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Issue 59



White Water Kayaking




Kayaking at Kuaotunu - Changing weather conditions alter plans. Best of both worlds - Kayaking and boating are a great family holiday.

Other Features

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Dacre Cottage transformation - The work behind the Yakity Yak Kayak Club Christmas lunch. Taupo - Give it a go day - A huge success. Anakiwa Kask forum 2011 Waka return to the Abel Tasman coastline. Andy is in control! - Welcome to Andy Blake

An important NZ film is brewing - Josh Neilson’s plan for 2011

Multisport 16

Waimakariri - Familiarization trips for all

Technical 19 31

Roof Racks - Myths are dispelled with FAQ’s. Save your back, shoulders and hands... - Carrying a heavy load.

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Editorial Product focus Buyers Guide

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Editorial I was starting to write about canoeing, in New Zealand the small brother of kayaking, when Christchurch’s second dreadful earthquake struck. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected and our thanks to those we have seen on TV along with the countless other people who have stepped up to help the trapped and injured and the grief stricken, homeless or hungry. These people, who go out of their way to help others, at times at personal risk, give us all the knowledge and belief that we as a nation are blessed with many good and decent people. Our thoughts are with our Christchurch Kiwis. Canoeing. Many would know that Canoe & Kayak Centres are heavily into sea, lake and river kayaking including fishing, multisport, family sit-on-tops and now more often inflatable kayaks for people with storage issues at home, the boat or camper/caravan. Less well known is that we have always had an interest in canoes. They are enormously popular on the Whanganui River and have always been one of my favourite boats for looking around sheltered estuaries and lakes and exploring calmer rivers. Canoes are often known as ‘Canadian Canoes’ as they originated in North America and at some time the name stuck with us Kiwis. I’m sure it makes visiting Canadians have a chuckle, as they imagine Kiwis paddling hollowed out Canadian (human) visitors down the local river.

Many people have asked me “What’s the difference between a canoe and a kayak?” I believe it is that you sit in a Canoe (like on a chair) or kneel and you use a single bladed paddle in the same shape as a spade whereas In a kayak you sit with your legs flat in front of you and use a double ended paddle. The shape of a canoe or kayak is no way to tell which is which. If you follow the Olympics White Water Slalom you will see K1 and K2 kayaks looking very similar to C1 and C2 canoes. However you will notice the K (kayak) paddlers are lower in their kayak and use a double bladed paddle and the C (Canoe) paddlers looking almost to be standing inside their canoe, and believe it or not they have a safety belt over their legs holding them in under the spray deck. This is obviously the extreme end of canoeing and at a level well above what I enjoy, but each to his own. So if you get a chance, take a canoe for a paddle. You will love it. You don’t get as wet, you’re higher up so you can see more what is going on in the water and it is so relaxing I have even slept in one every so often. If you want you can cheat a little bit and use a kayak paddle. That’s fine, but then what will you be paddling? Peter Townend

Front cover photo: “Still valentines after 40 years”. Bryan and Sydney Tourell on Lake Waipapa, Waikato River. Photo by Ruth E. Henderson Content page photo: Give it a go day Taupo Photo by Andreas Wenk

Kayaking at Kuaotunu With changing weather conditions so did our plans...

By Tony Barrett

Frances riding the swell.

The rain beat down on the windscreen as the van, heavy with its trailer of kayaks, laboured over the hills of the Coromandel Peninsula. In the deepening gloom of the evening thunderstorm it truly took an act of faith to embark on a two day kayaking trip at Kuaotunu Beach. The weather forecast was for improving conditions but the immediate weather made us wonder what we were letting ourselves in for. I was leading a sea kayaking trip of fourteen paddlers to a destination I had passed through some years ago during a multi-day expedition around the Peninsula. Last time I was there, I determined this was a place I wanted to come back to and spend more time at.

All hands on deck! Stan helps to carry a fully loaded boat.


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Friday night grew wetter and windier as the group limped in and bedraggedly set up tents or found cabins. I lay in bed listening to the wind howl and felt sorry for the tenters. Just not quite sorry enough to wander around in the downpour and check! Sure enough, one camper found the borrowed tent wasn’t up to the challenge. The next morning was drizzly, windy and generally unpleasant so we had some time to read the paper, drink coffee, and walk. We hit the water mid afternoon. There was small but steep surf breaking close onto the beach, conditions which to nervous first timers seemed to invite a watery capsize. We had a brief session talking through and demonstrating breaking out before everyone successfully gathered beyond the surf zone. A rolling swell gave its own excitement:

Heather told us that she gets sea sick and if she starts barfing not to be too concerned . “I’ll soon come right after a good chuck”. Actually, I did take that quite seriously as the nausea from sea sickness is not only unpleasant, it affects one’s sense of balance – important to preserve in a kayak. Watching the group barfing and capsizing was not my idea of a fun trip! To nip that in the bud, we found a small strip of sand amongst the rocky coastline and landed for a stretch and rest from the rolling sea. I thoroughly enjoy coastal kayaking. Big surges send water smacking into the rocks, spray fflies everywhere. The sound and swell brings the sea alive, a living thing, breathing and stirring beneath us. Heading back along the beach the swell had increased. Waves were building a lot further out. I had already planned an alternative exit at a sheltered breakwater the locals use to launch their boats, so there was no real difficulty.

