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Issue 42 Basic Strokes


Hells Portage




Kayaking Made Easy


Satisfied Beachcomber Owner


2007 Kayak Tour


Learn To Kayak


Front cover photo: Paddling Roromahana with BOP clubbies Photo by: Steve Knowles

8th & 9th March Oakura Taranaki

We are pleased to anounce that due to the success of the Taranaki Kayak Fishing Calssic Competition it will be run again this coming year. The venues will be the same but the date is brought forward to the 8th and 9th of March 2008. More information to follow in the next issue of NZ Kayak Magazine. If you like you can register your interest now with Peter 0274 338485 email Or phone Canoe and Kayak Taranaki 06 7695506. When enrolment and information forms are availiable we will get them to you.



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Summer, a time for enjoying the great outdoors and to enjoy it you need the right equipment and the right skills and knowledge.

As we go though this summer look at the places you visit and ask yourself how you can leave them better than you found them, pick up and remove rubbish, take only what you need for a feed from the sea, inform the council of problems at campsites, reserves and obstructions to waterways. In other words become active in protecting our great outdoors and be seen to be doing it and others will follow your lead.

This issue is based on our pick of the best equipment for the job and the essential skills that you will require to get the most enjoyment out of it. Safety is always a major concern and we have included articles to help you see the range of skills that you can learn to improve your safety on the water. These skills are best learnt with instructors helping. They will be able to point out what needs work on and how to fix it, as you go. You will see an extensive range of courses further on in the Magazine to help you learn.

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What we do today, our children will live with tomorrow. Enjoy your paddling this summer, be safe and leave everywhere you visit a little better than you found it. Cheers Peter Townend

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Basic Strokes Guts and determination wain with time and even the strongest person tires quickly when wasting energy. Here are some extracts from the Canoe & Kayak Operation Manual to help develop your technique. If your copy of NZK gets all wet whilst trying to follow the instructions get onto a good skills course.

Secondary Coaching Points to fine-tune your power strokes


The top hand punching out at eye level is the strongest place to be pushing forward. If your hand is going higher then think about dropping the other hand further into the water. This will bring the top hand down.

This is the paddle stroke that gets us from A to B and thus requires a lot of focus. A poor power stroke makes it hard to keep up with the group and makes any trip much less enjoyable.

Paddle splash on entry results from starting to pull the paddle back before it is submerged, hence wasting a lot of energy. Paddle splash on exit results from not feathering your paddle blade to allow a clean exit from the water. The paddle should be removed vertically at the hip. If you are lifting water think how heavy the water on each blade is. It will be anything from a quarter to one full kilo. After many thousands of paddle strokes on any trip, you are going to be either really strong or really tired!

Primary Coaching Points With the paddle shaft on your head make a box shape with arms and paddle. This is the starting point of a good paddling style. To begin, the paddle goes in the water at your toes to give the maximum length of stroke. The paddle stays close to the side of the kayak to minimise the turning effect on your kayak. Ensure you keep the blade fully immersed.

Remove the paddle at the hip as beyond the hip the paddle is starting to lose its effectiveness. Note; keep your body position forward and constant at all times.

The NZKI Award Scheme was formed in response to a growing need in the Kayaking Industry to have more people with Kayaking qualifications, to encourage more kayakers towards expanding their skills and knowledge and to continue to increase the safety of our sport. The NZKI Award Scheme is structured around the assessment of skills and knowledge that are required for the type of activity to be undertaken by the Instructor or Guide. A star is awarded for each level achieved, starting off with the NZKI One Star for personal paddling skills and knowledge and moving up to the NZKI Five Star for an Assessor. For more information phone 0508 5292569



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forward into a vertical position before removing it from the water.

Trunk rotation is where the majority of sustainable power comes from.


Briefly this involves using the main body muscle groups to supply the majority of power to the paddle. It is done by concentrating on pulling the paddle down the side of the kayak by twisting your body rather than pulling with your arms.

The Stern Rudder is your primary control while surfing. It is needed to augment and or replace the kayak’s rudder when the bow of the kayak drops down the face of the wave and the stern is lifted clear of the water. At this point the kayak needs direction and the stern rudder supplies this. The kayaks surfing the other evening were doing the “weeee weeee weeee” move which is the sound people make when they lift their paddle above their heads while dropping down the face of the wave without steerage. As the bow digs into the slow moving water in front of the wave and the stern is being lifted and pushed by the fast moving wave, the kayak starts to broach or in other words the stern will catch up with the bow. This is not a problem to an experienced kayaker. The kayak is very happy bouncing down a wave sideways when a Low Brace stroke is used into the wave face and the beach side of the kayak is lifted to allow the kayak to skim over the water in front of the wave. However inexperienced kayakers will allow the centrifugal force of the kayak broaching to throw them towards the beach. Digging in, the beach side of the kayak catches in the water and flips the kayak and paddler into the sea.

SWEEP STROKES The sweep stroke turns your kayak in tight areas or in windy conditions. Start with box shape as mentioned in Primary Coaching Points. The paddle goes in at the toes with the top hand in a lower position than the power stroke. The paddle is pulled around in a half circle away from the kayak.

Try the steps below and get some Quality Instruction to make surfing fun. Set up your Stern Rudder first by rotating your entire top half from your hips and stomach around to the rear of the kayak. Place the paddle into the water at the rear of the kayak with a Vertical blade. Totally immerse the Blade.

The paddle finishes at the back of the kayak. For training purposes, tap the stern of the kayak with your paddle to ensure you complete the stroke. The body provides power by twisting from the waist and also reduces stress on the shoulder by limiting over extension. Keep the blade fully immersed, your head facing forward and the kayak level. Keep your top hand close to the spray deck to extend the paddle to its maximum reach and provide greater leverage to help your turn.

LOW BRACES The low brace is used to prevent capsize. With enough practice it will become a reflex reaction to an imminent capsize. It should be developed in shallow water where the paddle can hit the bottom to prevent an actual capsize and then progress to deep water as confidence and ability improve. When starting to capsize, make a vertical box as in power and sweep strokes but bring paddle shaft down to your spray skirt. Use the back of the blade to push down on, keeping your elbows above the shaft. This is the strongest position for your body giving more power whilst reducing the chances of injury.

This is the same position as the end of a forward sweep stroke. Both your hands should be across the centre line of the kayak and you should be looking forward Now practise on flat water and take a few paddle strokes to build up speed. Then go to the Stern Rudder Position. When the paddle is in the correct position push it away from the kayak and see how it can control the direction of the kayak. Try pulling and pushing the blade in the water away and towards the stern of the kayak to feel the effect it has on the kayak’s direction.

Use a ‘hip flick’ to recover your kayak. This is the use of your lower body (including your feet, knees and butt) to anchor yourself firmly into the kayak. Your hips will provide a flexible point from which you can flick the kayak back into the level position. When the paddle has provided enough support recover by twisting the blade

Once you have practised this heaps, and can perform a stern Rudder on flat water without thinking, try it out on some small surf. Progress to bigger surf as your skills develop. The trick in surf is to set the Stern Rudder up as soon as the kayak starts to be propelled by the wave. You can then navigate the wave to put you and your kayak in a good position on the wave. Leaving the Set-up till later normally allows the kayak to start broaching and once this has happened it is unlikely the Stern Rudder will be able to take back control from the wave. Always remember the simple surf rule “If you are not happy swimming in the conditions, don’t go kayaking”


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Tasman Express

New for 2007 Q-Kayaks Foveaux Express This is a very responsive and playful sea kayak that comes with a moulded thigh brace. The dolphin nose with flair, allows lift in the ocean swell while dispersing the water. The low peaked deck performs well in strong crosswinds. A fun, nimble kayak. Construction: Kevlar Length 5m Width 0.61cm Volume 360-litres For further info contact Q-Kayaks Ltd,;


The Tasman Express is an exceptional performance sea kayak. At 5.3 metres long, this sleek looking craft has been designed to maintain a good forward speed, especially when loaded up with gear. Its low profile and flared bow enables this kayak to perform extremely well in adverse or windy conditions. An aerodynamic rudder blade is fitted to prevent drag and increase forward speed and turning performance. There is a centre storage area, located just behind the cockpit. This provides a watertight compartment with easy access. The Tasman Express can be produced in three constructions: 1. Standard - Polyethylene 2. Lite - Polyethylene foamed core 3. Elite - Kevlar/carbon Length

530 cm

Waterline Length

480 cm (with a 100kg load)


62 cm


Standard: 29 kg - Lite: 25 kg


380 Litres - Front 75L, Rear 86L,

Centre Compartment 39L, Cockpit 180L


79 x 49 cm


Paddle, lifejacket, spray skirt


Standard: Polyethylene construction


Polyethylene foamed core

From $2695.00


Tui Excel A versatile, go anywhere kayak


Penguin A tried and true winner that delivers affordable excellence

Tasman Express An exceptional performance sea kayak

Dusky Bay Classic Leisurely cruise, open waters, or a

Shearwater A tried and true design just got better

For information on our complete range and stockist, visit or phone 06 326 8667


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Melanie & I kayaked out of Jackson bay into almost perfect conditions for our six-day trip down the coast, via the Pyke River to Milford Sound. Our plan for the day was to make it to Hope River, a total distance of 37kms. After 2 hours we took a lunch break at Stafford Bay Hut pleased with our progress. A following wind and out going tide, promised a brisk paddle to the Hope River Hut. The sea roughed up to a two metre swell off Cascade Point, a spectacular bluff with many streams cascading down the cliff face. It was a little scary, but once we rounded the Point we had a strong tail wind and surfed much of the way. We slept well and set off in perfect conditions paddling 38km to Big Bay. At Gorge River we visited Robert & Catherine Long and Family. Catherine invited us in for a cuppa and some delicious lemon & coconut cake just out of the oven. Robert had lived there in an old gold digger’s hut for 26 years. He had made a few changes to it over the years and their isolated home had been transformed into a great little homestead for the family of four. One of Robert’s talents was painting. He showed me photocopies of his many paintings and gave me tips on how to bring depth into a picture. It was a rugged two-day tramp out to Jackson Bay River Road and I didn’t understand how he sold his painting from such an isolated place. He asked “How did you start your kayak business?”

paddled into Big Bay for a long but easy surf to the beach. At the DOC hut we stoked up the fire, dried out our gear and cooked up a mean meal with all the trimmings. We had made it to Big Bay without any problems; now we prepared for the 12km portage to the Pyke River the following morning. We had an early look around the small Big Bay settlement of about a dozen deserted whitebaiters huts and houses. They would be busy at the height of the white baiting season! Then out with our trolleys and off to the Pyke River. Unfortunately we hadn’t noticed that by mid-day when we were ready to leave, it was full tide. The hard sand was now covered by the tide and what was dry was very soft. It was a real struggle to haul our kayaks along the beach. At the Waiuna River mouth, the river we had walked across earlier that morning was now completely flooded well over a metre deep. Sitting on the cockpit with our tramping boots draped over the front deck, we paddled across the Waiuna River/Lagoon. The trail is part of the Hollyford/Pyke Track, once used to transport gold and supplies.

