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Issue 54 contents
Speight’s Coast to Coast Race Report: 26
Features Sea Kayaking
08 Kiwis Kayaking Kanakyland - Friends & Family paddling 16 Tail winds, Food and Coffee, make for a very civilised
New Caledonia. time - Kayaking Queen Charlotte Sound.
22 Kayaking Tonga 2009 32 Remote Camping - Rediscover some of our more
48 “Orca!” - Some Sit-on-top kayakers got up close. remote campsites.
Kayak Fishing Multisport
30 Kayak Fishing - Holiday Style. 6 What Next? - Finished training for the Speight’s Coast to
Coast. So where to now?
White Water Kayaking
12 From Lake to Sea - the inaugural Rangiteiki
14 Realm - Josh Neilson’s new film.
26 Speight’s Coast to Coast 2010 - Race report.
31 Trans Taupo Under New Direction.
Quick find from the cover Canoe Slalom
24 Kiwi Success at Aussie Slalom Nationals.
20 Technical - Insurance, are you covered?
28 Technical - Beacons of Hope. EPIRBS...
I S S U E 5 4 34 Technical - Rock Snot not the only pest to look out for
35 Join us for a summer of fun - listings of
36 Product Focus - New Skua!
38 Start your adventure here - Courses available
08 Kayaking Kanakyland 40 Smokin’ Aces - Smokers you can take with you.
41 Buyers Guide
14 Josh Neilson on his latest
white water film -
Coast to Coast 2010 26 Front cover photo: Gareth Burgess of Mission Kayaking carving up at
Some of our favourite remote
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Wow, how would you do this? flood and the telephone network
goes down. You would think that
Ta k e a r o u n d 1 0 0 0 a t h l e t e s ,
the race would be cancelled but
probably 2000 support crew, oh no not in these guys hands,
hundreds of officials, set a course they just ‘step up to the plate’ with
across the South Island, set up all the Apollo 13 attitude that ‘failure
the check points, arrange the traffic is not an option’. They change
management including police road the course several times to suit
the conditions and demands of
closures etc, etc, etc, etc.
government agencies and get
That would be out of my league to most people through to finish
start with, but then picture the potential the race.
chaos when half way through the race the Absolutely stunning. Well done Robin volunteer officials, the competitors
heavens open, the river looks as if it will Judkins, Dale Coulter, his team, all the and their support crews for organising,
reorganising and competing in this year’s
Speight’s Coast to Coast.
Read these issues online... www.kayaknz.co.nz The joy of multisport to me (a very
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The Buddy System
Scott Challenor and Steve Knowles provide
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Women and Kayak Fishing
Karen Knowles talks to a newbie kayak fisher-woman.
Taking on Jeff’s Joy
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at ne xt?
W h - James Kuegler shares tips on
staying motivated post event.
There is often a similar theme when it comes to the post- Most people can force themselves to endure the torment of
event actions of many individuals after a race such as the training through early mornings, aching muscles and
Coast to Coast. Chances are you have made significant unfavorable weather for a (short) period
of time. I am willing to
financial, physical, social, family, and emotional sacrifices
to get to the start line of such an event.
You elatedly finish, though as you cross the finish line, it is as
though there is an anti-climactic paradigm shift. For weeks before,
you likely had single-minded determination and focus towards
your goal. For weeks, if not months after, you drift without
direction, feasting on rubbish food and avoiding the likes of
your inhumane fibreglass kayak seat. The realisation that your
six-pack has rapidly become a keg, is for many the type of
emotional jolt that allows them to reset, and refocus towards a
With a goal in mind such a rut is much less likely, even
less so if you take it one step further and map out a plan for
beyond your event. As I write I am putting the finishing touches on
my preparation for the Coast to Coast, and I have also spent some time your
putting the foundations in place as I build towards Total Sport’s North motivation will fade, as
Shore City Coastal Challenge. I am definitely not suggesting that there discipline alone will never sustain you
shouldn’t be a period of rest and recovery after any event, though by over a longer period of time.
This is why your goals need to be extremely real, so vibrant in your
“unless my goals raised the hairs on the back mind that they are almost tangible. In his book “Lucky Legs”, Steve
Gurney makes the comment that “unless my goals raised the hairs on
of my neck... they weren’t powerful enough to
the back of my neck, made my stomach tighten, put a big cheesy smile
guarantee success.” on my face, made me flush, raised my heart rate or put a really big
spring in my step, they weren’t powerful enough to guarantee success.”
having the intent and desire already present, it allows me to leapfrog in Goals of this nature never falter, even when things are not going your
my progression. way. Dr. Kerry Spackman talks of motivation being constantly topped up
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Kiwis Kayaking Kanakyland
by Nora Flight
Do you fancy an easy, warm, one way kayak trip along palm
lined beaches with occasional foreign cultural exchanges?
You can paddle, land on a beach, snorkle over multi-coloured
coral into clear deep blue water on La Cote Oubliee – the
Forgotten Coast - where kayakers are rarely seen.
Four ‘Flights’ were in good company with four from the Rynn/Williams
family planning our trip for 6 months. Though individually and together we
had enjoyed remote expeditions for many years.This time we were going
where there is no cell phone or VHF radio coverage. Our sea kayaking
skills would be critical and of course we had to be ready to cope with
On 30th June ‘09 Bevan and I were checking piles of gear on the cool floor
of l’auberge de jeunesse in Noumea when fourteen year old Tarn Rynn’s Early morning camp 4 - Photo by Al Rynn.
distant Kiwi voice caused smiles. The expedition’s eight had meshed.
Odon Vanhalle heads ‘Terraventure’, an organisation of outdoor Despite trepidations, in a sweaty 2 hours our plastic Prijon kayak
enthusiasts. He supplied our kayaks and for three hours drove us doubles were stuffed to the gunwales. The large food
through the rugged hinterland of Noumea to Mamie, the end of the road bag, bursting
Will it all fit.
on the South East coast of New Caledonia. It is a typical Kanak village of Our 'put in'
lightly made shacks in tidy yards amid flowering plants. A 90 km coastline
inaccessible by road, stretched invitingly northwards.
An easy start on day 1, using a tent fly -
Photo Al Rynn.
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Approaching Menyuru Is with a rare tail breeze.
with a mix of French cuisine and Kiwi Freeze Palm lined sandy beaches between the
Dri, stowed between my legs, shrank all too headlands were perfect for camping, and there
slowly over the next 8 days. was usually water. Following Terraventure’s
A gap in the reef 200 metres out, allowed suggested itinerary, which recommended Limi
us easy passage to the open sea. In a small suitable, but not essential, camps, we pitched ers
following chop we rafted together, rigged a tents almost on someone’s front lawn in the
fly/sail with paddles as spars and covered Nickel mining community of Quinne. Fresh
15 kms in 2 hours. Someone said and all bread from the mine’s shop was a bonus, as was
agreed, “This is the life” We caught a few fish chatting to expat New Zealanders.
and Bevan hooked a Spanish mackerel, the My favourite camp was on a narrow neck of
largest fish caught for the trip. land where we pitched our tents on a grassy
In fading light we paddled the last 2 km glade amongst hibiscus, palms and ficus. It
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for easier night time viewing
experimental coconut roasting fire. Typical for 1980s nickel mining heydays. Now uninhabited without night blindness.
all our campsites bar one, there was plenty of we gratefully used the tables, chairs, and tapped compass markings stand out,
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At first light the following morning Cath had firelight we sang to a harmonica.