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Shawn rock gardening in his Skua

After inspection, some of the group chose the breakwater, while others – with some nervousness – tried the beach landing. I surfed into the beach to receive the incoming paddlers. One by one they flew in, balancing on wave tops, correcting madly and finally sliding up the beach in a rush of foam. Laura, the first time ever on a wave in a kayak, low braced to perfection and ran a wave sideways to the beach like an old hand. All came in fine but with the odd spill when the last sudden deceleration on meeting sand took its toll! The next day dawned clear and calm. I had second thoughts about the intended destination of Opito Bay. With a forecast for an increasing swell, no sheltered bolt-hole and the bay being open to the swell, we headed over the hill to Coromandel town. Looking across Coromandel Harbour the view of its off-shore islands was breathtaking. This was going to be quite a different paddling experience from the rugged coastline and surf beaches of yesterday. The water was mirror calm as we launched. Stan paddled the Greenland T kayak which was new to us, so I was keen to see how it would handle the different conditions. Its low profile was very obvious and it carved nicely through the water like a sleek black sea animal. In New Zealand we have been familiar with rudders, so the use of the skeg was intriguing. Experimentation proved that it was very effective when lowered just enough to stop the bow blowing downwind. After their first taste of coastal kayaking the day before the new paddlers would now experience open water crossings and island hopping. We made a short stop at Rat Island, paddled 2 kms to a beach on Waimate Island

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and in smooth water slipped onto the beach for lunch. Judy found a swing hanging from a tree and made the most of it, while others ate and soaked up the tranquil stillness. Patricia went for a swim, before realising that she was sharing the water with a stingray. We had a short taste of tidal chop crossing to Motutapere Island, paddled on to Whanganui Island and the channel into Coromandel Harbour. I loved leading this trip in conditions which varied from flat calm open water crossings to rugged, wave-battered coastlines; from the sea

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being our own to sharing a narrow channel with heavy boat traffic; from challenging surf to mirror-still calm. Fast changing weather and sea conditions meant altering decisions about destinations with alternative ‘plan B’s part of the deal. But what I loved most was the group of people, about half new paddlers, who thoroughly enjoyed themselves and want to do more. And isn’t that what it’s all about?

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Doing lunch - An informal affair

Stan in the Tahe Greenland T Judy took to the swing

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Best of both worlds - Boating AND Kayaking By Peter Townend

Gary & Dina - Owner operators of SANTANA.

A welcome break and a fun day for the family. My wife Treff and I spent most of our early life together around Mahineapua Peninsula, staying at a family camp spot on the quiet Mahineapua Beach facing the Cavalli Islands. We knew the area well enough to get a feed on most visits. Kayaking, canoeing and snorkelling was the norm and John Dories caught by rock (see foot note), piper by net, snapper by hook and crayfish by hand were how we secured breakfast, lunch and tea. But for years we hadn’t had an opportunity to

In Kaeo with Treff’s Mum and talking with friends Dina and Gary I said “We’ve always wanted to paddle Whangaroa Harbour and the Heads”. Almost immediately Treff, our three children and I were leaving Whangaroa Game Fishing Club, with our kayaks, aboard the big game fishing launch SANTANA. We explored Whangaroa Harbour through to the Heads, then turned to port and followed the coast north past Taupo Bay to an isolated white sand beach with great rocky outcrops. We paddled, snorkelled and spotted a few undersize paua. A huge stingray was the talking point for Bryn (12) and Shae (9). At Mahineapua earlier that day Shae and I had encountered a large stingray while kayaking and snorkelling. Shae nearly walked on water. She was now a bit calmer and

explore Whangaroa Harbour.

Rowan captains the mother ship.

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The Cobra Tourer is stowed on deck aboard SANTANA.

more inquisitive. Young Rowan Rose (7), who gets cold pretty quickly, was captain of my Cobra Tourer, keeping close to us and giving a steady stream of advice. Though the kids had only recently started snorkelling, wearing their PFDs and using the kayak as a floating platform it was very easy for them (and for Mum and Dad). Gary and Dina run SANTANA. They specialize in game fishing as far out as the Three Kings and know the area like the back of their hands. If you’re hoping to catch the big fish, wanting a floating base for exploration or to be comfortably shown around this great area, look them up. A chance conversation ended years of dreaming about Whangaroa’s paradise most agreeably for us.

Gary and Dina can be contacted on email or phone 027 279 3227 P.S. How to catch a John Dory with a rock. You need to be up early on a reasonably sheltered, steeply shelving beach with a handful of grape sized rocks and one big one. The long spines on a John Dory’s back breaking the surface signal you to steer the fish into shallower water by plopping stones one at a time around him. When the fish has swum as far in as you think it will, drop the big rock just behind it. It gets such a fright that it literally flies out of the water onto the beach. This works much better with an audience and particularly well if you are trying to impress your future wife. P.P.S. He’s not joking; he caught breakfast like this every morning on one holiday! Treff.

Treff & Rowan chilling out aboard SANTANA.

Shae having a bit of play time.

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Marine biologist - Treff discussing

getting ashore.

the sea life with the kids.

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Dacre Cottage Transformation By Ruth E. Henderson



Captain Ranulph Dacre, sea-captain, adventurer, pioneer of the timber


export trade who in 1855 built what we call Dacre Cottage as a farm

house, could not have, even in his wildest dreams imagined the use it gets today, especially when Peter Townend, Chairman of the Dacre Cottage Management Committee and founder of Canoe & Kayak puts on his annual Christmas party. It was fun to participate and witness the overnight transformation from historic cottage


to party central and back again. 1. On Saturday afternoon, once Pete, family and friends arrived it was all ACTION! Number one priority is a knotty issue, sorting out ropes and tarps. 2. After the afternoon’s labour, the bossman takes the time to put some flowers on the table, and to stop for a chat and wee rest. 3. Locals exercising their horses, selves or dogs check out the changing scene. 4. That day’s chores and dinner dishes done, it’s “S’mores” time!


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5. Next morning ham sliced, spuds and salads underway, it’s time to sizzle the snarlers. Kids and Dads – it is all hands on deck. The clock is ticking.

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9. The momentum and masses build, blankets are spread under the ballooning shade. The food is brought out, queues form, there’s plenty for everybody, including cake and pudding.


6. At 1100 hrs the first arrivals trickle in – one boat (Carl Brown), then two, three…

10. By 1420 hours it’s time for a group photo (centre fold) then time to set sail, to beat the outgoing tide. (Miriam and Eric Strickett in their 50th wedding anniversary present). Leaving me and Dacre Cottage once again to the starlight, solitude, and early morning shadows. (Main picture)

To get there launch at any of Auckland’s East Coast beaches: Mairangi Bay, Browns Bay with Long Bay being the most obvious choice if wanting only a short paddle of less than 5 km. Note the beach is very tidal. Alternatively, walk! Park at the end of Haigh Access Road, off East Coast Road, 18 km north of Auckland and follow the track along the Okura River estuary through groves of nikau, pohutukawa and regenerating kauri to Karepiro Bay. It takes about 90 minutes. See for the history and more information. 7. It turns into an invasion, and there’s more on the horizon.


