dangerous downstream. 4/ If I attach my last throw rope’s end loop to the kayak and trail it down stream how can I get the weight of the moving water to pull on it as if we had a large sea anchor? I have held onto both ends of many throw ropes during rescues in the past. If you have ever done this, you will know the amazing amount of pull that is generated. So the answer was to get the rest of the kayakers who were at this stage watching the rescue from the opposite bank to jump into the river and grab the rope attached to the kayak. With 15 people on the rope the kayak tore free of the tree and allowed me access to where the kayaker was trapped and to continue with the next stage of the rescue (which ended successfully). The end result was using knowledge I had picked up from general boating and sea kayaking combined with my knowledge of river rescue systems - a successful rescue.

Take 5 Check List During the Professional Development sessions in August we worked on the draft “Take 5” check list. This has been developed to encourage a more robust process/debate when embarking on a kayaking activity.

Stan Lemmon, a Kayak Instructor from Canoe & Kayak Hamilton and ‘Ke rmit’

The Take 5 check list translates as, “Take five minutes before you start to assess safety”. In this context it works as a final checklist by listing areas the group needs to discuss during the briefing to plan their safe trip. It worked well while trialed during the Professional Development sessions, feedback was incorporated and Take 5 forms are now available from your local Canoe & Kayak shop. Drop in and grab one, trial it and any ideas you have on improvements will be gratefully received. I am running the Professional Development training days for Canoe & Kayak’s Yakity Yak Club Leaders and Instructors year round. If you would like to attend them please contact me at or by phone on 0274 529255.

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Jane Brockies a trip leader from the North Shore Yakity Yak club extends her skills with a seal launch on the Professional Development training on the Waikato River Photo by Peter Townend

Whitewater NZ They’ve changed their name but not their determination to save our whitewater rivers.

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Facing Page - Gavin Lodge on the Waiho River, beneath Franz Joseph Glacier. Photo by Stu Daniel Facing Page (Inset) - Waiatoto River. Photo by Tony Ward - Holmes This Page - Olly Yeoman on the Nevis River. Photo by Glen Murdoch

Whitewater NZ has successfully worked to save whitewater rivers throughout the country; from remote steep creeks to gentle class II float trips. Here are just a few of our success stories: When necessary we go to the Environment Court to protect our rivers – when Tranzrail threatened to take the boulders out of the lower Clarence we went into bat to ensure that the last day of this classic multiday trip remains the bouncy fun class III trip it’s always been. We’ve supported Water Conservation Orders to protect our most wild and scenic rivers such as the Buller, Motu, Mohaka, Rangitata and Kawarau Rivers. Recent applications made by Whitewater NZ for WCOs include the Hurunui and Nevis Rivers. When we can’t save a river, we do our best to ensure that kayakers receive appropriate mitigation when a river is dammed or diverted, for example: The recreational releases on the Tongariro, Whakapapa, Waikaretaheke, Mangahao, Pukaki and Tekapo Rivers were all negotiated by Whitewater NZ. The slalom course at Tekapo, the Wairehu playhole and new slalom courses planned for the Arnold and Hawea rivers are examples of negotiated solutions where a whitewater river is lost. Our network of volunteers under the direction of the Whitewater NZ Executive is working on over 50 rivers across the country. To find out more information about our work in your back yard go to our website

8th November 2009 For pre-race information send your name and address to: Canoe & Kayak Rodney Coast Challenge, PO Box 160, Kaukapakapa or email:

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Start Your Adventure Here Sea Kayaking SKILLS COURSE A comprehensive course designed to cover the skills required to become a competent and safe paddler. The course develops techniques and confidence at an enjoyable pace with great end results. It runs over a weekend or by request in the evenings. With this course you become a Yakity Yak member with access to lots of trips and activities around the country.

Duration: 1 Weekend



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.

Duration: 1 Session

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.


Duration: 4 Sessions

KAYAK SURFING You’ll learn the skills required to become a competent Eskimo Roller. You increase your confidence, allowing you to paddle safely in more challenging conditions.