“I made a kayak for myself, then one for my mate, then one for his friend, and their friend ….” I looked up, Robert had a big smile on his face. “Same thing” he said laughing. “People send me a photo and deposit and I produce a painting for them.” After lunch Christian and Robin showed us the ‘helicopter’ they had made out of driftwood. I don’t think it will ever conform to aviation requirements, but I could see they had put some time into making it and it certainly stood out as a feature in their front yard. On the water we again had a following sea and wind. Late afternoon we rounded Awarua Point and accompanied by a large pod of dolphins,



Camping on the Pyke River

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Into the track, which, while slightly up hill, was not too bad for hauling our kayaks. But it was not long before we were confronted by a stream. The track didn’t cross it at right angles, we had to drag our trolleys for about 50metres through icy cold water before once again heading into the bush. After another couple of hundred metres, there was another steam, and another after that. We were making slow time. In an hour we came across the first of many fallen trees. It had not been moved. The track dived off into dense bush to go around it. We had no choice but to carry one kayak through the bush and then go back and get the other. Some of these ‘detours’ were evil! Two hours had gone by when we came across a stream which was sign posted “Meat Safe Stream – 30 mins to Big Bay”. Not when you’re lugging a damn kayak it’s not! We knew that it would be dark at 6pm. At 4.30pm we stopped in a good clearing and debated whether to camp or return with a small amount of gear to the hut. It was raining, it was cold and

everything was wet. Into our pack went some food and dry clothes and with our sleeping bags tucked under our arms, we made a very fast trip back to the nice warm hut. The rest of our gear remained packed in our kayaks,in the clearing. We reached the hut in 80 minutes. It was nearly dark, but we could see a rough sea pounding into the beach. Thank goodness we were not on the ocean that day. We made ourselves comfortable in the hut, with heavy rain threatening to turn the small streams we had crossed into ragging torrents, cutting us off from our kayaks. At 2am it stopped raining! Next morning we were up early and returned to our kayaks. Our goal for the day was a portage to the Pyke River and kayak down to the Olivine Hut. Other than being a bit soft under foot, the track was the same as the day before. Half way we were not too far from the Dry Awarua River bed which from a sneaky look through google maps on the Internet before leaving we knew was a shingle strip about 150 metres wide. Closer to the river more and more undergrowth had been washed out and we spent a lot of time carrying each kayak over large areas of boulders. At mid day we arrived at the Dry Awarua River, carried our kayaks to the other side and sat down to a well-earned lunch break. The track now levelled out to cross a saddle into the Pyke Valley. There were no more boulders, which was great. But now the track became soft and was in many parts a quagmire. I was in the lead and when ever I

became bogged down, Melanie lifted the rear of my kayak until we were on solid ground again. Then we would go back and carry her kayak through. It was tiring work. I remember one log I stepped over and thought; “I’ll drag my kayak over this one”. I tightened my grip on the kayak and pulled with all my strength. But the log was too big. My hands slipped off the kayak and I torpedoed into the bush. Melanie rushed to my aid and asked; “Are you all right Dad?” “I’m okay, and don’t you dare laugh”. “But Dad, you look so stupid lying there in the scrub all covered in mud”. Then, she burst out laughing and exclaimed, “I’ve gotta go wees” and disappeared into the bush in fits of laughter, leaving me to struggle to my feet. By mid afternoon we reached the Paulin Creek bed, which flows down to the Pyke. But here the track seemed to disappear. Walking down the riverbed we noticed track markers were now attached to trees beside the riverbed. The riverbed was the track. Back to carrying our kayaks over boulders again. This was becoming a real character building exercise. Halfway down the Paulin we met a hunter, who was taken aback by what he saw. Taking pity on us he quickly grabbed an end of the kayak and helped carry the boats to the Pyke. We finally arrived at the Pyke at 4pm. It was very braided and to our dismay, the main stream was on the other side of the valley. By the time we arrived

Fiordland map

at the river and had packed away our trolleys and changed into our kayaking gear, it was getting dark. It was a clear sky and a full moon, so we thought we could paddle down the Pyke in the dark to the Olivine hut. A couple of kilometres downstream we came across two deer taking a drink. They just never saw us coming. We drifted to within metres of them before they realized we were about to run them down. There was a hell of a commotion as they about turned and raced off into the bush. We had heard deer roaring all day, but these were the

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first we had seen. As darkness fell the river was running a bit faster than we’d thought and the hidden logs were hard to see, making it dangerous. We found a great place to camp and soon had the tent up with a nice little fire burning. A hot feed of ‘honey soy chicken’ followed with ‘crumble apple pie’ courtesy of ‘Back Country Cuisines’, and a hot cuppa tea. Sitting around the fire with your daughter chatting & laughing about the day’s events under a star filled sky in the middle of no-where, what more could a guy want? And we had picked the only campsite in Fiordland without sandflies! By 8.30am we packed up our tent and were kayaking down the Pyke River. It was a beautiful day with a clear blue sky and no wind. The Pyke was very similar to the Whanganui River, with occasional log jams which made some of the small rapids quite hard to negotiate. The river was crystal clear and we took great delight in scooping up a mug full of water and drinking it. There is something special about being able to drink straight from a stream or river. By mid morning we were kayaking across Lake Wilmot and then further down the Pyke past Olivine hut into Lake Alabaster. The scenery was spectacular. The lakes were surrounded by thick native forest covering the sides of the snow-covered peaks of the Darran Mountains silhouetted against the clear blue sky. We stopped for lunch at the Lake Alabaster hut, where we had stayed several years ago during our trip down the Holyford River. The original hut had been replaced by a very modern building which could sleep over 20 people. After lunch we paddled back into the Pyke and into the Holyford River. We encountered some good



bouncy rapids before entering Lake McKerrow. Paddling hard we made it to Hokuri hut as darkness fell. We had kayaked 52km that day. It was good to have a big feed and crawl into our beds. That night we received news via our mountain radio that a large front was approaching from the north, due to hit Fiordland in the afternoon. We could either sit it out at the hut, or make a run to the shelter of Milford, 57km away.

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We were on the water before 7am, to make a run for it! At 8am we paddled out of Lake McKerrow into the last 5kms of the Hollyford River before it runs into the sea. Paddling closer to the sandbar which separates the Holyford from the beach, the sound of breaking waves fills the otherwise quiet morning air. We virtually leapt out of our kayaks and ran up the sandbar to view the ocean. What a great sight greeted us, a dead flat sea with

a small wave break. We quickly carried our kayaks over the sandbar and launched ourselves into Martins Bay. In her excitement Melanie made the oldest mistake in the book by leaving her drink bottles on the front deck. By the time we had paddled through the surf break, they were gone. Luckily I had a spare one so it was no great loss. Once again we had a following sea with the tide in our favour. By 12noon we had a two-metre swell and an ominous dark sky chasing us from the North. The sea was really starting to rough up as we raced/surfed our way past Yates Point and finally into Milford Sound – we made it! In the shelter of the Sounds we stopped for a well-earned lunch break & pit stop at the one and only sandy beach in this spectacular fiord. Surrounded by towering cliffs that seemed to reach all the way up to the clouds, we paddled on to Milford. It was eerie. The temperature had dropped and it was raining. We landed, changed and went off to the backpackers for a meal, hot shower and nice warm room & bed. The wind was now howling outside. At 8am next morning, Stephen Counsell arrived to take us to Queenstown where Ian Algie took us to our vehicle at Jackson Bay. We arrived at 7pm, an 11-hour shuttle. Both Melz and I are very thankful to Stephen & Ian for giving up their day to take us back to our vehicle. We then spent all the next day travelling back to Ashhurst – a long, long trip but it was all worth it. Such a great adventure! Our equipment. For this trip Melanie and I put a lot of thought into equipment. Our kayaks had to be as light as possible for the portage, but strong and manoeuverable for the river, able to perform well in a rough sea with a full load on board. At 22.5kgs the Q-Kayaks lightweight Penguin and Shearwater were perfect. The trolley had to be very strong, lightweight (2.95kg), able to be taken apart and stored into a small area inside our kayaks. We used two Q-Kayaks sling trolleys that performed well beyond what they were designed for. Our food was freeze dry meals from Back Country Foods Ltd. They were light and easy to prepare. We took enough for 9 days. Our tent was a Macpac Minaret weighing 2.5kg. Our sleeping bags were Macpac meridian weighing 1.3kg each, plus alpine covers. Time of year was May. All of our gear was designed and made in New Zealand. Melanie kayaking on Lake Alabaster with Mt. Tutoko in the background.


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The Tui is a great kayak for a family adventure or a peaceful escape into the wilderness. This is a sleek kayak has been designed to give the paddler maximum speed and comfort. It can be used in triathlons, river cruising or coastal touring.

Designed for expeditions where distances are to be covered in varying sea conditions. The Southern Skua has a low deck profile enabling it to perform extremely well in windy conditions, while its longer hull gives it greater speed and allows it to respond in a following sea to surf the waves. The Southern Skua gives maximum stability in the open sea.

The Tui has watertight storage areas in the bow and stern of the kayak with deck hatches at the front and rear for easy access. The Tui Excel can be used safely for sea trips.