8. Some boats were dressed for the occasion

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Waimakariri River – the Speight’s Coast to Coast secret!

I read the info on the world famous Speight’s Coast to Coast event, watched the DVD and yes, the countryside looked amazing but do you really have to run / scramble up those rocks, wade that river, bike up that hill? The river section however was downhill but to do that leg required a 55 km bike ride first – would my team mate be happy for a later than usual start while I struggled up the hill with a few photo and snack stops along the way – I think not. I noticed the Waimakariri familiarization trips that were being offered by Rob Howarth from North Shore Canoe & Kayak – maybe we could tag along as pseudo Coast to Coasters. Yes, I was in and it didn’t take much to get Luke on board too.

By Diana Austin

Now that we have been there, done that, it is time you were all let in on the secret. The Coast to Coasters have been hogging the Waimakariri River. It is the most stunning piece of water and scenery ever to be seen. Here is the story of our day… An early start from Christchurch’s North South Holiday Park included checking people, gear and helping our guide find his cereal bowl - a hazard of eating on the run I suppose. We jumped in the minibus and headed out of town, with a coffee pick up on the way (you can skip the trim for today). We were asked “are you doing the 1 day or 2 day?” I felt flattered they thought I could do either. “We are here for fun”, we replied, which was obviously a new concept. However, inside I was getting more and more nervous about what this river would entail. Rob was confident that I’d enjoy myself. The seven paddlers and two guides (Rob Howarth and Mo Kennedy)

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Sugar Loaf Island From Ngamutu Beach harbour we head out on the open sea to Sugar Loaf Island Marine Reserve. View the scenic & rugged Taranaki coastline as we draw closer to the Islands. Enjoy the seal colony and experience the thrill of close up views of these fascinating marine mammals. Allow 3 hours subject to weather. $70.00 per person. Phone 06 769 5506

The last break before entering the gorge. The scenery is stunning.

arrived at the entry point, Mt White Bridge, thanks to our driver Roger. We were allocated boats and following a safety briefing were soon on our way. The river was running at 120 cumecs and from an initial glance all was looking good. I made it to the other side of the river, phew I remembered the eddy turns and ferry glides. From there on it was all beauty, exhilaration and definitely fun. The river started off braided and it was a challenge to know which the best path was. However at this point, a wrong choice was only going to involve a bit of bouncing or pulling of one’s boat. It was then on to the rock gardens and you can guess where they got their name from. On either side, the Southern Alps towered above us – we were paddling through the Southern Alps – it was unbelievable. Roger met us at Gooseberry Stream to check the team was OK and then on we went to the Waimakariri Gorge. We were whipped round corners, bounced over wave trains that seemed to be going in more than one direction and then a short reprieve before the next wicked ride. Before we ventured down each

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of these stretches our guides briefed us on the hazards and the safest routes to take while still maximizing speed. It seemed to be over all too soon and we were paddling through the Canterbury Plains. Luke and I compared notes; yes we were both sore, no we didn’t want to stop and catch a lift for the last bit. The group dispersed through the multiple paths of the Waimakariri River hoping for the quickest route, some more successful than others, all to end up at the Gorge Bridge and our pick up. Rob cheerfully explained that the competitors, on race day, would now need to run up the nearby hill to collect their bikes and ride into Christchurch. We laughed while I am sure I heard some expletives from other members of the rather tired group. Sixty seven kilometres and our bodies knew it. Onwards to the airport drop off and we were heading back to the kids (who had been asked to prepare the hot water bottles). I don’t feel words can do justice to this amazing experience so you will need to go and do it for yourselves. There is a cost but safety is never too expensive. . the lead up Behind us , The guides have amazing experience and it is well worth tipping out just to see them in action (I left that to the others though). Get your Grade Two white water certificate and be ready for next year’s river run.

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Roof Racks

– Dispelling the myths and answering frequently asked questions… By Steve Smith

As you’d expect, Roof Rack Centre staff are very experienced in carrying kayaks, bikes and roof boxes on cars. Because loads and cars vary enormously, your particular, almost unique requirements will benefit from their expert advice. They are more than happy to provide this. When you wish to purchase you’ll find that the ‘Roof Rack Centre’, a dedicated part of your Canoe & Kayak Centre, stocks everything you could possibly need for recreational or commercial use on your vehicle. Our brands include Thule, Prorack and Rhino-Rack. In New Zealand in particular, there are a large number of imported vehicles which will often require a different roof rack solution from the one that you may find in a fit guide. We can advise further on these. Here are questions commonly asked by kayakers:

On their own, they cannot be used as roof racks. Roof bars run across the roof side to side and are clamp mounted (secured with fit kits to the door frames), mounted to factory-fitted fix points or roof-rail mounted. I would like to fit roof rails to my vehicle. Do you supply these? No, roof rails require internal roof mounts and are mostly fitted during vehicle manufacture. Whilst possible, the cost would probably not be worthwhile and we have a specific solution for your vehicle anyway. You won’t need to buy a set of longitudinal roof rails to find a roof rack to suit your car. What is the difference between a roof rail & integrated roof rail? Integrated Roof Rails are usually a moulded profile, raised slightly, running front to rear down both sides of the roof. There is NO GAP between the rail and the roof. Commonly these are found on the Subaru Legacy / Outback models.