Duration: 4 Sessions

OCEANS COURSE An advanced course designed to build on your skills. It covers paddling technique, kayak control, rescues, preparation, planning and decision making.

Duration: 1 Weekend/ Overnight

Surfing is heaps of fun when you know how. You will spend the evenings starting in small surf and building up to one and a half metre waves. We 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.

Duration: 4 Sessions

Phone 0508 529 256 for more info & booking.

White Water Kayaking INTRO TO WHITE WATER A comprehensive course designed to cover the skills required to become a competent 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.

Duration: 1 Weekend



On this course you continue to build on the Intro to White Water course, developing your skills, technique and confidence on faster moving white water and progressing to a Sunday day trip on a Grade 2 river. It includes eddie turns, ferry gliding, rolling, surfing and building new skills in River Rescue techniques and River Reading.

Duration: 1 Weekend


A comprehensive package of instruction and coaching designed to progressively build your kayaking skills to NZKI 1 Star & Grade 2 Racing Certificate level. Run over three weekends you are introduced to white water, develop water confidence, river reading and white water skills. You’ll enjoy river running instruction on the fastest lines and rebooting all the other skills we have taught you during your first two weekends.

Duration: 3 Weekends

RIVER RESCUE Suitable for paddlers who feel comfortable on Grade 1 to 2 rivers, you learn rope skills, muscle techniques, team control, heads up, risk management and combat swimming and skills required to cope with entrapments, kayak wraps, swimming kayakers and their equipment.

Duration: 1 Weekend

Sharpen your white water skills and learn simple rodeo moves. We 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 already feeling comfortable on Grade 2+ rapids.

Duration: 1 Weekend

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Taupo Maori Carvings

Waikato River Discovery

Half day guided trip to the rock carvings, Lake Taupo... only accessible by boat. A leisurely paddle of about 3 km to the rock carvings. The largest is over 10 m high and from below in a small boat it is imposing.

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...

$90 per person (bookings essential). Phone 0800 KAYAKN for details.

Adult $45, Children $25 Special group and family rates. Call 0800 KAYAKN for details.

Canoe Polo A great game for young and old. A fast, furious and fun way to improve your skills. There’s a league to suit you. Contact your local centre for more information.

Glow Worm Kayak Tour Join us for a picturesque paddle on Lake McLaren to view glow worms by night or beautiful waterfalls by day. This trip takes about 1.5-2hours and is suitable for paddlers with no experience. All gear, hot drinks and nibbles are supplied. Price $75 per person.

Phone Canoe & Kayak BOP for bookings 07 574 7415

Waitara River Tours

Price: $125 per person. Call 0800 KAYAKN for details.

Mokau River Enjoy this beautiful scenic river which winds through some of New Zealand’s lushest vegetation. Camping overnight and exploring some of New Zealand’s pioneering history. A true Kiwi experience.

Allow 2 hours paddle only. Priced at $60. Phone: 06 769 5506

Two day trip $230.00 One day $70.00 Phone 06 769 5506

River Tours

Kayak Hire

Taupo Adventure Tours We can organize specialized kayak tours to suit any budget. From helicopter access, white water paddling to extended cruises aboard a mother ship. Give us a call and we will give you a memory of a lifetime.

Phone 0800 KAYAKN for details.

Sugar Loaf Island From Ngamutu Beach harbour we head out to the open sea to Nga Motu/Sugar Loaf Island Marine Reserve. View the scenic & rugged Taranaki 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. $60.00 per person. Phone 06 769 5506


Exploring beautiful estuaries. Enjoy a scenic trip with wildlife and wonderful views.

Taupo - Open for the summer and by appointment. Have some paddling fun on the beach or let us run a tour for you and your friends and explore these beautiful areas.

New Zealand Kayaking Instructors Award Scheme Become a kayaking instructor and guide. Get into gear and get qualified! It’s fauna and easy to do.

Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details

Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0800 KAYAKN for details

Don’t delay. Phone 0508 5292569 NOW!

Twilight Tours

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.

Departs from one of your local beautiful beaches. Enjoy the scenic trip with the sun setting as you paddle along the coastline. Group discounts available!


