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How can I get faster and more powerful on the water? vPart 1: Train off the water 12 Te whanganui a hei (Cathedral cove marine reserve) 14 Life’s Truths

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What are you doing this summer? Will you be working, gardening, cleaning the car, working on the house? EDITOR: Peter Townend Ph: 0274 529 255 Fax [09] 421 0663 Email: pete@canoeandkayak.co.nz

For most of us summer months are full of things we need to do and few things that are optional. i.e. the fun stuff.

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adventures in the NZ outdoors. You could be camping on riverbanks, lakes and the coast. If you’re into adrenaline rushes there is white water paddling and surfing, or competitive sports, like Canoe Polo and the Speight’s Coast to Coast. Perhaps you would like to be a leader, an instructor, or just go fishing. In this issue you will read about people paddling, having fun and many adventures. These adventures are available to you too! Don’t let another summer pass without having a bit of fun in the sun, on the water in a kayak. Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year, and a huge thanks to all the contributors, leaders and instructors who have motivated and helped so many people. See you on the Whanganui River trip. Peter Townend

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Live the dream I have always had a dream to do the Speight’s Coast to Coast. The challenges of throwing myself against the elements in a rugged yet beautiful alpine environment are alluring & appealing. At university I enjoyed the variety of multisport disciplines (Running, Cycling & Kayaking) and found events fun. Interesting people from all walks of life create a motivating atmosphere. I put tackling the Coast to Coast on the essential ‘to do’ list. Eight years on, two great kids, a wonderful wife, a veterinary career, 4/5’s of an MBA, carrying the additional weight of a small Labrador and really quite unfit the challenge is on. C2C 2009 here I come! A recent holiday to the South Island with the family provided the inspiration to “Live the Dream”. Now the first task is to shed the pounds and claim back some fitness by running, swimming and cycling. Thanks to sponsorship from Country-Wide Publications Limited in conjunction with Canoe & Kayak and affiliated sponsors Rasdex, Ruahine Kayaks, Day-Two, Predator helmets and Multisport Options I will have some top of the range gear for my journey. Kayak training starts when the Ruahine Gladiator Kayak arrives. This is a fast, stable kayak with a large cockpit, built for a bigger paddler looking for a longer, stable kayak for the Coast to Coast etc. Training from Canoe & Kayak is then on the top of the list to complete a grade 2 certificate. Friends who have done this course say it is a great, thorough course, an important preparation for entry to the Speight’s Coast to Coast. I hope to be a guinea pig whose progress, reported in this magazine, will motivate you to live your dreams.

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Salmon Fishing in Golden Bay, South Island with daughters Summer & Lucy.


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By Ruth E. Henderson

Not one, not two but three kayaking events are amalgamating to create an absolute blockbuster, blow you out of the water, sea kayakers festival over10 days in February - March 2008.

most qualified instructor with SKOANZ and BCU; Sandy Robson, a plucky lady from West Australia currently attempting to paddle around Australia, 25 years after Paul. She will have a few heart stopping stories to tell; on day 166 nearing the northernmost tip, her boat was attacked by a 3.5m crocodile. See https: //netstorage.penrhos.wa.edu.au/slap/index.html

Starting on leap year day Friday 29th February the first event is the bi-annual Coastbusters to be held on the shores of Lake Pupuke, at Milford, Auckland. Coastbusters over the years has come up with a winning formula: workshops, demonstrations, informative talks over the Saturday; world class riveting after dinner speakers on the Friday and Saturday evenings; fabulous nutrious healthy food; and on Sunday getting out on-the-water and probably getting a bit wet, as in pods of 8 you get to enact various scenarios at Sullivan’s Bay, Mahurangi West Regional Park. They have run this event eleven times. I’ve been to the previous three so can safely say you’ll be guaranteed to learn a lot, have a heap of fun, probably talk yourself hoarse and not want to go home just yet ...

You will also be able to rub shoulders with and be inspired by local kayaking mentors: the sort of guys and girls who take on New Zealand’s coastline in two week bites, popping up to Cape Reinga or down to Tauranga, or around to Gisborne. They are on the water most weekends: Paul Hayward, Stephen Law, Neil Watson, Christine Watson, David Williams, Gerry Maire, Charlie Barker, Chris Dench, Mike Scanlon, Sue Levett, Steve Levett, Natasha Romoff and many more, all actively involved. They volunteer to organise things, or run workshops, give talks, be pod leaders - all working to make Coastbusters ‘08 better than before.

Coastbusters is for young and old kayakers, novice to advanced paddlers. On arrival you are assigned to a ‘pod’ – so even if you don’t know a soul, you soon will know seven others. It is a very informal gathering, people freely mix and mingle – you may well end up in a pod with, or having lunch with, or chatting in the carpark with someone famous, your kayaking hero. And maybe not know it! The first time I saw Paul Caffyn was amongst a mass of kayakers at such a gathering – I commented to someone paddling beside me, “Look at that guy – he’s NOT wearing his life jacket.” Their response shook me “Well, I guess if your name is Paul Caffyn, you can do what you like.” I soon discovered that this was the man who circumnavigated New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, and Japan and then paddled the coastline of Alaska, Thailand. A couple of years later, due to my involvement with NZ Kayak magazine, we were chatting on email and telephone, and the first time I met him (at the book launch of his reprinted ‘Obscured by Waves’) he hugged me. Wow! You too could get close to one of your heros. Paul Caffyn will be there, just back from paddling along Greenland’s exposed East Coast, and so will many other kayaking greats, some as guest speakers, some running workshops, some running behind the scenes. Mark Jones one of the Adventure Philosophy team of Antarctica, Terra del Fuego and South Georgia fame; John Kirk-Anderson probably New Zealand’s

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Details are still being finalised but a host of topics will be covered, it could be hard selecting which workshops or talks to skip and which to take from Yak maintenance to Be-kind-to-your- body Physio to Foodie things, to DoC’s latest plans and in between times you will want to check out the display of beautiful hand crafted yaks…. Shout yourself a Christmas present (only $130 for the weekend includes lunches and Saturday’s dinner) – register now - the last event filled quickly. You’ll be mad if you miss it .For further info see www.coastbusters.org.nz After previous Coastbusters, folk have wanted more, been reluctant to pack up tent and go back to ordinary life – taking this on board; organisers have come up with a clever plan. Give the people what they want! Link two weekend events with a week of kayaking. The second weekend event is the 4th New Zealand Kayak Builders Get Together at Blue Lake, Tarawera Rd, Rotorua from 7 – 9th March. There is no registration fee or restrictions on who may attend; it’s a paddling and chinwagging weekend. Plastic and glass boat owners are allowed entry; you do not have to be a boat builder to attend, you can drool over other peoples’ hand crafted home made boats. They are all works of art and some are innovative new designs. On the Saturday Cedar-strip, skin on frame, stitch and glue, plastic and glass boats will mingle on the waters of Lake Rotoma. That evening there will be a BYO pot luck BBQ and the following day some boat builders will generously let you try out their precious craft on Blue Lake.


Sullivan’s Bay – just a few boats and bodies

Workshop – yoga for paddlers

In between the two action packed weekends – there is the 1st International Kayak Festival Week. This will be an opportunity to be as laid back or as intense as you wish; there will be the opportunity to explore the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland area with day trips, overnight trips, night paddles, and the chance to participate in in-depth workshops, competitions… and to make it real easy, catered communal meals. Centrally located Martins Bay will be base camp: within easy paddling distance are the Islands Kawau, Moturekareka, Motuketekete, Rabbit, Goat, and Beehive with their caves, rock gardens and even a shipwreck and stately historic home. Other attractions along the coast are Sandspit, the Mahurangi River and Matakana township; Tawharanui Open Sanctuary now predator free and full of bird life; around Takatu Point for a bit of surf, then Leigh and Cape Rodney Marine reserve’s Goat Island for a swim with the fishes. And if you don’t want to leave your non-kayaking partner for that long, bring them along; there are plenty of other things to do in the Mahurangi.

Pod rescue scenario

Check it all out on www.coastbusters.org.nz or send any questions to Coastbusters, PO Box 101-257, NSMC. What are you waiting for? Block out these 10 days in your diary; ask for leave – do whatever you have to do, just be there.

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Creeking in Canada Introducing Elliot Once upon a time, a lanky wild woolly haired youth came into the Taupo Centre wanting to learn to WW kayak. Since he had no money (normal... obviously potential to become a WW kayaker!) his parents bought him a secondhand kayak... an old life vest and helmet. A little later we bumped into him and a friend on the Waikato River sharing two kayaks, one life vest and one helmet between them!! After a lecture on safety and a good haircut, Elliot was given odd job work with us to fund his kayaking and we took him and his 2 mates under our wing.... they were just schoolboys. Elliot became totally hooked... and much to his parents disappointment he left school and became our shop bunny. In no time he achieved his NZKIs (Kayaking Instructors Qualifications) and turned out to be an excellent instructor... unbelievably good for a 17 year old chap! He spent a year with us white water instructing beginners and guiding more competent paddlers down some of our classic north island runs. Elliot was never destined to stay in NZ... He is just back from his OE in Canada where he had no trouble finding work in a Kayaking store. This is what he does now...

