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Sea Kayaking 6. Time Out at Queen Charlotte Sound - Arapaoa Island 12. Circumnavigation of Koh Chang Island, Thailand 18. Giving back Westpac Chopper Swim 2019 22. Cold Tips 33. Want to Become a Kayak Guide or Instructor? 36. Boot camp with a difference! White Water 28. North Sumatran Waterfall Hunting General 35. 40. 42. 44. 46. 48.

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Editorial How do we do it better? There’s a lot going on in my head, all the time: I must get fitter; the old ticker has had one scare and here I am puffing walking up the stairs and just cracking the 100kg again. Work meetings, board meetings, two-day Team meetings to organise. I’m supporting a mate doing a kayak from Okura to Coromandel in the boat this weekend. The last of six trailers needs work to complete this year’s maintance. An AGM for the Yakity Yak Club and a prior club board meeting, the completion of a review into last year’s performance and a plan to move forward to do. An AGM to arrange for Dacre Cottage, the cottage garden there needs weeding and a plan to replant along the foreshore to replace a few of the 6000 we have planted. Then there is the daily routine of family and business, staff, accountants, cash flow and thousands of emails………. You get the picture, rather a lot going on! This state of mind might be called an “accident waiting to happen” or “entrepreneurship”. Who knows, but I can’t remember a time when it has been any different for me. My “bull at a gate” approach to managing this state of mind when it all gets too much, is “RIGHT, LET’S SORT THIS” and a lot of planning and delegation gets done to bring the overload back into some sort of order. So, this week I joined a gym. I told the young staff what I had been rather scared to admit to myself “I am fat, unfit and have zero motivation to do anything about it, can you help?” They said ‘yes’. And so, I was off to my

first gym session in 35 years. I was quite nervous. I know I needed to do something, and this was the best plan I could come up with. It was new, and gyms are full of fit, confident, coordinated people. I was definitely outside my comfort zone. While I have faced lots of challenges in my life, I still find many interactions with people very difficult. But at 55, it’s time for me to man up and hopefully live to be much older and still physically fit enough to enjoy another 30 or so years of active life. Over the years I have seen many people come through Canoe & Kayak and the Yakity Yak Club who have also been challenged to put that first foot forward and so many people who have had a life changing experience by taking that first step. If the thought of getting into kayaking is being held back by these same sorts of feelings, then man/women up and take that first step and book in for a course and join the club this coming summer, you will never regret it. Cheers and happy winter paddling.

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Time Out at Queen Charlotte Sound - Arapaoa Island

by Ruth E. Henderson by Nathan Fa’avae

Queen Charlotte Sound is an incredible sea kayaking destination, that’s a fact. There is an infinite number of trips to do within the waterways, bays, beaches, coves, in and out, up and down the flooded valleys. What can easily go unnoticed is that much of the magic that Queen Charlotte offers is in fact provided by Arapaoa Island (formerly Arapawa): New Zealand’s 13th largest island, not much smaller than Waiheke. At the head of Queen Charlotte, Arapaoa is positioned only one kilometre off the South Island to create Tory Channel, the sneaky little passage the ferries go through. The island itself is very narrow in places but it does a splendid job of giving shelter to the Sound and the interior islands (Blumine, Matapara Pickersgill, Long and Motuara), aided largely because it climbs abruptly to 500 metres above sea level. For the intrepid sea kayaker, Arapaoa Island has everything one could wish, and I don’t say that lightly. For beginner sea kayakers cruising around the expansive East Bay provides sheltered waters and unlimited landing opportunities. There is one of the best DOC campsites in the entire Marlborough Sounds at Wharehunga. Being so close to the open sea, the nutrient dense waters mean the marine and bird life is rich, and on fine days drifting over the reefs looking through pristine clear water, one can see shellfish, paua clinging to the rocks in the kelp beds, and it’s not difficult to spot blue cod feeding along the bottom. The snorkeling in Anatohia Bay is surprisingly good, with marine life you’d normally expect in warmer tropical waters. The fact that there is thriving salmon and mussel farms around the island is testament to the environment. There are a few spots popular for seals, little blue penguins have nesting colonies on the island and there are nearly always dolphins around the island somewhere. PAGE 8

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For the more confident paddlers, Tory Channel / Kuha Te Au, is a dynamic and engaging section of water. It pays to time the tidal flow to aid your progress, which is both fun and fascinating at the same time, with millions of litres [at a guess] of water being exchanged in the channel each tide, it’s a powerful place to be. There is a quaint little DOC campsite at Ngaruru Bay. If you’re a light sleeper then expect to be woken a few times during the night as the ferries chug on by. I quite like it, the ferries are a symbol of connection between the North and South Islands and play an important role in New Zealand life, they serve to remind you where you are as well - out on an adventure. A somewhat sad but interesting place to visit is the historic Perano Whaling Station, close to the entrance to the Cook Strait. The framework of the factory still exists and there are detailed information panels to learn about what took place there. It is a sombre place but part of the history of the area and an insight into the time period the people lived in. Within the channel there are numerous side trips and places to explore, you can easily spend two to three days in the channel area itself, and if you want fish for dinner, you’re most likely not going to go hungry. When I was an Outward-Bound instructor many years ago, we nicknamed it Ara-paua Island. For the advanced paddlers, there is a short but very committing open ocean leg from Perano Head to Cape Koamaru. With the mythical islands ‘The Brothers’ supervising, there is a 16 km paddle to reach shelter. There is no landing on the east side of Arapaoa and it’s very important to paddle with the tidal streams, which can be ripping like a river. If you got the tidal stream wrong, it’d be easier to the paddle to the North Island, no joke. Passing between West and East Head at the entrance to the Cook Strait,

it’s an intelligent move to go through at slack water, the water hydraulics there can push the ferry around somedays. If you’re lucky enough to have calm settled weather, the north western beaches are havens, between Te Huahua and Onehunga Bays. There are four to five lovely beaches

to explore during the day, with brilliant swimming and snorkeling. To circumnavigate the island, prepare for a 60 to 70 km trip. Starting your trip, you can either paddle out to Arapaoa from Picton easily in a day or take a water taxi which can drop you and your kayaks on the island. Issue 93 Autumn 2019