Need some excitement? Take a kayak down this wicked Grade 2 river run... this is a whole day of thrills and fantastic scenery down the Mohaka River.

For those who are slightly more adventurous at heart, this is a scenic trip with the excitement of grade 2 rapids. Midway down, we paddle under the historic Betran Rd Bridge where we will stop for a snack.

Paddle to the Pub

• Price: $70.00pp • Group Discounts Available! Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details.


Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details.

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Customized Tours • Work Functions • Schools • Clubs • Tourist groups

Whether it’s an afternoon amble, a full day’s 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.

Join the Yakity Yak Club Want to have fun, meet new people, have challenging and enjoyable trips, and learn new skills? And get a regular email newsletter, this magazine and get a discount on kayaking courses and purchases from Canoe & Kayak. Then, join us!

Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 KAYAKNZ to find out more.

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The next step up from the entry level racing kayaks. Fast with good stability. Medium skill ability is required to enjoy racing this kayak. A very popular Coast to Coast kayak.

Intrigue is ideal for the beginner/entry level kayaker who is looking for a quick, light kayak with great stability. Also suitable for first time Coast to Coasters.

Gladiator with its larger cockpit, is built for the bigger paddler looking for a longer, fast and stable kayak for Coast to Coast etc.

Priced at $2460, $2740 Kevlar

Priced at $2860, $3170 Kevlar


rEbEl KEvlAr

AdvENturE duEt

This very user friendly kayak with an excellent combination of speed and stability is suitable not only for the intermediate/ advanced paddler, but also for the busy, but keen ‘Weekend Warrior’.

The Rebel is designed for paddlers of both genders up to 75 kgs. At 5.65 metres long, the Rebel is half way between the length of the Swallow and the Firebolt and is faster than both.

Adventure Duet is a lightweight, very fast and recently updated Adventure Racing double kayak. It continues to dominate adventure racing in NZ and is a great recreational double.

Priced at $3150

Priced at $5260, $5760 Kevlar

Priced at $2710, $2940 Kevlar

Length: 5.4 m, Weight: 14 kg Glass, 12 kg Kevlar, Width: 480 mm

Length: 4.9 m, Weight: 14.5 kg Glass, 12 kg Kevlar, Width: 540 mm

Length: 5.9 m, Weight: 15.5 kg, 13.5 kg Kevlar, Width: 530 mm


Priced at $2860, $3170 Kevlar Length: 5.9 m, Weight: 14.5 kg, 12.5 kg Kevlar, Width: 455 mm

Length: 7.0 m, Weight: 29 kg, 24 kg Kevlar, Width: 550 mm

Length: 5.6 m, Weight: 11 kg, Width: 450 mm




The Ocean X is 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.

The hurricane gives you the very best balance of speed and stability. The sleek deck is less vulnerable to strong cross winds, while the raised bow provides lift to prevent the front of the kayak being submerged in rapids and small waves.

Fast ocean going Racing Sea Kayak. The broad bow allows this kayak to ride over waves like a surf ski without losing speed and is easy to control while surfing. A low profile reduces buffeting by the wind in adverse conditions.

Length: 6.4 m, Weight: 18 kg, 16.5 kg Kevlar, Width: 500 mm

Length: 5.9 m, Weight: 12 kg, Width: 490 mm

Length: 6.4 m, Weight: 16 kg, Width: 510 mm


Surf SKi


A fast stable racing and training ‘Sit - on - top’. It has an adjustable dry seat and a cool draining system. Ideal for the paddler wanting a good fitness work out.

An excellent training and competition surf ski, can be used with under-slung rudder or rear mounted rudder.

This boat is a great training/ racing, rota-moulded alternative to expensive composite crafts, has moderate stability and good speed.

Priced at $3200, $3700 Kevlar

Priced at $1695

Length: 5.0 m, Weight: 22 kg, Width: 584 mm

Prices start at $2950

Priced at $1795

Length: 5.3m, Weight: 22kg, Width: 510mm

Priced at $3730

Priced at $1695

Length: 5.2m, Weight: 22kg, Width: 550mm


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fiSh n’ divE



Fish n’ Dive is the ultimate fishing/diving kayak. A large well located in the stern holds loads of fish. You can customize it with hatches, fish finders and rod holders.