After living in Canada for 4 months paddling and working, Colin, another ex Canoe and kayak guide, met up with me for a road trip around the eastern Rockies. We started in a local nightclub foam party, woke the next day at midday and very typical of Colin and myself 6 hours late. In 4 hours we were in Fernie,

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British Columbia scouting the Elk River canyon and the 13-17m high ‘Leap of Faith’. We sneaked back to our van across private fields with signs saying “your presence has been electronically detected” and drove back to Fernie for another night of partying. The walk down to Leap of Faith is hard at the best of times, but having slept in a random field on the ground I was hurting. To get into the canyon you must lower your gear down a box canyon and climb after it. While filming Colin doing this and dropping his paddle I was tapped on the shoulder by a security guy. The signs stating that we had been electronically detected were actually correct. We were asked to leave. With Colin down in the canyon the best way to leave was over the drop. He ran the falls and I got a pic just before I was escorted out. From Fernie we drove all the way up to Jasper, Alberta for more partying and paddling. We found a nice little creek that had waterfall after waterfall in a box canyon. This was one of the best creeks we had ever paddled. It had a 20 – 30ft waterfall about every 100m and nice boulder gardens in-between. About 6 waterfalls into the run I cracked my second Jackson Mega Rocker (3rd kayak for the season) in two places, which led to the worst hike over loose sharp rock out of a very deep canyon. Colin was not very keen on the hike out and was going to paddle out the rest of the class 5 gorge himself for another 6km. I would not let him because of safety so we found ourselves free climbing up a canyon wall in a thunderstorm. While dragging my kayak through the trees and looking at fresh bear droppings I got a little worried. Several hours later in pouring rain we found our way back to the put in. Someone said “There have been a lot of mountain lions in the area and you were stupid to be walking there!” The drive back to Calgary came 5 days early because of my broken kayak. Colin flew into a 2 day class 5 creek in BC and I had a week of play boating. I’m looking forward to finishing the rest of that creek when I get my new creeker.

2008 Sea Kayakers

Symposium Auckland (29th Feb - 2nd Mar) & International Kayak Week (3rd Mar to 9th Mar) The Program: • Local and international speakers: Paul Caffyn fresh from his exciting expedition along Greenland’s exposed East coast in August, Paul will continue to inspire and inform. Mark Jones is one of the Adventure Philosophy trio - you’ll appreciate his dry wit and his ability to make sense of the ’madness’. John Kirk-Anderson is not only a kayaker of great skill and experience, but one of NZ’s highest qualified instructors, with both SKOANZ and BCU. Biff Frederikson is a Kiwi, now living in Europe, who has paddled more European kayak kilometres than anybody else we know. Sandy Robson gave herself a year to get round Australia – solo. Jim Kakuk is the co-founder of the Tsunami Rangers. • Seminars, workshops and panel discussions covering all facets of sea kayaking • Demonstrations and practical sessions on paddling skills and techniques • On water activities to develop skills and competency • Day trips exploring the beautiful Hauraki Gulf and surrounding areas • Leisure time to network and socialize with fun like minded paddlers

The Outcomes:

√ Improved kayaking knowledge and skill base √ Increased knowledge of the Hauraki Gulf and surrounding facilities √ Kayaking network increased with local and international paddlers √ Entertaining fun inspirational social event

Coastbusters Fri - 7pm Opening Sat - Off Water Activity Sun - On Water Activity Auckland - Milford

International Kayak Week Mon to Thurs - Pick and choose from a variety of workshops and day paddles

NZ Kayak Builders Forum Sat to Sun - On and Off Water Activities

Friday - Transit Day Auckland - Martins Bay

Rotorua - Blue Lakes

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How can I get faster and more powerful on the water? Part 1: Train off the water Whether you are a sprint kayaker, white water kayaker, ski paddler, or multi-sporter I bet you are thinking “What do I need to do to go faster?”

to the bottom position.

Speed is a function of distance and time, so to increase the distance paddled and decrease the time taken we need to produce more power per stroke. Because muscles contract forcefully (strength) and quickly (speed), we should focus on improving their strength and speed! A guaranteed way to achieve this is a well-planned and executed strength training programme. An endurance athlete may be thinking “oh great so I have to get big to go faster!” Let’s clear some things up here: A strength programme increases strength, not mass. (It is actually pretty hard to add large amounts of muscle even when this is your goal. It requires intense training and large energy excess.) A common mistake that many paddlers make (myself included!) when strength training, is performing exercises which mimic paddling. A Seated Double Cable Push/Pull exercise instead of a Barbell Row and a Bench Press because you don’t lie down in a boat is well… say no more! Strength training in the gym makes you stronger. The overall weight you will be able to lift using the latter exercises is far greater than the first combination example. I am not suggesting that there isn’t a time or place for single limb exercises. Research has shown that an individual’s maximum strength lays the foundation for peak power production. However, a combination of both conventional strength training and explosive resistance training yields greater peak power results. By including both types of training methods in your gym routine you will cover both the strength and speed components of the power equation. Remember the old school way of lifting weights? Strange looking men in tracksuits did squats, Olympic style lifts, chins and bench press followed by many bicep curls? Guess what, they were right all along (minus the curls that is….) Now that old fashioned training is back in vogue there is a fancy new name for it, so we sport scientists feel we have come up with a new idea. It is more commonly known today as functional training. The key principle is to use large muscle groups in complex movements, essentially what we do in sport. A great example is a pull-up. You may think that you can’t perform a pull-up. That’s ok because variations to this exercise such as inverted rows and cable pull-downs can help to achieve your goal. Or why not try negative pull-up’s, where you jump into the top position of a pull-up and slowly lower yourself

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A great example of an explosive resistance exercise is a split jerk. This is a modified Olympic lift, performed by driving a barbell above the head using the entire body.

To get maximum results from strength training, athletes with experience in the gym should aim for 4-6 reps per set, completing 3-5 sets. If strength training is new to you then 3 sets of 10-12 reps will be enough to achieve early results, while developing technique with a safer, lighter weight. Will this strength and power training crossover into your paddling? I wish I


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Te whanganui a hei (Cathedral cove marine reserve) by Robbie Banks B.O.P Yakity Yak Club - Photo Essay. Wine, Food & Song, Dolphins, Picturesque Walks Comfortable Accommodation. Oh Yes! And a bit of kayaking too. The Weather forecast was dubious, but we didn’t let it dampen our enthusiasm. We had a wonderful place to stay www.dreamland.co.nz/tatahilodge. It provides good quality accommodation at a reasonable price. The swell was up, so we opted for the Whitianga Harbour in pursuit of the Coroglen River, with hopes and anticipation of finding the local pub for an afternoon sip or two. The afternoon slurp eluded us and we paddled back sober yet satisfied. Stopped off at Shakespeare Cliffs & enjoyed the panoramic view of the Great Mercury Bay. Back to the lodge for a cosy social evening, sitting around the table together, Wine & good food abounded, our trip leader R.B plucked up enough courage to even read a poem.

Dolphins at HaHei Photo By Dennis Hynes

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Dennis leads the way


Followed by our fellow bunkmates / Backpackers from Germany who showed their appreciation by singing for their dinner, of course we had to reciprocate. Sunday - the weather settled enough for us to kayak out around the Marine Reserve. On our return to Te Pare point the dolphins arrived and played with us. Dennis was privileged to have a dolphin escort on either side of his kayak as he surfed into the beach. No trip would be complete without a little treat, a stop off at Hot Waves Cafe on the way home. I fare welled my fellow clubbies and stayed on for a few more days, hiked up Castle rock and continued the pursuit for the rockiest beach in the Coromandel. I think I found it this time. Thanks to a great bunch of folks. They made the weekend such an enjoyable, memorable experience. See you all out on the water again soon.

Robbies quest to find the rockiest beach on the Coromandel

Cheers from Robbie Banks & Fellow Clubbies at B.O.P Canoe & Kayak

Whitianga Harbour Paul & Rachel enjoyed the Cove

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Life’s Truths

by Sarah Indrelid

There are some inescapable truths in life - Islands are separated from the land by a stretch of water -  The weather forecasts in NZ are not entirely reliable -    People from Taranaki don’t let the fact that it’s a bit windy put them off from doing things -  Bronnie is great at selling the charms of a place, but prone to underexaggerating the amount of effort any trip will require -   The current English team is not good enough to win the world cup These set the tone for the YY club trip to the Coromandel over Labour weekend. On a previous occasion I foolishly wrote that trips from Taranaki always start with a 5-hour drive. Not so! This time it took us about 6 ½ hours to get to our start point and overnight stay at Whangamata, the very comfortable South Pacific backpackers. Next morning in fabulous weather we congratulated ourselves for choosing the Coromandel. The beach on the harbour is well set up for launching with road access, changing rooms and friendly locals. As it was only a 20km paddle to our next destination (Slipper Island) we started off in the wrong direction (south, and into a headwind!) to explore the islands off Whangamata (Hauturu, Whenuakura & Rawengaiti) and look at the interesting rock formations. Then we headed north – this time thankfully with the wind mainly behind us – along the coast. It’s rare to see mutiny on day 1, but it happened! Our illustrious trip-leader, Brendan, suggested a break, a pleasant looking beach. But he made the landing look distinctly tricky (and wet), and Barry made it look even harder to get out of the breakers onto the sand. The rest of us said “We are quite happy to eat our snacks sitting in the kayaks thank you very much.” While we sat there Brendan and Barry got over it pretty well, and were even kind enough to entertain us - a.k.a. trying to launch into the breakers again!! We paddled on, exploring a couple of caves en route, and finally stopped for lunch just south of Onemana, on a well placed island with smaller, friendlier breakers. A bit more paddling and I was amazed to discover that little blue penguins really are blue (and really are little!) and Judy spotted a seal. Ross went for a swim in steep waves washing off some big rocks. We reached a headland which lined up nicely with Slipper Island directly down-wind and briefly discussed whether heading for an island in this much wind was a good idea (learning from our “stuck on Great Barrier Island” experiences!) But the forecast was for the swell and wind to ease during Sunday so we went for it! The crossing was fun because the wind pushed us