What type of roof rack will suit my car? While roof racks work on about 98% of vehicles, you’ll require specific parts to fit them to your vehicle. If your vehicle has rain gutters any rain-gutter mounted roof rack will almost certainly work, but you may need to change bar width and foot height. More than likely, you can take the rack off one vehicle and put it on another with a rain gutter. What is a roof mounted fix-point? However, since most modern cars do not have gutters, most roof racks A fix-point is a recessed, roof mounted, fixture point on a vehicle. It is are designed for cars without them. These incorporate removable and normally a threaded hole or metal profile, concealed by lift up covers, permanent mount designs, and some have rails, fix-points or take a slide back covers or plastic plugs. clamp mount system. Your gutterless vehicle’s roof rack consists of the bar, ‘feet’ What is a clamp mount system? and the ‘fit kit’ which attaches around the upper edge of the Because some vehicles don’t have a fix point or rails, a door jamb to hold the roof rack onto your vehicle. The Roof Bars specific fit kit or bracket is available to clamp the roof Roof Rail feet used fit many different types of vehicles, whereas bars from the inside of the door frame. Contrary to each kit is made to fit a specific vehicle. some people’s views these systems are very secure and need only an occasional check for tightness. What is the difference between a roof ‘rail’ Note that as you tighten some steel clamps on roof and roof ‘bars / racks’? bars you’ll see the steel bars curve slightly – this is Roof rails run front to rear on both sides entirely normal. of the roof. They are often factory-fitted.

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Can I use bars longer that those listed for my vehicle? In some cases this is possible but call us for advice. It can be helpful to opt for a longer bar if you want to add other items (see below) such as a roof box or bike rack or to carry more than one kayak. Can I transport a roof box AND bikes on my roof bars? Yes, subject to remaining within the permitted roof carrying weight capacity for your particular vehicle and the width of roof rack fitted. This is where the through mount system gives more load carrying capacity Why doesn’t one roof rack fit all cars? Since cars with rain gutters are being phased out, roof rack manufacturers are no longer making one rack to fit all vehicles. However, with different fitting kits some roof rack systems can be satisfactorily adjusted. Do I need tools to install my rack? Most roof racks don’t require special tools to fit them to your vehicle, but if tools are required, they are included with the kit. At the Roof Rack Centre we provide a free fitting service. (This doesn’t apply to permanent mount systems.) If you are mounting a factory style track or permanent mount system no drilling is required. When it is necessary don’t be scared. We are trained to do it for you, using the same methods and materials that the vehicle’s manufacturer employs on the production assembly line.

How much weight can I carry on my roof racks? This depends on the strength of your roof, so consult your ‘owner’s manual’ for specific carrying capacity. This can also be determined by the style and brand of roof rack. Are roof racks noisy? Generally no, but when the aerodynamics of the vehicle are altered the roof racks can generate a small whistle. This minor irritation can often be solved by moving the front bar slightly forward or back. Can I remove my racks when I’m not using them? Unless you have a permanent mount system in which the roof rack is riveted to a track or to your roof, most roof rack systems can be simply removed. But most owners leave them on. If you decide to remove them, refer to your installation instructions and take steps in the reverse order. What is the best way to transport my kayak? While various types of roof racks, including inflatable and foam racks are available, the most secure long term option will always be a solid

How can I stop my roof racks from being stolen? Most racks come with a standard security locking device. If not supplied as standard, one can be purchased as an accessory.

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after-market roof rack fitted to the roof of your vehicle. Accessories such as kayak or canoe cradles and vertical bars (Fold-a-Poles) to which the kayak can be tied are helpful and available. Otherwise, if you have a set of roof racks on your vehicle without any other fancy gadgets, put your kayak upside down on the roof racks to prevent distortion of the hull. Move it around to find a natural position for the kayak to rest on the roof racks. If needed, adjust the distance between the roof racks. However, the best way to transport most kayaks is on their side. Use a set of Fold-apoles (vertical posts) secured to your roof rack bars. Composite / fibreglass kayaks should be transported on kayak cradles. It’s a good idea to put foam padding between the racks and boat. When everything is in position, use tie downs to secure the kayak to the roof racks. If you’re loading a long boat, it is advisable to tie the bow and stern of the boat to your vehicle’s bumpers too. How do I tie down my load? If you opt to use rope remember that some rope will stretch, especially when wet which means that a secured kayak may work loose. Bungy is never substantial enough, so we advise against using this. We supply specific tie downs, designed for the job, for around $50 a pair. With all boats we recommend tying down the bow and stern to towing eyes on the vehicle. Also – use a tow flag (and light at night) attached to the rear of the load (and save yourself a $350 fine!). At the Roof Rack Centre we have bow and stern straps which are cost-effective and easy to use.

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Taupo - Give it a Go Day A huge success!

By Steve Kittle

Photos courtesy of: Peter West, Molly Kittle & Ron Moore

The day couldn’t have got off to a better start…

the moment we unloaded our trailers it was all on!! People

Lake Taupo was as flat as a pancake, not a breath of wind

turned up in their droves and not a parking space was to be

and just overcast enough to stop the punishing rays of the

had along the lake front.

sun. The Taupo Canoe & Kayak crew headed off to the beach

The day was put together by Dan and myself, from Canoe & Kayak Taupo to give locals (and anyone else for that matter) an opportunity to give kayaking a go. There were plenty of kayaks to try, sit-on-tops, white water, sea kayaks, inflatables and even multisport kayaks. Mission, Cobra and Gumotex came down and show-cased their kayaks as did Peter from Rhino-Rack Roof Rack Systems with the amazing Foxwing awning. If you haven’t seen one, Google it, they are pretty cool!! We had put together some games for the event but it was heaving with people having a good time, so we carried on letting everyone splash around. We made sure everyone got a turn. More FM and Burger Fuel put on a free BBQ at lunch time and we blitzed 400 sausages and 50 burgers in no time. Pete Townend then chucked a wad of cash at the ice cream man, to cool down the hordes (good on ya mate!). A queue of kids stretched into the distance looking very pleased with themselves. At 4pm we had the main event, the prize giving. Many local companies donated really cool spot prizes including Bungy Jumps, White Water rafting, Jet boat rides, High rope adventure and kayaks. It was really good to see so many people having a great time as our instructors showed the newbies the ropes and prospective kayakers received some sound advice on kayak choices from Gareth (Mission) and Andy (Cobra).