Whatever your paddling ability, Arapaoa Island offers an excellent multiday trip. If you are wanting some comfort, which I will admit having sought on some trips to the Island, the Homestead at Whekenui Bay is a prime destination with a variety of cosy accommodations. There is also a sea farm with Paua pearls to visit, plus a big sandy beach to enjoy. There is a very nice place to rent and base yourselves from at Burneys Bay. So, between these places and your tent, you have an wide range of overnighting options. Arapaoa provides a unique destination and theme for a sea kayak trip, it’s well worth the effort and highly worthy of whatever time you can give it. Photos by Nathan Fa’avae


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Circumnavigation of Koh Chang Island, Thailand by John Conlin-Jones

I was invited on a Sea paddle to circumnavigate the island of Koh Chang in the Gulf of Thailand by three sea paddlers that I met on a sea kayaking course run by South East Asia kayaking. They have formed a club in Bangkok and carry out sea and river trips throughout Thailand. As you can imagine, this has been a great contact for me as I am always on the

group on the mainland to prepare for the journey. The forecast was for strong to near gale force winds starting in the evening on both days and easing off between 11 am and noon. It was going to be a very rough few days. We heard on our return trip from the trip, that it was even worse on the opposite side of the Gulf of Thailand. They’d had the worst storm in thirty years causing lots of damage to property and disrupting their tourist industry with lots of islands being evacuated.

lookout for people to paddle with here in Thailand. They have passed their three star and are now BCU (British Canoeing) overseas members. The trip was to take place over four days, and we would be camping once on Koh Chang and twice on the islands of Koh Gnam and Koh Man Nai. Luckily, I had brought one of my sea kayaks to my home in Isaan, Western Thailand from Koh Chang where I keep them on a trailer at a friend’s house. I then drove the 500 km to meet the other members of the PAGE 12

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So, after packing our kayaks we set off from the mainland at a place called Natural Beach to complete the 7 km crossing to the island of Koh Chang Noi. Here we had a short break before continuing our journey south west around the island before stopping for lunch on a small beach

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enroute to Than Mayom Waterfall. We had a shower, a change of clothes and an evening meal at a restaurant built over the water. Approx. distance 24 km. On day two we left our campsite at about 8.45 am after some food and our trio continued to Koh Mai Si Yai (Yai means big), a paddle of about twenty kilometres with no landing places until we got there. My Thai paddlers had arranged to meet a friend of theirs who owns a homestay and fish farm and organizes sea fishing trips from his boat. They had arranged to have a seafood lunch of fresh crab and what they called praying mantis. They looked to me like giant sea crayfish with claws like a crab. I was


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amazed how many fish they kept there in large netted lagoons until ready to be eaten or sold on. We rested there a few hours after lunch and then headed off around the island with Koh Mai Si Lek on our left (Lek also means small like Noi) to get to our next campsite on Koh Gnam with the islands of Koh Bai Rang, Koh Mak and Koh Kradat to our left in the distance. Just as we were nearing Koh Ngam we met another friend of theirs staying at a resort nearby with his family. He was fishing from a Sit-on-Top and had just landed a large groper fish. We landed on the island and pitched our tents on a lovely sandspit lined with coconut trees with a beach each side that joins one side of the island to the other. We had a meal and settled into our tents for the night. At about 1 am, as predicted, the wind started

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to blow with gusts near gale force, so we spent most of the night securing our tent and checking the pegs. Approx. distance 32 km. The next morning the wind was still pretty strong and gusting but was forecast to die down by about 11 am, so we had some breakfast, packed our tents and kayaks for the day and the next part of our journey. At about 9.30 am we got back on the water, using the island of Koh Chang as a wind break, stayed close to the shore as much as possible. We then made our way along the coast passing the islands of Koh Wai, Koh Klum and Koh Lao Noi in the distance. When we reached Salak Phet Bay we travelled around another island called Whitesands with a lovely white sandspit on it, again to shelter from the wind and get back across to the coast of Koh Chang. We then stopped for lunch on a deserted beach with a saltwater lagoon at one end and lined with coconut trees. Getting back on the water, we proceeded to our next campsite on the island of Koh Man Noi stopping off at Lonely Beach for a short break. It is not lonely anymore, with lots of tourists preparing for their new year celebrations and lots of music playing. We then made the short paddle to Koh Man Noi just as the wind began to strengthen again. We pitched our tents, had some food and watched the many firework displays taking place on Koh Chang. Again we had another windy night, but not as bad as the night before. Approx. distance 26 km The following morning after breakfast the forecast predicted the wind would ease by about noon, so we decided to leave fairly early as we were close to Koh Chang which would still shelter us from the worst of the wind. There were still occasional gusts and a stiff breeze blowing. We carried on along the coast to the river at Klong Prao after passing the islands of Koh Man Nok, Koh Yuak ,Koh Sewan and Koh Rom. We paddled up the river for a few hundred metres to wish happy new year to friends of mine who own a restaurant and bar set on the river. We then travelled back towards the island of Koh Chang Nai passing the towns of Chai Chet and Whitesands on the island of Koh Chang around the headland passing the PAGE 16

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small gap between Koh Chang and Koh Mapring for a snack on the beach. After the break we paddled across the bay passing between the island of Koh Chang Noi and made the crossing back to the mainland and our starting point. By now the wind had dropped right off. We then took a well-earned shower unpacked our kayaks and loaded our vehicles for the journey home. Approx. distance 24 km. The names of my fellow Thai paddlers are Sarinya Sangiemsak who likes to be callad Amey in English, Somjate Wattanaveakin or Jate for short and Tripod Trimanka, Tu for short. Three great people who all speak pretty good English. My next trip is a six-day trip with four paddlers from my old club in Wales in February around the islands in the archipelago of Koh Ckhang islands. Photos by John Conlin-Jones, Sarinya (Amey) and Somjate Wattanavaekin.