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stained, NZ families were out to bag a rest day, and an island.
Menyuru lay a few kilometres away, a low lying area of heavily
forested paradise. Here we pursued individual activities,
entertained by lurking hoards of hermit crabs who pounced on
any scrap of unattended food. Kirk (11) had a hermit crab race
course – no need for digital entertainment here.
Every day we saw elusive turtles and occasionally, when
snorkling, we saw sharks. Often under water there was more
beauty than in the world above. When the morning was calm
and the sun was shining kayaking over the shallow inner reef
revealed beauty almost as well as snorkling.
Cloud cover, and an opportunity to use a tail wind to Tupeti
Island, caused us to cut short our 7th July rest day. At 2 pm
we abandoned the kids huts and rafts, packed and paddled
the 8 kms. We camped with a backdrop of dense bush and a
roaring Rusa stag. Large bats flew into the trees. The 2 metre
tide, which peaked at 6 pm, left sufficient dry sand for Adele to
prepare a fire.
‘Woomph!’ On our last kayaking day a coconut shocked us
Georgette Nonke and
awake. It had fallen10 metres right beside our tent. Any closer
her gift of sugar cane. would have been dangerous! In drizzle we paddled a mangrove
lined channel to the Tribu of St Roch. It was pouring with rain
grand thatched roof of the guest house. “ The best part of the whole trip”, when we found a large picnic shelter which provided perfect
declared Francesca (13 ). cover for our tents.
The Kanaks are the indigenous people of New Caledonia, and although Exploring, we discovered a very simple but beautiful church, the
supposedly not a sea-faring race, they certainly treat the reef as a food Tribu’s malfunctioning public phone and Rastafarian influence on
source. They own much of La Cote Oubliee. Often we saw their camps Kanak lifestyle.
and gravesites, and spotted individuals way out on the reef with nets or All too soon our kayak trip of the Forgotten Coast was over. It had
spears. Run-abouts seemed the way to get about. been a privilege to share in our two families’ adventure and experience of
On leaving Chez Georgettes, our two fairly normal, but now travel French and Kanak culture.
Tarn departing Quinne early Day 3
Photo Al Rynn.
Right: All happy at trips end. Nora, Bevan,
Kirk, Cath, Al,Tarn, Francesca, Adele.
Below: Francesca and the Hermit crabs -
Menyuru Is - Photos by Al Rynn
Above: Tricot raye sea snake.
Left: Mother and Daughter heading to Menyuru
Island - Photos by Al Rynn.
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From Lake to Sea
- the inaugural Rangiteiki Paddle
Marathon By Jim Robinson
Forty-two kilometres is a backside-aching distance to
paddle a kayak. But it’ll be no problem for participants
in the inaugural Rangitaiki marathon paddle race
this March: because with several portages along the
way, there will be plenty of opportunity to loosen the
The marathon journey will start at Lake Matahina and finish
at Thornton, near Whakatane in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. The
event is designated a “championship” so many of the country’s
best long-distance kayak and waka ama paddlers will be vying
for kudos and prize money.
But fun is the real key and all levels of paddlers are welcome,
including those in sea kayaks and plastic sit-ons. The river has
a good flow but there’s no white water: it’s very user-friendly for
even the inexperienced - who can take part in a relay.
The marathon is a highlight of the Rangitaiki River Festival
– which celebrates the many communities and the long history
linked together by the Rangitaiki. At 155 km long, the Rangitaiki
is the fifth longest river in New Zealand. Its source is east of the
Kaingaroa Forest in the northern Hawke’s Bay. Lake Matahina is
formed by a hydro-electric dam.
Kayakers will do a large loop of the bush-edged lake waters,
then carry their boats down to the base of the stone dam, where
the waka paddlers will start, for a 33 km paddle down the river
Along the way, a couple more short portages will be thrown in
for extra dimension. “Portages are a great way for spectators to
get a good view of the action. And it’s an opportunity for kayakers
to see how their competition is doing,” enthuses Bill Clark, who
came up with the idea for the festival and has worked with local
communities to bring it to reality. But waka paddlers, relax.
Portages are for kayakers only: you won’t be required to carry
Racing over, paddlers and spectators alike can then enjoy
the main event: the Rangitaiki River Festival. Fun activities will
include a kayak fishing contest, kids racing and a wealth of
family entertainment, with masses of delicious kai from the fertile
Rangitaiki plains and sparkling Pacific Ocean. What better reason
to do the marathon paddle and work up a healthy appetite?
Entries and information: www.whaktane.com
Josh Neilson running the
Hardanger River in Norway.
Photographer - Greg Dashper
As the New Zealand Summer 08/09 comes to an end I’m A few emails here and there, and a new plan was hatched. With the
filled with ideas. “How can we do as much kayaking and funds I had, it was either 2 weeks in Norway or 3 months in Africa.
Four days later I was on a plane to Uganda. I contracted Malaria three
travelling as possible with the limited funds we have?” The
years ago while paddling the Nile in Uganda. Since then, I have been
plan changed about a hundred times as an itinerary was
making films and showing these throughout New Zealand, raising money
patched together. for a malaria clinic on the banks of the Nile. Previously I had sent the
The crew committed, and the trip mostly sorted, I began a plan to capture money over, but this year I wanted to hand deliver it. While the film has
our missions on film and share them with the world. New Zealanders are focused on the talents of Mike and Sam, their racing and the expeditions
renowned for pulling off some epic first descents and are now making of Lou and myself, the fundraising is also an important function of the film.
a name for themselves in the competitive extreme racing circuit. Our It’s pretty selfish to go to these amazing places and not give something in
crew of paddlers are among the top in these fields. This got me thinking, return. To paddle the Nile every day, while helping out the community and
the 2009 film would start by following a number of Kiwi kayakers on our raising awareness back home about a cause that is close to my heart,
mission to the Northern hemisphere where first descents were made and is pretty choice!
extreme races were won. The 2009 trip consisted of a bunch of extreme Within 3 weeks of of my return, I was back to rock bottom with another
racing, mixed with expedition kayaking and to cap it all off some big water case of Malaria. Thanks to good friends and help from the clinic close by,
kayaking on the White Nile. I was once again treated and back on my feet. To help show the severity
The year started with Lou Urwin, Tyler Fox and myself exploring the of this sickness, Bernard Oliver, also from NZ, got behind my camera
Central and Northern reaches of Quebec in Canada. With a car loaded while I shared my experiences. Once I was well again, we set out to
with cameras and gear bulging from the seams, we spent 3 weeks driving document the clinic and what they do, as well as capture the raw power
river to river and running a bunch of ‘sweet’ sections and ticking off a few of the river.
new rivers in the region. The atmosphere was set to change. From being Another reason to return to the Nile is the dam construction which will
in the wilderness of Quebec to the bustling ski town of Vail, Colorado. flood the famous Silverback section. It will be shut down to kayakers
Here we met up with Mike Dawson, Sam Sutton and Bradley Lauder and rafters by April next year and gone forever. Part of the film set out
who were hot favourites, in our minds, to place highly in the Homestake to show what will soon be lost and to find out how it will affect the locals
Creek race. and users of the river.