A handy third compartment behind the cockpit can be reached while paddling.

Prices start at $1930

Prices start at $4110

Length: 4.5 m, Weight: Std 23kg, Width: 620 mm

Length: 5.4 m, Weight: 24 kg F/G 22 kg kevlar , Width: 600 mm



A true high performance sea kayak with maximum rigidity. Fully constructed of kevlar with a mix of carbon through the cockpit area, this model weighs only 22kgs. The Tasman Express Elite is also a narrower kayak with less volume than the polyethylene models, which combined with the lighter weight, make this a kayak which will maintain a greater speed in all conditions. The central bulkhead is sealed at the front of the seat, allowing for an extra 6 litres of storage in the central compartment.

At 6.43 metres in length, the Maximus is designed to give maximum speed and good stability in moderate sea conditions. The broad bow allows this kayak to ride over waves like a surf ski without losing any speed. It is easier to control while surfing a wave. A low profile means the Maximus is not buffeted by the wind in bad conditions. Its construction, using a mix of carbon and kevlar, keeps it nice and light with no flexing in the centre. This kayak is an ideal craft to use in Adventure kayak races. Fittings include front and rear hatches; sealed compartments; retractable rudder with stainless steel wires for greater control; optional foam or solid seat; recess for deck compass; and security bar to prevent theft off a vehicle.

Prices start at $4140

Prices start at $3260

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

Length: 6.43 m, Weight: 16.5 to 19 kg, Width: 510 mm

shearwater A tried and true design just got better!! Compass mount, Paddle lock, Security rescue bar, Comfortable padded seat and backrest, lots of thigh and foot room.


How do you improve on a true winner? Only change what is necessary. Using the Penguin sea kayak hull, a new modern deck on the ‘Shearwater’ allows more leg and foot room. Combined with a new seat and padded backrest, the Shearwater offers maximum comfort for all day paddling. A new rudder system mounted to the hull of the kayak gives excellent strength and allows easy lift.

Prices start at $2475

Available in Standard (Polyethylene) and Lite (Polyethylene foamed core

Length: 4.80 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, 23kg lite, Width: 610 mm


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Acadia 370

Prices start at $1299.00 Length: 3.6 m, Weight: 20 kg , Width: 680 mm

Acadia 470

Graceful lines, beautiful handling, and… it never needs a tune-up. Talk about a maintenance free ride! ‘Acadia’ has enough storage space for a day’s worth of gear. Its manoeuvrability and practical design make your day easy… on the water or loading up to head home. ‘One cool day cruiser’. In addition to the classic styling the Acadia offers great performance, quick acceleration and excellent tracking. It is perfect on the lake, sea and river. The roomy cockpit ups the comfort level and accommodates all sizes. The rear hatch provides storage that makes it ideal for hunting, fishing and touring. An Expedition option features a sealed bulkhead and a rudder fitted for those longer expeditions If you’re looking for a traditional style open canoe, with plenty of room for two paddlers, the ‘Acadia Double 470’ could well be what you’re looking for. The ‘Acadia Double 470’ comes in two versions, Standard and Expedition. Both versions of the ‘Acadia Double 470’ come complete with 40 litres of storage. The Expedition version has the added feature of a touring rudder. The ‘Acadia Double 470’ is ideal for those large recreational trips where a multi-person vessel is required. It can also add a kiddie’s seat.

Prices start at $1399.00 Length: 4.7m, Weight: 34 kg , Width: 830 mm

Contour 480

“Introducing the most versatile touring boat we’ve ever made..”. The ‘Contour 480’ has a roomy new design that’s stable, incredibly seaworthy and easy to paddle no matter what your experience or skill level. The ‘Contour 480’ is highly manoeuvrable and easy to handle. A channelled hull provides outstanding tracking which keeps you on course throughout extended trips, and it’s upswept, flared bow makes crossing through water a breeze. With generous storage capacity, the ‘Contour 480’ is an outstanding weekender or day-tripper that features a moulded seat, foam bulkhead flotation, bow and stern grab handles, and lots of room and comfort.

Prices start at $2299.00 Length: 4.8m, Weight: 27 kg , Width: 620 mm

Contour 490

Prices start at $2899.00 Length: 4.8m, Weight: 35 kg , Width: 800 mm


Like to go on long trips? Our ‘Contour 480’ features bow and stern hatches, bungee deck rigging, bulkheads and rudder. The ‘Contour 480’ is a great way to enjoy the fun of touring open water. The ‘Contour Tandem’ is the latest model in the ‘Contour Series’. It has two large roomy cockpits, forward up/down haul rudder controls in the rear cockpit, multiple carry handles for ease of portage, excellent tracking and easy to turn, excellent stability in rough conditions. High grade powder is used in all ‘Contour Series’ boats. This version of the popular ‘Contour Series’ delivers an excellent craft to a growing market. With kayaking growing as an exercise alternative, couples are partnering up with great results. This healthy approach allows some quality time away from the hustle and bustle and allows you to get back to basics. Our hope is you enjoy paddling it as much as we enjoy bringing it to you. Current crafts sea kayak flagship heads the way in innovative design and performance. So much has been made of the latest design from the ‘Dobbe’ team. It has fully moulded integrated foam bulkheads, moulded foam lightweight hatches, clear lid to camera hatch and watertight day hatch. A large comfortable moulded foam seat removes an amazing 4kg from the previous plastic versions.

Prices start at $2899.00 Length: 5.4m, Weight: 27 kg , Width: 590 mm


Exhale and behold the finest in its class, lifting the bar for exceptional handling and performance. The single seater is up to ‘Expedition’ specifications with a long waterline, shallow arched hull and soft chines.

The latest model in the ‘Eco Series’ Massive weight reductions give you the volume of the commercial version but with innovative foam fittings. It has lightweight moulded foam seats front and rear and the centre pod is replaced with ‘membrane’ bulkhead. Sturdy, lighter weight rudder pedals. Deck fittings include flare holder, camera box and paddle recesses.

Prices start at $3849.00 Length: 5.6m, Weight: 45 kg , Width: 770 mm

All this adds up to a remarkably light-weight expedition tandem kayak with proven performance in all weather conditions.


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Prices start at $2495

Prices start at $1955

Length: 4.93 m , Weight: 26kg, Width: 580 mm

Length: 4.5 m, Weight: 22 kg std, 23kg lite, Width: 600 mm

The Sequel kayak encompasses features of the historical Greenland kayak, enhanced by our previous design experience. The Sequel kayak has above average hull speed and a low drag ratio, enabling it to maintain a high cruising speed over long periods of time. The Sequel incorporates a footbrace/ rudder bar system that enables you to adjust the steering system for a personalized fit whilst seated in the kayak on the water.

The Breeze kayak is both agile and responsive with excellent stability, making it suitable for both beginners and more advanced paddlers. The Breeze kayak has 2 sealed stowage compartments, enabling you to keep your equipment dry on extended trips. The Challenge Breeze kayak incorporates a footbrace/ rudderbar system that enables you to adjust the steering system for a personalized fit whilst seated in the kayak on the water.

It’s rudder is unique in that it is the only design on the market that keeps the blade down in the water while paddling but allowing it to kick up if it hits an object.

As with the Sequel, it’s rudder design is unique in that it is the only design on the market that keeps the blade down in the water while paddling but allowing it to kick up if it hits an object.

The Sequel kayak has 2 sealed stowage compartments.


The Challenge 5 is the latest of our kayak models . It is a fibreglass Sea Kayak, 5 mtrs in length ( excluding the rudder ) with a beam of 590mm. and weighing 22 kg. The rudder/ steering system is the same as that on our polyethylene models.

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

It includes paddle float straps, safety line, insulated adjustable seat back and front and rear deck cargo bungees. The design gives it good primary and excellent secondary stability.

Prices start at $3570


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


Prices start at $2860 Glass, $3170 Kevlar


This kayak 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.

Prices start at $2860 Glass $3170 Kevlar

Prices start at $2460, $ 2740 Kevlar

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

Length: 4.94 m, Weight: 14.5kg Glass, 12kg Kevlar , Width: 540 mm


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The “Flow” has excellent stability and user friendly handling making it ideal for families and fun seekers at the beach, lake or river.The flared bow and tracking hull gives smooth predictable performance for all paddler abilities even in choppy conditions. Our contour moulded seating area features integrated footrests and a moulded backrest for instant comfort and added control.

Prices start at $799

The high performance hull is quick and manoeuvrable with a flared bow that cuts through chop for a smooth ride. Beginners will draw confidence from the comfortable, safe open feel and incredible stability. A storage recess in the stern carries a cooler for refreshments and dive gear (including a scuba tank) or waterproof bag. The safety design, low maintenance and robust construction makes these kayaks the choice for many of

Prices start at $1199

This new Tandem follows on from the extremely successful ‘Flow’. You can relax in the comfortable moulded seats and enjoy the ‘Surge’s’ fun, stable and very forgiving temperament. This user-friendly tandem is perfect for exploration from the bank or shore, catching a wave or just milling around.

Prices start at $1199

This is Swing fun for two and can be paddled solo in calm conditions. Beginners will draw confidence from the safe open feel and incredible stability. If you prefer exploration and enjoying scenery, the flared bow cuts through chop and waves for a smooth ride, even on extended trip. The ergonomic, self-bailing cockpit gives maximum comfort and plenty of room. A storage recess in the stern carries a cooler, scuba tank or waterproof bag - just be sure to secure them.

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Designed to be both stable and manoeuvrable it makes for a great small adult or ideal kid’s kayak. The ‘Squirt’ seats are contoured and recessed to support your back. A great first class designed, ‘moulded in’ handle makes for easy transport. Dual tracking lines ensure directional stability, a feature the kids will appreciate. Its manoeuvrability appeals to the adult, so easy to paddle!

Prices start at $399

An entry level kayak the ‘Acadia 280’ possesses graceful lines, beautiful handling. Its manoeuvrability and practical design make your day on the water or loading up to head home easy. The ‘Acadia 280’ offers great performance, quick acceleration and the tracking lines moulded into the hull allow for excellent control in straight line paddling. Recommended for sheltered waterways, estuary, lakes & sheltered bays, On calm and flat water these models excel. The roomy cockpit ups the comfort level and accommodates all sizes.

