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Orca - Having had a close encounter, Robbie Banks looks into their behaviour.


Motuora Antics - It happens to the best of us!


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editorial Professional Development Days for Club Leaders and Qualified Instructors. Please join me in the BOP on Sunday the 21st of February and in Auckland on Sunday the 28th of March for fun days of sharing to develop your leading and instruction skills. Please contact me on

Whanganui Annual Yakity Yak Kayak Trip. Join me and the Yakity Yak team for a fun Club cruise down the famous Whanganui River. We all chip in for the food etc. I take the head chef role and everyone pitches in to help. Eating roast beef and chicken, BBQ, corn beef and mustard, hot scones, corn fritters and soup, bacon and eggs. This is not a trip for the weight watcher, it’s for the connoisseur of bush tucker. We meet on Saturday the 10th of April and get off the river on Friday the16th of April. Limited places are available so please book early through your local Canoe & Kayak Centre.

Paul Durrant a friend and keen kayaker based in the Hawke’s Bay ran our Napier Centre a few years back and was an active member of the Hawke’s Bay Canoe Club. He always had time for everyone, a fun sense of humour and was an all round good guy. After a road accident Paul passed away in October. We will miss him greatly. Peter Townend

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Spring has been stunning; wildlife outstanding, the fishing the best I have ever had. Spending time with the Yakity Yak Leaders and Canoe & Kayak instructors on the Professional Development Training days has been great fun and informative. The summer is lining up to be a whopper too with lots of fun teaching my son and a bunch of his and my friends the joys of river boating. As the Christmas Season approaches we start to get busier and stress levels build. It is easy to lose patience on the road. We can overtake with no spare room for error and unwisely say things in the heat of the moment. On the water we are naturally much more relaxed. People wave and share news and stories, taking time to enjoy travelling. This relaxed attitude applied on the road, giving way to others to make their life easier, smiling and saying “good day” and generally taking the time to help another Kiwi on the road, will make for a relaxed and safer summer.


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Sea Kayaking

Orca Overdrive - Inspired by a close encounter Robbie Banks needed to know more. Heading towards Matawhauwhau Point on Great Barrier Island, less than 50 metres from shore a spout of water shoots into the air! Dolphins was my first thought - then the Orca’s fin emerges heading straight for me. My pulse is pounding as a black mass resembling a live submarine swims closer, the fin towering above me. Another Orca is slapping his tail on the surface! What does this mean? Is he signalling ‘attack’? Munch munch - then he dives under my kayak - I freeze as a black mass glides by. Since this encounter I have found some interesting facts about the mighty Orca.


Orcas are identified by their distinctive black and white markings.


Orcas are the largest member of the dolphin family,

Both females and males have similar markings except on the underside, where it is possible to distinguish male from female. The dorsal fin also distinguishes male and female adults. In the mature male the erect dorsal fin may reach a height of 5 1/2 ft. (1.7m) but the female dorsal fin only grows to an average of 3 ft. (0.9m)

Delphinidae. Males grow to a maximum length of about 32ft (9.8m) and weight of 10 - 11 tons (9 - 10,000 kg) Females are smaller growing to a maximum length of about 28ft ( 8.5m), weighing as much as 7 - 8 tons (6,500 to 7,500 kg). Calves at birth are about 8ft (2.4m) long and weigh about 400lbs (180 kg).

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Orcas are very social animals.

When large groups meet in the area there is often intense vocal activity and great excitement, both for the whales and the human listener. During the summer season, when they are most often observed, they intermingle for many hours.


But why were they so close to shore?

I found two possibilities, feeding and back scratching. When northern resident Orca resume travelling, they most likely head for the Robson Bight area, British Columbia and the Rubbing Beaches beyond. These Rubbing Beaches are a unique feature of the area. Though whales have been observed rubbing in other shallow areas, their use of these particular beaches is consistent and well documented. It seems to be important in their use of the Johnstone Strait area where beaches are covered with small, flat or round smooth stones. The whales dive, blowing out air as bubbles to lessen their buoyancy, and then skim their bodies over the stones. Sometimes several whales use the beach at the same time, but they may also wait a short distance offshore for their turn. This activity brings the whales very close to shore. Again, they may be vocal while rubbing. I didn’t find any documentation that Orcas, also referred to as Killer Whales, have attacked sea kayakers. It was an honour to experience the great Orca in its liquid environment and I am happy to be able to share this priceless wondrous encounter. From one moment to the next the ocean offers so much pleasure.


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Orca Whales may raise their tail flukes and then tail slap as a visual and audio display during socializing, after resting, or if disturbed.

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D’Urville Island by Carol Tweed

The wild waters of D’Urville are tamed with good paddle skills and even better trip planning.

This wasn’t to be your ‘normal’ club trip! Four of us set out to circumnavigate D’Urville Island, a round trip of 120+ kms involving infamous seas, extreme camping, challenging paddling and spectacular scenery. For those who don’t know, D’Urville Island is named after the French explorer, Jules Durmont D’Urville. It lies in the western Marlborough Sounds separated from the mainland by French Pass through which water rushes at 8 knots each tide creating eddies, whirl pools and currents. A stretch of water to be respected! Trip leader Andy made plans, phone calls and had numerous conversations with other paddlers & boaties to identify best places to camp, hazards to watch out for and tips for the forthcoming trip. The day of departure loomed and the forecast was, you’ve guessed it, rain and more rain! But who minds the wet at least the winds were light! We drove through the mist and rain along the twisting, windy road to Ngaio Bay punctuated by stops to recover from travel nausea. Our reward was a beautiful tranquil setting at our B&B overlooking the sea and D’Urville Island. Day 1 We needed to be on the water at around 9.30 to get most benefit from the slack tide and the journey up the East side of the island northwards. Here was the first lesson of the trip for the Three of us (not Andy of course!): Despite it being a 5 day trip, don’t take too much kit and definitely don’t take too much food! So after a lengthy pack (and repack and one more squeeze and shove) we managed to get onto the water at 10.30. The rain started and a head wind blew but we were happy at last to be on our way. The first break was after we had circumnavigated Stewart Island (smaller than the one down south) and then on for lunch.


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Feeling energy deprived and a little chilly, two of us had a large lunch of tinned soup and noodles, which repeated all afternoon. Grotty weather and hard paddling kept us going until 4.30 when we pulled up to our first night stop. A camp spot is not quite the right term as there were no

French Pass through which water rushes at 8 knots each tide creating eddies, whirl pools and currents. facilities whatsoever, as indeed was the case for all the camping sites. Fresh water was from a hole dug in the sand on the beach (purification tabs a must) and_ no trees for hammocks or any other business! Andy sprang into ‘Action Man’ mode and erected a shelter from driftwood and a tent fly. But those who brought a tent benefited when the wind blew and rearranged Andy’s shelter. Some of us had 9 hours of sleep, others had 2! French Pass looks easy enough from here.