My racing speeds were far from best, but it was still fun to compete. With my time fast running out in Uganda I changed my flight and stayed
Once I had taken my run, I filmed Mike, Sam and Lou’s runs. Unfortunately for another month so I could be there for the last Nile River Festival in
Lou had a DNF, with a boat break after a collision with a rock. Sam had November. The last month was amazing with trips to the equator to tie
a slower first run but came back in the second run with a course record. in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere theme to the film as well as
This was not enough to get ahead of Mike’s consistent runs which took filming out in the Murchison Falls National Park where we saw elephants,
him to gold. hippos, leopards and lions.
Other events over the weekend saw the Kiwis on the podium The last week was the hardest, as I was having my final runs down
once again. one of the most amazing sections of river I’ve ever paddled and leaving
Lou headed back to Canada while Sam, Brad, Mike and I headed out to all my amazing friends. I rounded the corner into an eddy, looked back
Italy, meeting up with Jared Meehan for Mountain Games in Italy. Due to upstream, having come down the Silverback rapid. It slowly disappeared
a few travel mishaps, I missed filming the guys on the first Extreme race. as I floated silently thinking “I am defiantly thankful to be able to do these
But I made it in time for the World Teams Extreme Race Championships. things and sad to see them go.” I will always have the footage from these
Sam, Mike and Jared took gold, another success for the crew! years of film to remind me how lucky I am!
We parted ways, with Jared heading to Russia, and Mike to Spain Now the Northern Hemisphere summer has come to an end. Mike,
for slalom commitments. The rest of us headed to Norway for the Voss Sam, Lou, myself and the rest of the kayaking nomads from the South
Extreme race and another season of amazing waterfalls! Between runs, have made their way back to NZ. Here I will be putting the finishing
with camera in hand, I captured the kiwis dominating the rounds with a touches to a worldly kayaking film, which follows a bunch of mates from
new kiwi face, Mike Abbott taking out the first round with Sam not far their home in the South to the far reaches of the North.
behind. In the end Sam missed first by just hundredths of a second and Now that the edit has begun it was time to get the film a name! The
Mike Abbott took third. film this year is called ‘REALM’ and you can expect to see shows around
The racing scene was mostly over, so we went back to river running. NZ during March and April with the global premiere at Murchison’s Buller
For some reason one of Norway’s best rivers decided to run for a whole River Festival!
week, instead of its usual 2 or 3 days a year! With a pile of racing footage, Cheers and hope you enjoy it!
it was a nice change to be behind the lens capturing the guys hucking off For More information on my travels for the year and for what you can
massive drops and running tight smooth lines! The New Zealand dollar expect from the Southern Underground Productions film for 2009 check
was weak against the Norwegian dollar and more time in Norway was us out at www.whitewater-koa.blogspot.com
not looking very promising. There was one more race in 2 weeks, but if I
stayed, I would be forced to return to NZ immediately after and back into
the heart of winter!
Tail winds, food and
coffee, make for a very
by Mandy Gilmour
When Andy pulled out a
chocolate gateau from his
kayak I knew it was going to be
our kind of trip. I also knew we
could have packed much more
food into my kayak. you live and
learn. The trip to Queen Charlotte
Sounds for the weekend was the
first Yakity Yak trip for myself and
my partner Neil. Some in our party
of eight would be adding leadership
training along the way. n
We arrived at Picton around 10.30pm on
Neil in the p
a beautifully calm, mild and starry evening tte Sou
for the night paddle to the campsite at
Kumutoto Bay. Helped along by a tail wind
we set up camp after midnight slightly further
round the bay from our planned site.
Saturday was a lovely sunny morning.
The duck we thought had pecked Neil awake
turned out to be the Weka flitting in and out
of the tents whilst we had a lazy breakfast on
The author making the
most of the weather
A tail wind again made
paddling easy and we had
a leisurely time, taking in the
seals on the rocks and clouds
of jelly fish. Andy, fishing for a
few minutes, reeled in a nice fat
fish. We stopped off for a picnic
lunch at Lochmara Lodge and
indulged in real coffee.
The afternoon produced even
Serenity more perfect weather as we
raining in ounds s explored the coast’s coves and
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this wee headed for the Davis Bay campsite.
Once we’d pitched our tents right on
the edge of the beach we relaxed
in the sun, took in the view and
generously fed the local sandflies.
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Weakened by all the paddling we
needed nourishment. We chipped
in our shared nibbles but the prize
once again went to Andy with a
platter brimming with goodies.
It must be a magic bottomless enjoyin
kayak he’s got. I want one. orning
The weather on Sunday
was cloudy with slightly
stronger winds on the cards
and we made an earlier
start to take account of
conditions. Spookily, the
wind was in the right
direction again. We had
another tail wind for
most of the way. We
spent the morning
paddling round the
coves and then
after a dash across
the shipping lane,
picnicked at Bob’s
Bay close to
The final leg was a short
paddle back to Picton, arriving just before the
rain. We certainly had the best of the weather and couldn’t have
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Am I insured?
By Ruth E. Henderson
Maybe, maybe not...it depends… Do not presume and then All the companies who participated stated in one way or another –
be disappointed when pay out is declined. It pays to ask that we, the insured must take care, and that insurance cover is for
sudden and accidental (unexpected, unintended, unforeseen) loss or
questions, curly questions at the time of taking out a policy
or before glibly thinking your new pride and joy is covered
Aaron Mortimer of Mariner Marine Insurance said “The insurer
under your household insurance policy. must always act as if they are uninsured” and in the scenario of the
It pays to be honest. Your insurer needs to know if you are an ‘ordinary’ kayak being left overnight on the roofrack at the boat ramp he said the
kayaker, or are planning on doing a Paul Caffyn or Freya Hoffmeister and test would be along the lines of “was the insured taking all possible
circumnavigating something bigger than Great Barrier Island, or spending care to minimise or avoid a loss? Would they leave the boat like that
your weekends hurtling down the Huka Falls one weekend and the Aratiatia if they were not insured?” He did go on to say that in extenuating
rapids the next like Josh Neilson and friends, or competing alongside Sam circumstances such as if the insured had an injury kayaking and was
Goodall in the Speight’s Coast to Coast. The type of kayaking you do may taken to hospital overnight and was not able to organise alternative
affect your premium or excess or eligibility for cover. And sometimes, so storage, then they would take a more benevolent approach to a kayak
does your “profile.” stolen in that situation.
To get a feel for what would be covered I chose five different craft Chris O’Connor from Ansvar made the point that “The client must
(kevlar Southern Skua, plastic Shearwater, Cobra Fish ‘n Dive, Blisstick take precautions. Must take enough care so that a reasonable person
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mortgage and five years kayaking experience” could conceivably own To answer the question “Am I insured?” it does ‘depend’. It depends
and posed a number of questions to eight different companies. These on you, and the precautions you take and the company you select.
Am I insured if my kayak;
1. Is on my roof rack?
2. Flies away/ comes off my roof rack (not tied down properly,
or roof rack faulty)?
3. Is sheared off as I enter an underground car park?
4. Is stolen, whilst in a Supermarket for one hour, from the
5. Is stored at my residence, and stolen from the carport within
a fenced section?