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Giving back to the community Westpac Chopper Swim 2019

By Dai (David) Williams

We have all seen the Auckland Westpac Rescue Chopper flying past at some stage, but did you know that they fly over a thousand missions every year? That means thousands of lives saved. There are many reasons why they are called out. One lady was run over by a horse, many are the result of accidents on our roads, and some are when people get into difficulty in the water. Running an organisation like the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT) is expensive and many people volunteer their time and money to support the trust. This is where an idea dreamt up over a coffee, by a few long-distance swimmers, started an event that now draws swimmers from as far away as Perth. The concept was simple. The swimmers start at Matiatia Bay on Waiheke Island and swim to Mechanics Bay in Auckland. The swimmers Russell and Larraine supported Ian Jones and his team.

are not charged an entry fee, but they do have to make a commitment to raise funds for ARHT. Organising something like this is simple right? Maybe not! The swim is over 20 km and there are a few potential hazards like ships along the way. It also takes quite a long time to swim 20 km, so the swimmers need food to eat and fluids to keep them going. Founder and organiser Olaf Adam realised early on that he needed a sound risk management plan and the right resources to support the swimmers. The most obvious resources were kayakers and people with boats capable of picking up swimmers in need. Slightly complicating matters was the need to accommodate teams of swimmers and solo swimmers. The teams have always had to make their own arrangements for a support boat and a kayaker. Making arrangements for a support boat and a kayaker is not easy for a solo swimmer to organise, especially if they are not from Auckland. This is where a number of Yakity Yak kayakers have made a great contribution. I believe that Peter Beadle was the first one to help. He was followed by a string of other kayakers incuding Richard Saysell, Shaun Maclaren, Greg Dunning, Renee Olivier, Neil Watson and Annette Mitchell. That support grew to the point where Russell and Larraine Williams organised a Yakity Yak trip to Waiheke to coincide with 2019s Westpac Chopper Swim. What a great initiative! The kayakers have a nice weekend out on the Gulf and the swim participants get support from knowledgeable and experienced kayakers. An added bonus with this arrangement was Auckland Canoe & Kayak providing use of a kayak trailer freeof-charge. We used the trailer to transport a number of kayaks across to Waiheke on the day before the swim.


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There were also some great stories. My favorite is about a delightful chap called Karim. Karim had polio as a child and he grew up in Afghanistan. Not exactly the sort of background for a solo swimmer in a 20 km ocean swim. Think again! He participated as member of a two-person team in 2018. The organisers paired Greg Dunning up with Karim’s team as their support kayaker. Greg obviously made a great impression because Karim called Greg in advance of the 2019 swim to be his support kayaker.

Karim Rostami and Greg Dunning at the finish line

Neil Watson was another person who received a call direct from one of the swimmers – Denise Clarke. Denise used the swim as a practice for an even bigger challenge; swimming the English Channel. Olaf Adam, Founder and Organiser says, “As we have seen in past events, conditions can be challenging. Strong winds and choppy swells can make life very difficult, particularly for the support kayakers. Having a core group of experienced and highly capable kayakers makes a huge difference. They know the Gulf like the back of their hands and can handle whatever is thrown at them - that’s a real comfort for me.“ “Their advice is grounded on decades of paddling these waters. We’re a very young event and are still learning. Having these guys with


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their combined experience on the Team makes a huge difference for everyone involved.” “I can’t thank the crew enough and hope they’ll keep coming back.” Russell Williams made these comments from his perspective as a corporate sponsor, kayaker and past Canoe & Kayak business owner. “The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust service is an essential part of the safety net that as a kayaker and someone involved in the kayak business I rely on. I am very happy to support the Trust in any way I can and will continue to support this event. It is very re-assuring to know that when you really need help there is somebody there to give assistance and save your life.”

ARHT Events Manager Leanda Hunt says, as with previous years, “The Westpac Chopper Swim 2019 continues to be the perfect example of what can be achieved when many kind-hearted Kiwis come together for a good cause. The shared passion for ocean swimming, adventure, and the work of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter are so clearly evident on the day and it’s lovely to be a part of this “buzz”. The swimmers have an

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awesome crew of loved ones around them which, ultimately, helps our rescue crews play their part in the life of our community too. We are very grateful for every single person involved including our own team of volunteers. We are simply blown away by 2019s efforts and the amazing fundraising result. A big ‘Thank You’ and ‘Well Done to all.”

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Cold Tips

By Ruth E. Henderson

When the water in the bowl inside the chook house freezes solid you know it’s going to be cold out on the water! It was June. We were house-sitting at St Arnaud on the shores of Lake Rotoiti within the Nelson National Park and I was linking up with the Nelson Canoe Club for the second time within a fortnight. Serendipity, a chance meeting on the water at French Pass, in March had already connected me to Jo Kay, their President. So, I’d come forewarned of their trip program and armed with kayak and warm paddling kit, including my newly acquired Sharkskin’s: beanie to socks with the Chillproof – Climate Control long-sleeved top and long pants in between. For my hands I had my old standbys - disposable vinyl gloves under poly prop gloves and pink dish-washing gloves as a back-up. She’d be right!