Feature Day 2 Packing was only slightly easier second time around but we managed to get onto the water by 9am. At least it had stopped raining but we still had a headwind. After a couple of hours we reached our first real challenge: getting around Stephens Island and the Twin Sisters rocks. The sea became rougher, bigger, lots of chop and converging current, resembling vigorously boiling water. This was coupled with a 5-6 metre swell. I wished my low brace was more practised! “Exhilarating” was how Grant put it: “scared S ***less” was my preferred terminology. I had my ‘determined face’ on and paddled hard! Capsizing wasn’t my game plan. But, there’s nothing like a good challenge, and having survived this, on we went, this time aided by a tail wind. The two guys put up their sails and we girls rafted up. We arrived at Swamp Bay mid afternoon enabling Andy & Rachel to to catch our tea. The less said about this the better. Grant and I started the fire and a nearby waterfall served as our source of fresh water and showers. No fish but plenty of food, cooked around the roaring fire. Andy’s shelter (again there were no trees) endured torrential rain overnight. Some were now suffering sleep deprivation! Day 3 Swamp Bay to Owhai Bay. With tail winds we moved rapidly down the coast from Nile Head to Greville Harbour where we stopped for a wet and rainy lunch. Andy, still keen to get his tea from the ocean, laid his cray pot off Two Bay Point whilst Grant, Rachel and I set off towards

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Mill Arm—a scenic, bush clad tranquil spot that was highly commended. BUT, despite best intentions we didn’t manage it. As we approached we saw surf breaking and a rocky exposed sand bar leaving only a narrow channel through which to paddle against a strong current. With the light fading, the thought of a further 3 km of hard paddling was not enticing so, when we saw a distant light in a farmhouse, plan B came into action. What lluxury: a woolshed complete with electricity, toilet, hot and cold water and plenty of sheep smells! But with good things always comes the downside: a colony of nesting blue penguins underneath who chortled all night! Day 4 To Andy’s dismay and despite the bait of an opened tin of Watties ‘Big Soup’ (we had plenty spare you see!) and some blue cod his craypot was Who said it was winter? empty. However the day only got better. With a steady northerly blowing it was sails up and time for rafting in the rolling 3 m swells. The westerly side of the island is rugged and spectacular. Huge cliffs tower from the sea. There are caves and a crashing, rolling aquamarine sea. With few places to stop, long time bladder control was essential! We hugged the coast playing in the swell and around the rocks. All great fun until Grant, following Andy, mistimed a tricky gap in the rocks. It was time for a real rescue which all went to plan. Grant still had a huge grin on his face and all that was lost was half a split paddle and several millimetres of yellow plastic from his kayak. It had had a good pounding on the rocks.

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The view from Catherine Cove

After lunch at Te Horo the weather was holding and with a good tail wind we investigated paddock rocks, more caves, cathedral arches and had great fun playing around. We were now nearly at the southern end of the island and we hadn’t identified where we were to spend the night. Manuhakapakapa Bay (don’t say that one in a hurry) with just enough space for two tents, provided our overnight stop. Again a waterfall close by provided us with drinking and shower amenities. Masses of drift

“Why had we felt so anxious about all the horror stories about French Pass?” wood fed our fire on what was now a clear, starry and cool night. As we listened to massive surf pounding the beach we wondered whether we would be able to leave in the morning! Day 5 The day dawned bright and clear and the surf had almost disappeared. Flat water made for easy paddling around the southerly tip of the island and back up its eastern side to the infamous French Pass. On a slack tide, we felt as if we were paddling across Oriental Bay on a summer’s afternoon. Adding to the experience we were accompanied by a pod of about 30 dolphins. Why had we felt so anxious about the horrors of French Pass? Afterwards we were told that this is where whirl pools can sink ships and the huge drop offs under the water cause massive turbulence of the fast flowing and huge volumes of water entering the area. The trip almost over, Andy just had to try again for a fish and this time SUCCESS!!!!! A large blue cod hauled in, we stopped for lunch, lit a fire and shared pan-fried cod, just divine gastronomic delight! We went on to Catherine Cove Resort with the promise of hot showers, non-tinned food (although I


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can assure you we still had plenty left!) and a proper bed. Day 6 We all thought it was going to be a deep, peaceful and well earned sleep… Mmmm not so! The wind howled and blew all night and worried Rachel and I so much that we got up at 1am to move the kayaks to a more sheltered location. I guess the boys slept through that part. By morning the wind was still gusty and strong and we set off for the final paddle back to French Pass. We had to cross it again, hugging the coastline and rocks to avoid strong wind gusts. When we had to face the wind, now gusting 30 knots, and the tide, we dug in and paddled hard across the Pass and into the shelter of the bay. Unpacking on the beach the wind was whipping up huge clouds of spray and throwing them into the rocks where we had just been. I was glad we were no longer on the water. The trip was over and it was time to have one last cold shower in the public facilities at French Pass. We were getting used to them by now! We had great fun investigating the cave, cathedral arches and playing around at Paddock Rocks.

Feature The final words This was an awesome trip. Magnificent and desolate scenery, challenging but enjoyable paddling and great company. Special thanks to Andy, our trip leader who spent much time beforehand planning and ensuring we knew as much as possible to reduce risk. This trip was definitely NOT for the faint hearted, loners or those who are not confident. Good endurance fitness and a high level of paddle skills (my skill set has improved!) was essential… Where and when is the next trip??

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Motuora Antics

- It happens to the best of us by Diana Austin

Should you laugh when your trip leader falls out? It really was funny! An excellent safety brief – one of the best we had encountered – started our weekend. Russell asked “What’s the biggest safety risk?” Some didn’t give the right answer, but yes it was hypothermia. “ If anyone falls in the water get them out quick. No fancy rescue methods that may delay getting them out of the water!” We had an easy going paddle to Motuora Island, set up camp, had lunch then paddled round the island. Russell, in his nice new Kevlar, mossied around inside the swell.

Most of the group paddled well outside which gave them a great view. A wave rose. So did Russell. The wave broke and so did Russell. Well, not quite, he was just under water, swirling around, paddle in the air. What was that safety message again? Yes, ‘get him out of the water quick’! “Not I,” said the Austins,, “We’ve got children onboard.” “Not I,” said Greg, “I’m taking the photos!”… Up piped Russell, “It’s actually quite nice in here”. Phew – had he noticed the lack of enthusiasm? “There’s no need to come and get me,” he said, “I’ve got it under control.

Just couldn’t roll it up!” “ Is that right Russell?” Minus a hat and a drink bottle (you can ask him about the bruises) and with his Kevlar intact, we returned to camp. A few phone calls back to mates, “having a great time, standing on the beach with my shirt off…” He’s obviously an engineer, they seem to follow the principle, always the truth but never the whole truth. So for all those who got that bit of the truth, this article is for you!