The Marauder is for the serious kayak fisherman. It is fast, stable with loads of deck space. Performs excellently in surf. Also available with an optional rudder.

The low profile hull of the Cobra Tourer cuts down on windage. Paddlers maintain high speed and straight tracking with easy handling in all conditions.

Prices start at $1095

Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 28 kg, Width: 914 mm

Prices start at $1195

Length: 4.3 m, Weight: 24 kg, Width: 780 mm

Prices start at $1295

Length: 4.6 m, Weight: 23 kg, Width: 711 mm

catch 390

linE 280

WatEr StridEr

Catch 390 features satisfy the keenest angler, beginners & experienced alike. Front & rear bulkheads. Watertight fishing rod chute. Flush mount rod holders behind the seat .

The ‘pimped’ Angler edition of the Access. The Line 280 is ready to go fishing when you are. Anchor running line is already fitted. There are rod holders, and paddle parks to store your paddle while you fish.

The open floor design allows you to propel and steer the Water Strider raft with fins on your feet while your hands are free for fishing. In shallow water you can stand up and wade while the Water Strider floats around you.

Prices start at $1650

Length: 3.9 m, Weight: 28 kg, Width: 850 mm

Prices start at $1095

Length: 2.8 m, Weight: 18 kg std, Width: 730 mm

Prices start at $1872

Length: 2.4 m, Weight: 15 kg, Width: 1245 mm

hElioS i

hElioS ii


This kayak is designed for cruising on protected waters, moderately flowing rivers, lakes and bays. It has considerable storage space in the bow and stern.

Helios II is a double inflatable kayak with the same features and stowage as the single.

This self-bailing inflatable is an ideal canoe for rivers and moderate white water. The extra compact hull has excellent riding characteristics, especially when in rapids, and an extra large storage space.

Prices start at $1695

Prices start at $1995

Prices start at $3795

Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 17 kg, Width: 750 mm

Length: 4.1 m, Weight: 23.5 kg, Width: 1.05 m

tWiSt i

tWiSt ii 1 inflatablE


The Twist I is an economical choice of inflatable canoe. It comes with a comfortable backrest and grab handles for easy handling. The tracking fin helps to keep you on course.

The Twist II is the double version with the same features of the Twist I. Both kayaks come with shock cord on the stern for storing gear.

The Incept Whakapapa is a heavy-duty Canadian-style inflatable canoe for rivers, lakes and sheltered marine waters. It’s very stable and an absolute delight to paddle, giving little drag and excellent manoeuvrability.

Length: 3.1 m, Weight: 13.5 kg, Width: 710 mm

Prices start at $995

Length: 2.6 m, Weight: 6 kg, Width: 790 mm

Prices start at $1295

Length: 3.6 m, Weight: 9 kg, Width: 830 mm

Prices start at $3087

Length: 4.3 m, Weight: 25 kg, Width: 1025 mm

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Here is a little cracker! The Firefly is designed so the kids can have fun. Little and light, easy to handle and stable. The kids will love it, if they can get Dad off it!

Probably the closest you will come to finding one kayak that does it all. Surfing, fishing, snorkelling. Escapee is stable and easy to paddle. A boat the whole family can enjoy.

An extended Escapee for the larger paddler. You’ll fish, dive and have fun in the sun. There’s a storage hatch behind the seat for easy access and wells at the front and rear.


Length: 2.4 m, Weight: 16 kg, Width: 700 mm

Prices start at $830

Length: 3.3 m, Weight: 23 kg, Width: 740 mm

Prices start at $1055

Length: 3.5 m, Weight: 27 kg std, Width: 750 mm

Length: 2.95m, Weight: 19kg, Width: 750 mm




The fantastically stable and manoeuvrable Kiwi has two dry compartments for gear. Light, super comfortable and fast for its length. It’s an awesome, all round kayak.