The sun peeped out, the water was calm, but that wee breeze was bloody freezing my mitts off. With a Greenland paddle there was no way I could have dry hands. With such a slim covering there was no way I could have warm hands. My upper extremities were in pain. A contrast to the rest of me. We stopped at Whisky Falls for a coffee and walk, then headed for Cold Water Hut at the head of the lake where some intrepid paddlers had stayed the night. Basking in the sun on the jetty my hands unthawed, a bit. On the return trip we travelled alongside the St Arnaud Range’s hanging valleys and stony beaches. The bellbirds had warmed up and provided us with a song or two, but the only tune my hands were listening to was pain. I’ve now got some Sharkskin gloves. Lake Rotoiti at Coldwater hut end

On the shortest day of the year, fourteen of us met at Kerr Bay, Lake Rotoiti. Most of the Nelson folk had driven down the afternoon before and stayed at one of the bachs in this alpine village. At 8.00 am it was minus 4.7 degrees. The frost was crunchy on the grass, on the stones at the lake edge, on cars, on the tie-downs, on kayaks and inside the kayaks - if no cockpit cover was used! Before we’d even launched, I was rueing my cavalier approach to my hands. I hadn’t appreciated how cold minus 5-degrees rising to plus 5-degree days were. As we were unloading, under the woolly hats and puffer jackets it was a surprise to recognise ex Yakity Yak North Shore paddlers Chris and Karen Tews who had escaped Auckland, and were loving the tramping, cycling and kayaking opportunities on their doorstep. PAGE 22

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when cooking or setting up camp. And the stockist, Haddad’s outdoor clothing shop in Otorohanga shop is a fun place, a shopping experience, well worth a detour.

Lake Rotoiti vista

Dry suits – they look like ‘full-body armour’ and a struggle to get into, but those who use these swear by them. You can add numerous layers underneath and even after multiple dunking’s or rolls, emerge dry! Neck - A “Buff” not only protects your neck and face from sun and wind, but stops delicate skin getting irritated and scratched from the Velcro neck fastenings of paddle jackets. Alternatively try a balaclava. Head – a warm head is essential. Wool is good, and cosy when dry. The Sharkskin beanie is not bulky and fits well underneath a wide-brimmed rain or sunhat and dries overnight. Hands – disposable vinyl surgical type gloves or washing-up gloves work well in the Waikato but are not adequate at minus 0-degree temperatures. I’ve seen poggies work well on European paddles, but when you are used to a Greenland paddle and sliding your hands along the shaft and blade, they would take some adjusting to. Buy proper paddling gloves. The thumb and two finger-less ones are designed for the likes of fishermen who need to do fine work…but I’d recommend five fingered ones for paddling. Feet - Put socks (woollen or Sharkskin) on before your long pants, then slip into your booties. In this order, it’s a lot easier to pull off your tight ankleted pants at the end of the day.

Cold Tips for camping and kayaking in cold conditions (gained in Alaska and in NZ). Jackets – if you can tolerate neoprene/ latex on your neck and wrists – whitewater jackets certainly keep your arms a lot drier. The wrist gasket stops the dreaded under arm trickle. Trousers – for around camp, the “Swazi” pants with their waterproof knee and bottom patches are fantastic, for sitting and kneeling, as you do,

If you can find a plastic bag these days… slipping those on before you pull on wet booties, keeps your toes toastie, as long as you can launch without getting water over the top of your booties. If you do get ice inside your booties, a trick I witnessed on the winter “Kayak for Child Cancer” expedition, was to pour hot water into them. Around camp, even in summer, with long wet grass, use gumboots. In Alaska we used gumboots (called Alaskan tennis shoes) as booties. Maybe not ‘safe’ in a capsize, but at least you had dry warm feet when the water





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Karen Tews – using poggies Photo by: Chris Tews

at launching was not just icy-cold but had ice cubes in it.

Coldwater hut jetty – dry suits in evidence

(Recommendation to ‘Reed’ and ‘Sharkskin’ – put an orange or red stripe or flash on your small gear. It’s hard to find black beanies, gloves and socks on the floor of a tent in the half-dark, or in the depths of a dry bag.) Kayak – in your boat, line the area under your legs and feet with your inflated “thermorest” sleeping mat. I learnt this trick in Alaska. Use a cockpit cover to keep out the rain, frost, snow… and to provide dry storage for bulky gear such as your buoyancy aid when camping. Use this both on and off the car. Use a carabiner or tie to attach it to your deck bungies when travelling…. just in case it decides to take up flying. Tent - Putting a tarp underneath your tent will help not only protect PAGE 24

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Lake Rotoiti – heading to hut

Ruth - in Sharkskin’s, at Lake Rotoiti

the floor from sharp objects but give you an extra bit of insulation. Make sure it doesn’t extend beyond your fly, as if it does, you’ll be soon floating on water if it rains.

Motueka - There’s snow on those hills

An inflatable, foam or down mattress, the thicker the better, is beneficial not just for achy bones but warmth, insulating you from the cold earth. Air mattresses can become very cold. Some folk carry an old-fashioned hot water bottle, or a mini version of one, complete with a furry jacket. My latest trick is to put boiling water into my stainless-steel water bottle and then wrap it in an item of clothing. The next day I have cold, boiled water to drink; a damp top gets dry, and my sleeping bag gets cosy. N.B. This doesn’t work with the thermos styled water bottles.