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along nicely and steadily increasing waves caught us from behind providing surfing opportunities for the skilled and random changes of direction for the less skilled. We took bets on how long it would take to reach Slipper Island. Brendan won with his 1 hour 20 estimate (not bad for 8km!) Judy & Graham taking but only because he had us zigzag around shelter from the storm two small islands in a blatant attempt to slow us down. Emerging from the second of these we could immediately see our campsite in South Bay at the west end of the beach mercifully fully protected from the breakers. The campsite’s a very large flat area with covered areas for cooking and eating, and hot showers. It was one of the best I’ve seen. No sign of human habitation was in view and it has a beautiful white beach (which thoughtfully included plenty of driftwood for our campfire). Sunday we were up nice and early to hike over the hill to Home Bay. We had been invited to watch the rugby world cup final (just as well, otherwise this English girl would not have been on the trip!) It was a treat to get out of the wind and into a warm living room. Not so great to see England lose, but you can’t have everything I suppose and I’d rather have kayaking if forced to choose. When the match finished the wind was over 25 knots, and the forecast was ‘increasing to 35’, so over a cup of coffee we abandoned plan A, paddling back to the mainland. We decided on Plan B (B for boat– a short paddle across the wind to Home Bay where we could get the Slipper Express across open water. But at the campsite, one look at the beach put us off launching, and we moved to plan C (C for carry): a short (100m) portage to Stingray Bay. We packed our tents while the wind picked up. But the breakers on the ‘protected’ beach and the wind blowing directly onto a jagged rocky headland put us off even that plan and plan D (D for death-march) came into action. This involved portaging the kayaks over a great big hill for about a kilometre and a half! Did I tell you about my sore shoulders? Or how Barry’s ‘unloaded’ kayak weighed about a ton and half and turned out to contain large quantities of beer? Taking pity on us, our amazing host, Gordon, lent us his Mule to move all the camping stuff. The wind was now gusting to 50 knots and water was a bad idea. That was a blessing because it gave us the afternoon to explore beautiful Slipper Island. It has amazing cliffs on its east coast and a host of old pas, as well as an airstrip and a lovely resort. And it might have been windy but it was also sun, sun, sun with gorgeous views of the Coromandel peninsula and


the other islands. Mark & Sarah got excited about the geology. Late afternoon saw plan E emerge (E for eat masses and for early start) feasting in the lodge, staying on Slipper Island. While the sun set the wind eased. Great timing for an early boat ride! Monday was a long day, even by YY Taranaki standards. Up at 6, everyone and their kayaks in the boat by 7.30 – honestly, you wouldn’t have believed this was possible if you saw the boat. Gordon dropped us at the Tairua jetty and we were on the water by 8.30. In a strong breeze we put in a grunty morning’s paddling between picturesque rocks and islands. Mark couldn’t wait to get to hot water beach. In the middle of some unexpected breakers he dropped into the water to test how warm it was. At Hot Water Beach, paddling was particularly gruelling across the bay into a major headwind. We amused ourselves by arguing about whether it was or wasn’t Hot Water Beach. Judy recognizes things by coffee-shops alone, and was not satisfied until coffee was sighted! We also wondered about Bronnie’s classification of this trip as “suitable for beginners” although Don did survive his baptism of fire.

We had learned that a) trusting the weather forecast when heading out to an island can be a bad idea, b) when you have more time to explore there can be a lot more rewards, and c) great memories can be born from enthusiasm to go do it! Thanks to all the guys who came along and made it fun, especially those who stayed awake to drive us home. And double thanks to Brendan for organising another fabulous adventure and Gordon for being so fantastically nice to us. Slipper Island (http://www.slipper.co.nz/) is highly recommended.

So we had finished ‘day 2’ by lunchtime of day 3 and still had ‘day 3’ to go. But we are not quitters, and despite the road access and the desire to get back home at a sensible time there was no way we were missing the highlight of the trip: Graham & Judy kept telling us that the last section was the best paddling they’d ever done…. And impressive it is! There are so many high cliffs, weird shaped islands and, above all, caves, caves, caves. We were in kayak heaven! We went into caves that were dark and narrow, caves that were huge and cathedral-like, caves that had boat loads of tourists in, caves that had lots of other kayakers in, caves with entertaining swell, caves that looked like caves from the outside but opened out into huge high sink-holes with towering walls, and finally a cave which turned out to be a tunnel short-cutting through the headland. We even put aside our tiredness and hit Mahurangi Island for yet more caves! And wouldn’t you know it? Right as we finished, the wind finally died down and gave us an easy paddle to Hahei’s beautiful white sand beach. We loaded the trailer and reached New Plymouth at 1.45 am! Don’t let anyone say we didn’t make the most of the long weekend.

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Opawa River, Blenheim by Kevin Andrews On a sunny day I finished mowing the lawns and suggested to 11 year old grandson Johnny “Shall we grab the kayaks and head down to the river?” “Great idea grand dad, what do I need to do?” “Just grab a bit of lunch while I put the kayaks on the car.” In a cool easterly breeze we were on the water at the Simonsen Reserve just south of Blenheim by 11 a.m, paddling up stream with the wind on our backs. On the falling tide there was plenty to see. Ducks, geese, pukeko and shags were having a ball feeding in the shallows.

Johnny headed off with gusto to prove that he had not forgotten any of his skills. But, his kayak would just not stay straight. His rudder’s steering strings were a wee bit astray. I suggested “Have a look at the position of the flaps above the foot rests.” Ah ha! The left one was too tight. We rafted up, he fixed it and we were under way. Watched by spectators on the bank, we were into some serious paddling until out of sight, then back to cruise mode and looking at the sights. Ducks on their heads waggling their feet, popping upright to be confronted by a grinning kid in a kayak alongside, were a delight to watch. Rabbits first hid in the grass on the bank, then bolted from cover and disappeared across the paddock. As we rounded Butter Factory corner the River

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Queen majestically cruised downstream towards us. So it was line astern and stick to the right hand side, (“That’s starboard granddad.”). Once again the wee fella enjoyed being the star attraction. 12.30pm “What say we have a bite to eat?” We tied up to was a wee jetty and enjoyed the sandwiches. Then came the big question. “Do you want to keep going up stream?” “ Yes please, how far to town?” We were a little over halfway there after cruising for 90 minutes, the time it usually took me to be clear of the other side of town. However, Johnny was still keen so we carried on to see how far he would push it. We rounded the next two bends and houses appeared. Spirits lifted and paddles flashed as

we headed into the centre of activity around the new riverside development. The fountain was not operating but there was a large group of young lady bicyclists, one of which hollered out “I know that guy in the kayak!” Johnny emphatically denied that she was a girlfriend of his. Then it was under the Crinolen Bridge to the Arthur Street bridge and here we turned about. An Asian lady photographed Johnny as he cruised past giving her a big smile and a wave. At 2pm heading downstream, we met the River Queen as she was approaching her berth. We glided past her and the passengers again gave Johnny a big wave. The tide had turned and we faced a head wind and current. By 2.30 Johnny finally accepted the offer of a tow and I hooked

him on behind. Serious paddling got us back to the launching ramp by 3pm. People were whitebaiting, picnicking or just looking on. I had unhooked the tow rope round the corner so Johnny finished the trip in grand style, leaping ashore on the ramp. He picked up the two bow handles while I took the stern and we carried the kayaks up to the car. I was really proud of his effort and suggested “You’ve earned an ice cream!” We stopped at the milkbar and he asked “Can I have a pie as well?” “Sure thing, go for it.” He did, ate the ice cream then the pie! Who said dessert had to come last? It had been a great day out on a pretty part of the Opawa. I got a couple of good pics and in spite of the very cold breeze thoroughly enjoyed the day.

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Alaska – Mothership Kayaking

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Four hundred horsepower of Caterpillar diesel powered up, bow thrusters engaged, and ‘MV Abyssinia’ pirouetted effortlessly out of a tightly packed berth; through the Auke Bay Marina and off into the Saginaw Channel. After months of planning and anticipation, my wife Mary and I were on our way for the adventure of a lifetime. In the week following we cruised spectacular waterways around Juneau, anchored in delightful secluded coves, and launched the kayaks for some awesome paddles. Eric Thoman and Kim Boyce, both holders of 100 ton US Coast Guard Masters Certificates, were our hosts and co-owners of ‘Abyssinia’. At 51 and 49 respectively they had pursued successful legal careers before opting for a complete life change. Now with 25 years ownership of various boats, initially cruising around British Columbia, this was their fifth year in Alaskan waters. Possessing good humour, they were easy going, charming and thoughtful hosts. Our fellow passengers on this trip were Bob and Sharon from Elizabethville, Pennsylvania. Bob was a motor bike enthusiast working as a salesman at a

Spasski Bay. The sunset was truly spectacular. The mist lifts over Cross Sound with Mt Fairweather and Brady Glacier on the far side.