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Mission and Cobra supplied a kayak each for our main prizes and also did some amazing deals on the day. I would like to say a massive thank you to all those involved in helping on the day. There were many friends who came down and helped for hours, unpaid, to support us. You guys rock!! Same again next year? ... Hell yes!! To all the sponsors who made the day so great‌ and possible, thanks heaps. When you are in town and are looking for things to do (or eat) check these guys out:

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By Paul Caffyn

World famous expedition paddlers Nigel Foster and Kristin Nelson with John Kirk-Anderson (in fluoro-yellow)

Early evening of 1 April, sea kayakers from Australasia will be gathering at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound for the annual KASK Forum. The superb ‘almost on the sea’ venue is the Outward Bound School, which has splendid facilities for both on-shore and on-thewater instruction, and no shortage of fine cuisine for hungry paddlers. Ever since Graham Egarr organized the first gathering of Kiwi sea kayakers in 1989 at the Mapua clothing optional leisure park, annual gatherings have been held at coastal venues from Christchurch in the south to the 2010 forum held at Taurikura near the entrance to Whangarei Harbour. On-the-water practical instruction is an integral part of these forums, with sessions on rolling, rescues, bracing and efficient paddling. David Winkworth, who has attended and instructed at so many KASK forums that he

is almost an honorary Kiwi, has offered three different sessions in 2011, including learning the easiest of the Eskimo rolls, the Pawlata. Dave says, “Never wet exit from your kayak again. Bring a face mask.” Dave’s two other sessions are on paddle strokes to stay upright in surf and how to get the most out of every paddle stroke. His nickname is Crocodile Winky, bestowed upon him after he rescued his paddling mate from the jaws of a monster saltwater crocodile on the tropical North Queensland coast. David is one of Aussies’ best long distance expedition paddlers – he has paddled from Cairns to Darwin in several trips, in the heart of big croc and tiger shark country. The two evening keynote presentations will be from dynamic duos. On 19 May 2010, Max and Melanie Grant paddled into Jackson Bay on the West Coast of the South Island, to a reception with bubbly and pavlova, after completing an incredible father and daughter

circumnavigation of the South Island. Max and Melz had some torrid times in surf on both the east and west coasts, and their photos are stunning. Paul Hayward and Natasha Romoff paddled a double Feathercraft in South-East Alaska to escape an Auckland winter, and their presentation is titled, ‘Innocents Abroad – Alaska without the Cruise Ship.’ Daytime on-shore sessions include paddling in exotic overseas destinations such as Turkey, South Georgia and the Greek islands, while Auckland paddler Colin Quilter will talk about his favourite Kiwi paddling destinations. For the first time at a KASK Forum, Nelson mother and paddler Nora Flight will be discussing her experiences of paddling with kids; Nora and her partner Bevan Walker have not let two kids keep them from paddling - with overseas trips along with growing kids to New Caledonia, Hinchinbrook Island, and numerous trips to Abel Tasman and the Marlborough Sounds.

KASK FORUM - ANAKIWA April 1st, 2nd & 3rd 2011 Held at Outward Bound, Queen Charlotte Sound near Picton. This is a great opportunity for Sea Kayakers of all levels to participate with others at this great location, with guest speakers, training and paddling opportunities.

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After the overnight forum campout at Mistletoe Bay, paddlers are preparing to paddle back.

A highlight of the forum will be the traditional paddle from Anakiwa to Mistletoe Bay where we camp overnight (the paddle takes two to three hours maximum). When the campground is almost hidden by colourful tents and kayaks, paddlers and presenters can let their hair down as evening falls with convivial chat, and tell tall stories around the cooking stoves. A forum feature is showcasing the awesome talents of Kiwi photographers in the annual photo competition which this year will be judged by two of our best paddling photographers, Ruth Henderson and John Kirk-Anderson. Registration for the weekend is $180 for KASK members, otherwise $190. A PDF format registration form can be downloaded from the KASK website:

Mike Wilkin demonstrating a paddle float rescue at Anakiwa

For further information, contact: Evan Pugh, registration enquiries: Paul Caffyn, program:

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Waka Return to the Abel Tasman Coastline By Megan Wilson

In more recent years the Abel Tasman National Park at the top of the South Island has become renowned for sea kayaking along its bush-clad coastline and golden beaches. But for hundreds of years before, Máori paddled the waters in traditional dug out single waka to explore, fish, transport, trade and masterfully deliver surprise raids on pá. There is even local Máori lore of past sightings of a ghost waka. Story has it that a vision of the highly prized and sacred waka, Te Awatea, full of warriors urged on by the chanting of their Kaihautú was distantly seen and heard for brief moments gliding across the bay.

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If you are out enjoying a leisurely scenic kayak these days and you hear the assertive call of a “toko á” (“increase power”) and the approaching sound of hoe (paddles) smoothly slipping in and out of the water, don’t panic and apprehensively turn around expecting to see the ghostly but impressive apparition of Te Awatea. It’s probably some local waka ama (outrigger canoe) paddlers training for an up and coming race event. Since 1999 waka have returned to the waters of the Abel Tasman coastline. The Motueka Waka Ama Club based at Kaiteriteri owns a fleet of four W6 (waka for six people), a W2, and two W1. They have a small but strong core membership of paddlers who enjoy waka ama for recreational sporting and cultural reasons. The club encourages and trains rangatahi paddlers from Motueka High School and Te Awhina Marae. Its membership is often boosted over the summer months as transient sea kayak guides try out an alternative mode of water sport and recreation. The waka are also used for educational purposes. The local polytechnic, high schools and youth training providers include waka ama journeys in their programmes. Members enjoy paddling in the Abel Tasman. Although they may be training for local, national and overseas races they still take time to appreciate its treasures. Little blue penguins, stingray and jellyfish don’t go unnoticed. A low tide harvest of mussels and the occasional trawl for fish satisfies the hunger for kai moana. They observe the delightful antics of inquisitive seal pups at Tonga Island, enjoy the exhilaration of swimming with playful dolphins off Kaiteriteri and the pleasure of listening to returned birdsong as the waka passes Adele Island. Nothing beats the breathtaking beauty of a sunrise paddle or at full moon when phosphorescence sparkles from the hoe. But back to the more serious business of waka ama racing… In 2000 the Motueka Waka Ama Club hosted its first marathon race into the Abel Tasman National Park. It is now an annual event on the National Waka Ama race calendar and has become renowned for its friendly competition, beautiful scenic venue, locally crafted trophies and