6. Is stored at my bach, and stolen from locked storage
7. Is on the beach, while I am sleeping after lunch and the
incoming tide takes the kayak.
8. Is smashed on rocks or against obstacle (e.g. channel
marker) while training or in normal use.
9. Is smashed whilst on expedition, racing, on white water
Grade 3 rapids or surfing? Know the he
And, “Are my fitted accessories on my insured kayak covered your vehicle
too? e.g. Fitted compass, fish finder, flag, rod holders, hatches,
“What about the non- fitted ones in my insured kayak? e.g. dry bags,
hand pump, paddle float.”
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Kayaking Tonga 2009
By Chris Shirley
'Apiteniko Kalavi & Malia Veamatahau
(Front), do it Islander style...
Kayaking has become the love of our lives. Each year the two have a QK Dusky Bay Classic Double for our expeditions. We
of us paddle/camp many 100’s of miles along the coast where have never really liked the sit-on-tops, but we were certainly in for
a surprise. The Cobras were excellent. They tracked well, were
we live and on the lakes in the Central North Island during the
very stable and are ideal for the hot conditions that you get in the
summer holidays. For us it is all about doing the things we love
together with our family and friends. On our kayaking days, we were met by Tim and Vila of Fatai
We are always looking for new adventures and this year Tonga was the Adventures. They are a young couple who live right beside the
place we could afford. We had been there many times before as ocean lagoon with their extended family. We had been given an invitation
sailors, but never as kayakers. This proved to be one of the most to teach them what we knew about kayaking in return for the use of
fantastic paddling places we have been to. the Cobras.
Before the trip we researched the area Once on our kayaks, we paddled into the wind and along the
and found only one business sheltered lee shore of the lagoon. The tide was nearly full and the
which provided places we could go with the kayaks were amazing. We were able
kayaks, to paddle around small islands, right up close to villages, people
yak fishing, birds, fish and sea life in an unspoilt, clean and beautiful
f Fata environment. We really appreciated that it was so quiet. No engines,
er o ay.
own he w just the sound of our paddles.
D ay, ds t
es, Tim and Vila offer many kayaking options such as day trips to the
A dve inshore islands with all food supplied, but the experienced kayaker
can also choose from the small uninhabited islands around the
main island of Tongatapu. They are easily reached and you have
them completely to yourself.
Julie and I spent a lot of time teaching Tim and Vila about
wind, tides, rescue/paddle techniques, VHF, and how to
weather proof this type of business. The trade winds certainly
have a huge bearing on where and how you would kayak
and great care is needed with the strong tides and currents
and around the island. Once away from the main island you are in the
they were sit ocean and the seas can be huge.
o n Cobras. Julie and I You certainly would not want to be in fading light, an offshore
paddle the older single Puffins and current and a strong trade wind.
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The Rasdex Multisporter PFD has
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all classes also chose it. Why?
Because it is the most complete
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In the 2010 July School Holidays we are going back to Tonga with a
group of paddling explorers.
If you would like a budget holiday, living in very basic fale’s, eating
heaps of local food, having a wonderful time with the locals and
exploring the small coastal islands, please contact us .This invitation is
open to anyone who would like to come.
Julie and I live in Maraetai, right above the beach. There is excellent
parking for kayakers, on a reserve right next to us, and an easy launch
spot beside that.
We welcome kayakers, so please do call in anytime and share your
adventures with us.
Chris and Julie Shirley 09 5365106 firstname.lastname@example.org
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KIWI SUCCESS AT
By Aaron Osbourne
The boys at Snobbs creek water fall
way to on and
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AUSSIE SLALOM NATIONALS
On the 28th December 2009, in blazing weather, the New Nationals picking up a bunch of medals and wining most team events we
Zealand Junior Development Team reached the small town of entered. In a outstanding performance Callum Gibb beat all the Aussie
Eildon, Lake Eildon, with its many houseboats, and Snobbs juniors (under 18) to the podium’s number one spot. Team mate Jane
Waterfall, 2 hours north of Melbourne. To cope with the Nicholas won the U18 K1 women’s the day after she won the overall
under 23 category in the Southern Cup.
shocking 40 degree heat we frequently needed ice, frozen
Racing extremely well in individual and team events, we won close to
drinks, to steal the fan, and in my case to stand in the fridge!
80 medals making the tour one of the most successful for New Zealand’s
But we settled into team life; between training, enjoying young canoe slalom paddlers. Canoe Slalom New Zealand is in good
movies, cards, swimming and cook offs. A storm on New shape for the future and everyone was a great ambassador.
year’s Eve brought 48 mm of rain in one hour and some relief
from the heat! Full podium results can be found at www.canoe.org.au.
For more information about canoe slalom go towww.slalomnz.org.nz
Amongst over 190 athletes from all over Australia the Kiwis did well in
or follow me at www.aaronosborne.co.nz
the Australian Secondary Schools Championships, races three and four
of the Southern Cup and then the Australian National Championships.
New Zealand paddlers dominated all age groups in the schools Ian Mercer Feeding out lollies
competition for K1 men with young guns Andre Sperling winning the U14 after hard training Session
K1 and Finn Butcher 1st in U14C1. Shaun Travers paddled to victory
taking the Southern Cup in the U23C1, while his sister Kelly won the
women’s U16 K1 Southern Cup.
Kiwi’s Ben Gibb & Bradyn Church arrived earlier in the week to win the
Australian Schools title. Bryden Nicholas and Andrew Robinson took out
the Southern Cup Series. Gibb and Church then produced some great
paddling to win the Under 23 C2 class at nationals. I had success as well,
winning the Southern Cup Open Mens title and took silver in the Open
division at the Australian Nationals.
The New Zealand team did exceptionally well in the Australian Open
Southern cup winners
The team and our medals!
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usual 33 km Mountain run over Goat Pass. From Klondyke the Longest
Day and Two Day competitors would have a gruelling 140 km cycle over
Porters Pass, via Waddington and along Old West Coast Road to North
Coast to Coast
Hagley Park in Christchurch before a revised relatively short 20 km kayak
down the rapidless and recreationally busy Avon River to Sumner.
Talented duathlete Simon Kristiansen had a four minute lead at
Klondyke Corner. Defending champion Gordon Walker, and 2008 Two
Day winner Dougal Allan then chased down Kristiansen in a partnership
that lasted all the way to transition from bike to kayak at Hagley Park.
Walker made the comment “It wouldn’t have made sense to leave each
By James Kuegler other”. By staying together, they shared the work, and built a solid
advantage over the chasing competitors.
The defending champion’s superior horse-power quickly showed
The 2010 Speight’s Coast to Coast will certainly be through in the kayak, as the pair battled the weedy and shallow Avon
remembered, like 1992 and 2004, for extremes in weather and river, as well as negotiating their way through and around the Two Day
course changes. Under difficult circumstances, with confusion competitors and Punts that were also occupying the river.
Walker crossed the line in 9:43 to claim his third Speight’s Coast to
and 11th hour course changes, competitors and officials still
Coast victory. Dougal Allan claimed second exactly five minutes behind,
managed to produce a competitive and exciting race.