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Coromandel Classic by James Kuegler

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Day 1 The Coromandel region is one of the New Zealand’s best hidden playgrounds for multisport and adventure athletes. The weekend of August 29th saw the Coromandel peninsula play host to the 10th installment of the Coromandel Classic, a two-day multisport challenge traversing both coasts of the central Coromandel. It includes mountain biking, trail running, road biking, and kayaking. In the build up to the event it was expected that Carl Bevins, and Carl Meyer would battle it out for supreme honours in the men’s race with Louise Mark expected to dominate the women’s race. The event is renowned as one of the tougher events on the multisport scene and provides participants with a perfect lead in to summer. Starting from Thames, on a 22km mountain bike up the Kauaeranga Valley Road, the first 3km was a controlled section behind a pace car. Three toots on the horn signalled the start of racing. People were all over the road in what could best be described as road-rage fashion. Highly fancied rider Louis Crosby chose to ride a cyclo-cross bike, a gamble that proved costly for him and his ‘Team Labyrinth’. The 27km mountain run took competitors on a steep ascent to the top of the pinnacles, followed by a rapid descent to Coroglen. Colin Earwaker, and Darren Ashmore took control of the race for ‘Team Chicken Legs and Friends’ and ‘Team Riverbuild Homes’ respectively. Colin recorded 2:17:55 to break the unofficial race record. By the half way point Bevins, a few minutes ahead of Sean Donghue and James Kuegler, appeared to be well in control of the individual race. The kayak leg took paddlers from Coroglen out of the Whitianga Harbour to Cooks Beach. Conditions continued perfect though the incoming tide meant that there was very little water from Coroglen. Then there was a fight against the incoming tide through the harbour mouth. The temptation to stretch legs and join the scallop festivities at Whitianga was strong, as was the smell. Confused chop around headlands provided excitement. Jeremy Kuggelein, of ‘Team Riverbuild Homes’ fastest time clawed back some in the teams race.


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The first day concluded with a 30km ride from Cooks Beach, over the hill to Tairua. Carl Bevins was the only constant in the top three men at the end of the day, leading Carl Meyer by 3:31 and Sam Goodall by 11:15. Louise Mark finished the day as the fastest woman ahead of Emma McCosh. ‘Team Chicken Legs and Friends’ held a 4:48 lead over ‘Team Riverbuild Homes’. Carl Bevins appeared to be well in control of the individual race.

Multisport Day 2 Those familiar with the Tairua River will know that at low tide the mouth end to win the individual race by 26 minutes. Meyer just held onto second, of the river resembles a delta with vast sand banks and meandering with Sam Goodall storming home third on the final leg. Emma McCosh channels. A dead low tide made for a hugely exciting start to Day 2. continues to move from strength to strength and comfortably won the Kayakers, resembling an army of crabs, scuttled along the sand banks. women’s race ahead of Sonya Thompson and Joanna Perry. The first 4km was a mixture of tactical portaging and kayaking. I can Congratulations to all who took part in one of New Zealand’s toughest vouch for the fact that it is a lot more fun in daylight than it is in the dark. multisport races. Thanks must go to Media Unlimited for the fantastic job Progress was easier when the river narrowed. they did in organizing such a great race. Photos courtesy of By the end of the 30km road bike over the hill to Whangamata, ‘Chicken Legs and Friends’ had further closed the gap on ’Riverbuild Homes’, and Meyer had taken The author finishes the kayak leg on day one. the 3:31 back from Bevins and added another 2 minutes. The second day 21 km run was always where Bevins had planned to make his attack. It is more gentle than first days but it still involves a considerable ascent. A nasty sprained ankle ended Louise Mark’s race. On the rapid descent we encountered a four-wheel drive club doing a challenging mission up the clay tracks on which we were careering down. For many the hardest section of the race was the final 30km road cycle from Maratoto to Thames. The ride would have been rather easy if there had not been an extremely strong head wind on the Hauraki Plains. ‘Team Chicken Legs and Friends’ (Dennis Litt, Mark Struthers, Colin Earwaker, and Paul Leitch) finished first overall ahead of ‘Team Riverbuild Grant Donoghue Homes’ (Darren Ashmore, Matt Milne, and Jeremy Kuggeleijn). Bevins easily overcame Meyer in the

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Fast lines for River Racing by Peter Townend To paddle a river fast you need to recognise where the river current will help, not hinder, you. It is natural to think of the river as a mass of water which reaches the sea, but on the way it is a three dimensional, massively complex group of currents heading in different directions. It only takes a quick look in some eddies and you will see the same flotsam going around and around for an age. Or look at a weir type obstacle. Flotsam will stay in the wave area, sometimes forever. Understanding what causes eddies is probably the first step to fast river kayaking. How do eddies form? An eddy forms when flow is impeded by an obstacle such as a rock or bank. Downstream the water level is lower than the water hitting the upstream side. Some water flows around the obstacle and tries to fill the downstream ‘hole’. Hence an upstream current forms below obstacles. How do you see eddies on the river? The area where upstream and downstream currents meet is the ‘Eddy


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line’. When the bow of your kayak enters the upstream you will slow down and often spin 180 degrees. When looking down the river the ‘Upstream V’ is the shape that ‘Eddy lines’ make either side of an obstacle. The ‘Downstream V’ is the shape ‘Eddy lines’ make between two obstacles in a rapid. What is the best line to take? A beginner is told to aim for the ‘Downstream V’ to avoid obstacles and the Upstream V. This is good advice. However it often means that you will paddle in rougher water at the bottom of the rapid. Large waves almost always lurk at the bottom of a big ‘Downstream V’. A trick is two bits of advice. 1/ Start the rapid in the Downstream V on the side from which you’ll exit the rapid. This sets you up for step 2/ paddle down the side of the waves at the bottom of the ‘Downstream V’ along the Eddy line. This allows for a faster more stable paddle. Look at any moving water (picture is of a small stream) and you will see these features. Spend the time understanding them and you will be faster, happier, drier and enjoy your kayak racing a heap more.

Competition winners from issue 51 Paul Bevan - Waikato won Sharkskin Long Sleeve Top Terry Hvid - Wellington won Kayaka Polartec Long Sleeve Top Ron Salmon - Manukau won a pair of Bodyline 3mm Boots John Sargeant - Taranaki won a pair of Kayaka Paddle Longs Al Rose - Bay of Plenty won a pair of Rasdex Pogies Jude Sherning - Taupo also won a pair of Rasdex Pogies Barbara Dillon of Auckland won a Rasdex Semi Dry Paddle Jacket.

Professional Development Days for Yakity yak Club Leaders and canoe & kayak Instructors.

Ruth Halliday proudly shows off her new Kayaka Polartec Top given to her by prize winner Terry. Congratulations Terry & Ruth!