A close finish © Oliver Weber Photography

excellent hospitality. What started as the 27 km Abel Tasman Waka Ama Marathon, a hard out paddle up the coast, through the Mad Mile around Pinnacle Rock and back to Kaiteriteri, has evolved into the fun and challenging multi stage race, Waka Te Tasman. In November 2010, the 10th anniversary of this popular event, over 200 paddlers competed. Most came from South Island and Wellington clubs but increasingly the race attracts paddlers from further North and perhaps one day soon from overseas. Run over two days, Friday sees the completion of the 10 km W1, W2 and Rangatahi and novice W6 races. On Saturday the men’s and women’s W6 races are held. 21 kms of paddling is split into three stages, a 1 km sprint to get the heart pumping, then an 8 kms race builds paddlers up to the last stage of 12 kms. Handicapped starts for the second and third stages ensure the strongest crews have waka to chase and there are close finishes. Add in exciting running starts off Kaiteriteri beach and you have plenty of entertainment for the spectators as well as challenge

and jostling for position by paddlers. Financial support from the Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve Board and Wakatu Incorporation ensures that this annual event will continue. Its excellent safety record and success is assured by the generous provision of support boats and drivers from local water taxi company Abel Tasman Aqua Taxi. Where sea kayaks have taken over, waka are returning. For a change in your canoe adventures give waka ama a go and enjoy the physical, social and cultural experience of this growing water sport that is open to all peoples of all ages. If you would like to know more about waka ama paddling visit the national Nga Kaihoe o Aotearoa (NKOA) web site, You will find contact details for clubs throughout New Zealand and a calendar of race events including this year’s Waka Te Tasman which will be held on the 11th and 12th of November.

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By Pauline Ross

A weekend away in a kayak is great fun. Pity that the kayak weighs so much, no matter how carefully you trim the packing list! But with four able bodies and two straps, a fully-laden boat can be comfortably carried to the water. We even carried some of the slightly lighter boats with two young teenagers on strap duty. Stand up tall, shoulders back, core turned on, arms full length by your side. Easy!!

KASK publishes a 200 page sea kayaking handbook which is just $15 to members: the handbook contains all you need to know about sea kayaking: techniques and skills, resources, equipment, places to go etc. KASK publishes a bi-monthly newsletter containing trip reports, events, book reviews, technique/equipment reviews and a ‘bugger’ file. KASK holds national sea kayaking forums.

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Andy is in control! A huge welcome to Andy and Jenny Blake the new owners of Canoe & Kayak Wellington. Andy who will be the one in control of the day to day operations has spent many years working with Canoe & Kayak and has purchased Canoe & Kayak Wellington from Jim and Maree Downey. My first contact with Andy was in the early days of Canoe & Kayak in our North Shore shop where he worked as a Sea Kayak Instructor and Guide. He has been working in the Wellington Canoe & Kayak Centre since it opened and has helped to develop a sound well run, operation.


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One of Andy’s favourite paddling spots - Milford Sound, paddling with daughter Laura. He is a keen paddler with 18 years paddling experience, and as all the Wellington Yakity Yak Kayak Club members will tell you he is completely at home in the outdoors and a great chef which gives him an A+ rating on all trips. He has circumnavigated D’Urville Island, Stewart Island, Kapiti Island and the Kadavu Island group in Fiji. He has also paddled in the Solomon Islands where he took four of the locals through their NZKI Sea Kayaking assessments. He says “My favourite paddling locations are Fiordland and Stewart Island. I’m looking at a circumnavigation of Great Barrier Island and MAYBE the Chathams.” He has gained many qualifications over the years; SKOANZ Level One, New Zealand Army AATC Intermediate Sea Kayak Course, NZKI Sea Kayaking Instructor 5 Star Assessor, Boatmaster, SKOANZ Committee Member. Canoe & Kayak and Roof Rack Centres are a complex mix of things but number one to all of us is treating each customer as you would a close friend. Giving good honest advice and knowing, as customers walk out the door, that you have helped them. This is something that Andy has always done and if you need some help getting the right piece of equipment, then pop in and see Andy and his team. By Pete Townend.

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

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Product Focus

New innovative box range from Rhino-Rack Rhino-Rack recently launched onto the market the ‘Master-Fit’

roof box range. Rhino tell us that the range of three sizes being 400, 440 and 550 litres will impress anyone who uses them with the ease of fitting / removal & overall use. The unique low profile Master-Fit claw fitting allows mounting to 95% of possible cross bars in the least possible time and with no effort. The boxes offer easy dual side opening action and the two larger sizes are available in a stunning black gloss or standard grey finish. These European built premium quality boxes are purposely priced to become the leaders in the roof box market.

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Waterproof/breathable TROPOS fabric keeps out splash and spray, and the latex wrist gaskets keep arms dry while landing your catch. The integrated hood can be stowed away when not needed, and a double skirt integrates with pants or bibs to offer a dry ride even in rough conditions. 3M™ reflective highlights keep you safe in fog or low-light conditions. • TROPOS fabric • Hooded pullover • APT collar • Skirted to mate with pants • 3M™ reflective tape on hood and sleeve • Left sleeve pocket with reflective tape • Adjustable bungee fabric hem allows easy on/off • Factory sealed seams Sizes: S-XXL Colours: Radish RRP: $380 Visit Phone 07 345 7647

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StarPort Mobi Holder Railblaza’s latest StarPort accessory, the Mobile Device Holder, or Mobi, is now available. Had enough of your phone sliding around on top of the instrument panel? Want to get the handheld VHF out of your pocket? Need a holder for your GPS that ensures it will still be there after an Eskimo roll? We at RAILBLAZA have some great news! Our latest product release, fondly called the “Mobi”, is now shipping. Based on our popular and robust G-Hold, it comes with a retaining strap which ensures your mobile device cannot escape, and will fit in any RAILBLAZA StarPort. Be it an iPhone, Garmin GPS, Uniden VHF, small fire extinguisher, or any of a wide range of devices, the Mobi will hold it securely, and only let go when you let it. Available in two models, fixed and adjustable, and on the shelves in New Zealand from February, and internationally from March, the Mobi will change the way mobile devices are stashed. For more information go to or see your Canoe & Kayak Centre. Made in New Zealand.