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Just two hours into the voyage approaching False Point Retreat, we came across a pod of humpback whales bubble net feeding.

Harley Davidson franchise, while Sharon was office manager with an architectural firm. Like us they had medium kayak experience, and they proved to be ideal companions. During the week we came to know them better, sharing enjoyable experiences and many light-hearted moments. Launched in 1999 the three decked 100 tonne ‘Abyssinia’ is 20 metres long with a 7.5 metre beam. She is larger and more spacious than we had expected. Up top the roomy wheelhouse has ample forward seating, plus a small saloon (lounge area). On the middle deck there is a spacious well equipped galley and dining area, plus another larger saloon. Down below we found our comfortable wood grained cabin, with full queen sized bed and good en-suite facilities.

to Spasski Bay a large young grizzly bear was rummaging on the shoreline. For some time we were close! Several times the bear looked up at us and raised his nostrils, clearly curious about our scent. Twice he entered the forest, shook a few trees then re-emerged onto the beach. For us this was a truly incredible encounter. That night the crab pots we had set earlier yielded about 30 enormous crabs. Keeping our legal quota, we returned the females plus the smaller males to the water unharmed. The others went into the fridge alive, and that evening dinner was fresh halibut and Kim’s delicious freshly cooked chocolate brownie desert. The sunset was truly spectacular!

Necky sea kayaks, inflatable dinghy and runabout were stored forward on open deck areas above a large storage hold for bulk supplies and kayak gear. Cruising at a leisurely 7.5 knots (about 13.5 km/hour) we felt we were on a small ship rather than a boat.

Monday was grey and drizzly. We cruised to Point Adolphis, spotting some whales. Earl Cove, our next mooring, teamed with leaping salmon. Three sea otters circled us continuously. That evening the ‘feast’ was yummy crabmeat, freshly baked corn bread, with left over cheesecake and chocolate brownie desert.

Approaching False Point Retreat, just two hours into the voyage, we came across a pod of humpback whales bubble net feeding. Repeatedly they grouped together, dived in quick succession, then moments later erupted high out of the water with their mouths agape, gorging on the small fish they had herded together. We watched this amazing spectacle in awe.

Day four proved exciting. Our small group was off for a 17 km paddle around Inian Island, marvelling at the shoreline, the trees, imposing granite rock formations, plus many waterfalls. We encountered more otters plus some large sea lions. Curious at first, they followed close astern and to the side of us. As their numbers grew they became bolder and intimidating. In the distance

several pods of whale were spouting, showing arched backs and fluked tails as they dived Suddenly we were stopped dead in our tracks by a huge splash and bellowing roar. A large humpback whale surfaced not 25 metres behind us. Other whales surfaced roaring, their calls echoing from the coastline. We watched in amazement when they headed away, conscious that they had just swum right under our kayaks. Eric took a depth reading; 55 feet (17 metres)! Five large whales had just passed under us only 30 metres off shore in 17 metres of water. How close an encounter was that! Bob remarked, “My fun meter just got broke, it’s gone off the scales”. Shortly after we encountered a dozen kayakers. They were tightly grouped, very serious, and powering along with no time to stop and talk. Someone shouted “We are paddling 104 km from Pelican to Hoonah” (seemingly with no time to slow up and enjoy anything?) By comparison we were cruising along, nudging into coves, exploring whatever took our fancy, chatting with each other, and really having fun! We thought things couldn’t get any better. However we hadn’t counted on the sea lion colony at Middle Pass. This was primeval, untouched by mankind. Countless bull seal lions on the far shore created a constant roar akin to a motor racing circuit. Increasingly groups of curious sea lions besieged us; some whoppers we estimated at 250 kilos!

Spirits raised we went on to our first night anchorage at Funter Bay, to set up kayaks and paddle along a beautiful forested coastline, with salmon leaping around us and bald eagles low overhead. That evening we dined on barbecued freshly caught salmon plus baked cheesecake. Next morning, we had leisurely hot showers and breakfast, and headed for Sisters Island. Here, in just one hour’s fishing Bob and I caught seven good halibut (similiar to oversized flounders) weighing between four and six kilos. We returned several smaller halibut to the water alive. Then ‘Abyssinia’ was off to our second anchorage at Spasski Bay. With good weather and great views, the kayaks were quickly back in the water. While paddling we spotted a deer plus more acrobatic salmon, eagles, and an interesting bird colony. Returning

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They ganged up, like bullies, but were just playful and inquisitive. Growing bolder they leapt closer and closer. Behind them in the Pass hundreds of other sea lions were diving, splashing, surfacing with large salmon in their jaws, thrashing their heads. Bits of fish flew in all directions. This was our Earth, as many parts of New Zealand, would have been for millions of years barely two hundred years ago! Leaving Middle Pass we briefly battled the tide through a narrow channel, before heading behind the island. The sun was now fully out, providing a beautiful serene paddle along an idyllic coastline of dense forests, coves, granite rock formations, and more lovely waterfalls. We met more whales and pulled up on remote pristine beaches (complete with wolf prints). It truly was ‘Kayakers’ Heaven’. That night we feasted on ‘Abyssinia Special’, a rich and yummy halibut bake topped with crabmeat and cheese. For afters there was apple and blackberry pie. This day had been incredible and we were high on the experience.

The whales were out again and we were in for even greater treats. Tricky conditions greeted us rounding the north west corner of the island, with fast rippling currents, and waves ricochetting off the cliffs. Except for Sharon, we were a little uneasy in the chaotic chop. Along the northern shore of George Island, we heard a humpback spout, and sure enough there was one coming for us 150 metres behind. It dived and we waited, cameras ready, not knowing where it was going to come up! Pow, up it blew alongside us about 30 metres away. Then it dived again and we gave chase. Bob being really keen surged on ahead; and was only about 20 metres behind when it surfaced again. His “fun meter’s broke again”. With several more close whale encounters

it was fun for all. Add to this the dramatic backdrop of glaciers and mountains, and this was truly the ‘Alaskan experience’ we all hoped for. That evening we enjoyed a crabcake feast, and another great social evening chatting about our lives, our backgrounds, contrasting with adventures on this trip. By now we were getting to know each other and were enjoying good-natured humour and jibing. Next morning a whale breached off the harbour entrance as we started a short cruise to Fern Harbour on the other side of Cross Sound. There we launched the runabout and went trolling for salmon. Tidal conditions were tricky and the weather a bit dubious, however Bob and I caught some good fish. Later there was a brief evening cruise in the runabout to have a closer look at Brady Glacier in the next bay. Mary spotted a brown bear

Tidal conditions were a bit tricky and the weather a bit dubious, however Bob and I caught some good fish.

Next morning we had a short cruise to Elfin Cove on Chichagof Island, a quaint fishing settlement known as a ‘boardwalk town’. After a morning stroll around this small settlement’s planked walkways, we paused to watch fishing boats, floatplanes, other vessels and an interesting mix of characters, mainly lean rugged hardworking types. Despite their hardiness they were chatty and friendly with soft accents, clearly American but sounding just that bit different. Out to sea the view over Cross Sound towards Mount Fairweather and the enormous Brady Glacier was breathtaking. We lunched and kayaked out of Elfin Cove towards George Island. Mist had settled in and things did not look too promising, but luck was with us again. Everything cleared, and we were treated to more spectacular coastal scenery and views to die for.

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and an otter, carrying her young on her tummy, before thick mist closed in. So it was back to ‘Abyssinia’, for barbecued salmon and Key Lime Pie. Friday, a quiet misty morning and last chance for a paddle, with some good photo opportunities. On ‘Abyssinia’ we sighted distant Orcas, lunched and headed home towards Juneau, reaching a romping 11 knots with the tide under us. Back at Point Adolphis we slowed down, and this time caught more whale activity plus salmon jumping everywhere. There was also human

Kayak mothership ‘Abyssinia’ Farewell photo. Abyssinia back at Auke Bay, with Eric, Bob, Ron, Mary, Sharon and Kim.

activity in kayaks and other craft. Then we were off towards Swanson Harbour, comfortable and pretty relaxed. ‘Abyssinia’ was our second home, in which we moved around as we pleased and snacked out in the galley when we felt like it. With the small group on board we’d had no trouble arranging kayaking activities which suited each of us. We had had a fantastic time and it had been a blast! Next day, on the short trip back to Auke Bay marina, we spotted more whales, saw an enormous halibut being hauled into a four metre tinny, and admired the impressive Mendenhall Glacier and Juneau Mountain scenery. We said farewell to Bob and Sharon, who had an afternoon flight to catch, then Mary and I spent our last evening on ‘Abyssinia’. We’d had an incredible experience, made some good friends, and were stocked up with memories (plus photos) galore. Best of all, we did it! And in comfort! One of several Humpback whales encountered on Cross Sound behind George Island

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So why ‘Abyssinia’? We looked at kayak camping trips, however the obvious comfort of a mothership, versus camping in the rain, avoiding the bities, and no concerns about bears rummaging through the campsite easily won out. Additionally, instead of being confined to local paddles around one or two base camps, each day would be new to paddle. There are a number of motherships to choose from, ranging from smaller single deck launches and yachts carrying as many passengers as ‘Abyssinia’, to larger vessels accommodating more people. ‘Abyssinia’ is Eric and Kim’s home, with all home comforts, and you are truly their guests. With only one or two other couples on board it is easy to agree on kayaking and activities. Like us Bob and Sharon were happy to do a couple of really good longer kayak outings, plus a few shorter paddles, combined with fishing and sightseeing. For more serious kayakers the hosts would be happy to arrange longer paddling days covering greater distances. The only stipulation is that you have some reasonable kayaking experience and know how to self rescue. By comparison some other motherships websites we looked at catered for guests with no previous kayaking experience, and in two instances the kayaks shown were recreational canoes and not true sea kayaks. Certainly our choice proved to be a good one for us and we were well pleased. Interested readers wanting more information can go to www.kayaktransport. com and can contact Eric and Kim at info@kayaktransport.com. Additionally a Google search on ‘Alaska mothership kayaking’ or similiar will generally bring up some options.