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In the middle of November 2018 three friends; Lachie Carracher, Robert Collister and Sam Ricketts set off on a mission to northern Sumatra. We were all in high hopes and looking for our chance to exploit the regions un-run rivers, creeks and waterfalls before the third Asahan River Festival commenced at the end of the month. Every year for the last three years, Lachie and myself have been traveling to this amazing country and Lachie has spent the last 9 years coming back. We have both been running the world-renowned kayaking festival on the Asahan River ‘Toba Wild - The Asahan River Festival’. This time around we had Robert Collister on board, a solid kayaker from Okere Falls NZ, and we all had a couple weeks to kill before everything kicked off with the festival. We all met up with our great friend Ubul, who is the owner of a local rafting and travel company, a river enthusiast, local guide and our chauffeur. We scoured Google Earth and used local word of mouth to discover that we had landed in the new mecca of waterfall and slide kayaking in southeast Asia. Sumatra is the most northern island of Indonesia, where the last supervolcano, Toba, erupted 50,000 years ago. This was the biggest super-volcano to go off in human history and put the earth into a volcanic winter for over a decade, pushing humankind to the brink of extinction. So obviously Sumatra is rich in natural history and the local people are more than welcoming. The ingredients for a successful waterfall exploratory mission were perfect; the highly volcanic history means there are hundreds of basalt canyons with tea-cup waterfalls, huge vertical spires created by lava flows breaking away by the waterflow, leaving deep gorges, and big clean drops. Sumatra is very close to the equator; this gives it a very reliable monsoon season. The rain comes like clockwork, so you can plan your day quite easily, but you have to be in the right place at the right time because it comes hard and fast, and then the waters gone again!

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We arrived in Medan, the biggest city in the island of Sumatra, at 8 pm local time after a big transit with kayaks. We were greeted by two young men who couldn't speak any English, and we couldn’t speak Indonesian, so we were communicating through Google Translate for an hour or two before we came to the conclusion that they were here to pick us up. We all piled into the back of a pick-up that was covered by a huge tarp. We sat on kayaks, and our bags, and struggled through a seven-hour drive through the busy and bouncy north Sumatran streets and backcountry roads. We arrived in Siantar, Ubuls hometown, around 4 am. He greeted us with open arms, and we slept the remainder of the night through the morning. Late morning, we were relaxing for the first time after our transit so it was perfect timing when we all heard a small bell making its way down the street towards us. It was the noodle man, working his way around the community with his fresh local handmade breakfast noodles. We almost bought him out and enjoyed our first breakfast in the sun. Our first goal was to find a perfect 30 ft drop (10 metres) that we had seen on Google. It seemed like a tourist attraction because there were countless selfies taken with the waterfall. We asked around and Ubul talked to his connections in town. We set off after lunchtime to get this waterfall done, three in the front and three in the back of the truck. As soon as we started driving, we were hit by hard rain, so hard we had to stop because the windshield wipers couldn’t move fast enough. A friend of Ubul’s was having his wedding the same day, so we stopped there, got out of the truck and followed him under cover into a full-on traditional batak style wedding. There was loud music, dancing and singing. They all offered us huge plates of delicious food and welcomed us to their country. When the rain subsided, we carried on with our journey. After hours it seemed, and stops to question local people, we made it to the waterfall. It started as a big slide into a small pool then off another 10 metre vertical drop! We were so excited. We didn’t have enough water to run the slide at the beginning, but the drop was good



Sam, Tibet Falls- Photo by Lachie Carracher We found a few drops and slides but as time progressed, we had to put energy into preparing for the Asahan River festival. Much is out there still waiting to be found and run. During last year’s festival on the Asahan River, we also had the opportunity to run another new waterfall that we found out, runs directly into the Asahan River. Newly named ‘Union Falls’ is a 15 metre, technical lead-in waterfall. It is picture perfect and the access could not be easier. I ran it first followed by fellow kayaker Liam Fournier. I expect that this waterfall will be run countless more times at the Toba Wild- Asahan River Festival this year, and we are excited about the new unexplored waterfalls that will be discovered in the future. Before the 2019 Asahan River Festival commences, the plan is to have a full-blown exploratory mission to discover the potential of this amazing country one waterfall at a time. Entries are open for this year already, so please visit for all inquiries about this year's festival, follow us on Facebook & Instagram ‘Toba Wild- Asahan River Festival’ and we will keep you in the loop about how you can get in on this amazing opportunity and participate in one of the best river festivals and competitions in the world.

Sam in Perfect Storm- Photo Alex Nicks

to go! I suited up first to run it, surrounded by an ever-growing local crowd who were very curious about what we were up to and why we had stopped in their village. It’s a picture-perfect waterfall that if we came back, and had more water, would be one of the coolest Grade Five park n hucks ever! We can’t wait to return to it again, and to keep exploring the area, which is full of rivers, falls and delicious noodles.

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Want to Become a Kayak Guide or Instructor? By Peter Townend After thirty years of teaching kayaking skills to thousands of people, both young and old, I have had time to reflect on how enjoyable and rewarding my career has been. As we get older, we are become aware of the importance of bringing in new blood to the industry to keep it alive for future generations. To give the young ones the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, to connect with the environment and hopefully enjoy a long and rewarding career.

Any other comments? Just a massive thank you to Pete and the team for all their training and help. It’s definitely stuck with me and I won’t ever forget it! We thank you Chelsi for your comments and we wish you well for your new house build and your future.

So, we asked Chelsi Williams about her introduction to Kayak Guiding and how she found her Canoe & Kayak Instructor Training helped her in her career. 1./ How long were you training with us? I can’t exactly remember how long... I think maybe three or so months. 2./ Did you enjoy your training? I loved my training with Canoe & Kayak. Especially the overnight skill courses, as I found teaching other people how to do/ improve the basic skills really improved my basic skills. 3./ How well do you feel your training set you up to be a guide/ instructor? It’s definitely helped me out a lot with my guiding and it’s helped my clients too, as I can give them little tips which helps them throughout the day. And I find they enjoy their day a lot more as they aren’t so tired and sore halfway through the trip because I have shown them the correct technique. Which I wouldn’t have been able to give them without going on and teaching the skill courses. 4./ What was most memorable about your training? Pete’s little sayings for paddling technique like; punching forward like your Joseph Parker, holding your paddle loose like your holding your grandma’s fine china and of course keeping the box shape while paddling and rotating. 5./ What did you enjoy the most? I really enjoyed getting out there and teaching others on the skills courses, as I found everything stuck in my head a lot easier that way. 6./ What opportunities have opened up having gained you instructors qualification? Since doing this course I have been kayak guiding with Kaiteriteri Kayaks in the Abel Tasman National Park for five seasons, currently going into my sixth. And I am now also the assistant operations manager which is great and challenging at times. But I definitely wouldn’t have this position without my training with Canoe & Kayak.