Play is great for the paddler who wants a fun fast surf and flat water kayak. Kids love this Sit-on- top as it is not too wide for them to paddle and yet is very stable.

Explorer is ideal for fishing and exploring and one of the driest ‘Sit-on- top’ you will find. Great hatches for storing your goodies are available.

Prices start at $1310

Length: 3.75m, Width: 740 mm Weight: 20 kg Std, 23 kg Excel & 18 kg Light.

Prices start at $545

Length: 3.1 m, Weight: 18 kg, Width: 711 mm

Prices start at $850

Length: 3.4 m, Weight: 18.18 kg, Width: 790 mm



Access 280

A Wave Ski which the whole family can enjoy. Fantastic in the surf, Strike is a fast and manoeuvrable sit-on-top.

A ‘two person’ kayak, ideal for fishing, surfing and exploring. Tandem has two 6” hatches to store your adventure equipment. Room for three, often paddled by one.

Access 280 is a nimble performer that turns really easily. The open cockpit houses a comfortable moulded padded seat, an adjustable backrest and an easy to reach, under deck tray for all your necessities.

Prices start at $895

Length: 2.9 m, Weight: 16 kg, Width: 685 mm

Prices start at $1195

Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 25.9 kg, Width: 915 mm

Prices start at $879

Length: 2.8 m, Weight: 18 kg std, Width: 730 mm




A Sit-on-top for the family. Able to seat an adult and a small child. The Squirt is easy to paddle and is very stable. Easily carried by one adult or two kids.

Stable and easy to paddle, Flow handles surf with ease. Simple for the beginner to use, yet exciting for the more experienced paddler.

A fun double sit-on-top kayak with the option of a third person sitting in the middle. Surge has ample stability and speed and performs well in surf.

Prices start at $449

Length: 2.7 m, Weight: 17 kg, Width: 760 mm

Prices start at $879

Length: 2.95 m, Weight: 19 kg, Width: 750 mm

Prices start at $999

Length: 3.9 m, Weight: 28 kg, Width: 850 mm

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This is 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.

Penguin has as all the features for multi-day kayaking with ease of handling in all weather conditions. With great manoeuvrability this kayak is suitable for paddlers from beginner to advanced.

A comfortable performance orientated sea kayak which will suit all sizes of paddlers with plenty of foot room for the bigger ones. The Shearwater handles well in rough conditions. A fun boat to paddle.

Prices start at $1990

Length: 4.5 m, Weight: Std 24 kg, Width: 620 mm

Prices start at $2500

Length: 4.8 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, 23 kg light, Width: 610 mm

Prices start at $2545

Length: 4.8 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, 23 kg lite, Width: 610 mm

taSman ExPrESS

fovEaux ExPrESS

taSman ElitE

Its low profile and flared bow enables the Tasman Express to perform well in adverse conditions. It gives the paddler maximum comfort, with adjustable footrests, backrest, side seat supports and optional thigh brace.

Foveaux Express, is a very responsive and playful sea kayak. Comes with a moulded thigh brace. The dolphin nose with flair, allows lift in the ocean swell. A fun, nimble kayak.

As per the plastic model, the Kevlar Tasman Express responds to rough conditions but its decreased weight, and increased stiffness, gives even better performance.

Prices start at $2775

Length: 5.3 m, Weight: 29 kg Std, 25 kg light, Width: 620mm

Prices start at $4280

Length: 5.0 m, Weight: 19 kg, Width: 600mm

Prices start at $4400

Length: 5.3 m, Weight: 22 kg, Width: 600 mm

SouthErn SKua


SEE KayaK flagS

The Southern Skua has a low deck enabling it to perform extremely well in windy conditions. Its longer hull gives it greater speed and allows it to surf in a following sea. It gives maximum stability in the open sea.

Torres, a fast and stable sea kayak, capable of handling extreme expeditions. Huge storage and lots of leg room.

Flags & lights on a rigid fibreglass pole are easily fitted to any kayak . Available as flag only or light/flag combo. Two styles of lights both visible for up to 3km in good conditions. Tektite light provides the brightest light.