Bacon Berry & Banana Pancakes Recipe by Robbie Banks

What you need: The biggest, hugest frying pan that you can fit in your kayak, so you can make one big mother of a pancake to share with all your paddling buddies Ingredients 1 cup of flour A pinch of salt 1 teaspoon Baking powder 1 or 2 eggs 250 mls of milk or if remote camping substitute with milk powder & water

Extras Frozen Berries Bacon Banana Maple Syrup Sprig of mint Fresh Cream (whipped using the plastic container method)

Chuck all dry ingredients into a plastic shakeable container. I use an easiyo plastic jar. Add the milk and eggs. Shake well. Pass it around to let everyone have a shake as they will be scoffing it later. (Use a spoon or knife to scrape the sides). Meanwhile heat up the pan & cook the bacon (I cut it into small bits so it cooks fast & put aside) Melt a little butter in the pan then pour in the pancake mix, the whole lot! Cook until brown or when the bubbles start forming. Now comes the challenge see if you can flip the mother ship! Once flipped you can start decorating. Throw the bacon on top to keep it hot, add a handful of berries I use frozen blueberries, they defrost during the paddle and the heat of the pan just warms them up nicely. Slice up 1 or 2 bananas, drizzle with maple syrup & garnish with a sprig of mint. YUM! By now the other side should be cooked. Dig in & enjoy. I eat it straight out of the pan, saves dishes.

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New Zealand’s Best Kept Secret

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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 www.canoeandkayak.co.nz 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

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

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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.

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The sinking of the Canterbury by Ruth E. Henderson It was a bit like the gathering of the clan. Nadia texted it was “all go” and to check that we were heading north. Roger arrived at Cable Bay after a quiet leisurely Thursday of exploration by himself at Urupukapuka. Charlie and I turned up in time for dinner and a joint jaunt the next morning. By midday Sue and Steve had arrived, also early so they could paddle out to the Canterbury, for a last fond farewell pat. One by one, they arrived. The North Shore and Auckland Yakity Yak clubs and Andy from Manukau converged on the Island. By Friday evening arrivals had reached railway station proportions and it was impossible to keep up with who what when and where as tents, laughter and cooking smells filled the night air. And in the morning we awoke to find even more tents had sprouted in the dark. We now numbered about 25 kayakers.

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Face painting production line


We were in the Bay of Islands to witness the scuttling of HMNZS Canterbury. The 3000 tonne warship, a Leander-class frigate, was launched in 1970 and proudly served the country for 35 years before being taken out of commission in 2005. Now stripped of salvageable material and pollutants, with the engine room, galley and magazine flooded and with holes cut in her sides, she was ‘in location’ anchored off Deep Water Cove. The forecasted wind failed to show, the sun shone and with the sinking timetabled for 1430 hours there was time for other forays. Steve and Sue took one big pod up, straight-lining, to Cape Brett and through the Hole in the Rock. Nick and Co went fishing before breakfast, and again en-route to Oke Bay where he smoked one for us ‘coastline huggers’ to share. As we drew closer to the grey warship and countdown approached, the number of yachts launches and fizz boats in view swelled by the minute. Soon we were part of the throng. There was a carnival air, rigging decked out in bunting and colourful flags, people hailing, and using Channel 6 to locate one another. Two hours to wait we gathered for lunch on the steep rocky beach and the hill over-looking the Cove, joining Russell, Ann and others from the Northland Kayak Club and Guy who had driven up for the day. Picnics over – some swam, some got wet as Greg preyed on unsuspecting arrivals with his latest toy, an American torpedo water gun; Sue produced black and red balloons and pots of face paint - Dave and Jacqui turned into production line make up artists. We were ready.

Ka-boom and plumes of black smoke

At 1345 we were on the water. The 100 boats I had counted when we had approached the Cove were now far too numerous to count, apparently, even from a helicopter. Reports the next day varied from the exaggerated “crowd of between 2000 – 2500 recreation boats of all sizes, commercial boats, charter boats, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft” to the understated “spectator flotilla of 300 to 400 boats.” In my reckoning there were 1000 boats at anchor and 50 kayaks, dozens of dinghies and rubber-duckies, jostling for the best position behind the 500m cordon barrier. At 1430 an audible groan went up when the sinking was delayed till 1530. The day wore on …waiting, waiting, and the bum became numb. VHF exchanges and humorous repartees entertained. One cow-cocky protested that he had to go home and milk, others ‘asked’ for fresh beer supplies.

Waving goodbye

That new time came and went. We were told that there would be a one minute countdown. It never eventuated, so most like me missed capturing on camera the 8 kg of explosives detonating with red flashes, instant billowing smoke, and a blackening sky. The explosives certainly jolted us to attention. It felt like a minor earthquake. Smoke continued to rise in black plumes, and within a minute the Canterbury listed to starboard, towards the nearest land. Then the stern sunk, the bow pointed skyward and finally all that was left of the navy’s last steam warship was bubbles and a patch of white water: a moving sight. It took about 4 minutes from ka-boom to gone. The occasion was tinged with sadness as some of our crew were Navy personnel or ex – Navy and had served on the Canterbury. However, much like an organ donor sacrifices something to give life, the sunken ship now gives the Bay of Islands dive and tourism industry a new playground. She will live on as an artificial reef, attracting national and international divers. HMNZS Canterbury is still serving, but for a different purpose, a peaceful one - recreation.

Greg gets made up

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Very Kayakable After four months of kayak withdrawal, and a five day high, two penguin lites ordered from our reliable Canoe and Kayak BOP Centre arrived in Riverton on schedule. We, Karen and I, had brought the rest of our gear from Mt. Maunganui. We tested everything on a two hour kayak around the Jacobs River Estuary. All systems go, The poggies a must to keep hands warm! Next day, at almost full tide, in great weather, no wind, mirrored views, we kayaked across the Estuary, through The Narrows, and up the Pourakino River.. Very kayakable. paddling the clear, slow flowing river, we passed whitebait stands entered the serine native forest under a beech canopy. We landed amongst the trees for a bite to eat but did not stay long. Kayak booties do have some thermal properties, but icy soil does get in. Back on the water for a leisurely kayak down stream on the out going tide we were almost stranded taking a short-cut. According to the GPS, we had travelled 24 km. Two days later, Lake Monowai was ‘Very

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.

kayakable’. Karen and I started about mid-day. The sun was shining and there was a gentle breeze. The northern sides of the hills had no snow. Except for the beech trees, it could have been a lake anywhere in New Zealand. Paddling towards the base of the V shaped lake the awe inspiring snow capped mountains were mirrored on the water. We were the only two on the lake. Often when we stopped to listen, we heard native birds, and trickling streams or waterfalls. That’s it. Serenity on water. The disposable camera did not do it justice. We intended to kayak for 2 hours before turning back, but the perfect conditions persuaded us to continue to the end of the lake. We landed on the quartz gravel beach for refreshments without insect repellant, and the sand flies had been waiting for us! Surprisingly we did not get bitten. Maybe the garlic in the vegetable juice we had for breakfast did the trick, or we did not stand still for long enough. Who knows?

We had travelled 27 km according to the GPS. The extra distance caused us to get off the water in fading light. The temperature was dropping making poggies and woollen hats essential. We used our head torches to change and put the kayaks on the roof rack. We should have remembered that for safety, allowing plenty of time to get off the water

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is important in winter, even up north. Maybe the experience had been more than ‘very kayakable’. It verged on being dangerously ‘too kayakable’, the condition in which a kayaker loses all sense of space and time. We are aware how difficult it can be for North Islanders to arrange a trip on a Southland/ Fiordland lake. If any member is interested in hiring the kayaks and gear at the same rate as your local Canoe and Kayak Centre, or even need a kayak buddy, please contact us. We could come to a reasonable arrangement to pick you up from the airport and deliver you to your destination. This could be the beginning of something new. Simon Greig and Karen Robertson: sfgreig@gmail.com

Within minutes of starting back, what appeared to be a bow wave from a large boat crossed the water. It preceded wind coming from the other side of the V. Astonishing! I had never seen a wave before the wind. Within ten minutes, it was gusting with white caps but it was still calm in the V ahead. The pressure was on to get there before the wind got stronger. We experienced the odd wind gust, but it was mostly calm. It was a reminder of how quickly the conditions can change.

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.