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BayTrust Motu Challenge by James Kuegler

Richard & Elina Ussher comfortably defended their BayTrust Motu Challenge titles in what many have dubbed the toughest Motu Challenge yet. Torrential rain in the days leading up to the race threatened to cancel the kayak stage. River conditions, coupled with high winds and a polar blast made for testing race conditions. 350 Mountain bikes graced the start line between the multisport race and the inaugural Motu 160 cycle race. As is traditionally the case, the intensity rose when riders reached the first of three climbs, an ascent in excess of 1000m. Teams competitor Tim Wilding and Motu 160 rider Dave Mann set a very hot pace throughout in conditions described as “brisk and buffeting.” Wilding (‘Team Discover Health’) led the field into the remote Motu settlement. Richard Ussher was the first of the individuals, with a healthy margin over Dwarne Farley, Sam Goodall, Carl Meyer, and Cam Durno. You might have expected that competitors would escape the wind on

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the 17km run. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case. Richard described it as “one of those days where whichever direction you turned, it seemed to be into the freezing wind.” The middle 7km track, saturated and slippery, winding through native bush, meant it wasn’t going to be a day for run records. Like the other land stages, progress on the first half of the 55km road cycle was challenging. Cyclists were greeted by a full-bore headwind for 10km while on an uphill false flat from Motu – Matawai. Ussher commented that he was pushing “300 watts and only managing a miserable 23kph”. The second half, from the top of Traffords Hill was a different story. For many, it was a case of self-preservation on the descent through the gorge. Rounding each corner the swirling wind made it impossible for cyclists to anticipate the direction from which they would get slammed. The usually pristine Waioeka River was a swirling brown torrent. The high flow had washed out rapids and created an amazingly quick trip down the river, The wind created carnage. Strong gusts blew a huge

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Richard (above)& Elina (right) Ussher crossing the line. number of kayakers over. Dwarne Farley’s boat, blown into rocks, was overturned and his rudder was damaged. The 8km ride and 3km run following the paddle stage were completed in spectacular times. Speeds of over 60kph were achieved on the bike. Gordon Walker, this year racing in the ‘Discover Health’ sponsored fourman team of Wilding, James Kuegler, & Aaron Strong, broke Ben Fouhy’s record with a time of 1 hour 53 minutes. Hannah Lowe (‘Team Somerset Cottage’ ), and the Usshers also broke the Female Team, Individual Female, & Individual Male paddle records. ‘Team Discover Health’ were first across the line in 6 hours and

42 minutes, a mere 5 minutes shy of the team’s record. Richard crossed the line second overall to defend his individual men’s title. Bevans took second with Durno snatching third from Goodall in the final kilometres. ‘Team Somerset Cottage’ (Ash Hough, Rick Lowe, Courtney Lowe, & Hannah Lowe) were the best of the mixed teams, finishing third overall. Elina smashed her own course record by 17 minutes to win the women’s race, followed home by Rachel Cashin and Sophie Hart. It was great to see so many ‘Yakity Yakkers’ taking part in what is always a highlight on the multisport calendar.

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Kayak Fishing – it’s not just for the blokes, by Karen Knowles

Kayak fishing with friends after work beats the gym any day!

Are you getting tired of the hunter gatherer of your house leaving you at home while he heads out kayak fishing? Well, why not join him? Karen Knowles spoke to Ashley Donacaster about kayak fishing and found it’s a sport that many women enjoy as much as the blokes. Did your husband get you into kayak fishing or were you already a kayak fisho? I’ve always fished, my dad taught my brother and me when we were young and then I married a fishing nut and we have two young sons who seem to be heading in the same direction, so I am surrounded. It’s wonderful to hook a little snapper, let one of the boys “catch” it and watch their reaction when they see it. What do you enjoy about kayak fishing? I enjoy being on the water, relaxing and spending time with my hubby. If we take the kids too, they learn new skills. When they catch a fish, they know Dad takes it gently off the hook and they release it again. They already know to hold the fish gently but firmly and to keep their fingers away from the teeth. What do you dislike (if anything)? Occasionally I have the desire to re-position my legs and we have so much gear everywhere it gets a little tricky! You just have to move carefully.


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Do you fish year around? I haven’t been kayak fishing for all that long – started at the tail end of winter, when the water is colder and the feet and hands get cold, but I think I would fish all year around when baby sitters are available. We only take the boys with us in the summer. Is there any special gear which makes your kayaking/fishing better or more comfortable? Shark skins I think work wonders – I know lots of people who use them and don’t leave home without them. Do you use your own kayak or a double? A Tandem at the moment and will probably continue to use that with the boys over the summer while Andy is in his own fishing geared kayak. Which would you prefer (double or single kayak)? Mmmmmmmmm, depends on if we are going fishing or paddling. I do admit I like the comfort of having Andy close especially if I do happen one day to hook a big fish, but I think I would cope just fine in a kayak with him close by so that I could shout for help. What do you get out of kayak fishing? Mostly time with my husband, and I love the peace of being on the water, it’s calm and relaxing and I love seeing the little penguins occasionally too. Plus I love it that women and men are equal in kayak fishing as far as skills required. There aren’t many outdoor activities we can do together and be equal.


Editors Note: A great range of boats! The photo featured is European. In NZ a buoyancy aid must be worn.

What would you suggest to women who would love to get out kayak fishing but don’t know where to start? Get down to your local Canoe & Kayak centre and join a kayak fishing group, give them your email and go out with them, they are welcoming to newbies and very helpful.

The Rasdex Multisporter PFD has had another successful Speight’s Coast to Coast, taking wins with both Gordon Walker and Emily Miazga. A good number of the other top 10 finishers in all classes also chose it. Why? Because it is the most complete multisport PFD on the market: quick side entry, light weight, plenty of pockets, comes with bladder and routing for 3 tubes via our innovative block system. Why compromise your race? Use what the winners use! RRP $289.95

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Ashley and Andy Doncaster join Catherine Price (also pictured above) for another successful day on the water.

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Kayaking the Mortar in a Family. by Peter Townend

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together is to play together”, and “keep the kids busy and you will have few problems”. So with this in mind this summer I am refocusing my normal busy working life to slow down and spend more time with the family. I intend to spend days and weekends teaching my son Bryn (11), with a bunch of his mates and their dads, how to have fun on our Cool rivers. We will start in the local pool with ‘Confidence routines’ to build their skills so when they capsize, they can Eskimo roll or make a controlled exit. It is then off to the sheltered waters of Browns Bay learning paddle and boat skills. These are forward and reverse power strokes, sweep strokes, low braces, stern rudders and rescues. Once these skills are solid, we will progress to control of the boat rails (tipping the kayak on its side) for playing on surf and entering/exiting eddies. When confidence and ability have been achieved on flat water we’ll move onto small surf and local tidal moving water, develop more technical skills and use these in increasingly hard conditions. Then excitement will build as we drive to beautiful Taupo to tackle the Waikato and the Mohaka Rivers. I’ll keep you informed of our progress.

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new skills together.

Beachcomber Duo

Product Focus

by James Fitness The 5.8 metre Beachcomber Duo is a fast, light and comfortable kayak to paddle. Weighing in at only 26kg, it must be the lightest double Sea Kayak on the market. She is easily lifted by one, so loading the car is a breeze. She is surprisingly stable with a beam of only 700mm. The boat railed nicely and with the right team was easily Eskimo rolled. Ideal for the family paddler with a child, couples and racing teams, the Beachcomber Duo has a distinctive white hull with yellow deck, which is nicely appointed with easy to use features such as paddle parks, compass mount and good sized carry handles. Comfortable moulded seats and thigh braces are standard and you’ll find that the ‘accessory tray’ between your knees is extremely useful for storing your camera or snacks. For those who would like to go that little further, there is the option to have an extra storage pod added to the cockpits. The Beachcomber Duo is now available from all Canoe & Kayak stores.