In scorching sunshine on Friday 12th February the two day competitors Jacob Roberts third.
raced on bikes and foot from Kumara, half way across the South Island to In the women’s
their day’s end at Klondyke Corner. Rangiora’s Rhys John recorded the race Elina Ussher
fastest time for the Mountain Run over Goat Pass. shook off her Coast
In direct contrast, the metservice forecasted 150 mm of rain at rates of to Coast hoodoo.
up to 45 mm/hr, with 70 kph wind gusting to 130 kph, between midnight She led from the
and 9 am on Saturday morning. As a result, race director Robin Judkins start, winning her
was forced to move to plan B. The competitors in the Speight’s World first Speight’s Coast
Multisport Championship, Longest Day competition would ride 55 km as to Coast over thirty
normal from Kumara Junction to Aickens Corner. Then they’d run up the minutes ahead of
steep Otira Viaduct State Highway 73 to Klondyke Corner instead of the Louise Mark and
112 Milan Talley and 02 Emily Miazga
in the One Day event.
Tony Le Sueur powers down the Avon
Cameron Durno in the One Day
Adam Milne, James Kuegler,
and JJ Wilson recorded the three
fastest individual times for the 140
km cycle to overtake Rhys John’s
first day lead. They finished first,
second and third in the Two Day
event. Joanna Williams won the
women’s two day individual title
ahead of Amy Brazier and Helen
The Christchurch and Palmerston
North pair, Luke Vaughan and
Peter O’Sullivan, held on to their
day one lead and won theTwo Day
teams race. Fleur Pawsey and Sia
Svendsen were dominant in the
women’s Two Day teams.
Gordon Walker crosses
the finish line.
0380 Peter Fullerton-Smith and
0576 Nigel Lowry competing in the
Two Day Individuals
Beacons of Hope
Mosgiel hunter John Adams knows better than anyone the is a hired beacon, the hire company should have registered all their
value of carrying a personal locator beacon (or PLB) when beacons, and you just leave your details with the company for the
particular trip you are doing,” Nigel says.
going bush – the device saved his life.
“Once you have your beacon, it’s also important to know how to
John was hunting alone in the Nitz Creek area of Fiordland in April
activate it in an emergency and also understand that it does have some
2008 when he slipped and fell, landing chest-first onto a log, cracking
several ribs and puncturing a lung.
“These limitations mean that while activating your beacon will initiate
“Initially I thought things weren’t too bad, and with a spell and a drink,
a rescue response, it won’t necessarily result in an ‘immediate’ rescue,
I would be okay, but I had severe pain in the left side of my chest and
ribs. After a spell of 30 minutes, I tried to put my pack on and descend
to the valley floor…it was at that stage I started having breathing John is one of many people whose lives have
problems and also blood in my urine, and realised for the first time that I been saved thanks to carrying the beacons.
was in serious trouble.”
Unbeknown to John, his lungs had begun filling with blood from the
as it takes time for the beacon’s signal to be confirmed to an accurate
injury, which if left untreated, would be fatal.
position, for other checks to be made, and for rescue resources to be
“Even though it was a lovely warm day, my body was beginning to
mobilised and dispatched. Factors such as the terrain, beacon type
shiver and shake, and breathing was becoming increasingly difficult. I
and satellite passes can affect the beacon’s performance and the time
knew my condition was fast deteriorating.”
taken to receive and then respond to the distress alert. In addition it
Fortunately for John, he was carrying a 406 MHz personal locator
may be very challenging or even impossible to mount a rescue attempt
beacon (PLB) – a recent gift from his daughters.
immediately at night or in very poor weather.”
Thanks to the PLB being recently registered with the Rescue
“While every effort is made to respond to every beacon alert as
Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) – who detect and respond
quickly as possible, people need to be realistic about response times
to all New Zealand 406 MHz emergency beacon alerts – rescuers
and be adequately prepared to be able to survive on their own until
were able to call the emergency contact numbers provided and confirm
such time as help can reach them. In some cases, this may take 24
“Even though it was a lovely warm day, I
knew my condition was fast deteriorating.”
John’s details and location, before launching a rescue mission.
“When I heard the noise of the (rescue) chopper coming up the valley, TAKING THE SEARCH OUT
and hovering directly above me, it’s a feeling I will never forget,” OF SEARCH AND RESCUE
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121.5 MGHz 10 metres
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next 24 hours without treatment.”
RCCNZ’s Group Manager, Nigel Clifford, says John is one of many
people whose lives have been saved thanks to carrying the beacons.
“As John’s experience shows, carrying a beacon can make all the
difference between life and death in an emergency. Although beacons
vary in price from about $700 to $1,500, they are still a pretty cheap
form of life insurance.”
“However, if you’re going into the bush and cannot afford a beacon,
don’t worry, as many Department of Conservation visitor centres and
tramping and alpine clubs have beacons available for hire at low cost,”
“Whether you hire or buy your beacon, it is critically important that from your local outdoor
it is registered with RCCNZ. This service is confidential and free, and
provides us with important contact details that allow us to get in touch
with you or your nominated emergency contact person if the beacon is
activated. This not only greatly assists in the response during a genuine
Your position is transmitted to the Rescue Co-ordination Centre within a
emergency, it can also save us from launching an unnecessary and few minutes and the search area is narrowed down to 30 sq metres.
potentially costly and time-consuming search if the beacon is set off by Peace of mind for loved ones and so small it fits in a pocket!
accident.” Distributed by Bright Ideas ELB Ltd
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hours or even longer.”
“The accuracy of the beacon, however, can be improved if people
buy a model that is fitted with GPS, which provides rescuers with more n
accurate positional data when the beacon is activated.” a sit
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Disposing of old beacons
Old EPIRB’s need to be correctly disposed of in case they correctly. The batteries are normally toxic and must be disposed of in
accidentally activate and trigger a false alarm. Active beacons have accordance with the relevant regulations. Please take the batteries out
been found at the bottom of rubbish tips, triggering expensive and before disposing of an old beacon or return it to your beacon retailer.
unnecessary search operations. There is also the risk that someone If you sell or dispose of a registered 406 MHz beacon, please let
may think one of the old 121.5MHz EPIRB’s is a useful safety device. RCCNZ know by phoning 0800 406 111.
It is also important to the environment that beacons are disposed of
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Kayak Fishing i day S tyle...