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Kayaking calmness - Lake Monowai


Pourakino River facing Longwoods

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Karen passing whitebait stand on Pourakino River

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The Awesome Gorge – Kaituna by Peter Van Lith

I had often heard of the Awesome Gorge section of the Kaituna, how it is a fun, beautiful and exciting section of the Kaituna river not as frequently paddled as the more famous top section. The threat of being dammed put it high on my agenda as a river to do in the near future. My opportunity came with a Canoe and Kayak Taranaki club trip to the Rangitakai, Tarawera and Kaituna Rivers. Our group of 18, half of which were grade 2-3 paddlers, shuffled leaders around for the various rivers. I had my opportunity to do my first run down the Awesome Gorge on Sunday. We warmed up on the Okere falls run, portaged the trout pools fall and hopped back into our kayaks eager for a last bit of advice from Andy Uhl as we drifted down the deceptively tranquil river. I had information on this section from other kayakers but what you hear can sometimes be quite different from the actual run. It is classed a grade 3 with possibly a grade 4 drop. The first half is straightforward with a few chute type rapids. Then the river narrows into a section of about 500 metres introduced by a reasonable rapid with a sharp right turn. It narrows further to between 3 and 4 metres between sheer c cliffs giving the effect of a hydro slide with heaps of water and very few eddies. To feel truly alone with the beauty and power of the river, Andy encouraged us to go down with minute breaks between each paddler. Where the river widened slightly the group met again with smiles all around. (Pays to get local knowledge for this part, as a fallen tree would make it impassible). The next challenge was the waterfall. Although not very high it has a hard left turn at the bottom. It proved a challenge for play boaters who hit the far wall before resurfacing. The key is to hit the peak at the top of the falls river left. After the falls we soon came to the get out which, if missed, puts you in Gnarly Gorge where you don’t want to go! At this stage, carrying the kayak uphill is not high on most kayakers list of fun things to do, and you realize why it is not frequently paddled. Our mate who had missed the narrow gorge section convinced us to do it again. He redeemed himself with a clean run. A last run on the Okere falls section with the rest of our group in rafts finished a great weekend. The only dampener was the thought of possibly losing such an awesome section of river to a hydro dam.

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Kitting out my Cobra Marauder by Bruce Howson Peter van Lith asked me to put something together about how I have set my Cobra Marauder for fishing. I wondered what was special about what I had done when each of us sets up our kayaks according to situations and mistakes that we have made and seen. We have all had close calls and found ourselves in silly situations. One of mine was fishing 200 ft behind some breakers when a huge rogue wave frightened the burley out of me because, while tied to an anchor, I couldn’t get out of the way!

happen to the most experienced of us, (just ask Naki Man) anything projecting from the deck is likely to be wiped out. I set the screen into a dash board. This also gave me room to mount a VHF radio. Apart from the extra space, I now have some rollover protection and the electronics are not exposed to the elements. However when tying the kayak upside down on the roof rack the dash was in the way. I made it removable, easy with a couple of left over dutz clips. So now two half turns on these screw heads and the whole unit can be chucked in the back of the Anglia.

The solution proved to be simple. I attached a buoy (the bladder from a wine cask) to the anchor warp, ran the warp through an adjustable ring, and moved it along the boat to change the boat’s attitude to the current or wind. The warp was then attached to a quick release yachting type fitting. Now when I need to get free from the anchor a good tug on the rope releases it to be retrieved later.

Earlier this year the club ran its inaugural Taranaki Kayak Fishing Classic. Over 60 fishermen, (Oops must be PC about it) “fisher people” competed from all around the country. Copious fishy tales were exchanged, some bizarre and many downright hilarious. Just check out the website; www. kayakfishingclassic.co.nz. Planning is now well underway for the 2008 event, on March the 8th & 9th. Sponsors are in place and entertainment has been confirmed at the Butlers Reef in Oakura. Canoe & Kayak has once again come on-board with a fully kitted Marauder as the major spot prize and the Cobra Explorer as an early bird prize. Discounted accommodation can be arranged for competitors through the Oakura Beach holiday Park.

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Ideas I have adopted have come from listening to other yaker’s problems and their solutions which are shared in a Yak fishing club. The first of many such clubs was formed when members of Taranaki’s Oakura casting club realized the club events coincided with days when we wanted to fish from kayaks. Now over half the club’s membership is made up of yak fishos.


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Eight Tihoi Students selected a White Water Expedition for the winter of 2007 on the Nagruroro River in the Kaweka Ranges, Hawkes Bay. It would be a classic River Run with one support raft for provisions and rescue back up, starting with chopper trips from Kuripapango. Snow on the windscreen and wind and in much turbulence the students struggled to hold down a hearty breakfast of bacon, eggs and hash browns flying up river to Ngawaparua Hut. Many students were to paddle Bliss Stick Creek boats; whose stability would protect them against the icy cold water. In a delayed start they pushed off the rocky beach as darkness fell. Soon boats were ditched and headlight lights donned. In rain two and a half hours and six river crossings later the cold, wet, tired and hungry students and the teacher stumbled into the 3m by 3m shelter at Omarukekere Bivouac. The Instructors crammed into the Bivy, the students crawled into sleeping bags under blue fly tents. On day two, boats retrieved, the journey continued. Grade 2 / 3 rapids, offered choices of many long paths. The instructors were continually scouting and bunny hopping down the river. Despite the stability of the Bliss Stick boats several students ‘edged’ up stream, were pushed into an obstacle to edge away or get caught on an eddy line. They fell into the icy water. The fortunate ones were barrel rolled by instructors or other paddlers. On a meandering stretch with the Rocks Ahead Hut in view, spirits were high. … Bang! ... On day three a distant rifle shot excited the paddlers. They salivated at the thought of venison stew to accompany the spuds. An entrée would have topped it off , but unfortunately the trout were too elusive. On Day four the students portaged around a nasty strainer (a fallen tree on a meandering bend) highlighting again the importance of scouting ahead. It reminded the boys of river hazards. The fog lifted, fingers and toes thawed. Ice melting from the bottom of the boats, the boys pushed off from Cameron Hut. In a short break at an old hunters campsite sparks flew and the students dodged the smoke to get warm by the fire,. The river was wider, slower and more braided as the students paddled the remaining few kilometres before the bridge. The river journey provided an adventure, flying up river, packing gear into creek boats, running hundreds of rapids. Get a group of experienced paddlers, some quality river runners/creekers and go river running today!

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International Outdoor Recreation and Education Conference, Christchurch, January 21-24, 2008

It’s not a conference, it’s a Confluence: ‘the premier gathering of the New Zealand and international outdoor sector this decade’. “Outdoor recreation and education are embedded in the New Zealand psyche, with most New Zealanders living close to the mountains, rivers, lakes, bush and sea”, says Outdoors New Zealand’s Chief Executive, Laura Adams. “Keeping the outdoor industry up-to-date with international trends and bringing them together to share experiences and knowledge is vital for New Zealand’s future. I think the Confluence will make a significant contribution to the New Zealand priorities of national identity and economic transformation. It is going to be a very important event.” The Confluence Tutakitanga, sponsored by Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC) and hosted by Outdoors New Zealand, will bring the outdoor sector together for four days with seminars, workshops and speakers from eight countries. Keynote speaker, Dr Alan Ewert, Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism at Indiana University, USA, will speak on ‘Stress and Coping in Adventure Education Programs’. Other topics on offer are ‘Cowboys and Cotton Wool: The Role of Men in Adventure Education’, ‘The Spiral in Action: A Pathway of Outdoor Education in Low-Decile Secondary Schools’, ‘Maori and Rivers’ and ‘Extreme Sport Subcultures: Big Wave Surfing’. 300 local and international delegates are expected to attend the four-day conference. Pre-conference workshops and post-conference activities augment The Confluence creating a nine-day international outdoor symposium, the first of its kind in New Zealand. Registrations close January 7. Contact Outdoors New Zealand at 04 385 7287 or www.outdoorsnz.org.nz for more information.

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Product release point 65 nemo Happy-go-lucky The Point 65 Nemo is a cute, comfortable and stable recreational kayak for the whole family, made for day excursions, fishing, photographing or simply playing. It is designed for stability and comfort and is aimed at entry level paddlers looking for an affordable kayak that is easy to handle on and off the water. It ‘s small and light enough for easy carrying and loading so you can take it with you wherever you go. The 1-layer polyethylene (PE) construction provides a combination of strength and impact resistance that many other materials can’t match. At 3.5m, the Nemo cruises along nicely and tracks surprisingly well for its length. It has enough volume to carry a medium paddler and gear. Length: 3.5 m , Weight: 22 kg, Width: 630 mm

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$1099 Point 65 five-o-five High on Swedish engineering - low on ego. Ever wondered why great design has to cost an arm and a leg? Well, we asked ourselves that same question and came up with a great idea; the Five-O-Five. A fully-fledged one-layer polyethylene touring kayak designed for entry and medium level paddlers, it is not only the perfect choice for outfitters and paddling schools but also for the paddler seeking an affordable and high-quality touring boat. At 505 cm (yes hence the name) it offers great glide and tracking. Two watertight compartments come as standard with the Five-O-Five. The bow compartment is accessed via a round hatch while the aft hatch is oval for easy-loading of bulkier items. Innovative foot-braces offer improved control, and the back-rest is not only very functional but also extremely comfortable. The cockpit is designed for easy entry and exit and is large enough to suit all types of paddlers. With its exceptional stability and performance, the kayak you can afford to paddle is finally a kayak you actually want to paddle. Five-O-Five; touring made affordable. Length: 5.05 m , Weight: 25 kg, Width: 580 mm

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Product release The all new foveaux express The Foveaux Express is a responsive and playful sea kayak. Our original composite design, with a redesigned deck configuration, gives it the sporty look and practicality of a third hatch. The dolphin nose with flair, allows lift in the ocean swell while dispersing the water, and the low peaked deck performs well in strong crosswinds. A fun, nimble kayak. Length: 5.0 m , Weight: 19 kg, Width: 610 mm

seabear waitoa Newly launched redesigned sea kayak. Very comfortable and stable sea kayak which is suitable for all conditions, from quiet day trips to expeditions in the highest of seas. Comes now loaded with those handy features as paddle rest, day hatch, thigh braces and comfortable seat. Is suitable for starters to experienced kayakers. No-nonsense and iconic Kiwi designed and made in New Zealand made sea kayak. Length: 5.6 m , Weight: 24.5 kg, Width: 600 mm

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rhino racks now available the explorer kayak carrier

commercial racks

Rhino-Racks popular roof rack products are available from any Canoe and Kayak Store and Roof Rack Centres. Amongst these racks and accessories is the ‘Explorer’ kayak carrier system in either 560 or 561 models.