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Buyers Guide







Family Kayaking The best part of summer is spending time at the beach, on the boat or in the water. What better way to enhance the experience than to take a kayak with you. A kayak allows you to get away from the crowded beach and find a more secluded bay around the corner. The kids will love paddling, jumping off, or swimming around the kayak. Paddle around the rocks to get to your fishing spot, or explore the coastline, lakes & rivers. Sit - on - top kayaks are extremely stable making them suitable for young and old. Your options are endless. You can customize your kayak, to suit your needs. Adding seats for comfort, storage hatches, anchor systems, rod holders, and even GPS and Fishfinders! There is a kayak to suit all uses. Grab a kayak that surfs well and the ‘older’ kids will have hours of enjoyment. Fun for the whole family. Unlike boating, there is no need to hunt down that boat ramp. Whip the kayak off the roof rack and in she goes.

Please note: Prices do 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.











from 1 Firefly

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

$ 510

8 Surge

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

$ 999

2 Escapade

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


9 Tandem

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


3 Kiwi

Length: 3.75 m, Weight: 20 kg Std, $1310 23 kg Excel & 18 kg Light Width: 740 mm

10 Access 280

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

$ 879

4 Play

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

$ 545

11 Squirt

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

$ 449

5 Explorer

Length: 3.4 m, Weight: 18.2 kg Width: 790 mm

$ 850

12 Flow

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

$ 879

6 Strike

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

$ 895

13 XStream

Length: 4.2m, Weight: 28kg Width: 730mm


$ 830

14 Twist I

Length: 2.6 m, Weight: 6 kg, Width: 790 mm Length: 3.6 m, Weight: 9 kg, Width: 830 mm

$ 995

7 Escapee

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

15 Twist II



White Water

Taming Jeff’s Joy

– Tony Barrett explains how getting there is only half the fun.

Wendy picks her line on Fantail

You know you’re getting near Murupara when most of the vehicles on the road are utes with pig dog boxes on the back. Strangest of all, causing us all to do a double take, one of these passed us going the other way with a dog riding the bonnet. Wow, they do things differently down here! It’s early August as the car crunches over the frosty ground and stops at the clearing which is the starting point for the Jeff’s Joy run on the Rangitaiki River. The sun is out and warming the seven of us, as we do the usual shuttle and wrestle our way into paddling gear. At the river side, while waiting for the car to get back, Wendy demonstrates some stretching exercises with the paddle. These mainly consist of passing it from behind your back to the front and stepping through it without letting go. There’s a lot of laughter as a few brave ones give it a go and appear to narrowly avoid shoulder dislocations and hernias. Getting on the river, we glide around a few corners and immediately are into the hardest parts of the day’s run. You don’t get much of a warm up at the beginning. Firstly, two rocks that have the main current flow into them need to be negotiated. Imaginatively titled “Rock A” and “Rock B”, these have the potential to pin kayaks (not to mention kayakers) and indeed Rock A has killed people before.

have a quiet feeling of pride as I watch Zane who, although the youngest amongst us, steps up to play a major role in sorting out all the protection. It wasn’t that long ago that some of us were looking after Zane as a raw beginner, and now he’s leading others. That’s my boy! Jeff’s Joy is supposedly named after a guy called Jeff who rode an

My nose on attitude buried me nicely, obscuring everything until I could see again, and realise I was out the other side. inner tube down the river. By the time he got to the bottom of Jeff’s Joy he was beaten unconscious, and had to be revived by his mates. Basically it’s a grade 4 rapid with a fast slide down onto a foam pile. River right

Jeff, of Jeff’s Joy, rode an inner tube down the river. By the time he got to the bottom he had been beaten unconscious. A combination of the fact that we’ve only just started and its reputation means I elect to provide throw rope protection rather than negotiate Rock A. The same thing happens when we look at Fantail Falls, a grade 4 rapid with a ramp pushing a current hard into some rocks on river right. I’m very aware of the downstream consequences of getting the Falls wrong with Jeff’s Joy rapid a short distance away. In retrospect, I think I could have done it fine, but seeing it for the first time, I opt out and play it safe. There’s some quick organisation, stationing throw-ropers below Fantail Falls and a throw-roper and myself in the kayak below Jeff’s Joy. I

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there is a nasty drop onto shallow rocks, and in the middle there is a rock sending up a rooster tail of spray, so you have to run it hard river left. All our crew looked very stylish, and honked down it in fine style. When it was my turn I pulled out of the eddy above the rapid, ferry glided hard river left, let my downstream blade catch the current to spin

the bow around, slid over the small drop at the top, then... pretty much a blur. The ramp down is a fast slide right beside the rock wall. I heard a “whack” as my paddle hit the wall then the Pyranha buried deep into the foam pile. A slight angle to the right probably helps ride over this pillow, however my nose on attitude buried me nicely, obscuring everything until

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I could see again, and realise I was out the other side. After Jeff’s Joy, the hardest stuff is out of the way and the river becomes more or less continuous grade 3 boulder gardens. We all have great fun bouncing around the rocks, slamming into eddies, and just enjoying the day. Many of the rocks are only just under the water so continuous river reading is called for. There is a long flat stretch about halfway down this section, so a few of us jumped out for a bite to eat. I’m standing there, commenting on how isolated we are, in the middle of the forestry, maybe the only people for miles, when a ute rumbles into view with pig dogs on the back. So much for isolation! After a bit of conversation with the hunters while the dogs try their best to steal Darrin’s lunch, we’re off again on the final run down to the takeout. More bouncy boulder gardens, with the tree-tops painted

yellow by the last of the day’s sunlight. As we reach the takeout I have mixed feelings. It’s time to get off but I’m sorry the fun is ending. Getting into warm, dry clothes, I’m aware of that immensely satisfying feeling of having had a great day out, with challenge and fun, all in the company of great people sharing a common passion. Driving back to Hamilton, everyone sharing stories, I think to myself, there’s not much that beats this sense of achievement and adventure. It’s what keeps me coming back for more.

Darrin and Tony (inset) on Jeff’s Joy rapid Waikato River.


Bumble Bees – energy to make you fly by Ruth Henderson

Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers N.Z. Inc. (KASK)

For those times when you ‘run out of petrol’, you need to have extra ‘fuel’ easily accessible, in your life jacket pocket. Individually wrapped dried fruit and nut energy bars that line whole shelves of supermarket isles sort out the snack or scroggin issue. Or do they? If on apprenticeship wages or saving up for a Kevlar boat then bought biscuits and energy bars could be regarded as a luxury. The solution is as old fashioned as large families: make your own health biscuits or try these “Bumble bees”. Guaranteed to revive and rev you up! Your cadence will increase so much, you’ll look like you are a bee, just flying along.