Prices start at $799


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

A great general purpose kayak. With upswept bow and long keel the Escapee rides well over the waves, especially in choppy conditions, and tracks straight, giving good forward speed. You can have loads of fun in the surf curving in and out of the wave, or you can go for a leisurely cruise without realising just how far you’ve travelled. The Escapee has a sealed forward storage area, and a gear carry compartment at the rear. Fitting a seat/backrest to the plastic saddle clips adds comfort and support while paddling.



The Escapade is a multipurpose kayak suitable for touring and fun in the waves. The Escapade has an innovative “tri-keeled” hull to give greater speed and stability especially when loaded with skuba diving equipment or fishing gear. The hull shape and upswept bow also ensures good surfing. Fit a rod holder to this kayak and you won’t see Dad for hours! Fitting a clip-on seat/backrest will provide comfort and support for those lengthy paddles.

Prices start at $1020

Prices start at $810


A double kayak of great versatility, which can be used on the river, lake, estuary and sea. The Wanderer is very stable and does not get blown around by the wind like some of the large doubles. The hull is the same as the Sprite II in our recreation range, giving it excellent stability, while the enclosed deck provides better handling in changing weather conditions. This model has a watertight storage area at the stern with a back hatch for easy access. The Excel model is structurally stronger as the rear bulkhead gives the kayak deck more support.

Prices start at $1695


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

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

Prices start at $849

Prices start at $695 Length: 3.10 m, Weight: 17.27 kg, Width: 710 mm

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

Prices start at $1295



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Be safe, be seen - use a safety light & flag! Your kayak is not easily seen in even the best sea conditions. In a swell and between the waves, your kayak can be invisible to speeding power boats and larger vessels. Carry a bright coloured flag attached to a flexible pole and you will be seen in most sea conditions. In my experience, the movement of the flagpole is as important for visibility as the flag itself. Along with a bright coloured kayak and paddling gear it makes sense to fly a safety flag. At night you need to show a white light. This is a legal requirement. Finally for best results place your light as high as possible… meaning on top of your safety flag. Prices for safety flags start at $49.90 For safety flag and night light combination, prices start at $99.90. All options are easy to fit with 2 or 3 rivets or bolts and can easily be removed for transport and storage. e me

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This range of Flag & lights are a rigid fibreglass pole that are easy to fit; they thread into a bung which can be fitted to any kayak or mounted onto a piece of wood for those who don’t like cutting holes in their boats. Available as a light on a pole, safety flag on pole or combination light and flag.All come with a foam float just in case! The flag is a fluoro orange & yellow for high visibility. The waterproof safety light is visible for up to 3km in good conditions. It runs on 2 AA batteries for at least 8 hours. Prices: Deck flag by itselt $75.00

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Deck light by itself $125.00

Deck light & flag $155.00

fish N’ dive

Prices start at $1195 Length: 3.81 m, Weight: 25.85 kg, Width: 914 mm (hatches & accessories not included)

A ‘two person’ kayak, ideal for fishing, surfing and exploring. It has room for great hatches to store your adventure equipment. Now available with three person option. It is often used by one person.

The ultimate fishing/diving kayak. A large well is located in the stern and holds up to three tanks. There is one centrally located seat and a smaller companion seat near the bow.



Prices start at $895

Ideal for exploring, and one of the driest ‘Sit-ons’ you will find. Great hatches for storing your goodies are available.

The Marauder is for the serious kayak fisherman. Fast, stable and loads of deck space. Excellent performance in surf.


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Rescues Harry’s father insisted that he try out his new sit-on-top before ‘going to sea’. Wet suit and lifejacket had to be worn! “No argument”, and “See you can climb back onboard when you capsize”.

provided you have prepared. You must have a paddle float firmly tied to your kayak on a 2 metre bungy leash, stowed under the bungy lines behind you. You capsize. Exit your boat. Remember an upturned boat serves as a sea anchor and does not drift downwind so fast. Leave it capsized. Hook your feet into the cockpit or onto your sit-on-top so your hands are free to attach paddle float to paddle. Now flip your kayak, lay your paddle across the rear deck and hold it there. Position yourself between paddle and rudder.

Early on a chilly morning Harry joined three near novice kayakers on the beach. He had a go, capsized and scrambled back – piece of cake! Off they went to see the dolphins. The wind was off-shore, sea slight, but 4 kilometres and one hour later not one dolphin had appeared. Against the tide the wind had increased, creating small waves. Bumpy paddling fully occupied Harry’s attention, and after a few minutes he had lost sight of the prominent ‘home’ tree. He looked round, stretched higher and over he went. This time it wasn’t a piece of cake. Tired and in a sloppy sea he didn’t immediately climb back. He tried several times, his life jacket getting in the way. He started to take it off and let go the kayak. In seconds his lifeboat was out of reach. Keeping the life jacket on he swam after it. Panic! He wasn’t going to catch it. His friends didn’t notice the capsize, but missing him they assumed he was already paddling home. At the beach they realized that he wasn’t. Jane, the most prudent of the trio, insisted, against reluctance to ‘cause a fuss’, “We must call 111”. Just on dusk a Coastguard launch spotted the life jacket on an apparently dead kayaker. They pulled him onboard still just alive. He regained consciousness in hospital. How do I know? I was that youngster. I owe my life to Jane, a couple of hundred searchers and medicos, and several million taxpayers! As a grateful survivor I’ve spent many hours teaching younsters (and ancients) rescue techniques. I think my father would approve! He had never kayaked, but I suspect his idea on how to ‘uncapsize’ would have been the John Wayne approach. Your kayak is a cowboy’s horse. Both hands on its rump, push down, kick hard, slide up its back till your belly button is on the saddle (seat), roll onto your back and sit up. Your kayak has a cockpit? Big choice, feet in first then sit up, or bottom on seat and ‘fold’ your feet in. Because the latter lets you make better use of your paddle to maintain balance, you might prefer it. On a sit-on-top the latter makes it easier to scramble over the back tank and seat.

Put your feet on the paddle shaft for support

Face down, pull yourself onto the rear deck putting your feet on the paddle shaft for balance and support. Keep your weight on the paddle float and swivel until your feet are near the cockpit and your head is by the rudder. Shuffle forward on your stomach until your groin is over the seat. When you flip yourself over your backside will drop into the seat. Bring the paddle onto your foredeck. In a sea kayak, pump out and secure the spray skirt. Restow your paddle float on its bungy leash. Buddy Rescues are generally preferred. Two versions are quick and, if practised regularly, are reliable in bad weather. ‘T’ Rescue. I’m swimming, holding onto my paddle and upturned kayak. Jane is upright in her’s shouting “I’m coming” and paddles to my bow. She takes my paddle, lays it on her foredeck and holds it under her elbows. Still holding my kayak I move to its stern. Jane puts her kayak across my bow to form the ‘T’, adds her paddle to mine, and holds my bow.

But, and you are ahead of me, it didn’t work for me all those years ago, and it still won’t work when you are tired and pushed hither and yon by waves. In perfect conditions, dead flat seas, a stable boat, when you have plenty of energy, flexibility and balance –“Perfikt”, as Pop Larkin would say. Try Paddle Float Rescue. It will work for you, when John Wayne won’t,



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While holding the bow, have the swimmer go to the rear of the kayak.

She tilts her boat until it is partly under my bow. She rights her kayak and with one hand underneath, and the other on top to prevent her own capsize, she pulls and I bear down on the stern. When my bow is on her cockpit’s rim she lifts it to head height. Water pours out of my cockpit* and we turn my boat upright, rudder away from my face. Jane, ever prudent, reminds me, “Watch out for your rudder.”

Jane stays close while I fasten my spray skirt. An alternative to the ‘T’ is a simpler rescue which Jane and I prefer. It gathers all equipment, and the swimmer is out of the water, quickly. Follow the ‘T’ Rescue plan omitting the bold*. Emptying the cockpit must wait until the spray skirt is on and you use a bilge pump. I think this would be a good sit-on-top rescue.

Turn the boat over - rudder away from the swimmer

We bring our kayaks alongside, bow to stern, both paddles in front of Jane across both decks. For stability her hand furthest away holds my cockpit’s rim. She calls, “Feet out behind you, pull yourself up.” I scramble over the stern until belly button reaches cockpit, and swivel 180 degrees. My feet are then in my cockpit and I keep my head and body low. Finally I turn over towards Jane and I’m back in my seat in an almost dry boat.

Are you curious about Jane? Shortly after my ‘survival’ she thought I needed ‘looking after’ in perpetuity and we’ve been a happily married couple ever since. By the editor. This article came in recently. It was signed ‘Anonymous’. Harry and Jane are probably assumed names and whether his survival story occurred in New Zealand isn’t established. But the magazine likes Harry’s advice. We have used library photos to help illustrate these rescues.


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Sea kayaking made easy by Claire Haynes

Up until last weekend, my experience with paddling was limited to a school raft race, so I was both nervous and excited when I accepted a place on Canoe and Kayak’s sea kayaking beginners’ course. Over an intense but fun weekend we became safe and competent paddlers. The course is suitable for complete novices (like myself), as well as people who want to brush up on their technique and learn a few more safety tips. We met for an initial session in the pool on Friday night for the basics: how to make a wet exit (get out of the kayak underwater if it capsizes), how to get back into the kayak, (an essential skill), and how to rescue fellow kayakers if they flip over. On Saturday we moved onto Lake Pupuke and learned the different paddle strokes. We practised rescue manoeuvers again. After this we were ready to do what we had joined up for, and go sea

kayaking. We met at the shop on Sunday morning and planned our expedition. After a strength-enhancing breakfast of warm home-made scones, we were off. Each group does a different trip, depending on the weather, tides, and ability of people on the course. We kayaked from Orewa Beach to Wenderholm and back, stopping for a well-deserved picnic lunch. Back to Orewa, there were a lot of tired but happy faces, and everyone seemed to be a lot more confident. Rachel Cox, who was initially nervous about being upside down in the water, thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. She said “I’d definitely hire another kayak and go out in the sea. I think I’ve conquered my fear of going upside down and doing a wet exit, so it’s definitely built my water confidence.” Everyone who completes the beginner’s course gets automatic entry into Yakity Yak. The club organises trips and expeditions, and usually something is planned every weekend. If people need a little more confidence before they attempt a trip, they are welcome to repeat the beginners’ course again at no charge. And if you get really into it, there are plenty of other courses on offer to expand your skills.