By Andy Doncaster Hol
All the best ideas are never planned and this was definitely start to a week’s fishing, boy oh boy it had only been about an hour. What
the case with our summer holiday. Having a good yarn with a welcome to Tauranga Bay!
some mates around the BBQ, talk always revolves around Day two arrived with the same great weather and by 6.30 am were
we heading for Stevensons Island’s hotspots. Not long after arrival we
our adventures kayak fishing. Then the inevitable happened.
were again into the fish this time we however had managed to find the
Suddenly we were all going away together for our December nursery with not much over the 30 cm mark. Moving to another local
holidays and it was agreed Tauranga Bay was the go. Booking hotspot about 2.5 kms further around the point of the island we were
with the Tauranga Bay Holiday Park was easy but packing my introduced to the full brunt of the swell running and fairly soon some of
fishing gear even easier - my gear is ALWAyS packed ready the guys were feeling a bit ill. But fish we did and were rewarded with
for the next trip. a nice catch. That night I whipped up a batch of my world
famous (in our house at least) fish
A few short weeks later a rainy Auckland was in our rear-view mirror
fingers and the kids
as we headed to the far north for a week of kayak fishing,
devoured them in
oh and some time with the wife
about 10 minutes
and kids of
flat, the big kids
only getting some
if you could fight
hard enough for
so out came
saw us on
and by 5.30
am we were at
the water edge
b r o k e n
by a wide
Island was off
in the distance,
a slight swell
a half of
running and the
a w a y.
breeze. In this
We found some
region the offshore er!
best ev good ground but to no avail we caught a
breeze is common Andy’s
whole bunch of nothing. I tried every trick in the book including
until about 9am then
fishing some standing waves forming over a concealed reef but still
it normally swings to an onshore making
nothing. Heading home about 3.5 km’s offshore luck at last. I landed a
the trip home a bit easier, yes it’s a kayak fisho’s paradise. On
couple of good ones including a 10 pounder. However there is sometimes
the water I immediately kept my eye on the sounder to find at just 500 m
a price as half way through the fight the fish took about 4 metres of my
off the shore the area was teeming with fish. One of the guys decided to
precious 6 pound braid with it, but like they say just stick with it and you
head out further but my mate and I turned round and paddled about 200
have a chance. About 7 minutes later I had the fish onboard and we at
metres back in and set the drift anchor
least had a feed for the night.
in order to drift back over the spot where
Boaties were all whinging about Apart for one day of bad weather the
we had seen the activity.
Drifting back I got my line in the water,
how slow the fishing was. Kayakers rest of the time was much the same with
gave it about 40 seconds for the soft bait on the other hand were cleaning up. the boaties not liking us kayak fisho’s at all.
All week the boaties were heading back
to get to the bottom in around 15 metres
in with minimal fish and whinging about
of water then bam! First fish resulted in
how slow the fishing was. Kayakers on the other hand were cleaning up
about a 35 cm snapper brought to the surface, in this area this is a small
with most of the guys catching personal bests and beating all previous
fish so these ones we put back. Every cast after that resulted in the same
records held within the clan. All in all the trip was a great success and I
success as well as kahawai we caught for live bait because we were
will be going back there again, many times.
planning some kingfish action. Next I landed a 14 pound porae, which I
have formally nicknamed the rubber lips fish, and a few casts later ended
in me losing some tackle to a kingfish that reefed me. All in all a great
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Trans Taupo Under New Direction for year 3
Kiwi Association of Sea
Kayakers N.Z. Inc.
KASK is a network of sea kayakers
throughout New Zealand
KASK publishes a 200 page
sea kayaking handbook which
is free to new members: the
handbook contains all you
need to know about sea
Familiar Faces - Pete & Bronnie van Lith competing last year. kayaking: techniques and
skills, resources, equipment,
The country’s biggest open water reduce to encourage more Waka ama boats places to go etc.
paddle race – the ‘ Trans Taupo’, taking involved, including the W6. KASK publishes a bi-monthly newsletter
The full course is 44 km and is a true containing trip reports, events, book reviews,
place 20 March on Lake Taupo now
challenge for even the strongest paddlers, technique/equipment reviews and a ‘bugger’
has new local owners. Nick Reader
so there are shorter options available file. KASK holds national sea kayaking forums.
from Epic Events Ltd has taken over including a team relay with two legs of 25 km
the event created by Neil Gellatly of and 19 km.
Dare2Sweat events. To get more kids involved in this fantastic Website:
The iconic water sports event across sport a new 5 km race has been created from www.kask.co.nz
Australasia’s largest fresh water lake has Wharewaka Point to the finish line at the Yacht
attracted top quality fields of kayakers and club.
rowers since 2008. Categories include Surf On line entries are now open at
www.epicevents.co.nz/page/52-Trans-Taupo Annual subscription is $35.00.
Skis, Sea Kayaks, Waka ama and Ocean
Rowers. Competitors race the length of the For more info, please see Kask
lake with the wind at their backs. www.epicevents.co.nz PO Box 23, Runanga 7841,
or e mail email@example.com West Coast
The fees for multi person craft have been
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By Karen Knowles
Making the most of the
shade at Fantail Bay
The traditional Kiwi campground has camping is to string together a number of wonderful, but best done in a south westerly
certainly had a makeover in the past campsites. Packing up each day can be a drag flow as it is exposed to easterly swells.
but the scenery and paddling in isolated and Stony Bay is also good for non-paddling
decade. Facilities border on 5-star luxury.
far flung places is reward enough. Amongst family members because of the hiking,
Splendid for some, but what if you prefer
places which combine basic campgrounds with mountain biking and snorkeling options right
to camp where rules are not plastered on fantastic paddling are Lake Waikaremoana, there. Being at the end of a long and winding
every wall, the loudest noise is a tui’s Lake Tarawera, Marlborough Sounds, the gravel road means not many people go there
call and from time to time there’s a waft Hauraki Gulf Islands. the Coromandel so it is not going to be crowded. Also there
from the long drop? Happily for you NZ Peninsula and Great Barrier Island. is no slipway for launching boats except the
Yakity Yak member Natasha Romoff has smallest tinnie.
has plenty of remote camping grounds,
paddled Coromandel’s stunning coastline and Campsite facilities very suited to paddlers
many offering fantastic kayaking.
has this to say about its campgrounds and include a fresh water stream with pools large
The Department of Conservation has over paddling. enough to soak in after a paddle. You, your
250 campsites with vehicle access , many Stony Bay makes a great base providing salty gear and even your boat can be wheeled
more with only water access. In addition access to the top end of the Coromandel in at the end of the weekend! What better
both regional and district councils administer Peninsula and some amazing paddling. It’s place for sundowners at the end of a long
remote, basic camps throughout the country. very easy to paddle around to Fletchers Bay day’s paddle?
From the quirky flax labyrinth of Curio Bay for a lunch stop and a swim and even go It’s not a big drive to Waikawau Beach
Campground to Spirits Bay in Northland you onto Port Jackson before returning to Stony campsite and its great white sandy beach with
can find your own, unique piece of paradise. Bay. Alternatively, head south down past surf for body surfing or a refreshing swim on
A great way for kayakers to enjoy remote Sandy Bay to Waikawau Bay. The coastline is the way home. But the campsite takes up to
Orama on Great Barrier
Stony Bay at rush hour...
1200 people in the season. If you don’t fancy an entire circumnavigation
Fantail Bay [East of Port Jackson] has a take a vehicle across on the ferry and base
small and friendly campsite, but it’s divided yourself at Harataonga to explore the eastern
from the water by the main road north to Port coastline and Arid Island (Rakitu Island). On
Jackson and Fletchers Bay so it wouldn’t be the western coast most campsites are within
good for kids. cooee of civilization. The small, secluded,
The best use for Fletchers Bay is as a jump very pretty Green Campsite, with nearby
off point to crossing the Firth of Thames to hot springs and camping amongst the
Waiheke Island. pohutukawas, is an exception. This is another
Photos supplied by Natasha Romonoff
Together with Waikawau, Stony Bay, ideal isolated campground for a base or a
Fletchers Bay, and Port Jackson, Fantail links night on a kayak trail. and Julie Reynolds
together DOC campsites that can be used to To plan a kayak trail using basic and
paddle from the east side of the Coromandel isolated campsites look at the following
all the way across to the big smoke of websites.