Bumble bees

Makes approx. 36 1 tin sweetened condensed milk 200g shredded coconut 200g raisins or sultanas 200g dried diced apricots 200g pitted diced dates 100g walnuts 75g glazed ginger

Method: Step 1 Preheat oven to about 1800C. Chop up the apricots, dates, walnuts into small chunks and slice the ginger cubes into slivers. Step 2 Pour tin of condensed milk into KASK is a network of sea kayakers a large mixing bowl. Gradually add dry throughout New Zealand ingredients, turning them into the milk so KASK publishes a 200 page that everything gets coated and sticky. sea kayaking handbook which Step 3 Roll the mixture into balls a bit is free to new members: the bigger than a golf ball. Lay the balls onto handbook contains all you a baking tray covered with baking paper. need to know about sea Or use ‘patty pans’ or ‘baking cups.’ kayaking: techniques and Step 4 Cook for about 15 minutes. skills, resources, equipment, Other dried fruit and nuts can be places to go etc. substituted and ratios varied slightly. KASK publishes a bi-monthly newsletter Basically use 900grams (or 2 lbs) of containing trip reports, events, book reviews, fruit/nuts per tin of condensed milk, plus technique/equipment reviews and a ‘bugger’ half a packet of ginger. file. KASK holds national sea kayaking forums. In future batches, from a cost perspective, with walnuts at $37 kg I would use peanuts or leave nuts out all together. With pitted dates at $21 kg I would use only a few and increase the proportions of the other fruit using more sultanas or raisins (at $8 kg) or apricots (at $10.50 kg) and coconut (at $6 a kg). Annual subscription is $35.00. With 36 Bumble Bees averaging 38 grams each; using the exact ingredients and proportions/ratios Kask PO Box 23, Runanga 7841, in the recipe they cost 41cents each. West Coast Although I could not compare kJ and nutritional values, for fun I did a price/weight comparison of four different packets of supermarket energy bars. A 35 gram bar averaged out at 64 cents, over 50% more expensive than my very wholesome, 28, Essendon Place, RD 4, Rotorua no preservative, and Phone 07 345 7647 or 021 898942 Fax 07 345 7657 no additives Bumble Bees.

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Product Focus Mission XStream 420

The Xstream 420 is Mission’s brand new, top of the line cruising kayak that combines the reliability and stability of a sit-on-top kayak, with the speed efficiency and comfort of a traditional sea or touring kayak. The hull has been extensively redesigned to allow smoother and faster performance through the water making paddling far more efficient. There is also plenty of storage space for cameras, mobile phones, warm clothing and any other equipment you might need. Length – 4.2 m Width – 730 mm Weight – 28kgs Max Load – 180kgs RRP $1250

Mission Inspiration (Womens) PFD

No longer will female paddlers have to put up with ill-fitting PFDs. Mission’s newly released PFD, the ‘Inspiration’ has been specifically designed to fit the female shape, bumps curves and dips included! Perfectly designed chest foam plates optimise flotation so you can be confident you will be safe while the ergonomically designed shape and six adjustment points ensure a comfortable secure fit. The ‘Inspiration’ features an innovative internal buckle system which will take pressure off the zip. This means that the jacket won’t burst open under stress making it extremely tough and will keep you safer than ever. Sizes – XS/S, M/L and XL/XXL Colours - Available in Safety Gold and Blue RRP $159

Advanced Elements Single Advance Frame

The Advanced Frame Single Kayak™ is a hybrid of a folding frame kayak and an inflatable kayak. Its bow slices through water like a knife and rivals the track-ability of hard-shell kayaks. The stern acts as a skeg, increasing the tracking performance. It uses multiple air chambers and is constructed of extremely durable materials with aluminium struts and triple layer PVC tarpaulin. There is on-board storage room for extended trips. It sets up in just a few minutes with a standard double action pump and is compact enough to fit into a conveniently supplied duffel bag (16kg boat and bag) to easily take along on a weekend adventure or overseas destination. Ideal for launches, yachts, motor homes, or kayakers wanting extra portability. No roof racks necessary. This model can be fitted with a spray skirt (not included). Length: 3.12m Width: 810 mm Weight: 16 kg MaxWt.: 136 kg Color: Red/Gray RRP $1399 incl Boat in Duffel Bag


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Advanced Elements Convertible Advance Frame

The Advanced Frame Convertible™ is ideal for couples or families. It can be paddled easily by a single paddler, or by tandem paddlers and some extra children along for the ride. The kayak can be set up in three modes, open deck, closed single deck or closed double deck (spray skirts and deck conversion kits are accessories). The open deck is great as a fishing and dive kayak, due to excellent stability, flotation and low sides. It has the same construction as the Single Advance frame. The Convertible sets up in just a few minutes with a standard double action pump and is compact enough to fit into a conveniently supplied duffel bag for a weekend adventure or overseas destination. Ideal for launches, yachts, motor homes, or kayakers wanting extra portability. No roof racks necessary. Length: 4.5m Width: 810 mm Weight: 25 kg MaxWt.: 249 kg Color: Red/Gray RRP $2199 incl Boat in Duffel Bag

Product Focus Rasdex Fisherman’s Pants

Mission Fishing PFD

The ‘Fishing’ has all of the storage space you could want plus loads of other useful features like a knife holder. If you need to get hold of any equipment in a hurry, it’ll be right there in front of you! It is also extremely comfortable with six adjustment points so when you’re out hauling in your next big catch you won’t even know it’s on! This PFD is so good it will suit any fishing context: fly fishing, kayak fishing, or even big game Ocean fishing! Sizes – XS/S, M/L and XL/XXL Colours - Available in Safety Gold and Grey RRP $185

Night Quest Compass This deck mount compass offers unique photosensitive switch that automatically turns on a dim red LED light for easier nighttime viewing. Large easy–to–read compass markings stand out, and a suction cup mount allows for easy and secure placement anywhere on the deck. RRP $119

Designed especially for fishing, made from 210D waterproof, breathable nylon oxford with all seams sealed. High waist with 2 Velcro tabs for adjustment ensures they stay snug against the back while sitting down, with adjustable ankles as well. Also suitable for general boating & land use. RRP $119.95

Easy Load Kayak End Trolley These ‘Peanut’ trolleys mount to your kayak in under 10 seconds and are removed almost as fast. No more balancing your kayak on your trolley, no more hassles with straps. Just lift up the end of your kayak and slide the ‘Peanut’ trolley over, put your kayak down and hook the single bungy to your cockpit. Light weight aluminium and plastic construction. Folds for easy storage in your hatch. RRP $189

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Roof Racks – Not just an add on

By Julie Reynolds

An excellent example of what can be done. Note the 3 tie downs and bow fastening.