For more information on the sea kayaking beginners course or Yakity Yak Kayaking Club, phone 0508 5292569.

Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers N.Z. Inc. (KASK) KASK is a network of sea kayakers throughout New Zealand KASK publishes a 200 page sea kayaking handbook which is free to new members: the handbook contains all you need to know about sea kayaking: techniques and skills, resources, equipment, places to go etc. KASK publishes a bi-monthly newsletter containing trip reports, events, book reviews, technique/equipment reviews and a ‘bugger’ file. KASK holds national sea kayaking forums.

Website: Annual subscription is $35.00.

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Yakity Yak Whanganui River Trip 26th April - 2nd May 2008 Join our annual pilgrimage down the picturesque Whanganui River with Peter Townend.

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One or two weekends training Is just NOT ENOUGH!!! We believe our comprehensive Grade 2 Training & Certification is the best you can get. To gain the skills to confidently paddle on white water, you need at least 3 weekends on the water with an instructor.

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New Zealand’s Best Kept Secret

The Yakity Yak

Many of the articles you are reading in this magazine are about trips organized by the Yakity Yak Club. Interested in Joining up?

treasurers. We just discuss where to go next and who is coming. These trips are viewed on and booked at your local Canoe & Kayak Centre

Well read on and get involved

Join the club. You will get a weekend skills course to teach you techniques and safety skills and a year’s membership. If you are keen to learn more there is a bunch of courses to teach everything from Eskimo Rolling to becoming an instructor. At no cost is the Leader’s Training Course, ten weeks part time for those who have the urge to put something back into the club.

“Too old” you say or “not fit enough” or “don’t like clubs because of the working bees and committee meetings”. Well guess what, our oldest member is 80 plus and started paddling in the last two years. Can you walk? well then you can paddle, in fact that’s not correct we have had members with a missing leg or two, but you get the picture. The only committee meetings we have are a wine and cheese evening once a month to arrange trips. There are no secretaries or

So what does joining the club cost? Only $299 for the first year including the weekend course and then only $45 per subsequent year thereafter.






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Kayak Club Proudly Supported by Your Local

Now you say “They must charge for each club trip”. My friend you would be wrong. There is no participation charge for club trips.

but we know you will find a bunch of like minded mates to enjoy our wonderful little paddling paradise.

The Yakity Yak Kayak Club was set up by a bunch of enthusiastic instructors. After spending much time teaching people how to paddle we found a few months later that they had not carried on with paddling. They said there was no one to paddle with, or they were a bit shy, or they did not have a boat, or they lacked confidence to go on trips where they did not know the area or the people.

So get on the phone to one of the Canoe & Kayak Centres (see advert on the back page) and join the Yakity Yak Kayak Club. You will be welcome.

So we said enough is enough and the Yakity Yak Kayak Club was formed.

Welcome aboard Peter Townend One of the founding Yakers

We cannot guarantee you will get on like a house on fire with every club member

JOIN NOW! PHONE 0508 5292569






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CANOE & KAYAK Liberty loader


CANOE & KAYAK Roller Loader

This quick and easy device makes loading your kayak a breeze. Having pre-set the height of the loader and mounted it on your tow bar, you simply lift the rear of your kayak into the webbing cradle, with the nose pointing away from the car. Then lift the nose and walk it 180 degrees to rest on the roof mounted cradles. The Liberty loader acts as a third bar as well.

For very long loads, or for the ute. The Third bar is mounted on the tow bar and has a bar across the top at the same width as a standard roof rack bar. Room for two kayaks.

This version has two rollers in a V shape. Simply load the bow of your kayak in the roller, lift the stern and push the kayak into position.

Priced start at $337.30

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All three systems can have a bike bar added as an optional extra.

Available from:

Brian Phillips Ltd

SportRack Cargo Boxes (365 Litre Charcoal Top) 8 Models of Cargo Box are available, ranging in sizes from 485 litres to 209 litres. Longer boxes are available for tent gear, skis, snowboards, etc. We have square boxes for golf gear, luggage, etc. SportRack Roof Boxes are an excellent way to stow skis, other types of sports equipment, luggage and miscellaneous items. They are all rugged, weatherresistant and secure!

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Roof racks are the foundation on which you can add bike racks, ski racks, snowboard racks, watersport racks, roof boxes.... to help you bring along what you need... to have fun! This extremely stylish, yet incredibly durable rack is simple to install without the use of tools. Integrated centre channel allows for easy accessory installation while the self-forming support pads ensure a secure custom fit that protect your vehicle. The Modular system can easily be adapted to more than one vehicle by simply changing the module length

For all your roof rack requirements

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Thule Kayak Carrier 874 These cradles make transporting your kayak a piece of cake. They mould themselves to the shape of your kayak, holding it securely in place on rubberized pads. The cradle is easily adaptable to fit both square and aero bars. A pair of Thule webbing tie downs are included in the pack.

From $199.00

Thule Hull-a-Port 835 Easy to load, a stable space-saver, for those who want a clever solution for kayak transport. Thule Hull-a-Port has a unique and incredibly smart design. It sits at an angle to save space – allowing you to carry two kayaks or one kayak plus extra equipment on the car roof. The unusual design also makes it a little easier to load, as the kayak can easily be lifted into the angled pads, keeping it conveniently in place straight away. You’ll be glad of this when your arms feel like lead after a long and strenuous kayaking trip.

Priced at $319.00

Thule Boxlift 571 The smartest way to store a roof box. Would you like to load up and leave quickly? With the Thule Boxlift, you can easily lift up the box to the garage ceiling. This lift works perfectly, even for kayaks and surfboards. Leave the kayak strapped to the roof rack and remove the lot…

Just $399.00

Designed with a purpose for professionals like you You know what it takes to get the job done well. So do we. The Thule Professional load carrier system is a unique solution designed specifically for the really tough demands of on-the-move professionals. Now you can take advantage of this rugged, fully integrated system to help make every workday easier, safer and more productive. Being able to save 10–15 minutes here and there during the week adds up. Opening up opportunities to either take on more jobs or perhaps get off work earlier.

Thule Awning 326 For working under cover

Thule Conduit Box 317 Loading, separating and transporting conduits has never been easier. This unique, heavy-duty Conduit Box takes care of a few of the most annoying aspects of loading conduits and similar objects. The double openings at the front and rear ensure easy access to the load, while slam locks provide reliable theft protection. Perfectly ideal for quick, secure and efficient storage of piping. Size: 320x22x12 cm.

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You may have to work outdoors despite poor weather conditions, but there’s no need to to suffer while doing it. With the Thule Professional Awning fitted to the side of your car you can keep up the good work, come scorching sunshine or pouring rain. Just pull it out when you need protection and push it back in when you’re done. Mounts onto the crossbars and operates from the side of the vehicle. The universal mounting system allows it to fit the majority of work vans. Available in three lengths. Heavy-Duty materials With aluminium profiles and tear resistant fabric in laminated PVC. Water proof and UV protection.

Gutter mount series The Gutter mount series of roof racks is a universal range specifically designed to fit vehicles with rain gutters. This style of roof rack can be mounted anywhere along the rain gutters and can be easily re-positioned to accommodate the accessories to be attached or the load to be carried. When not required, the Gutter mount roof rack can be quickly detached and just as speedily reinstalled when needed next. The Gutter mount series is a universal range of roof racks specifically designed to fit vehicles with rain gutters.

Prorack range of rail-mounted roof Many modern vehicles, particularly station wagons and SUVs come with factory-fitted roof rails. The Prorack range of rail-mounted roof racks have been specially developed to be compatible with the roof rails on a wide range of vehicles. In most cases, the stylish and practical Prorack removable rail-mounted roof racks look as if they were installed at the factory. Easy to fit, these are another great practical option adding value to your prized vehicle.

From $299.00

Prorack Cycle Holder The Prorack Cycle Holder range includes both Frame Mounting and Fork Mounting options. The Prorack Frame Mounting system means you can carry your cycle as a complete unit with no need to disassemble it. The Fork Mounting system gets the cycle close to the roof of the vehicle and is adjustable for any kind of fork.

Prorack Frame Mounting Cycle Holder This lockable holder is fast and easy to use thanks to the quick release clamp unit which holds the bike frame securely. The arm on the clamp unit folds conveniently away when not in use.

This bike holder is only $279.00

Prorack Gutterless roof rack Designed specifically for today’s modern vehicles, these stylish roof racks fit the most diverse range of roof types. The Gutterless roof rack is designed to clamp around the upper door sill or to a channel-mounted bracket, depending on the vehicle type. The Prorack Gutterless roof rack range features custom-made fitting kits for each vehicle and model type. They can be easily fitted and removed as required. High strength silver aluminium crossbars are standard. Crossbar section is 32 x 22mm.

Kayak Cradle An exciting new upgrade to the already popular Kayak Cradle from Prorack. This cradle has always been popular for the acute angles available to suit even the narrowest multisport boat. The flexible rubber pads mould to the shape of your hull to cradle your kayak perfectly. The pivoting heads allow even pressure distribution across the surface of the pad. In addition, the cradle pad flips over for easy side loading. The new cradle is now designed to fit the standard 25 x 20mm bar and can be slid into the ‘T’ groove in most aerofoil bars. If you have that ‘odd ball’ roof rack – Prorack have come up with a set of extra fittings to allow fitting to almost any roof rack. Tie down points are incorporated into the base of the cradle.Tie down straps which incorporate a cam-lock buckle for speedy tightening, are also included in this kit.