For many years Rhino-Rack has built its reputation on the construction of solid, well made heavy duty rack systems for the commercial sector. This style and method of construction is now often being copied by others.

These carrier models are distinguished as being side or rear slide mount carriers and stand out from others as being simple and quick to both fit and remove. The innovative ‘wrap’ mounting system allows fit or removal in seconds meaning there is no need to have these on the roof rack when not in use therefore saving on fuel consumption.

Systems continue to develop and today Rhino is a leading manufacturer of roof racks for any vehicle type and usage. Rhino-Racks entire range is available from any Canoe and Kayak Store and Roof Rack Centres.

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Products available in store or order at info@canoeandkayak.co.nz MICRO DRY STUFF SACKS We’ve tested these little beauties in the field! Used to protect our mobile phones, we’ve put them in our B/A pockets and gone paddling! We’re talking rolling and surfing. The three roll closure system is more than the labelled splash poof. Constructed in 70D Hex rip stop nylon, they’ve proved to be hard wearing and reliable. With the clear window on the front, you can easily operate your MP3, phone or digital camera.

A great phone bag at a low price, just $29.90

RASDEX ADVENTURE SEMI DRY CAG If you’re tired of looking at expensive dry cags or want something clean and simple to 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.

‘This is the sea 3’ is a DVD made by sea kayakers, for sea kayakers. Presented by Lendal.

Fabric: A 4oz ‘Tactel’ textured nylon with a breatheable, delaminationproof Exeat coating.

Starring our very own Steve Knowles, surfing at the Mount.

Colours: Blue/Black.

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Follow other paddlers around the world for some of the best footage of kayaking I’ve seen. The perfect watch for those coming cold wet winter Sundays. Over 2 hours of footage. Available in store, or order by e-mail. info@canoeandkayak.co.nz.

All this for only $224.95

RASDEX COMBINATION DECK

OMNI DRY BACKPACK

The deck most used by multisport paddlers - also used by sea and touring paddlers. The deck has a neoprene section with a nylon body tube which allows freedom of movement. This is 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 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, breatheable nylon for comfort and the ultimate in flexibility. Pair of wide elastic shoulder braces 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.

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This thing is huge! 140 litres of storage. Enough room for all your wet gear. The handy backpack allows you to carry your gear while as well pulling your kayak on a trolley. No more return trips. The heavy duty 3-roll closure system keeps your stuff nice and dry while the adjustable, padded shoulder straps make it comfortable to carry. Made of heavy duty PVC

A huge bag at a low $99.00


Products available in store or order at info@canoeandkayak.co.nz Sportsman’s Sea Anchor

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.

Price: $24.95

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

Price: $79.00

580mm length

PACK SINK Our 14 litre capacity square camp sink can’t be beat. 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: $35.90

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 low price.

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Learn To Kayak Phone 0508 529 2569 to book Stage 2

Stage 1

SKILLS COURSE

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 1

INTRO TO WHITE WATER

ESKIMO ROLLING

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 3

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

Stage 4 MULTISPORT

RIVER SKILLS WEATHER &

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

OCEANS COURSE

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

RESCUE COURSE 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

ADVANCED WHITEWATER

KAYAKING SURF

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.

RIVER RESCUE

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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swallow

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

intriGue

Gladiator

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.

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 $2710, $2940 Kevlar

Prices start at $2460, $ 2740 Kevlar

Prices start at $2860 Glass $3170 Kevlar

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

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

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

firebolt

available online at

adventure duet

info @canoeandkayak.co.nz

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’.

Prices start at $2860 Glass, $3170 Kevlar

Multisport

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

Prices start at $5260 Glass, $5760 Kevlar Length: 7m, Weight: 29 kg Glass, 26 kg Kevlar, Width: 550 mm

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

rebel Kevlar

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

MaxiMus

ocean x

The Ocean X is suitable for kayak racing in the many harbours, estuaries and lakes of New Zealand and lends itself well to the kayak sections of many multisport races.

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

Prices start at $3150

Prices start at $3200 Glass, $3700 Kevlar

Length: 5.65 m, Weight: 11 kg , Width: 450mm

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

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

the eliMinator

surf sKi

viPer

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

This boat is designed as an entry level alternative to expensive composite crafts, has good stability and speed. Colours: Stone grey, Mango, White granite, Lime, Yellow.

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

Prices start at $1595

Length: 5.03 m, Weight: 19.09 kg std, Width: 585 mm

Prices start at $1695

Length: 5.29 m, Weight: 21 kg kg std, Width: 510 mm

Prices start at $3620

Prices start at $1595

Length: 5.15 m, Weight: 22 kg std, Width: 550 mm

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TUI EXCEL

PENGUIN

A versatile touring kayak for lake, river and sea. Stability, speed and easy tracking make for an enjoyable day’s paddling. A larger cockpit allows for easier entry and exit.

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

ShEARwATER

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

Prices start at $1930

Prices start at $2430

Prices start at $2475

Length: 4.4 m, Weight: Std 24kg, Width: 610 mm

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

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

TASMAN EXPRESS

TASMAN EXPRESS ELITE

Responds to rough conditions. Its low profile and flared bow enable it to perform well in adverse conditions. It is designed to give the paddler maximum comfort, with adjustable footrests, backrest, side seat supports and optional thigh brace.

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

Prices start at $2695

Prices start at $4140

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

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

SoUThERN SKUA

fovEAUX EXPRESS

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. It gives maximum stability in the open sea.

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

Prices start at $4040

Prices start at $4110

Available online at

Sea K ToRRES

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

Prices start at $4240

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

Length: 5.4 m, Weight: 14.5kg, Width: 540 mm

Length: 5.6 m, Weight: 23 kg kevlar carbon, Width: 600 mm

C&K BoUYANCY AId

foAM PAddLE fLoAT

CAMP ShowER

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

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

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.

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aCadia 370

Flat water cruising, well appointed, a nifty adjustable backrest, an access hatch in the back which is great for carrying your extra gear.

Contour 480

Contour 450

This kayak is designed for day tripping and light overnight expeditions. It’s great fun to paddle and handles easily.

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

prices start at $1299

prices start at $2099

prices start at $2299

Length: 3.7 m, Weight: 20 kg std, Width: 680 mm

Length: 4.5 m, Weight: 26 kg std, Width: 640 mm

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

Contour 490

eCo niiZH 565 XLt

This double Sea Kayak is an ideal day tourer with the easy ability to do those weekend camping expeditions. It handles well, is fun to paddle and has well appointed accessories.

This model is proving a hit with its lighter weight and some excellent features. We now have a plastic double sea kayak that is great to use for all those amazing expeditions and adventures.

info @canoeandkayak.co.nz

ayaks eCobeZHiG 540

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

prices start at $2899

prices start at $3849

Length: 4.87 m, Weight: 35 kg std, Width: 800 mm

Length: 5.64 m, Weight: 45 kg std, Width: 760 mm

point 65 nemo

point 65 505

The Point 65 Nemo is comfortable and stable recreational kayak for the whole family. It is designed for stability and comfort and is aimed at entry level paddlers looking for an affordable kayak easy to handle on and off the water so you can take it wherever you go.

A fully-fledged touring kayak designed for entry and medium level paddlers, it is not only the perfect choice for outfitters and schools but also for the paddler seeking an affordable and highquality touring boat. At 505 cm (yes hence the name) it offers great glide and tracking.

prices start at $2899

prices start at $1099

prices start at $2299

Length: 5.4 m, Weight: Std 26 kg, Width: 590 mm

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

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

Cobra mHH325 VHF

Cuda 168 FisHFinder

Cobra handheld marine VHF radio. Complete with AC & DC charger. 1, 3 & 5W output. Instant emergency channel access. Submersible to JIS7 standards. Nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery.

$249

A top selling member of the Cuda family for it’s great on-the-water performance and value! 4”, 4 level greyscale screen. 200kHz transom mount transducer. 168x132 resolution. Fishtrack & Fish symbol I.D.