When we’re purchasing our first kayak or getting ready to go on holiday often the last thing we think about are roof racks. Frankly, it’s probably the last thing we want to think about. None of us enjoy spending money on the necessities, we’d much rather splash out on the fun stuff such as the kayak or the holiday and scrimp on something as dull as a decent roof rack set up. But be warned, the wrong roof rack system could spell disaster. So here are some helpful hints and facts about roof racks. First, don’t leave it till the week before Christmas to get one organized. There are literally hundreds of different vehicles out there so no Roof Rack Centre alive is going to stock every possible combination of crossbars, foot packs and fitting kits. If you’re lucky you’ll wander in

and thirty minutes later drive away with roof rack fully fitted, very very lucky. Ninety percent of the time the centre will need to order a part to fit your vehicle specifically. This is an overnight delivery so generally within two to three days you will in fact be sorted. But Christmas week is a whole other story. Couriers fail and fittings are fully booked. Last year the staff at Manukau Canoe & Kayak were fitting roof racks for customers heading away on Boxing Day till ten pm most nights. Hint: plan ahead, if you’re starting to plan your summer vacation now, then sort your roof rack first. Second, what will you be carrying on your roof rack? There are three things to ask about, load capacity, crossbar length and accessory compatibility. Load capacity is the most important aspect when choosing your system. Not such an issue if you are carrying one kayak, however if you are likely

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to carry more than one kayak or a kayak and bike or a roof box or any other combination then take load capacity seriously. An average weight of a kayak is twenty five kilograms. A fold a pole or two sets of cradles adds weight as well. Roof boxes themselves are very light but it’s what you will carry in them that adds up. The sensible thing to do is have some cushion in the load capacity especially for windy conditions. Most cheap roof rack systems have considerably reduced load capacities due to the quality of the fittings. It’s well worth looking into this before investing. At the end of the day your roof rack will be carrying some pretty expensive gear, you don’t want to lose that or cause injury if anything goes wrong. Anything being carried on the roof of the car creates windage which in turns puts strain on your roof rack. The crossbar length is also something you want to consider if you are carrying anything more than a singular kayak, bike or roof box. There are two different styles of roof rack, a through bar (below left) and a flush bar (below right). The first allows you to have a little width greater than your actual car roof allowing comfortably for wider loads. The second actually reduces the carry surface to slightly less than your car roof width. It often looks smarter but can be a hindrance if you ever find yourself carrying more than your one item.

Roof rack accessories are in the most part transferable between brands, for example Thule Cradles will fit Rhino and Prorack and vice versa. However we have had some very unhappy customers who have opted for a factory mounted roof rack at point of vehicle purchase to find that no accessories can be fitted. Here’s a hint: if the car dealer offers to throw in the roof rack as part of the deal, you’re better off without in most cases. Again think about what it is your roof rack will be doing for you.

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Get the professionals to fit your roof rack and accessories for a good job and piece of mind.

The best thing you can do is visit a Roof Rack Centre and talk to us. We seriously know what we are doing and will recommend the best possible solution for you. We’ll often fit it at no charge and give you some instruction on maintenance. If you are considering a second hand roof rack then stop and think about these points to check out. What has the roof rack been used to carry? Carrying items above the load capacity could damage the fittings. How were the items tied down? Again carrying a kayak or similar item without tying it down at the front puts extra strain on the rack and could have damaged the fittings. Is there a warranty? Is it the correct roof rack for your vehicle? How old is it? Do you know how to fit it correctly? Are all the items in the system the original? Is the manual and list of all bits available? Finally consider the accessories you might need to make transporting your items easier. For example, if you are carrying two sit - on - top kayaks you will find it so much easier to use a fold a pole. With a fold a

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pole you strap your kayaks on their sides to the centre pole which gives a solid support to them. Two sit - on - tops will inevitably be wider than your crossbars so carrying them this way is the best option. If it’s only one sit - on - top then upside down on your crossbars is good but look to purchase a set of canoe carriers to wedge it in one spot and eliminate slide. If you’re loading your kayak on your own then

look for kayak cradles that load from the back with easy glide surfaces. Again any of the staff at a Roof Rack Centre will assist you with this. You want to be able to undertake your activity or go on holiday with peace of mind that your items are secure and your travel will not be anxious. It’s worth the investment to preserve your state of mind, your property and others on the roads this summer.

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Taupo Maori Carvings

Waikato River Discovery

White Water Paddling

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 kayak 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...

Need some excitement? Take a kayak down a wicked Grade 2 river run... this is a whole day of thrills and fantastic scenery down some of New Zealand’s best rivers.

$85 per person (bookings essential). Phone 0800 KAYAKN for details.

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

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.

Call 0508 529 256 for details.

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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 Canoe & Kayak Centre for more information.

Call 0508 529 256 for details.

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 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 Road Bridge where we will stop for a snack.

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 $70. Phone: 06 769 5506

Two day trip $250.00 One day $80.00 Phone 06 769 5506

River Tours

Kayak Hire

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

Have some paddling fun on the beach or let us run a tour for you and your friends and explore beautiful areas.

Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 529 256 for details

Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 529 256 for details

Paddle to the Pub

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.

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

Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 529 256 for details

Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 529 256 for details

Mokau River

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 529 256

Taupo Adventure Tours

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. $70.00 per person. Phone 06 769 5506

NZKI New Zealand Kayaking Instructors Award Scheme A great progressive way to become a kayaking instructor or guide.

Phone 0508 529256

Join the Yakity Yak Club We’d love to tell you more and get you hooked on the wonderful sport of kayaking and probably the best kayak club in the world! So give your local Canoe & Kayak centre a call or better, come and see us.

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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, TRescues, 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


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

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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 RESCUES 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.

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By Karen Knowles

As a sea kayaker I have for some years thought inflatable kayaks slow and cumbersome, but oh boy have they changed!

and 8-10 minutes for a larger kayak. So if space is at a premium or you want to avoid having roof racks, take a look at inflatable kayaks. Like me I am sure you will be surprised.

Advancement in materials, hull design and rigidity through the bow and stern make inflatables compatible in performance to rigid kayaks. They are now available as singles, doubles with or without rudders and even as convertibles which can be paddled as a single or double kayak: something that traditional kayaks can’t do to solve the old problem of “do we need two singles or a double?” You can have two in one. We have found our ‘so stable’ inflatable is perfect for young kids who can move around without falling off, and they often fall asleep on the comfortable, inflated floor. We have gone kayaking just to get them to sleep (and it works). Our inflatable is great for fishing and there is ample room for stowing gear. Being so light, they are a dream to carry from the car to the water. Good quality inflatable kayaks have three individual main air compartments. This means that they are buoyant, even if you puncture which, with modern fabrics, is hard to do! An inflatable kayak packs down so small that you can throw it in the boot, camper, boat or even aeroplane and be off discovering a whole new world of paddling. It only takes around 5 minutes to inflate a single


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Buyers Guide







Inflatables When storage is an issue, you can’t beat an inflatable. Inflatable kayaks can be stowed in a cupboard or locker in the apartment, on a yacht, motorboat or camper van. There is no need for a roof rack, as you can transport it in the boot. They are light and easy to handle, you can even take them in an aircraft. Inflation only takes minutes with a good pump. Modern inflatables are surprisingly rigid, easy to paddle and very stable. Fun for the whole family. Please note: Prices do not include accessories.

from Length: 3.1 m, Weight: 16 kg, Width: 810mm


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


3 Safari

Length: 3.04 m, Weight: 12.5 kg, Width: 720 mm


4 Whakapapa

Length: 4.3 m, Weight: 23 kg, Width: 1025 mm


5 Helios I

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


1 Advanced Frame Single Kayak 2 Helios II

6 Advanced Frame Convertible

Length: 4.5 m, Weight: 25 kg, Width: 810mm



Buyers Guide



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Multisport For a healthy body and mind, multisport racing gives a well rounded exercise regime for the variety of disciplines required. The extremely sociable events circuit has a variety of achievable goals where a stepping stone approach can be adopted to reach your pinnacle. This may be the Motu Challenge or the Speight’s Coast to Coast. You are in control, you choose your goal. The kayaks are fast and fun. You’ll easily find the right boat to suit your experience level. Remember stability is the first step towards speed. Please note: Prices do not include accessories.

