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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.
                                                                                                  Paddle Marathon.
                                                                                           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.

                                                                                           5      Editorial
                                                                                           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
                                                                                                   this summer.
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                                                                                           35     Join us for a summer of fun - listings of
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                                                                                           36     Product Focus - New Skua!
                                                                                           38     Start your adventure here - Courses available
08              Kayaking Kanakyland                                                        40     Smokin’ Aces - Smokers you can take with you.
                Kiwi Style
                                                                                           41     Buyers Guide
14              Josh Neilson on his latest
                white water film -
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                                                         Coast to Coast 2010          26   Front cover photo: Gareth Burgess of Mission Kayaking carving up at
                                                 Some of our favourite remote
                                                             kayak campsites
                                                                                      32   the Mount. Photo by Steve Knowles (C&K BOP)
                       SPONSORED BY         Kiwis win at Slalom World Champs          24   Photo above: Gordon Walker on his way to first - Photo courtesy of
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4    ISSUE FIFTY Four • 2010                                                                                          
  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...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The joy of multisport to me (a very
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                         Get the Family Kayaking
                         Now’s the time to take time...
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                                                                                                                  Getting Kids into Kayaking
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Speights Coast to Coast interview
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I S S U E   5 0                                                                   I S S U E   4 9                      inclusive and supportive. When I did my
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           first Coast to Coast teams event plenty
                                                                                                                  We discover the joys of taking the family kayaking.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A sport the whole family can get into.

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                                                                                                                  Nepal Update
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Be prepared!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of people ran and cycled past me giving
                                                                                                                  A follow up on the girls training camp in Nepal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tale of the tuna, shark and me.
                                                                                                                                                                     The Buddy System
                                                                                                                                                                     Scott Challenor and Steve Knowles provide
                                                                                                                                                                     tips for taking a newbie kayak fishing.

           Women and Kayak Fishing
            Karen Knowles talks to a newbie kayak fisher-woman.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           old this was hugely uplifting. It added
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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
                                                                                                                                          bet that
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
new aspiration.
   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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with positive enthusiasm “The Winner’s Bible”. The same enthusiasm                                   minutes each morning visualizing, and making your goals come alive,
that has you leaping out of bed at 5:00am to train your fatigued body in                             so much so that they feel tangible.
merciless conditions.                                                                                   I think it is extremely important to put the major focus on enjoyment
   Setting goals should be a multi-factorial process and can be quite                                rather than results. Athletes in endurance based sports always seem to
time consuming, though most people find it a lot of fun. The process                                 be battling an insidious niggle or injury of some description. Too often
that I recommend using is to list your goals, and explore each one                                   I see peoples ‘world’ fall apart as a result of their inability to train due
to ensure that each is S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Achievable,                                  to injury. Though frustrating, in the grand scheme of the major goal it is
Realistic, and Time-based). Find some photos or pictures and create a                                often very minor, and hence with the focus on the enjoyment it is less
story around the goal. Bring your senses into play, what will it taste and                           difficult to deal with. In the words of Guatama Buddha “There is no way
smell like not just how it will feel. In doing so you will begin to re-wire                          to happiness. Happiness is the way.”
the circuits in your brain. Your goals should be revisited every day. It
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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'
                                                                                                               at Mamie.
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.