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Book Review Title: Paddle Subtitle: A long way around Ireland Author: Jasper Winn Published: 2011 Publisher: Sort of Books UK Website: Contents: 321 pp, sketch maps, b&w photos Cover: softcover Size: 129 x 198 mm Price: NZ$ 16.70 (May 2019) ISBN: 978 0 95600 388 1 Availability: Review: Paul Caffyn I thoroughly enjoyed reading this narrative about an Irish bloke paddling around his home island. Although there are well written books by Brian Wilson (Dances with Waves) and Chris Duff (On Celtic Tides) on earlier solo trips around Ireland, once I started reading Paddle, it was my bedtime reading until it was finished. Jasper’s boyhood was in West Cork (Southern Ireland) and he left school at the age of 10 and educated himself by reading, riding horses, learning farming/rural skills and playing music. As a teenager he spent a summer paddling a fibreglass kayak out of Dublin, along rivers and canals that carried him across the country, then south through England and down the full length of France. In the mid 80s with two mates in two folding kayaks, he paddled 2,000 kms down the Danube. Apart from a short trip to Patagonia, the earlier trips had all avoided the ‘big grey seas outside’. A circumnavigation of Ireland was in the back of Jasper’s mind for nigh on three decades but a first attempt by Jasper and his partner Elizabeth in 2006 came to a sudden halt after only four days with a painful gallstone attack. Two stays in hospital left him barely able to walk 100 yards with a stick. However on 9 June the following year, Jasper set off solo in a yellow plastic Necky Narpa from South Cork and headed westwards for a clockwise paddle around Ireland. The writing flows nicely with a good mix of all the highs and lows of solo expedition paddling, the morning climb into a damp, cold wetsuit, wretched wet and windy weather, trying to find a sheltered, level campsite at dusk, but great encounters with locals from friendly seals, to a huge intimidating shark, and the evening missions to find a local pub and join in with a jam session. Jasper’s descriptions of the coastline, fauna, flora and locals he met are easy to visualize with no over dramatization or embellishment. Aside from the writing style, I like the expedition style of this bloke – no sponsorship, no website to update each night – very much on the bones of his arse trip. Below are a few comments from a website which mentioned the book: It's the pubs that make Ireland a rather better bet to paddle around than, say, Australia. Company and talk was a large part of what my trip was intended to be about. From the age of seven, I grew up in rural West Cork and, although I left as a teenager, I still think of it as home. I wanted to test out my Irishness – to talk, drink and play music.

The trip also gave me a reminder of just how gorgeous the place is. My exploration of Ireland had been patchy before setting off in the kayak. I have travelled along some of its canals, ridden around County Cork, and lived for a spell in Dublin. But when you work your way, slowly, around a thousand miles of a country, you start to see places in a different way. You get to camp in solitude on uninhabited islands. You get to see wild places, such as Inishmurray or the Blaskets, where the harshness of life finally drove the population to the mainland in the Forties and Fifties. And one long day, I paddled past the Aran Islands, the home of TV's fictional Father Ted. Looking at the distant rocks, I was reminded of Father Dougal's take on relativity: 'Ah, Ted, that cow over there is very small, isn't it?' 'No Dougal, it's not, it's just a long way away.' I felt on many occasions that a similar misconception summed up my own trip. Ireland isn't that small at all. And out at sea, it can seem an awfully long way away. The book is paperback size, which leaves the four section maps with lettering a tad small for older eyes. The only photos in the text are included as chapter headings. The only colour pics are six small photos on the inside cover and a small photo of the author on the inside cover. I recommend Paddle as a fine kayaking reading companion, fitting easily into a kayak compartment, for bedtime reading and bad weather days. But given how well written it is, I would have liked to see a hardcover edition produced with more pictures in the text, such as the ‘journey’s end’ pic which I nobbled from a website. Issue 93 Autumn 2019


Boot camp with a difference! By Laura Stevens


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What is a boot camp you ask? Boot camp is a high intensity work out! Anything from body weight exercises to weights to hill sprints! At Gymspot we love variety! On Saturday March the 6th we were lucky enough to enjoy the experience of heading out to sea in double sea kayaks. We hired them from the team at Canoe & Kayak North Shore who were very helpful! Great way to change things up! It was a lovely morning out on the water, very calm! We paddled out to Moturekareka Island had a hot cuppa, a swim and a paddle around and then headed back to Martins Bay. It's amazing what we have up in the Rodney district : lots to explore at our doorstep! Great kayaks and a great crew! Not only a wonderful morning out on the water but a challenging work out too! Apparently, some of the group, I won’t mention names, headed home for a nanna nap. More burpees required for Monday night’s workout I think! PAGE 38

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Laura Stevens – Personal Trainer/ Group Fitness & Gym Floor Instructor at Gymspot, Warkworth! It is my passion to lead a healthy fit lifestyle! Nutrition and fitness are two major factors I incorporate into my daily life! I love helping others develop healthy habits to create a balanced lifestyle they can enjoy! I want to show people the long-lasting benefits you can create when you make your health and fitness a priority. I train hard, from heavy lifts in the gym to a lot of outdoor events! I love the pump! I have a back ground of hard physical farming jobs but have taken the leap and taken up another passion of mine and have started here at Gymspot!