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Prorack Roof Boxes Prorack Roof Boxes open up a whole new world of opportunities for you and your vehicle. No longer do you need to hit the road with your passenger space cramped by luggage and equipment and your boot overflowing. No more stopping to see that your luggage hasn’t blown away or been drenched by a sudden downpour. Prorack Roof Boxes are available in three handy sizes to take almost anything, from fishing gear or skis to golf clubs, camping equipment and just about anything else you can think of. Box it and go with Prorack! Prorack roof boxes attach to roof rack cross bars. While designed to fit Prorack roof racks they are also compatible with most other brands of roof rack. Installation and removal is quick and convenient, no tools are required, and for security the clamping knobs are located inside the box.

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Satisfied Beachcomber Owner! by Mike Scanlan

I first saw the new Beachcomber at the Orewa KASK symposium in 2004. One look at the lines and I had to try it out. I loved the look of the rocker – it looked like a kayak that would move with the sea rather than fight against it. I had previously paddled 900Km of the East Coast of the NI between Wairoa and Gisborne in my Prion Seayak. After a test paddle I ordered one. When my Beachcomber arrived there was a bit of customizing and then paddling it as much as possible before my imminent Auckland to Paihia trip. I could not fault it at all. On one occasion I had it out in conditions that were bad enough that the local surf lifesaving club sent out their IRB to make sure I was OK. The Beachcomber surfed like a dream and felt under control in all the conditions I went out in. There was never a moment when it felt uncertain. The big trip arrived (Jan 2005) and I was a bit concerned how it would feel loaded up. With 12 Days food and gear it felt to have exactly the same characteristics as when unloaded – with good speed and manoeuverability. The conditions for our trip were good but we did have winds of 20 knots plus and confused seas of 1 ½ metres. Rounding Cape Brett we had wind bombs coming down at us from the cliffs, and around the Cape the seas were big and side on. March 2006 and it was Cape Reinga to the Bay of Islands. This was a committing trip and we experienced rough and confused seas and plenty of wind. The Beachcomber felt totally at ease with it all and was a pleasure to paddle. It is a great kayak – its design and materials set it apart from all the other “plastic” kayaks out there and it works extremely well. Since then I have discovered kayak fishing and have managed to subdue a 1.5 metre shark without feeling I was going to go over. Definitely the best “plastic” sea kayak in NZ.



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Paddle Float

BoosterBlox Foam Paddle Float

An essential self-rescue device for kayakers. This dual chambered paddle float is designed with an extra large capacity for maximum buoyancy, quick release buckles for easy attachment to kayak paddle and clip-on safety tether to eliminate loss in windy conditions.

Price: $84.90

Camp Shower The Camp Shower is great for washing. It’s time to trade up! Constructed of durable PVC, it has a separate fill cap, on/off valve and a hanging/ carrying handle. The Camp Shower is also great for washing dirty hands and feet.

While our dual-chamber inflatable paddle float offers convenient storage; we recognize that some paddlers want a paddle float they don’t have to inflate; and our BoosterBlox.TM paddle float is the perfect solution. A unidirectional trapezoidal shaped foam block enhances stability of the float to reduce the chance of it flipping over. The reflective webbing trim and a metallic chrome front panel enhance visibility when you need it; while an integrated whistlelock quick-release provides an added safety feature. Deployment is quick and easy with a large pocket for your paddle blade, and a wide adjustable leash to secure the paddle shaft.

Price: $109.90

Price: $24.95

Pack Sink Our 14 litre capacity square camp sink can’t be beat.

Our 30 litre per minute Bilge Pump features an easy-grab handle, super-strong pump shaft and heavy-duty impact resistant plastic.

The Pack Sinks unique square shape makes cleaning larger items simple and it folds flat for easy (out of the way) storage when not in use. The Pack Sink is constructed with waterproof, rugged vinyl; radio frequency welded seams; webbed carrying handles; with additional top stiffeners to hold it open when in use.

Price: $59.90

Price: $35.90

Paddlers Bilge Pump A must for any boater.

Paddle Leash Unique quick-release-at-paddle feature allows paddle to be quickly and easily attached/detached to/from leash. The streamlined, low profile retractile cord is easy to pack. It stays out the way, while providing an eight-foot expansion. Constructed with a heavy-duty snap hook for maximum durability and an internal Kevlar cord filament for maximum breaking strength.

RRP $149.95

Price: $34.90 Available online, through authorised resellers or call 03


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Sportsman’s Sea Anchor A great small-craft safety accessory. These heavy duty Sea Anchors are built with RF welded seams and tough PVC for maximum abuse. With tubing sewn into the top hem, they stay open to deploy quickly. A great small-craft safety accessory, to work both as a sea brake while drifting, and sea anchor. 300mm dia. opening

580mm length

Price: $79.00

Sea Rover compass The Sea Rover features a large compass with easy to read markings—no squinting here to read where you’re going! With a simple, yet elegant base, the Sea Rover attaches easily to deck lines or sits nicely on top of a deck bag. Quick-release buckles allow for easy attachment.

Price: $79.90

MIGHTYMITE CART Our new MightyMite Cart is small enough to fit in most Kayak holds, yet strong enough to take a 90 kilo, loaded canoe. With pneumatic wheels, galvanized bearings, anodized aluminum frame, a loop cinch strap tie-down, and a single leg kickstand, this cart offers great features at a great price. Collapsed: 550mm length 266mm height 100mm width Weight of cart – 2.9kg. Weight capacity – 90kg

Price: $149.00

deluxE deck bag

Deck Mate Deck Bag Our Deck Mate Deck Bag offers exceptional value! The entire bag is radio frequency welded to keep waves and rain out. Our splash proof HydroKiss™coated zipper is sealed in with no excessive needle holes for water to find. An internal plastic stiffener keeps the whole bag lifted open for easy access to your essentials, while a universal anchoring system allows easy lashing to any boat.

Our Deluxe Deck Bag offers a clear window for easier gear location and a higher profile for better gear storage. With its multiple tie down points, bungees and side straps for added storage you will have plenty of room for added gear. Fully RF welded seams will keep most water out, while a reflective end with lashing for strobe mount will help to keep you visible.

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Micro Dry Stuff Sacks

Compact splash proof protection for all your valuables and electronics. Constructed with 70D Hex rip-stop nylon with an easy-to-use three roll closure system.


opti dry stuff sack

omni dry backpack

The Opti Dry is super-tough and super-clear. Constructed with heavy-duty clear vinyl and an abrasion resistant bottom.

140 litres Huge says it! We put a guitar in one, huge storage! It has a heavy-duty 3-roll closure system and

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


Canoe & Kayak Trolleys The Canoe & Kayak trolley is one of the toughest on the market. Made of stainless steel, these trolleys will last a life time. Two sets of straps stop them twisting out from under the kayak, while the solid wide wheels reduce sinking into soft sand. Of course they also have a stand which allows easy loading. These trolleys come in two models, the standard for wider kayaks. More suited to sit on tops, this model folds flat with the removal of a bolt.

The heavy duty is designed for a fully laden sea kayaks. The reinforced pads have a greater angle to suit the ‘rounder bottom’. Fold the trolley and the wheels are removed for easy storage.

Price for the Standard trolley $199. Heavy duty $349


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RASDEX ADVENTURE SEMI DRY CAG If you’re tired of looking at expensive dry cags or want something clean and simple that will stop all that cold water running down your sleeves, this is for you: a slim-line semi dry cag with super-comfortable neoprene neck and textured breathable fabric. No unnecessary frills on this one, just what you need to keep warm and dry. Ideal for many kinds of paddling, whether you’re using a kayak or a sit-on-top, on a lake or a river, in competition or just plain having fun. • Folded neoprene cone neck - a redesigned neck using soft, supple 1.5mm neoprene for a non-restricting seal which avoids any weak points or ragged edges. • Latex wrists with covers - includes a drainage eyelet to stop water building up between the layers. • Neoprene waist - a deep band for a good comfortable single seal. Fabric: A 4oz ‘Tactel’ textured nylon with a breathable, delamination-proof Exeat coating. Colours: Blue/Black.

All this for only $229.95

CLASSIC 2OZ OPEN NECK CAG This cag was developed especially for New Zealand paddlers. It suits multisport paddling in particular, with the opening mesh neck for ventilation and a lightweight fabric. The neoprene drawcord waist and adjustable wrists make it easy to pull on in transitions. 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. Apart from racing it’s great as a summer cag just to keep the wind and sun off when paddling around the beach or lake, or on a calm river on a hot day. Drawcord waist - inside a neoprene band for comfort and easy adjustability. Open neck - mesh insert for even more ventilation if you get too hot. Adjustable wrists - designed to allow you to push the sleeves up if you want to, have the wrists loose or quickly adjust them to a nice tight seal. Fabric: Lightweight 2oz ripstop with Exeat or Vent-X breathable waterproof coating. Colours: Orange/charcoal or blue/charcoal.

Great Value at $234.95

NEOPRENE SHORTS Cut for the correct fit when sitting down, these neoprene shorts have an eye-catching metallic blue panel down the sides. 3.5mm neoprene is used for the back for extra padding, and 1.5mm for the front for greater flexibility and comfort. Available in black/blue, S-XL.

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This popular dry cag is turning heads all over the world. The fabric is a waterproof, breathable tactel so it’s a good step up from the more basic shiny nylon and is very comfortable to wear. The reflective piping separating the colour panels catches the light easily, helping you to be seen if you’re on the river a bit late, and looking good throughout the day. The arms are cut high and pre-bent to give you plenty of movement, and we’ve just added an elbow patch to give the most vulnerable areas even more strength.

These paddling pants have been updated and improved for the new season based on feedback from our customers. We’ve slimmed down the cut of the legs to take away some of the bulkiness, and changed the waist to streamline things there too. Now you can be warm and comfortable when waiting in the wind, or putting up the tent, or scouting rapids, or having lunch, or just paddling - everybody who’s tried paddling pants knows how valuable they are, and now you can try them too at a very, very good price.