Prices start at $4400

Length: 5.4m, Weight: 22kg, Width: 600mm

Prices start at $4400

Length: 5.6m, Weight: 23kg std, Width: 600mm

Flag on pole $75.00, Flag & C-Light $155.00 Flag & Tektite Light $190.00

Standard dEcK bag

dElux dEcK bag

canoE &KayaK buoyancy aid

Our Deck Bag offers exceptional value! The entire bag is radio frequency welded to keep waves and rain out. Our splash proof, HydroKiss™coated zip is sealed in with no excessive needle holes for water to find.

The Deluxe Deck Bag offers a unique window view access, high capacity and light reflectivity. A clear window allows for easier gear location and a higher profile for better gear storage.

Increase your visibility in these yellow bouyancy aids. They can be adjusted with side, shoulder and waist straps. There is an inside pocket with a ring to store keys, knife or whistle.




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CoNtour 480

eCo beZhig

iNCept tAsmAN

A roomy, manoeuvrable, easy to handle boat. The channelled hull provides outstanding tracking which helps keep you on course. Its upswept, flared bow makes crossing rough water a breeze.

Eco Bezhig is an enjoyable sea kayak, fast and nimble with huge storage, great features and the most comfortable seat your butt will ever meet.

These inflatable kayaks have a stiff frame, excellent speed, high stability and good handling. The Incept Tasman kayak will handle big seas and survive impacts which would break rigid hulls.

Prices start at $2550

Length: 4.8 m, Weight: 27 kg, Width: 620mm

Prices start at $3199

Length: 5.4 m, Weight: Std 27 kg, Width: 590mm

Prices start at $2970

Length: 4.35 m, Weight: 15 kg, Width: 670 mm

five- o- five


iNCept pACifiC

Five- O-Five is a fully-fledged touring kayak for entry and medium level paddlers. A high-quality touring boat. At 505 cm it offers great glide and tracking.

The Point 65 Nemo is a comfortable and stable recreational kayak for the whole family.

The Incept Pacific inflatable sea kayak is perfect for spur-of-the-moment day trips or multi-day expeditions. The deck covers and sprayskirts are easily removed, giving easy access to gear.

Prices start at $2299

Length: 5.05 m, Weight: 25 kg, Width: 580 mm

Prices start at $1099

Length: 3.5 m, Weight: 22 kg, Width: 630 mm


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Prices start at $3591

Length: 5.35 m, Weight: 20 kg, Width: 670 mm


beAChComber duo

sAfetY flAg & light

The Beachcomber combines the latest design with cutting edge technologies to create an ultra light, thermoformed, manoeuvrable sea kayak, perfectly suited to New Zealand conditions.

The “Beachcomber Duo” has used all the features people rave about on the “Beachcomber”, with super light weight, durable plastic construction, internal glove boxes and Barracuda’s balanced rudder system.

Be seen day or night with Great Stuff’s Safety Flag, LED light unit. It comes complete with rod holder or alternative deck fittings. A must for all open water kayakers.

Prices start at $4300


Prices start at $2950

Length: 4.88 m, Weight: 17 kg, Width: 600 mm

Length: 5.8 m, Weight: 26 kg, Width: 700 mm

foAm pAddle floAt

fishermAN’s seA ANChor

seA rover CompAss

A paddle float you don’t have to inflate! The reflective webbing trim and a metallic chrome front panel enhances visibility. Deployment is easy with a large pocket for your paddle blade, and a wide adjustable leash to secure the paddle shaft.

A great small-craft safety accessory. These heavy duty sea anchors are built in tough PVC for maximum abuse. With tubing sewn in, they stay open to deploy quickly. 300mm dia. opening 580mm length.

The Sea Rover features a large compass with easy to read markings. With a simple, yet elegant base, it attaches easily to deck lines or sits nicely on top of a deck bag. Quick-release buckles allow for easy attachment.





Selection - Knowledge - Experience

SEattlE bilgE pump

paddlE float

paddlE/ rod lEaSh

A must for every boatie. Our 36 litres per minute bilge pump features an easy-grab handle, super-strong pump shaft and heavy-duty impact resistant plastic.