Auckland. www.doc.govt.nz www.arc.govt.nz
Great Barrier can be circumnavigated Don’t forget to check what facilities are
using basic campsites conveniently scattered available so you are prepared. And my advice:
around the island’s coast. But plan carefully pack a small bottle of very strong smelling
to allow for changes in weather. Paddlers can toilet cleaner. A waft of long drop may be part
wheel kayaks onto the ferry and start paddling of the adventure but a stench can make you
from Tryphena or Port Fitzroy. long for that 5 star holiday resort you just
yak and ka
Approaching Fletchers Bay
Rock snot not the only pest to look out
for this summer
Didymo, known as rock snot, has still not been
detected in the North Island, but these other
pests affect many of our waterways and can be
devastating to freshwater ecosystems.
Like didymo, aquatic pest plants are
hitchhikers. They can be easily spread
when plant fragments are carried on kayaks
and canoes, trailers and other equipment.
Pest fish can also be spread when juvenile
fish or fish eggs are carried on unwashed gear.
As well as spoiling the look of our lakes and rivers,
freshwater pests can crowd out native species,
downgrade water quality, and block irrigation and
drainage systems. They can also limit access to
waterways for recreation.
It is simple to help stop their spread
and if people Check, Clean, Dry between
waterways, they will help prevent the spread
of didymo and other pests and keep our
An easy way to clean a kayak or canoe is to scrub
the exterior, then fill it with biodegradable detergent
and water to wash the inside. Small items and gear
can be cleaned in this solution as well.
If you can’t wash your gear, you can leave it to
dry completely for 48 hours, or restrict your use to a
The Check, Clean, Dry campaign is an initiative
introduced and funded by MAF Biosecurity New
Zealand to work with the community to prevent
The dreaded didymo is not the only pest to watch out for the incursion and spread of didymo and other freshwater pests that can
in the waterways this summer. damage New Zealand’s waterways.
Other freshwater nasties are out there, and everyone in a kayak or
canoe is a vital part in the fight against pests like oxygen weed, hornwort, For more information on the Check Clean Dry campaign visit
koi carp and mosquito fish. www.biosecurity.govt.nz
Didymo Alligator weed
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Start Your Adventure Here
A comprehensive course designed to cover the skills required to become a
competent and safe paddler. The course develops techniques and confidence at
an enjoyable pace with great end results. It runs over a weekend or by request in
With this course you become a Yakity Yak member with access to lots of trips
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Duration: 1 Weekend
RESCUE COURSE WEATHER & NAVIGATION
You need rescue skills to look
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This course covers towing
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Duration: 1 Session
Understanding the weather and ability to navigate
ESKIMO ROLLING in adverse conditions is vital when venturing into the
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Duration: 4 Sessions
You’ll learn the skills required to become a competent Eskimo Roller.
You increase your confidence, allowing you to paddle safely in more
Duration: 4 Sessions
Surfing is heaps of fun when you know how. You
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A comprehensive course designed to cover
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A comprehensive package of instruction and coaching designed to
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Smo kin’ Aces By Ruth E. Henderson
Nick and Farzad are keen kayak fishermen, who know the The preparation
parable of the loaves and fishes or how to make a few fish feed of fish for smoking
is simple. There is
the masses. Their secret is to smoke ‘em, and provide finger
no need to scale it,
food for 25 fellow yakkers, offering hot smoked snapper, fresh
de-bone it or fillet
off their portable home-made smokers. it. Simply cut off its head, remove its guts, and then carefully slice close
Nick has created his out of an old biscuit tin with hinged lid. The tin had a to the backbone stopping before you reach the dorsal fin. The fish can
few holes punched in the sides to let the tantalizing smoke escape. Inside then be laid out like an open book. Place on smoker rack. On the cut
he placed and old cake rack. (Another option would be chicken wire.) On surfaces sprinkle a mix of 3 parts brown sugar and one part rock salt.
the tin base he sprinkled untreated manuka sawdust. The prepared fish The boys have this ready mixed in a screw top jar. Leave to dissolve,
was then placed skin side down on the rack. Then the tin soak in and marinate for as long as you’ve got: 20 mins is ok, 2 hours
was placed on a standard gas bottle is better. Time of cooking depends on the size and
cooker and cooked for thickness of the fish. As a rough rule
about 10 - 15 minutes. of thumb, allow Hot s about 15
Farzad’s smoker is minutes for a one ready
made out of a circular t
large coffee tin and fish. Catch
used lying on its enough and
side; Easier to fit you will soon
in a small kayak have it down
hatch, but more to a fine art.
fiddly to insert the
oke r fish through the
Nick's tin lid opening.
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When storage is an issue, you can’t beat an inflatable. Inflatable 1 Advanced Frame Length: 3.1 m, Weight: 16 kg, $1399
kayaks can be stowed in a cupboard or locker in the apartment, on Single Kayak Width: 810 mm
a yacht, motorboat or camper van. 2 Helios II Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 17 kg $1995
Width: 750 mm
There is no need for a roof rack, as you can transport it in the
boot. They are light and easy to handle, you can even take them in 3 Safari Length: 3.04 m, Weight: 12.5 kg, $1895
Width: 720 mm
an aircraft. Inflation only takes minutes with a good pump.
Modern inflatables are surprisingly rigid, easy to paddle and very 4 Whakapapa Length: 4.3 m, Weight: 23 kg, $3087
Width: 1025 mm
stable. Fun for the whole family.
Please note: Prices do not include accessories.
5 Helios I Length: 3.1 m, Weight: 13.5 kg, $1695
Width: 710 mm
6 Advanced Frame Length: 4.5 m, Weight: 25 kg, $2199
Convertible Double Width: 810mm
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The best part of summer is spending time at the beach, on the boat or in Please note: Prices do not necessarily include any of
the water. What better way to enhance the experience than to take a kayak the accessories, hatches, seats or rudders etc shown in
with you. the photos. The prices were correct at the time of printing
A kayak allows you to get away from the crowded beach and find a more however due to circumstances beyond our control they may
secluded bay around the corner. The kids will love paddling, jumping off, or alter at any time. Please contact your nearest Canoe & Kayak
swimming around the kayak. Paddle around the rocks to get to your fishing Centre and they will put together a great package of the best
spot, or explore the coastline, lakes and rivers. equipment available for your kayaking fun.
Sit - on - top kayaks are extremely stable making them suitable for young
and old. Your options are endless. You can customize your kayak, to suit
your needs. Adding seats for comfort, storage hatches, anchor systems, rod
holders, and even GPS and fishfinders! There is a kayak to suit all uses.
Grab a kayak that surfs well and the ‘older’ kids will have hours of enjoyment.
Fun for the whole family.
Unlike boating, there is no need to hunt down that boat ramp. Whip the
kayak off the roof rack and in she goes.