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At the end of the holiday season, we hear of the near misses many paddlers have had. So we thought it prudent to consider how we transport our beloved kayaks and what regulations apply to carrying them. Transport Authorities know that ever more kayaks are being carried on our roads. Nicholas reports an incident: We came back from Mt Maunganui carrying an Eco Bezhig and a Bliss Stick MAC1 on my roof racks. With a flag attached the load overhung the car’s tail by about one metre. But as usual with weekend kayaking we were behind time and driving home in the dark. Exiting Hunterville we were pulled over by a police officer for not having a light on our overhanging load. Luckily for us the officer was in a nice mood and let us off the $350 fine with a warning. He suggested that all we needed was a bike light and, since our flag was faded and thrashed from lots of use, we should probably get a new one. Nicholas, finding no information on the regulations, asked NZ Kayak Magazine for help. The bare facts are: Regulations on overhanging loads. If a load extends more than one metre beyond the front or rear, or 200 mm beyond the sides of your vehicle, during daylight you must attach: •

flags (coloured white or fluorescent red, orange or yellow, at least 400 mm long by 300 mm wide)

or • standard hazard warning panels (coloured yellow/green with an orange stripe, at least 400 mm long by 300 mm wide). During the hours of darkness, you must have lights on the load visible in clear weather for at least 200 metres: •

at the rear and facing backward, coloured red (if the load extends sideways or to the rear)

at the front and facing forward, coloured white or amber (if the load extends sideways or forwards)

If the overall width of the projecting load is one metre or less, then place one flag or panel or light at the centre of the load. If the load is wider than one metre, then place a flag or panel or light at each corner of the projecting load.

Note: If your load covers up essential lights on your vehicle or trailer, you must fit temporary lights to your load to make sure you comply with legal requirements. A vehicle lighting retailer or garage can advise you on purchasing and fitting temporary lights to your load. Recreational equipment Surf boards, windsurfer boards, paddles, kayaks, canoes and skis should be carried in or on racks that are suitable for the weight and size of the object. At least two clamps or lashings need to be used to keep them secure during travel if they’re carried outside the vehicle. Large boards that are placed on a roof rack can be severely affected by the air flowing over the vehicle. Both the lashings (or clamps) holding the board to the rack, and the fittings holding the rack to the vehicle, need to be strong enough to hold the board in place throughout the journey. Use additional lashings connecting the load directly to the vehicle if you are carrying a large board or canoe. (reference:

Suggestions Before you buy a roof rack, check the weight your vehicle can safely carry on its roof. (Look in the vehicle’s manual) Check the roof rack’s safe load. Consult your roof rack specialist to find the system which best suits your vehicle and the accessories needed for your specific load. While weight will seldom be your problem, bulkiness and length are very likely to cause trouble. When a kayak overhangs, and regardless of the accessories used to mount it, you must tie the bow to the front of the car and the stern to the back to prevent the boat from lifting in the wind. There is huge leverage at the end of a kayak which could well rip your roof rack off! And no, this will not be covered by warranty. The normal spacing of roof racks to suit the shape of most kayaks is about 700 mm. Any further apart and your kayak may touch the roof between the bars. The accessories you’ll need will depend on the number of boats to be carried, what the kayak is made of, and what else you are carrying. If you are carrying composite boats, you should invariably use a set of kayak cradles. These four pads hold the kayak firmly in place without the need to over-tighten the load straps and cause compression cracks.

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Winter is Upon Us - Let’s Hit the Slopes!


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With the onset of winter, many of us are eyeing up the slopes in readiness for the first dump. That first foray on to the slopes is like no other of the season. The anticipation of the season to come, how well has the field been compacted? Is the base layer enough to hold the top layer? Unless you’re cruising in a 4 X 4 or planning to use “the goat” to get up the mountain, you are likely to need a set of chains. But how do you choose which ones are the right size and what are the pitfalls? What are chains? Chains are temporarily fitted to the driving wheels to improve traction in snow, ice or mud. They are temporary, only use them when required and at speeds of less than 20 km per hour. Be aware, not all chains are suitable for off-road/ gravel roads. It depends on the model and fitment of each set. This will be specified in the features of the product you are purchasing or ask the sales team. A set of chains will cost you between $109 and $949 depending on size and durability. Cheaper chains will be lighter construction and therefore unlikely to last as long as a heavier duty set. If you an avid skier, don’t skimp on your safety. Find the best quality you can that will last you for many seasons. If you are only on the mountain once or twice a season, then perhaps a cheaper set may suffice. At the Roof Rack Centre, we supply Thule/ Konig chains as they are well known and reliable. They use a diamond configuration, giving optimum traction with minimal noise or vibration, while still being easy to fit.

It is imperative you get a set of chains to fit your car, as many vehicles do not have the clearance between tyres and body work, and/ or brake lines to allow chains to be fitted. If your tyres are equipped with electronic sensors, poorly fitted chains can also interfere with them. As with all safety equipment, practice using them BEFORE you need them. It ain’t no fun, fitting chains for the first time in a snowstorm… The product manual will explain how to fit your chains and what clearances are required. Ensure your chains can be fitted without having to move the vehicle. This makes fitting in that snowstorm so much easier. Look after your chains - Clean dirt, snow or ice off your chains after each use to prevent surface rust. Shake off the ice and snow after you have used them and leave them out of the bag to dry overnight. Driving with chains: As stated, chains are only to be used at slow speeds, so take your time. Take it easy; if you lose traction, ease off on the gas. Spinning your wheels will eventually wear through the chains, causing them to break and possibly damaging the underside of the car. Avoid sudden movements.