Two chamber float gives added safety. A 2nd chamber for use when you need extra buoyancy or if one chamber is accidentally punctured. There’s a clip on safety tether to eliminate loss in windy conditions.

Unique quick-release-at-paddle feature allows paddle to be easily released from leash. It comes with a heavy-duty snap hook for maximum durability and an internal Kevlar cord filament for maximum breaking strength.




latitudE Stuff SacK

SupEr latitudE

camp SinK

With full horizontal access, our Latitudes eliminate the hassle of having to dig vertically to get at what you want. Built with a polyester body and heavyduty vinyl ends, Latitudes are built to perform, but at a value price!

10 Ltr $58.50, 21 Ltr $72.00, 51 Ltr $85.50

Eco-friendly PVC Free Super Latitudes feature the great wide mouth-lateral design. They slide easily into kayak hatches. Our hands-free Autopurge valve automatically purges the air as the bag is compressed.

10 Ltr $87.75, 21 Ltr $101.25, 51 Ltr $143.85

Our 15 litre capacity square camp sink can’t be beat. The Pack Sink’s unique square shape makes cleaning larger items simple and it folds flat for easy (out of the way) storage when not in use.


opti dry bagS

omni dry bagS

omni dry bacK pacK

The Opti Dry is super-tough made from superclear heavy-duty vinyl. It has an abrasion resistant bottom.

These all-purpose bags are great for any adventure. The Omni Dry Bag features a waterproof 3-roll closure with D-ring, vinyl body and heavy-duty abrasion resistant bottom.

At 140 litres you can fit all your wet gear in one bag, or keep all your gear dry! A heavy-duty 3-roll closure system and adjustable, padded shoulder straps makes for easy use.

10 Ltr $29.90, 21 Ltr $34.90, 41 Ltr $44.90

10 Ltr $39.90, 21 Ltr $44.90, 41Ltr $54.90


mighty mitE cart

Standard trollEy

hEavy duty trollEy

Our new Mighty Mite Cart is small enough to fit in most Kayak holds, With pneumatic wheels, anodized aluminium frame, a single tiedown, and a stand, this cart offers great features at a low price.

These wheels are the step down from the heavy duty version. Large wheels still make any terrain a breeze, while a pin holds them in. They still fold away into your back hatch. A lighter weight trolley for moving mainly empty kayaks.

Easy to carry a sea kayak loaded down with all your gear! Heavy duty stainless steel construction. Wheels fold down conveniently to fit in a back hatch.




You’ll find it all at Canoe & Kayak Please Note: For the kayaks advertised, the price is for the kayak only. It does not necessarily include any of the accessories, hatches, seats etc shown in the photos. The prices were correct at the time of printing however due to circumstances beyond our control they may alter at any time. Please contact your nearest Canoe & Kayak Centre and they will put together a great package of the best equipment available for your kayaking fun.

boDYliNe polArteC top

boDYliNe boots

Polartec Power Stretch fabrics feature body-hugging 4-way stretch and are very breathable. They keep you dry when you sweat and provide warmth without weight. These are the most versatile outdoor and fitness apparel fabrics available today.

When its cold your toes are the first thing that really feel the pinch. These boots are soft enough to wear all day, strong enough to wear everyday.



shArKsKiN ClimAte CoNtrol

rAsDex pADDle jACKet

rAsDex hYDrA pfD

Sharkskin Climate Control comes in both short and longsleeves. Sharkskin’s three layer fabric protects you from the elements with a protective outer layer, a windproof middle layer, and a polarfleece inner layer to keep you toasty warm while paddling.

This cag suits multisport paddling in particular, with the opening mesh neck for ventilation and a lightweight fabric. The long sleeve version will suit those who prefer to keep their arms covered for sun protection, and also makes it suitable as a lightweight windbreaker when training.

The new Hydra PFD has been tested to NZS 5823:2005. It is also approved for night time use. Available in high viz yellow and red, in 2 sizes. Features large front pocket and key clip, plus hidden side pockets which allow extra foam to be fitted so it can be used for canoe polo.