from 7 Viper

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


8 Hurricane

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


9 Gladiator

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


10 Swallow

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


11 Duet

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


12 Firebolt

Length: 5.9 m, Weight: 14.5 kg, 12.5 kg Kevlar, Width: 455 mm


13 Maximus

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






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Fishing No engine to maintain, no boat ramps required, and quiet to boot. Kayak fishing is becoming a very popular way of getting out on the water. Certainly much cheaper than buying and maintaining a boat. Kayaks are used to access those out of the way rocks for surf casting and for a quick and easy access to the sea. No crew required. Even the smallest car can transport them, with the correct roof rack. Nothing beats the hunt for the big one. The stealthy kayak easily approaches fish without alerting them to your presence. Each kayak can be decked out to suit the paddler’s needs, whether that be rod holders, comfy seats, anchor systems, fish finder, GPS, VHF radio. Your imagination is the only limitation. Please note: Prices do not include accessories.

from 1 Marauder

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


2 Catch 390

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


3 Fish n’ Dive

Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 28 kg, Width: 915 mm


4 Tandem

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


5 Escapade

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


6 Water Strider

Length: 2.4 m, Weight: 15 kg Width: 730mm






Sea Kayaking Getting away from the madding crowds and close to nature is one of the most common reasons given for taking up Sea Kayaking. There are innumerable stories told of getting up close to wildlife while kayaking. Imagine paddling with dolphins, penguins and even orca! Sea kayaking is the maritime version of tramping, but you can take the kitchen sink. There’s lots of storage in a kayak allowing you to carry more than you could on your back. What a way to see the country, exploring all our wonderful lakes, rivers and coastline, while getting exercise and socializing with a great bunch of friends.

Please note: Prices do 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.












from 1 Eco Niizh XLT

Length: 5.65 m, Weight: 45 kg Width: 760 mm


8 Contour 480

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


2 Contour 490

Length: 4.90 m, Weight: 35 kg Width: 760 mm


9 Tasman Express

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


3 Beachcomber Duo Length: 5.80 m, Weight: 26 kg


10 Penguin

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


4 Incept Pacific

Length: 5.35 m, Weight: 22 kg Width: 670 mm


11 Southern Skua

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


5 Shearwater

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


12 Foveaux Express

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


6 Beachcomber

Length: 4.9 m, Weight: 17 kg, Width: 600 mm


13 Torres

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


7 Eco Bezhig

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


14 Incept Tasman

Length: 4.35 m, Weight: 17 kg, Width: 670 mm


Width: 700 mm


Sea Kayaking

Kayaking Stewart Island

Nic Johns discovers this paddling paradise in perfect conditions. In August five Wellington Yakity Yak Club members packed up the van and set sail for Stewart Island on the way collecting

A quick check of the kayaks at Lake Tekapo

five more paddlers who had flown to Invercargill. We soon became very close friends, as all ten of us squished up together in the van heading for Bluff. Our sailing across the Foveaux straight was a little bumpy, but nothing could dampen our spirits, eager to get on the glorious waters of the deep, deep south. Liz, the owner of Rakiura Kayaks and Bunkers Backpackers, greeted us at Oban wharf and helped us store our kayaks by the beach and transport our gear to the Backpackers. She was outstanding. We even scored crayfish tail for later on in our journey! We enjoyed a few drinks at the local pub and then settled in for an early night. We woke to a fantastic day and began our journey by rounding Ackers point and stopped on Ulva Island, a bird sanctuary, for lunch. Cheeky wekas enjoyed the prospect of eating our food as much as we did and eventually they chased us off their land. We paddled around the Island, and crossed to Golden Bay. Mid-afternoon we reached a small Bach on

Stewart Island weka, the smallest of the four weka subspecies.

Bravo Island, kindly provided by Liz, and used the remaining daylight to fish, explore the coastline and collect mussels for supper. The early birds got to see a seal playing on the sandbar and basking in the morning sun. After listening to the morning weather report, and continuing fantastic weather, we headed west along the inlet out of the

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marine reserve. The keen fishers dropped their lines and we enjoyed the company of dolphins, more seals, oyster catchers, and a shark. We arrived at Fred’s Camp Hut mid-afternoon and were delighted to find the hut to ourselves. The toilet was up 50 steps, and we wondered whether anyone would actually make that journey in the night? And whether we should step very carefully around the hut the next morning! The next day there was a beautiful sunrise over the inlet and the sparkling water reflected the rolling hills. Our surroundings were stunning. Freshwater Hut, up the northwest arm, was only accessible on the 2 pm high tide. Until then, a few of us explored the south-west arm of the Inlet. Once in the northwest arm we were careful to avoid the shallows and find the right channel. This was all too much for one member, who soon became ‘beached as bro’. Some of us spent the night at Freshwater the rest took a four hour tramp across to Mason Bay Hut. Time allowed a look around Mason Bay the next morning, about a 15 minute walk from the hut, before setting off back across to meet the rest of our group. We arrived back just in time to catch the turning tide, making our trip back down the river that little bit more comfortable. We paddled across to North Arm Hut and were greeted by an overly-excited sea lion who took quite a fancy to one member’s boat. In fact, it stayed at the back of her boat following it around (similar to their behaviour with sharks, in which they stay outside their prey’s peripheral vision). This caused great amusement for those of us safely on shore. That night we had a briefing for the final day’s paddle, which soon turned into a hut talk as other trampers became intrigued by our kayaking journey. The last day, the wind finally caught up to us. However, heading in the same direction as us this made for easy paddling. We meandered along the coastline, stopping to check out the historical Whalers Base in Prices Inlet and arrived back just in time to experience a traditional Sunday Night Quiz Extravaganza on Stewart Island! Our two teams did not escape the notice of the rather enthusiastic quiz master, and I think we will all remember that the primary use for pig’s fur is in fact to keep a pig warm. For our final day on the Island we split up to do various activities, such as exploring around Oban, Ulva Island Bird sanctuary, checking out the museum and taking a scenic flight over the island. I opted for the latter experience and it was surreal to see the unspoilt beauty of miles of rugged coastline, some of which we had been paddling the last few days. Some of our members used

Sea Kayaking this opportunity to strategise a circumnavigation of the Island next year, making me realise that the possibilities of where kayaking can take you really are endless. Believe it not, this was my first club kayaking trip and I can see why people say that winter is the best time for kayaking. Beautiful, calm, crisp mornings and settled weather. The water was so still and glassy, it felt more like paddling in a lake than being on the open sea. Club trips are also a great opportunity to meet like-minded people from different backgrounds, with the common interest in kayaking. It’s also a chance to develop kayaking skills under the watchful eye of more experienced paddlers. With Stewart Island’s amazing rock gardens, bush, inlets and more, there’s something for everyone. So, if you’re looking for a fun filled adventure holiday next winter, I’d recommend a trip to rd Stewart Island. ipya a sh s a tw ’ Inle rices P , e as r ’s B ea. hale is ar W d to th e l n l i a t c gh ten brou h of ere oug w h t s l A hale no w and

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