7 10 11
8 12 13
9 14 15
1 Firefly Length: 2.4 m, Weight: 16 kg $ 510 8 Surge Length: 3.9 m, Weight: 28 kg, $ 999
Width: 700 mm Width: 850mm
2 Escapade Length: 3.5 m, Weight: 27 kg $1055 9 Tandem Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 25.9 kg $1095
Width: 750 mm Width: 915mm
3 Kiwi Length: 3.75 m, Weight: 18 kg excel $1310 10 Access 280 Length: 2.8 m, Weight: 18 kg, $ 879
18 kg Light, Width: 740 mm Width: 730 mm
4 Play Length: 3.1 m, Weight: 18 kg $ 545 11 Squirt Length: 2.7m, Weight: 17kg, $ 449
Width: 711 mm Width: 760mm
5 Explorer Length: 3.4 m, Weight: 18.2 kg $ 850 12 Flow Length: 2.95m, Weight: 19kg, $ 879
Width: 790 mm Width: 750mm
6 Strike Length: 2.9 m, Weight: 16 kg, $ 895 13 XStream Length: 4.2m, Weight: 28kg $1250
Width: 685 mm Width: 730mm
7 Escapee Length: 3.3 m, Weight: 23 kg, $ 830 14 Twist I Length: 2.6 m, Weight: 6 kg, $ 995
Width: 740mm Width: 790 mm
15 Twist II Length: 3.6 m, Weight: 9 kg, $1295
Width: 830 mm
For a healthy body and mind, multisport racing gives a well
rounded exercise regime for the variety of disciplines required. 1 Viper Length: 5.2 m, Weight: 22 kg, $1695
The extremely sociable events circuit has a variety of achievable
2 Hurricane Length: 5.9 m, Weight: 12 kg, $3040
goals where a stepping stone approach can be adopted to reach Width: 490 mm
your pinnacle. This may be the Motu Challenge or the Speight’s
3 Gladiator Length: 5.9 m, Weight: 15.5 kg, $2860
Coast to Coast. You are in control, you choose your goal. 13.5 kg Kevlar, Width: 530 mm
The kayaks are fast and fun. You’ll easily find the right boat
4 Swallow Length: 5.4 m, Weight: 14 kg, $2710
to suit your experience level. Remember stability is the first step 12 kg Kevlar, Width: 480 mm
5 Duet Length: 7.0 m, Weight: 29 kg, $5260
Please note: Prices do not include accessories. 24 kg Kevlar, Width: 550mm
6 Firebolt Length: 5.9 m, Weight: 14.5 kg, $2860
12.5 kg Kevlar, Width: 455 mm
7 Maximus Length: 6.4 m, Weight: 16 kg $3730
No engine to maintain, no boat ramps required, and quiet to boot.
Kayak fishing is becoming a very popular way of getting out on the
8 Marauder Length: 4.3 m, Weight: 24 kg, $1195
water. Certainly much cheaper than buying and maintaining a boat.
9 Catch 390 Length: 3.9 m, Weight: 28 kg, $1650
Kayaks are used to access those out of the way rocks for surf casting Width: 850mm
and for a quick and easy access to the sea. No crew required. Even the
10 Catch 420 Length: 4.2m, Weight: 28kg $1750
smallest car can transport them, with the correct roof rack. Width: 730mm
Nothing beats the hunt for the big one. The stealthy kayak easily 11 Fish n’ Dive Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 28 kg, $1095
approaches fish without alerting them to your presence. Each kayak Width: 915 mm
can be decked out to suit the paddler’s needs, whether that be rod
12 Tandem Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 25.9 kg $1095
holders, comfy seats, anchor systems, fish finder, GPS, VHF radio. Width: 915mm
Your imagination is the only limitation.
13 Escapade Length: 3.5 m, Weight: 27 kg, $1055
Please note: Prices do not necessarily include any of the accessories, Width: 750mm
hatches, seats or rudders etc shown in the photos.
14 Water Strider Length: 2.4 m, Weight: 15 kg $1872
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Getting away from the madding crowds and close to nature is one of Please note: Prices do not necessarily
the most common reasons given for taking up Sea Kayaking. There are include any of the accessories, hatches, seats
innumerable stories told of getting up close to wildlife while kayaking. etc shown in the photos. The prices were
Imagine paddling with dolphins, penguins and even orca! correct at the time of printing however due to
Sea kayaking is the maritime version of tramping, but you can take the circumstances beyond our control they may
kitchen sink. There’s lots of storage in a kayak allowing you to carry more alter at any time. Please contact your nearest
than you could on your back. What a way to see the country, exploring Canoe & Kayak Centre and they will put
all our wonderful lakes, rivers and coastline, while getting exercise and together a great package of the best equipment
socializing with a great bunch of friends. available for your kayaking fun.
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1 Eco Niizh XLT Length: 5.65 m, Weight: 45 kg $4250 8 Contour 480 Length: 4.8 m, Weight: 27 kg, $2550
Width: 760 mm Width: 620mm
2 Contour 490 Length: 4.90 m, Weight: 35 kg $3199 9 Tasman Express Length: 5.3 m, Weight: 29 kg Std, $2775
Width: 760 mm 25 kg light, Width: 620mm
3 Beachcomber Duo Length: 5.80 m, Weight: 26 kg $4300 10 Shearwater Length: 4.8 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, $2545
Width: 700 mm 23 kg light, Width: 610 mm
4 Incept Pacific Length: 5.35 m, Weight: 22 kg $3591 11 Southern Skua Length: 5.4m, Weight: 22kg, $4400
Width: 670 mm Width: 600mm
5 Skua Length: 5.15 m, Weight: 27 kg std, $2775 12 Foveaux Express Length: 5.0 m, Weight: 19 kg, $4280
24 kg light, Width: 600 mm Width: 600mm
6 Beachcomber Length: 4.9 m, Weight: 17 kg, $2950 13 Torres Length: 5.6m, Weight: 23kg std, $4400
Width: 600 mm Width: 600mm
7 Eco Bezhig Length: 5.4 m, Weight: Std 27 kg, $3199 14 Incept Tasman Length: 4.35 m, Weight: 17 kg, $2970
Width: 590mm Width: 670 mm
While out kayaking…..
The shout came and the kayaks
By Maxine Dignan & Phil Linklater
By Maxine Dignan
Another calm, stunning day dawned at Tauranga Bay and after a wander with the dog
and an early swim, Phil and I started a leisurely paddle around the Arrows. The sea was
like a mirror. How lucky we are to be able to jump in the kayaks at the bach steps and
get out on the water. We thought we would drop a bait or two, to see what we might
catch for dinner.
While we watched a family attempt to land a dinghy on a steep stony beach, we heard
a shout. “Orca!” The family scrambled back into the small boat and headed towards
The last time we’d seen a pod of orca passing the beach, we were a bit too
apprehensive to join them. But here in Marble Bay a flotilla of kayaks had beaten
us to it.
For an amazing 50 minutes a large bull, another adult and four smaller orca surfaced
and blew around us as they tiki-toured along the coast. They didn’t seem bothered by
Editors note: Please remember
to wear your PFDs whenever
you are on the water.
the ‘herding’ kayaks and even gave a couple of
waves with their flukes. Paddling along, looking
up at the tip of a dorsal fin close alongside the
kayak was a pretty special experience.
We kept company with the whales as far
as Frenchman Rock, stretched our legs in
Whangaihe Bay and returned to the bach,
bait unused, reflecting on the privileges
kayakers enjoy. It had been a first for us and a
memorable day indeed.
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