$269.00 short sleeve, $315.00 long sleeve



DAY two KiwiteA pfD

DAY two NeopreNe sprAY DeCKs

rAsDex CombiNAtioN DeCKs

A versatile starter buoyancy vest with five way adjustments to fit children and adults. More than 55N of floatation made from very soft and comfortable foam. Large front pocket. Reflective tape on the rear. Comes in red, blue or gold

This deck is snug fitting and warm for all kayak conditions. ‘Diamond’ neoprene deck section and stretchy neoprene waist. Comes in small to XL waist and 5 cockpit shapes.

The deck most used by multisport paddlers - also used by sea and touring paddlers. The deck has a neoprene deck section but with a nylon body tube which allows good freedom of movement.




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subsCribe toDAY

What a great way to earn a living. Working in a recreational retail business with heaps of time outdoors, at sea with great company.

6 issues for only $40, saving nearly $5.00 off the news-stand price, delivered free. This great magazine will give you heaps of information and ideas to make your kayaking more enjoyable.

Phone Peter Townend on 09 476 7066 or email for more information.

Subscription price to anywhere in NZ $40.00

Join the club. You will get a weekend skills course to learn techniques and safety skills and a year’s membership. If you are keen to learn more there is a bunch of courses which teach everything from Eskimo Rolling to becoming an instructor.


White Water

Himalayan River Girls – Showing power!

Susmita learns raft guiding skills on the Seti river, Nepal

by Inka Trollsås It has now been a year and a half since I met Sita and Mona next to Fewa Lake in Pokhara, Nepal. They had never been in a kayak before and I can not believe how much has happened since that day these Nepali girls asked me to teach them kayaking. Paddling Means Freedom Thirteen Nepali girls are now employed with local white water rafting companies. Becoming a river guide in Nepal is very hard work, challenging and possibly dangerous. Not only do guides bring tourists safely down big and technical rapids, they spend day after day in wet clothes, setting up camps in rainstorms and carrying heavy equipment. But what kayaking ultimately means to these amazing ladies in Nepal – is freedom. Girls in Nepal want to do so much but just don’t get the opportunity growing up in a totally male dominated country. Through paddling these girls get a chance to get a profession, a chance to become independent, make choices about their own future and to enjoy life! So How Did It All Happen? Well, a lot of hard work and incredible help from the fantastic whitewater community around the world! Wonderful people such as kiwi Sophie Hoskins who came to Nepal with equipment and woman-power last year and helped achieve results we could only dream of: The Results

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Three girls competed as the first female competitors in the Peak UK Himalayan White water Challenge. One girl, Susmita Rai, is going to the world championships in Europe, competing in freestyle and slalom in Sep 2009. A full five-week guide training program for 10 girls has been accomplished.

The United Nations of Kayaking. Girls from all around the world join together to share paddling skills and knowledge.

4 A kayak club has been set up in Pokhara. 4 We have proven to Nepal and its rafting industry that girls can paddle and can become appreciated river guides and do well in competitions.

White Water

The Struggle Continues Despite these amazing results, in reality we are also struggling with the club in Nepal. We are dependent on donations to keep the club going which more and more girls want to join. We must cover the costs of club house rent, training, transport and more. This autumn season we will look at renting out kayaks and other gear to provide some income for the club. 10 Girls Competing In The Next Himalayan Challenge I am organizing several girls’ trips this autumn season with ladies from western countries and the Nepali girls. These trips will provide an amazing opportunity for the girls to learn new skills. We will have a WRT course, first aid, as well as a freestyle and slalom training for 10 girls before entering the Himalayan White water Challenge at the end of November.

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Inka is a Swedish independent woman and a devoted white water kayaker with a very different kind of lifestyle. At 34, she is living half the year in Nepal and half the year in Sweden. She has lived this way for nine years trying to make a living out of her own adventure company through which she brings tourists from Sweden to Nepal as well as working as a kayak instructor. For any other info contact: For more info, check out the website And join the facebook group and see all new pictures: Himalayan River Girls

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