Cuda 168p FisHFinder

Comes with Porta-Power Pack case and portable 200kHz Skimmer transducer with suction cup mounting bracket. (Batteries not included)

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swing 400 Plus

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

Fishing, cruising, well appointed with gear storage inside. Also includes an optional extra pod that detaches, which is great for carrying your fishing gear to your favourite spot.

Prices start at $799 Length: 2.95m, Weight: 19kg, Width: 750 mm

A fantastic two person cruising kayak which is stable and fast. It has plenty of storage and great features to make your adventures fun.

Prices start at $1649 Length: 2.95m, Weight: 19kg, Width: 750 mm

Prices start at $1399

Prices start at $1199

Length: 4.75 m, Weight: 34 kg std, Width: 840 mm

Length: 3.90 m, Weight: 26.5 kg, Width: 850 mm

acadia 280

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

A light easy to use family kayak. Enjoyable paddling for the whole family in sheltered waters.

Prices start at $399 Length: 2.7m, Weight: 15 kg, Width: 780 mm

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.

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recre acadia 470

A great fun family boat with plenty of freeboard allowing for a heavy load. Excellent for sheltered water exploring. Paddles quickly and has excellent stability. Dry storage compartment.

Prices start at $799

Prices start at $1599

Length: 2.8 m, Weight: 17 kg std, Width: 680 mm

Length: 4.7 m, Weight: 34 kg std, Width: 830 mm

safety flag & ligHt

BoP safety flags

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

These Flag & lights have a rigid fibreglass pole that threads into a surface mounted bung. The waterproof safety light runs on 2 AA batteries and is visible for up to 3km in good conditions. deck flag $75.00, deck light $125.00 deck light & flag $155.00

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

squirt

Features to satisfy the keenest angler. Ideal for beginners & experienced fishermen alike. Front & rear bulkheads. Watertight fishing rod chute. Flush mount rod holders behind the seat .

Length: 4.01 m, Weight: 25 kg, Width: 780 mm

surge

swing 470 Plus

catcH 390

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firefly

escapee

escapade

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!

Probably the closest you will come to finding one kayak that does it all. Surfing, fishing, snorkelling.

An extended Escapee for the larger paddler to fish, dive and have fun in the sun.

$449

prices start at $810

prices start at $1020

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

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

Length: 3.46 m, Weight: 27 kg std, Width: 750 mm

wanderer

the tandem

info @canoeandkayak.co.nz

A stable fun kayak which is easy to handle. This is an enjoyable kayak for all the family.

ational play

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 $1695

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.

prices start at $1195

Length: 4.5 m, Weight: 34 kg std, Width: 820 mm

Length: 3.81 m, Weight: 25.90 kg, Width: 915 mm

strike

explorer

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

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

prices start at $695

prices start at $849

prices start at $895

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

Length: 2.92 m, Weight: 161 kg std, Width: 685 mm

Length: 3.43 m, Weight: 18.18 kg std, Width: 790 mm

tourer

fish n’ dive

marauder

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

Length: 4.55 m, Weight: 22.68 kg , Width: 711 mm

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 $1095

Length: 3.81 m, Weight: 25.85 kg, Width: 914 mm (hatches & accessories not included)

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

prices start at $1295 Length: 4.27 m, Weight: 28 kg std, Width: 750 mm

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PADDLE fLOAt

PADDLERs biLgE PumP

A must for any boater. Our 36 litres per minute Bilge Pump features an easy-grab handle, super-strong pump shaft and heavy-duty impact resistant plastic.

Two chamber float for added safety. A 2nd chamber for use when you need extra buoyancy or if one chamber is accidentally punctured.

$59.90

$84.90

LAtituDE stuff sAck

suPER LAtituDE

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

Eco-friendly PVC Free Super Latitudes feature the great wide mouth-lateral design, utilize the best materials and features. Slides easily into kayak hatches. Our hands-free Autopurge valve automatically purges the air as the bag is compressed.

ROD/ PADDLE LEAsh

Unique quick-release-at-paddle feature allows paddle to be quickly & easily attached/detached to/from leash. Constructed with a heavy-duty snap hook for maximum durability and an internal Kevlar cord filament for maximum breaking strength.

$34.90

Available online at

Prod

10Ltr $54.90 - 21Ltr $64.90 - 51Ltr $99.90

10Ltr $69.90 - 21Ltr $79.90 - 51Ltr $119.90

OPti DRy stuff sAck

Omni 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.

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

140 litres Huge says it. We put a guitar in one last weekend, huge storage. A heavy-duty 3-roll closure system

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

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

mightymitE cARt

stAnDARD tROLLEy

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

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

$149.00

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$99.00 hEAvy Duty tROLLEy

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

$349.00


SPORTSMANS DROGUE

SEA ROVER COMPASS

PACK SINK

A great small-craft safety accessory. These heavy duty Sea Anchors are built in tough PVC for maximum abuse. With tubing sewn in, they stay open to deploy quickly. Designed to work both as a sea brake while drifting, and sea anchor. 300mm dia. opening 580mm length

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.

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

$79.90

$35.90

STD DECKBAG

DELUxE DECK BAG

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

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

$119.90

$149.00

YAKITY YAK KAYAK CLUB

KAYAK CENTRES FOR SALE

BUY A SUBSCRIPTION

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 which teach everything from Eskimo Rolling to becoming an instructor.

What a great way to earn a living. Working in a recreational retail business with heaps of time outdoors, floating on the sea with great company. Phone Peter Townend on 0274 529 255, James Fitness on 0275 414 474 or email info@canoeandkayak.co.nz for more information.

$79.00

info @canoeandkayak.co.nz

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WAIKATO

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PHONE: 07 847 5565

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AUCKLAND

502 Sandringham Rd Sandringham

PHONE: 09 815 2073

SILVERDALE

DISTRIBUTION CENTRE 6 Tavern Road, Silverdale

PHONE: 09 421 0662

MANUKAU

710 Great South Road, Manukau

The corner Greenwood St & Duke St, State Highway 1 Bypass, Hamilton

BAY OF PLENTY 3/5 Mac Donald Street Mount Maunganui (off Hewletts Rd)

PHONE: 07 574 7415

HAWKE’S BAY 15 Niven Street Onekawa, Napier

PHONE: 06 842 1305

TARANAKI

Unit 6, 631 Devon Road Waiwhakaiho, New Plymouth

PHONE: 06 769 5506

WELLINGTON 2 Centennial Highway Ngauranga, Wellington

PHONE: 04 477 6911

TAUPO

77 Spa Road, Taupo

PHONE: 07 378 1003

6 issues for only $35, saving nearly $6.40 off the news-stand price, delivered free. This great magazine will give you heaps of information and ideas to make your kayaking more enjoyable.

Subscription price to anywhere in NZ

$35

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

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Directory: Things To Do

TAUPO Maori Carvings 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.

Waikato River Discovery 2 hour guided kayak trip. Experience the magnificent upper reaches of the mighty Waikato River - soak in the geothermal hotsprings - take in the stunning environment... a perfect trip for all the family...

Price: $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

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

TAUPO Accommodation

$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.

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

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!

Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details

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

Don’t delay phone 0508 5292569 now

Customized Tours

Join the Yakity Yak Club

• Work Functions • Schools • Clubs • Tourist groups

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

Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details

All this for $40 per person.

Paddle to the Pub

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

Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 KAYAKNZ to find out more


High

performance

fun

with Aquatx Cobra Kayaks and enjoy high performance fun, riding the foam, fishing or just paddling! The Aquatx range of Cobra Kayaks meets the full range of on-water paddling needs from surfing fun, serious fishing, diving and touring, to multi-sport high performance. Aquatx Cobra Kayaks all feature polyethylene hulls for super tough performance, with a 10 year guarantee to prove it. The self draining reinforced scuppers throughout give unparalleled hull rigidity and a drier ride.

Aquatx Cobra Surf & Fun Kayaks are specially

designed for family fun at the beach or on the river. The light-weight but strong design means they can be easily mounted on roof racks or trailers and then simply carried to the water. The ‘sit on top’ design with self draining scuppers means a drier, safer ride.

Call 0508 AQUATX or visit www.aquatx.co.nz 2 7 8 2 8 9

Aquatx Cobra Touring and Fishing Kayaks

are unique because they offer a range of specialist accessories to configure your kayak to your own needs for sports fishing and distance touring. All Aquatx Fishing and Touring Kayaks can be fitted with a motor bracket for an electric trolling motor. Plus with the largest hatches on the market, there is still plenty of room left for rod holders, scuba gear, the battery, tackle box, bait tank, and much more.

Aquatx Cobra High Performance Kayaks

are the kayaks of choice for low-cost, robust training gear. Designed for both speed and distance, Aquatx High Performance Kayaks offer a great deal whether you are new to multi-sport kayaking or you are an experienced veteran seeking a training boat.

Aquatx Cobra Kayak Accessory System is a completely configurable system with a huge range of custom options.

Call us now for our dealer locations or visit the Canoe and Kayak dealer nearest you and find out how to make your dreams a reality on the water this summer.


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710 Gr eat Sout h Road, Manukau Telephone: 09 2 62 0209

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15 Niven Str eet Onek awa , Napier Telephone: 06 84 2 1305

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Unit 2/2 0 C onstellation Dr ive, (Off Ascension Plac e), Mai rangi Ba y, Auckland - T elephone: 09 4 79 1002

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77 Spa Road, T aupo Telephone: 0 7 378 10 03

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