Adjustable neoprene outer waist band - to keep a nice tight seal between you and the water. Elasticated fabric inner waist band - feedback from our paddlers has told us that a double neoprene waistband is hard to use, so this cag now has a new, less bulky design. Latex neck with neoprene cone cover - the driest possible design, Its’ complete with mesh drainage at the base of the neoprene cover so that water never collects between the seals. Latex wrists with adjustable covers are easy to get on. They also include mesh drainage. Tip: Latex seals can be cut down carefully to make them slightly less tight around the neck and wrists. If you do this, make sure that you cut evenly around the seal without leaving nicks which could later tear. More tips for looking after latex seals are included on the warranty card which comes with every item.

Unisex cut, with gusset - makes for a good fit for both male and female paddlers.

Neoprene cone ankle seals - for a comfortable, easy-to-get-into solution (no need to be hopping around on a river bank with one foot half through a latex seal).

Deep neoprene waistband with wide elasticated braces - so that the waist doesn’t have to be too tight.

Fabric: A 4oz ‘Tactel’ textured nylon with a breathable, delamination-proof Exeat coating. Colours: Blue/Black.

RRP: $244.95

Fabric: A 4oz ‘Tactel’ textured nylon with a breathable, delamination-proof Exeat coating.Colours: Red/Black or Blue/Black.

Just : $439.95

DAY TWO LIGHT BREEZE Canoeists, rafters and kayakers will appreciate this lightweight version of our Breeze jacket. Adjustable coated Lycra® splash cuffs and collar, plus bungee waist keep out wind, water and too much sun.

DAY TWO LIGHT SQUIRT RRP: $135.00 This lightweight, durable training top’s collar opens for ventilation, making it perfect for warmer days. Lycra® band on sleeves, adjustable coated Lycra® splash collar and adjustable bungee drawcord waist keep out splash and spray.

DAY TWO TROPOS RE-ACTION SEMI-DRY RRP: $348.00. Waterproof, breathable fabric, latex wrist gaskets with protective coated Lycra® over-cuffs, APT neoprene neck closure, Smoothskin neoprene waistband with adjustable drawcord waist, fully sealed seams for touring or whitewater paddlers who prefer a double skirted paddling jacket to pair with spray skirt or Whirlpool Bib.


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DAY TWO TRI/SEA BUOYANCY VEST This is a great touring or multisport buoyancy vest. Lightweight, comfortable and with five adjustments. More than 55N of comfy soft floatation. Front zip entry, three front pockets (one Velcro with a key clip) and large rear pocket for drinks bladder. Reflective piping on the rear. Comes in S/M/L/XL, Red, blue or gold.

ADVENTURE RACER VEST This is a great vest for racing, with lots of pockets including a huge rear pocket for your drinks bladder. The inside of the vest is lined with high wicking mesh to reduce sweating. The vest is easy to put on over your head and very light weight for those long races. Over 55N of floatation.

DAY TWO KIWITEA BUOYANCY VEST A versatile starter buoyancy vest with five way adjustments to fit children and adults. More than 55N of floatation (industry standard) made from very soft and comfortable foam. Large front pocket. Reflective

Comes in yellow/black.

BUOYANCY Aids Our bouyancy aids are a great buy at only $99.50. Increase your visibility in these yellow bouyancy aids. They have plenty of adjustment with side, shoulder and waist straps. There is a pocket with a ring to store keys, knife or whistle on the inside. A full range of sizes available in any colour, as long as it’s yellow.



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Progression PFD

Flow PFD

Designed for multisport and also suitable for sea kayaking, this PFD aims to make your day as comfortable as possible while keeping everything you need within easy reach. Comes with pocket for 2.02.5l bladder and attachment for an optional tube-routing block on the front. 3 front pockets and key clip are also provided, and the soft foam and padded shoulders are exceptionally comfortable. Available in blue, one size. RRP $224.95.

A simple PFD that adjusts easily to fit a wide range of people. Hard-wearing 6oz nylon, side buckles and comfortable foam make this a great entry-level option. Available in blue or yellow, one size. RRP $149.95.

Symbiant PFD The Symbient is a great new PFD with a large number of options. It features more than 70 N of buoyancy, has a front pocket with 2 clip-in points and is designed with freedom of movement in mind. The front foam has 3 V-shaped cuts so the front panel fits tight and snug against the chest. It has provisions to be upgraded with a cowtail (works only if the optional rescue belt with quick release buckle is fitted). The Symbient is offered in 3 style options:

Symbient Basic $215.95: Basic PFD without the extras described below.

Symbient Whitewater $289.95: A rescue belt with O-ring and quick release buckle.

Symbient Race $299.95: The Symbient Basic is fitted with a specially designed Hydration Pouch which holds a 1 - 2 L drink bladder.

Multisporter PFD This top-end PFD was designed for serious multisport and adventure racing. 4 front pockets, a 2l bladder pocket, key clip and reflective strips are provided along with super-comfortable foam in a lightweight shell. The highly adjustable design allows easy access in transitions and even enables you to take out and replace the foam at the end of its life. A 2l bladder and tube-routing block come as standard meaning no modifications or add-ons are required. Available in orange, one size.


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Childs Toastie Steamer Combination of Taiwan‚s & Japan‚s finest light weight neoprene with tough nylon mesh for warmth, strength & durability. Features include an anatomical design for maximum fit, flex & warmth. An anti wear panel on chest & stomach. The Neck is sealed with a slipskin O ring. Seams are Flatlocked and the fastenings are tough non-corrosive original YKK or PK back zip. Colours: Black with various accent colours. Sizes: C8 - C10 - C12 - C14 - C16 Tailor Making: $160.00 Recommended Retail: $149.99

Coaster Surf Shorts Kepp warm in neoprene shorts. Made in a combination of Taiwan‚s & Japan‚s finest light weight (2mm) neoprene for warmth, strength & durability. Anatomically designed for maximum fit, flex & warmth. Flatlocked Seams with shock cord with stop toggle. Colours: Black with various accent colours. Sizes: XS - S - M - L - XL - XXL Tailor Making available at an extra: $45.00 Priced at just: $99.99 $143.99-Long Legs

Inferno Hot Top Taiwan’s Neoprene Copper Titanium Inside finished cell with Copper Coating for extra heat retention. Flatlocked Seams in 1mm neoprene. Lycra collar for soft finish around neck. 1mm Copper provides insulation with UV protection. Colours: Combinations of blue, black, white & grey. Sizes: XS - S - M - L - XL - XXL Tailor Making available at an extra: $45.00 Recommended Retail: 40


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Granite River Shoe NEW! This creeking boot has a performance super grippy rubber sole, with supporting sole stiffeners to protect the foot from rough ground. Toe and heel rubber caps protect from abrasion. The adjustable webbing straps make sure that the shoe stays on your foot. Usage: General water sports, whitewater kayaking, surfing Colours: Blue/Black Sizes: UK 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 RRP: $135.00

Quartz Shoe NEW 3/4 boot. A lightweight general performance shoe which is ideal for recreational paddling or wearing on the beach. A pull-tab makes it easy to put on and take off. The sole unit provides protection from rough terrain and grips on slippery rocks. The adjustable webbing straps support the heel and mid foot, ensuring the boot stays where it is put. Usage: general water sports, kayaking, surfing Colours: Blue/Black Sizes:UK 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 RRP: $89.00

Side Zip Boot NEW Zip boot. An easy to use 3mm neoprene boot, with a durable # 10 YKKÂŽ side zip and internal baffle to reduce water ingress. The boot has large protective rubber toe and heal caps. The sole unit grips on slippery rocks and uneven ground. All seams are glued and blind stitched. Usage: general water sports, kayaking, surfing Colours: Black Sizes: UK 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 RRP: $90.00


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by Josh Neilson On the 22nd of April I was all packed and on my way to Ottawa, Canada to compete in the World Championships in Freestyle kayaking. This had been a dream of mine for many years and I couldn’t think of a better place to be competing. The site for the world champs was on a wave called ‘Buseater’, which totally lived up to its name. The Kiwi team all made it to Canada and were based in a cabin on the banks of the river. It was early spring with snow still on the banks and hundreds of freezing kayakers made their way down the river each day. Unfortunately the river was still too low for training on the competition site so smaller waves had to be used. By Competition day the river was at optimal flows and it was amazing. From the eddy you grabbed onto a towrope and used the speed of the river to propel yourself into the middle of the river and onto the wave. Once on the wave you had one minute to preform as many manoeuvres as possible to score points, which were multiplied out, to give an overall score. Each competitor got 4 rides of which 3 counted. This was the biggest wave that a competition like this has surfed and the atmosphere was pumping. We were with the best kayakers in the world surfing some of the biggest river waves the world has to offer.



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By day three of competition the crowd size had increased, as only the finalists were on the water. The Kiwi team had done well and were now on the bank supporting their friends. Three-time world champion, Eric Jackson added another title to the list taking away the 1st place in good form! With the competition over and the sights of eastern Canada enjoyed, it was time to head to the warmer climate of California. On the 12th of May I arrived in Coloma near Sacramento, CA where I would be based for the summer. Over the next few days I fixed the van and picked up the rest of the team from the airport and we planned our season from river to river.


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We met up with Evan Garcia, recently crowned junior world champion, loaded up the car and hit the road. California, known for its high snow pack in the High Sierra Ranges was this year only laden with between 14 and 47% snow pack, which was a bit distressing. Without snow the rivers will not flow. We had to be quick and get on them at the perfect time or they would be gone for the season. With good sources of beta we headed off to Sequoia National Park, home of the world’s largest trees and some of the best creeking California has to offer. We started on the Kaweah River and slowly made our way through the rivers to Lake Tahoe. Some of the highlights were a three day trip on the ‘Fantasy Falls’ section of the Mokolmene River where we raced the dropping flows and experienced some of the coldest kayaking California could throw at us. With a solid crew we managed double runs on many of the classic rivers such as the West branch of Cherry Creek and the main fork of Cherry Creek. An almost perfect season was spoiled when I found myself slightly off line on a waterfall on West Cherry Creek. I ended the run with a broken nose, concussion and a long hike out to the car. However it did not set us back too much and we finished the season with a number of classic rivers under our belt. My visa in USA only lasting 3 months I needed to book a flight somewhere to rest and relax after such a full on season. A week later I was in Nicaragua. Just north of Costa Rica in Central America, Nicaragua was the ideal place to unwind. For 300 days a year the Pacific coast has off shore winds and perfect surf. I spent my time there surfing and checking out future potential kayaking expeditions. Back in California an email awaited me asking if I would be interested in going to explore the Jungle Rivers in northern Thailand for a month and a half. With a few more details about the trip I changed my flight back to New Zealand and am now planning a trip into northern Thailand for September and October of 2007. Keep an eye out on for updates on my travels and kayaking and the next copy of canoe and kayak magazine for a trip report on our expedition findings in Thailand.