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The first of these boats the Navigator based on the popular Explorer model is an ideal recreational fishing hybrid, longer than the typical “fun” boat it has ample deck space for all your gear. It has excellent tracking for a boat of these dimensions and handles wakes and small waves well head on, the bow easily directs water to the sides allowing for a very dry ride.


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The Double + 1 is an excellent family kayak with two main seating positions and plenty of room for a child or small adult to sit comfortably in the centre seating position. At 91cm wide there is loads of stability, yet the Cobra Double + 1 is also easy to paddle and manoeuver. This model also provides ample room for two fisherman, and their gear, to fish quite comfortably.

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The Triple the largest boat in the Cobra family is the first ever sit on top designed to carry three adults with ample supplies of fishing or drifting gear. The Cobra triple V hull with its wide beam provides for excellent tracking and stability. The narrow beam and stern, coupled with clean lines, allows paddlers to slice through the water quickly and smoothly.

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Learning to Eskimo roll is easy. With the right techniques you’ll be rolling in no time. Learn in a heated pool over four evening sessions, starting in a white water kayak and progressing to a sea kayak. If you’re learning to surf, having a confident Eskimo roll will double the fun! And you’ll look impressive too.

There’s not always a TV where we end up, so knowing how to understand the weather is an important skill. You will learn how to forecast weather using maps and the clouds. Navigate using charts and a compass over four evening sessions. Another essential course for paddlers getting right out there.

Surfing is fun when you know how, and guess what? It’s easy! We’ll start you in small surf sit-ontops and build your skills until you’re a pro. Surfing builds confidence for all kayakers, plus it is a great way to spend a day at the beach. All paddling gear provided, just bring a smile.

This weekend course will build on your skills in a realistic environment, based at a remote camping site. Along with paddling technique we cover trip planning, preparation and decision making on the water. A must for paddlers planning overnight trips or multi-day expeditions.

Paddlers need to know a range of rescues to look after themselves and their kayaking buddies in adverse conditions. The rescues you will learn on this course will put a lot more tools in your toolbox so you can be prepared and ready in any situation.

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Your Adventure Here White Water Kayaking

White Water paddlers must have a solid base of skills and this is the course to get you started. This weekend course starts in a heated pool, progressing from flat water to moving water, always at a pace you are comfortable with. It’s a great way to meet paddlers and build your skills together.

This course is a comprehensive package of instruction and coaching designed to progressively build your kayaking skills to Grade Two racing certificate level. Run over three weekends, your confidence on the water and river reading skills will help make your day a huge success.

Designed to build on skills learnt on the Intro Course, this weekend focuses on building your confidence on fast moving water and culminates in a Grade Two river paddle on the Sunday. The course will help you fine tune eddie turns, ferry gliding, rolling, surfing and introduces new skills in river rescue and river reading techniques.

Ready for Grade Three Rivers? Sharpen up your white water skills and be prepared to negotiate higher Grade Three rapids with confidence. Learning some simple rodeo moves, advanced paddle technique and playing in holes will help you achieve your goals in advanced white water paddling. This weekend course has a strong focus on safety and sound decision making.

From Our Family to Yours * Family Run Businesses * Low Student / Instructor ratios * Flexible - We can tailor the day * Well Structured Courses

Are you a confident paddler in Grade Two rivers? Before you make the big move to Grade Three you must have the skills covered in this two day River Rescue Course. We will teach you the skills required to cope with entrapments, kayak wraps, swimming kayakers and their equipment.

* Progressive Learning * Teaching Kayaking since 1994

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

Prices start at $775

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

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

Prices start at $975

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

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

Prices start at $1365

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

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

Prices start at $535

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

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

Prices start at $479

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

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

Prices start at $899

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

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Kayaks Play




Prices start at $545


Length: 3.1 m, Weight: 18 kg, Width: 710 mm





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


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

Prices start at $895


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


The Navigator is faster, sleeker & longer than the Cobra Explorer, with many of the same features. With a longer cockpit, it is ideal for the taller paddler.

Prices start at $995

Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 22 kg, Width: 790 mm



Prices start at $1145



Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 26 kg, Width: 915 mm

XStream 420

A true, fast tracking hull, upswept bow, storage area within easy reach, rear tank well, transducer scupper hole, adjustable footrests, moulded backrest & seat pad & an optional retractable rudder.

Prices start at $1340

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


Double the fun of the Flow. A contoured mid seat means you can paddle this sit on top kayak with your friends or just use it on your own. There is lots of storage area in the back.

Prices start at $1089

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

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

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

Prices start at $2650

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

Skua The Skua’s low deck profile enables it to perform extremely well in windy conditions. Also its longer hull gives it greater speed so, in a following sea, it can surf the waves.

Prices start at $2890

Length: 5.2 m, Weight: 27 kg std,24 kg lite Width: 600 mm

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

Prices start at $2890

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

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

Prices start at $4460

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

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

Prices start at $4590

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

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The Beachcomber ultralight is one of the best selling sea kayaks in NZ. At 17 kgs the Beachcomber ultralight is the latest sea kayak on the market. The Beachcomber is suited to both the novice and experienced paddler. 100% made in New Zealand.

Prices start at $3099 Length: 4.9 m, Weight: 17 kg, Width: 600 mm

ayaks Eco Bezhig

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

Prices start at $2999

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


A stable, cruiser that someone who wants security will love. It resembles a Sea Bear with its V hull, large hatches and full volume bow. Performance is stable, with no suggestion it wants to get any wetter than it has to. For such a small boat it surfs the choppy waves on the harbour with ease.