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As normal, brake on the straight, before turning into a corner. Take the corner even slower than you usually would and start to accelerate again when the vehicle is on the straight. Drive to the conditions; Exposed bridges and overpasses ice over faster than roads because the wind and weather cools them faster. Gullies and shaded corners are always icier as they are shaded from direct sunlight. Hard packed snow will turn to ice when it freezes, making the conditions more dangerous at night and early in the morning. Increase your following distance: Your vehicle will take longer to stop on snow or ice. Deep snow: If you get stuck, clear the snow from around the vehicle and create a track for the tyres to move through. Once you’re on ground with less snow covering, you’ll get better traction. Black ice is common in shaded areas, around waterways and lakes, so be careful when and where you brake to prevent skidding or sliding. If you encounter a skid or slide, take your foot off the accelerator and turn the steering wheel in the direction the vehicle is moving to help gain control. If the conditions are severe, stay at home! There will always be another day.


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Smoothly does it, brake gently - Start softly and only apply more pressure as the vehicle starts to slow. Keeping brake pressure smooth will avoid locking up the wheels.


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Extend Your Vehicles Usable Space

By Roger Devonshire

An awning is a fantastic way to take your adventure to the next level, and Rhino-Rack has a range to suit just about any application. There are a few things you need to consider if you’re in the market for an awning. You don’t need to over-complicate things, but before making a purchase you should consider the following; vehicle size and shape, shade coverage, UV protection

vehicle and opt away from a 2.5m awning there are plenty of ways to increase your shade coverage. However, if you have a larger vehicle and don’t need a large amount of shade, the 2m awnings may be what you’re after. When it comes to how much shade you want to create, Rhino-Rack’s awning range offers several options.

and water resistance.

It’s also important to remember that these awnings are compatible with many accessories, all of which can help customise your set up to suit your needs.

Vehicle Size and Shape

Each Rhino-Rack Awning comes in two sizes 2m and 2.5m. An awning shouldn’t exceed the length of the vehicle and should be installed with relatively equal overhang each side of the rack. When the awning is open, you need to consider if it will interfere with doors opening, particularly for 270-degree awnings on hatchbacks. If you have a hatch which opens considerably higher than the roof, you’ll need to keep in mind there may be limited rear access when a 270-degree awning is extended. The width between your front and rear roof racks should be greater than 700mm and the overhang on either side shouldn’t exceed 1000 mm. If your roof racks are too close or there is excessive overhang, you may damage the racks or the awning while driving or when set up in high wind.

Coverage area

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UV Protection and Water Resistance

Awnings are great for keeping cool in the shade and staying dry if it rains, but keep in mind not all awnings are created equally. You should make sure the awning you purchase will provide sun protection and water resistance. Our awnings are made from high-quality rip stop and PU2000mm water-resistant PVC (210D P/OX W/R PU2000mm) with an independently tested UPF 50+. You shouldn’t settle for anything less! If you’re not up to date with the jargon don’t worry, it’s not that complicated. UPF is the ultraviolet protection factor and it refers to the proportion of UV radiation which can penetrate a material. UPF 50+ is the maximum achievable and means only 2% of UV can penetrate the material, so bear in mind while it does provide some protection it’s not 100% and you should always wear a hat and sunscreen. So that’s UPF, now for water resistance, PU refers to polyurethane which is a coating added to fabrics to fill in the gaps between the threads so water cannot seep through. A water rating (HH) is the degree of water in a column a fabric will endure

until 3 drops of water seep through. In this case, our awnings will withstand a two-meter column of water before water will seep through.

Product Range Rhino-Rack Sunseeker:

It’s important to consider the higher the water resistance the heavier and more ridged the fabric. We’ve kept the quality high while keeping the weight down so you can carry more and stay dry. Having the right gear can be the difference between a great comfortable, dry escape and a miserable burnt or saturated weekend away. These are two areas you don’t want to skimp on.

Sunseeker 2.5 m Awning - 2100 mm x 2500 mm - 5.25 m2

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PAGE 47 Ph: 0800 866322 Recreational and commercial roof rack systems to fit all vehicles and a huge range of accessories including:

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The Nautic Kayak Lifter is a complete system for easily loading and unloading Sit-on-Top kayaks. It is the only one in the market that has an 80 kg load capacity, does not require any heavy lifting and a single person can operate it using the included winch. The unit is designed to be neatly stored on the roof of your vehicle beside your kayak when not in operation. Important Note: Designed to fit Rhino-Rack Vortex and Thule Aero systems with bar overhang with at least 100 mm excluding pad and clamp setups. This means it will not fit our Vortex 2500, Vortex 2500 RS, RSS, RSF, RSP, SG systems.

Ski and Snowboard Carrier The largest variant of Rhino-Rack’s Ski and Snowboard Carrier range meaning you can carry up to 6 pairs of skis or 4 snowboards – perfect for a family or group of friends. Keep the interior of your vehicle dry and clutter free simply by placing your skis or snowboard on the roof. The simplicity of RhinoRack engineering means you can easily get on with your winter adventure. Then all you do is snap it shut, lock it for protection and you’re on the road. The release mechanism allows you to open and close the Ski and Snowboard Carrier with gloved hands, which is a huge benefit after a full day on the slopes.


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Make loading kayaks easy Easy quick mounting and dismounting boat roller. No need for a heavy permanently mounted system that effects handling and fuel consumption. 2 mounting positions to fit most vehicle. Just apply to clean glass or paintwork when needed. Then use roller to roll kayak onto your vehicle.

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Get Excited! Get into this Lifestyle Business Canoe & Kayak and the Roof Rack Centre Botany is proving to be a winner! Grab this opportunity to join our team. This new location is now ready for an owner operator to take it to the next level. Full training is provided, so there’s no stopping you! For more information contact: Peter Townend 0274 529 255

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15S Length: 4.57 m Width: 559 mm Weight: 20.0 kg



Length: 4.88 m

Length: 5.18 m

Width: 559 mm

Width: 572 mm

Weight: 21.0 kg

Weight: 22.6 kg

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