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Rhino Decks Rasdex are now the manufacturers of Rhino Decks, the wellestablished New Zealand brand. We were so impressed with the seemingly ever-lasting colourful coating on the top, and the supersticky printing on the underside, that we just had to do whatever it took to be able to offer them ourselves! This deck sticks to plastic like only Rhino Decks have ever done before, so if you’re not familiar with them yet you have to try one to believe it. Deck section: High density 3.5mm double-lined neoprene with small diamond texture on top for superb strength and durability. Body tube: Soft and supple 3.5mm double-lined neoprene for comfort and flexibility. Seams glued and taped on both sides for maximum waterproofing. Edge bound for a top quality finish.

RRP $179.95

Rasdex Combination Deck 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. This is often more comfortable than a standard neoprene body tube if you’re wearing it for long periods of time. An added advantage is that on flat water the body tube can be loosened so you don’t get too hot. The nylon body also means that one body size fits most people, so it’s a good option for sharing between a family group or club as well as for individuals. • Deck section: High density 3.5mm double-lined neoprene for durability. • Body tube: 4oz waterproof, seam-sealed, breathable nylon for comfort and the ultimate in flexibility. Pair of shoulder braces from wide elastic for security. • Mesh pocket: Ideal for a drinks bottle or handy snacks. • Cord: 9.5mm shock cord for plastic cockpits, 8mm for fibreglass rims. Webbing grab loop for easy release.

RRP $169.95

PALM Classic Deck Cordura laminated neoprene with PU abrasive coating on the edges. Super sticky latex underneath. Solid and reliable fit on most kayaks, durable, easy to put on. All seams glued, stitched, and taped. Cockpit size: Roto.3, Roto.4 & Roto.5 (your specialised retailer will know which size fits your kayak) Waist tube size: XS/S, M/L & XL/XXL

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DAY TWO NYLOPRENE SPRAYDECK This deck is designed for touring, multisport or groups. 3mm Neoprene deck section and breathable ‘exeat’ nylon body. Big 10mm bungy around the edge for a secure fit (8mm bungy on multisport decks). Seam tape watersealed. One size fits all. Adjustable shoulder straps and waist size. Comes in five cockpit sizes to fit all cockpit shapes from multisport to big cockpit sea kayaks.

DAY TWO STRONG DECK This spraydeck is made from hardwearing diamond neoprene. It features a special wear strip on the top of the deck to protect it from little cuts and tears. The same print is on the inside to help the deck stick to the cockpit rim. We put an extra tight bungy on the rim to make sure the deck fits snugly to the cockpit.


DAY TWO NEOPRENE COCKPIT COVER Made from 3mm neoprene with a tight bungy elastic. Fitted to your kayak, it keeps out the rain and bugs, improves your petrol consumption and keeps your smelly kayak gear out of reach.

DAY TWO NEOPRENE SPRAYDECK 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 (or whatever you need made). Strong 10mm bungy ensures tight fit to the cockpit (8mm on multisport cockpits).


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VHF Radios We’ll beat any advertised price for the same brand radio.

While stocks last

Gizmo, a two person Young Enterprise Company from Timaru Boys High School specializing in selling Disposable Warmers. If you have tried them, you’ll love them, they are sensational, Magical even. How DO they work? The package states the contents are Iron Powder, water, salt, activated charcoal and vermiculite. All you have to do is open, shake inner bag and expose to the air to active the soothing warmth for over 10 hours. These warmers can be used for professional athletes, outdoor sportspeople, spectators, skiers and for anyone who would like safe, convenient, concentrated warmth. They reach a maximum heat of 52 – 62 degrees Celsius. Made for one time use, they brake down in an environmentally friendly way. They sell hand warmers, foot warmers, Body warmers, toasti toes and Survival heat packs. Gizmo is also currently branching out into the Evercool bandana’s, which keep you cool in the hottest conditions. These bandana’s are reusable and provide cooling sensations for around two days, all you do is sock in water for about 15 minutes and away you go. They also absorb your sweet while you enjoy the nice warm days. For details on stores and products visit: or email



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Learn To Kayak Phone 0508 529 2569 to book Stage 1


A comprehensive course designed to cover the skills required to become a technically correct and safe paddler. The course progresses so you develop techniques and confidence at an enjoyable pace with great end results. This course is run over a weekend or by request in the evenings.

COST $295

Stage 3

Stage 2

Stage 1



This course covers the skills required to become a technically correct Eskimo Roller. You increase your confidence, allowing you to paddle in more challenging conditions. Being able to eskimo roll will make you a more competent, safe and capable paddler.

A comprehensive course designed to cover the skills required to become a technically correct paddler. Starting off in a heated pool and progressing through flat water to moving water, it allows you to develop techniques and confidence at an enjoyable pace with great end results.

Course: 4 evening sessions COST $200

Course: Weekend COST $349

Stage 4

Stage 2

ESKIMO ROLLING This course covers the skills required to become a technically correct Eskimo Roller. This will increase your confidence, allowing you to paddle in more challenging conditions.

Course: 4 evening sessions COST $200

Stage 3



Understanding the weather and ability to navigate in adverse conditions is vital when venturing into the outdoors. Learn to use charts and compasses and forecast the weather using maps and the clouds.

Course: 4 evening sessions


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

Course: Weekend/overnight. COST $350

On this course we continue to build on the skills gained on Stage One and Two Courses. Developing your skills, technique and confidence on the faster moving white water of the Waikato River and progressing on to a Sunday day trip on the Mohaka River. Includes, eddie turns, ferry gliding, rolling, surfing and building new skills in River Rescue techniques and River Reading.

Course: Weekend • COST $349

Stage 6

Stage 5 Surfing is heaps of fun when you know how. We will spend the evenings starting off in small surf and building up to one and a half metre waves. We will use a range of sit-on-tops and kayaks to make it fun and easy to learn. Skills to be taught include surfing protocol, paddling out, direction control, tricks and safety

Course: 4 evening sessions COST $349


You need rescue skills to look after yourself and your paddling buddies in adverse conditions. This course covers towing systems, capsized kayaks, T Rescues, paddle floats, stern deck carries, re-enter and roll.

Programme One Evening Cost $60

Stage 6

Stage 5



During this course we build on the skills gained on the Stage One to Three Courses. Developing your moving water skills, technique and confidence in your Multi Sport Kayak. We start on the Mohaka River on Saturday and progress to the Whanganui on Sunday for some big water paddling. River racing competency letters are awarded to those who meet the standard and criteria as outlined on the Grade Two Competency Certificate. A copy is available from Canoe & Kayak Centres.


This course is designed to sharpen your whitewater skills and start learning simple rodeo moves. We will focus on skills such as river reading, body position and rotation, advanced paddle technique, playing in holes and negotiating higher Grade 3 rapids. We recommend you are feeling comfortable on Grade 2+ rapids. Ideally you should already be paddling the mid section of Rangitaiki or equivalent.

This course is designed to cover likely scenarios on white water rivers. The course is suitable for paddlers who feel comfortable on Grade One to Two rivers. The areas covered are rope skills, muscle techniques, team control, heads up, risk management and combat swimming. Also covering skills required in the following situations: entrapments, kayak wraps, swimming kayakers and their equipment.

Course: Weekend • COST $349

Course: Weekend • COST P.O.A.

Awards Contact your nearest Canoe & Kayak centre to develop a personalised course to suit your needs. For more information phone 0508 5292569


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Directory: Things To Do

Waikato River Discovery

TAUPO Maori Carvings

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...

Half day guided trip to the rock carvings, Lake Taupo... only accessible by boat.

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

Price: $45 adult $25 children Special group and family rates. Call freephone 0800 KAYAKN for details.

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

Price: $125 per person. Call freephone 0800 KAYAKN for details. Phone: Taupo 07 378 1003, Hawke’s Bay 06 842 1305

Whanganui River Trips Interested in a great adventure on this Magnificent River? Give us a call and we will give you a memory of a lifetime. Canoe & Kayak Taupo

Price on application.

0800 529256

TAUPO Accommodation

Waitara River Tours

Mokau River

Sugar Loaf Island

Accommodation available to Yakity Yak club members and their families... Ideal for sport and school groups... Situated on the banks of the Waikato River our Kayakers Lodge accommodates up to 15 people, is fully furnished, with plenty of parking and a quiet location.

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

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

From Ngamutu Beach harbour we head out to the open sea to Nga Motu/Sugar Loaf Island Marine Reserve. View the Taranaki scenic, rugged coastline as we draw closer to the Sugar Loaf Islands. Enjoy the seal colony and experience the thrill of close up views of these fascinating marine mammals.

Hawkes Bay Harbour Cruise

River Tours

Allow 2 hours paddle only. Priced at $50. Phone: 06 769 5506

$30 per person per night. Phone: 0800 529256 for details

A guided kayak trip round the safe waters of the Inner Harbour, while learning about the history of the area. During this stunning trip around the beautiful Napier Inner Harbour of Ahuriri, we stop to share a glass of fresh orange juice, local fruits and cheese platter.

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

Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details

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. COST: $59.00 each • GROUP DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE!

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

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

New Zealand Kayaking Instructors Award Scheme Become a kayaking Instructor and Guide. Get into gear and get qualified! It’s fun and easy to do.

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

Whether it’s an afternoon amble, a full days frolic or a wicked weekend adventure we can take you there. If there’s somewhere you’d like to paddle we can provide you with experienced guides, local knowledge, safe up to date equipment and a lot of fun.

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Allow 3 hours subject to weather. $55.00 per person. Phone 06 769 5506

Kayak Hire

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All this for $40 per person.

Paddle to the Pub

Two day trips $230.00 or one day $80.00. Phone 06 769 5506

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