Prices start at $3425

Length: 4.0 m, Weight: Fibreglass 21.5 kg, Kevlar 19 kg Width: 630 mm

Sea Bear Waitoa

A highly stable craft provides an ideal platform in rough or challenging conditions, allowing you to complete your plans for the day and reach your destination in safety. Ideal for camping trips or expeditions on lakes or the sea. The Sea Bear is the pedigree blue-water tourer’s choice.

Prices start at $3950

Length: 5.5 m, Weight: Fibreglass 26 kg, Kevlar 24 kg Width: 600 mm

Reval Midi

Stability and predictable behaviour are the main characteristics of this kayak. There’s plenty of storage space for all your goodies. It is light and stiff and it isn’t afraid of even the toughest waves. It covers long distances with little effort.

Prices start at $3750

Length: 5.2 m, Weight: Carbon/ Aramide 21 - 23 kg, Width: 540 mm


The Reval’s streamlined banana shaped hull with a noticeably lower back is fantastically stylish. The Reval is an ideal choice for adrenaline seekers, as these kayaks perform well even in breaking waves and strong winds.

Prices start at $3850


Greenland T

Inspired by kayaks of Greenland, this modern reincarnation uses the same classic low volume hull with a V-shaped bottom. At the same time it delivers unmatched speed and performance on both calm waters and in the face of breaking waves.

Prices start at $3950

Length: 5.45 m, Weight: Carbon/ Aramide 22 - 24 kg, Width: 530 mm


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Length: 5.5 m, Weight: Carbon/ Aramide 21 - 23 kg, Width: 540 mm

Multi Hurricane

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

Prices start at $3170

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


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

Priced at $3890

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

adventure duet

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

Priced at $5760

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

rebel kevlar

The Rebel is designed for paddlers of both genders up to 75 kg. At 5.7 metres long, the Rebel’s length is between the Swallow and the Firebolt and is faster than both.

Priced at $3210

Length: 5.7 m, Weight: Kevlar 11 kg, Width: 450 mm

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Double S This model is proving a hit for its lighter weight and excellent features. This is a plastic double sea kayak that is great for all those amazing expeditions and adventures.

Prices start at $4350

Buyers Guide

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

incept pacific The Incept Pacific inflatable sea kayak is perfect for spurof-the-moment day trips or multi-day expeditions. The deck covers and spray skirts are easily removed, giving easy access to gear.

Prices start at $3670

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

sport Swallow

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

Priced at $3000

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


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

Priced at $2900

Length: 4.95 m, 12 kg Kevlar, Width: 540 mm


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


Priced at $3210

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


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

Priced at $3250

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

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

Prices start at $4299

Sea Bear 2 Packhorse This is the choice of tour operators and keen doublepaddlers. Large central hatch and bow and stern storage; perfect for extended expeditions. Easy and stable handling for kayakers of all levels.

Prices start at $5695

Length: 5.9 m, Weight: Fibreglass 40 kg, Kevlar 38 kg Width: 850 mm


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

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

Prices start at $1630

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

helios ii

Helios II is a double inflatable kayak. It has the same features as the single with slightly smaller stowage. Both single and double kayak can be fitted with optional rudder.

Prices start at $1935

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


The Sunny is a simple design stable two person kayak. The Sunny can also be easily paddled solo by moving the slot-in inflatable seats. Heavy duty construction will mean the Sunny is ideal for use on holiday, at the beach, etc.

Prices start at $1935

Length: 3.9 m, Weight:15 kg, Width: 820 mm

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

Prices start at $3036

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

twist i

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

Prices start at $1015 Buyers Guide

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

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

Prices start at $1325

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

Fishing Kayaks Marauder




Prices start at $1345


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

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

Prices start at $1145

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

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

Prices start at $1345

Length: 4.6 m, Weight: 23 kg, Width: 710 mm

catch 390 Catch 390 features satisfy the keenest angler, beginners & experienced alike. It has a front bulkhead, a watertight fishing rod chute and flush mount rod holders behind the seat.

Prices start at $1699

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

catch 420 The 420 features a true fast tracking hull, upswept bow, peaked deck, electronics storage area within easy reach whilst paddling, paddle parks, moulded in rod holders, moulded in anchor points, large rear tank-well, transducer scupper hole, front & rear bulkheads, adjustable footrests, moulded backrest & seat pad and an optional retractable rudder.

Prices start at $1790 Length: 4.2 m, Weight: 28 kg, Width: 730 mm

Barracuda SOT

Barracuda has brought together their breakthrough vacuum thermoforming technology and a wealth of kayaking knowledge, to produce the revolutionary Ultralight SOT kayak. This Kayak is great for anyone, whether you just want to get out and enjoy the water or you are the ultimate kayak fisherman.

Prices start at $2250

Length: 4.2 m, Weight: 18 kg, Width: 700 mm


Buyers Guide


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

An Important N.Z. Film is brewing By Peter Townend

When he was very young Josh Neilson’s interest in action sports and kayaking started on the small river behind his house. He slowly progressed to bigger and faster white water

This is a big project which depends on many people’s help and enthusiasm. New Zealand Kayak Magazine joins Josh in saying a heartfelt ‘thank you’.

and on leaving school he was kayaking at every opportunity on the hardest and most challenging rivers. For five years he always had his camera ready to produce white water kayaking

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films to share with the world. The public reacted with excitement, often saying, “This is crazy!” Josh knew it wasn’t, but he puzzled for a better description. Enlightenment came from a thesis by a doctor from Wollongong University who had studied the experience of extreme sports for his doctorate in philosophy. Josh contacted Dr George Brymer and soon, instead of telling people that extreme sports aren’t crazy, he determined to show them. Over the next twelve months he is using Dr. Brymer’s work as the basis for a film on the psychology of extreme sports. He has support from some of the world’s best athletes in several sports, including kayaking. In June he will be in Norway to shoot the kayaking segment and interview NZ’s own, Mike Abbott. As filming progresses there will be tales to tell which readers can enjoy in the New Zealand Kayak Magazine and also at

Josh Neilson about to take the plunge. Photo by Tyler Fox.

Lou Urwin - dropping over the lip Photo Josh Neilson

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

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

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

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 Road Bridge where we will stop for a snack.

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What drives Josh to do this? Look out for his film. - Photo Toni George

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