8      ISSUE FIFTY Four • 2010

  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
                                                                                                                                This deck mount compass
of the day to the sandspit of the Poco Mie                was garden-like, a horticultural heaven. Another                      offers unique features
                                                                                                                                unmatched by other
River where we quickly pitched camp and                   great camp was amongst colourful shacks in                            compasses on the market.
                                                          raked yards under shady trees. This had been                          At night, a photosensitive
roasted marshmallows to celebrate a good                                                                                        switch automatically
chunk out of the trip. Our tired kids lit their first     the holiday community for workers during the                          turns on a dim red LED light
                                                                                                                                for easier night time viewing
experimental coconut roasting fire. Typical for           1980s nickel mining heydays. Now uninhabited                          without night blindness.
                                                                                                                                Large easy–to–read
all our campsites bar one, there was plenty of            we gratefully used the tables, chairs, and tapped                     compass markings stand out,
firewood and coconut husks, for fuel.                     water in a holiday away from the holiday. In        and a suction cup mount allows for easy and
                                                                                                              secure placement anywhere on the deck.
   At first light the following morning Cath had          firelight we sang to a harmonica.
a brew on the fire. We repacked gear in better               When not hugging the rugged headlands,
places while Al scouted for water and Bevan               we had views of steep, nickel-rich hills. For
‘jury-rigged’ his ‘Pacific DownUnder’ V sail on           years multi-national mining companies have
his double. Then in mid 20 degrees we swam                been prospecting here and their burn-offs have
before paddling.                                          created many sparsely covered hills.
   Most mornings we were dogged by head                      Round a headland women in ‘mother hubbard’                                                    Numbted
winds. We found that making an early start                dresses ran to greet us. We were expected!                                                             ers
allowed us a reprieve from the wind. We                   Quite daunting really. Eager hands helped to
had extended lunches, beachcombed and                     drag the boats up, and we were led to the guest
             snorkled then we were into the               house. Refreshments were spread on large
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            coasting centimetres above coral, or          papaya and mandarins were brought on platters       almost as fast.
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                                                                                                              kayak onto your trolley, no more
              When on day 3 we rounded a                  we enjoyed an evening with Georgette and            hassles with straps. Just lift up
                                                                                                              the end of your kayak and slide
           headland Adele ( 14 ) called, “I’ve            Jon, an elderly Kanak couple, who run a small       Peanut trolley over end, put your
           never been in such large head seas             tourist establishment. Dinner, all local produce    kayak down and hook the single
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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.                                        ISSUE FIFTY Four • 2010             11
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
to Thornton.
   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
your craft.
   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:
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
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!
             Sea Kayaking
Tail winds, food and
coffee, make for a very
civilised time.
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 beach.

                                                                                                         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.
                                                                                       Very civilised.
                                                                                           The afternoon produced even
   Serenity                                                                           more perfect weather as we
            , Marlbo
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  raining in                  ounds s                                                 explored the coast’s coves and
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                        n during                as
                                 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
asked for better for our first trip. A kayak is definitely the best way to
appreciate this beautiful area and the trip has certainly given us a taste
for more.

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Am I insured?
By Ruth E. Henderson

  Maybe, maybe 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
Mystic mini, Ruahine Swallow) that a “fifty year old female with a             would say that you have taken reasonable care.”
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
        car park?
   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
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   And, “Are my fitted accessories on my insured kayak covered          your vehicle
                                                                                     and load.
too? e.g. Fitted compass, fish finder, flag, rod holders, hatches,
foot pump?”
   “What about the non- fitted ones in my insured kayak? e.g. dry bags,
hand pump, paddle float.”

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                                                                          ISSUE FIFTY Four • 2010                                                 21

  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
                            i Ka
                     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
Tim             lea
            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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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                                                                            ISSUE FIFTY Four • 2010                       23
         Canoe Slalom
                                        KIWI SUCCESS AT
                                        By Aaron Osbourne

                                                            The boys at Snobbs creek water fall

        Aaron O

     way to          on and
            winning         Bryden
                    the Sou         Nichola
                                             s on the
                            thern C                   ir
                                    up Seri

24   ISSUE FIFTY Four • 2010                      
                                                                                                           Canoe Slalom
   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
                                                                                 For more information about canoe slalom go
    Amongst over 190 athletes from all over Australia the Kiwis did well in
                                                                              or follow me at
 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!                                                                            ISSUE FIFTY Four • 2010                            25
                                                                              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.
                                                                              with       Cantabrian
   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
Sophie Hart.
                                                                                              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
John says.
                                                                                    GPS positioning                                              Waterproof
    In hospital it was revealed he had three broken ribs and a badly
                                                                                    406 MGHz                                                        down to
punctured lung. He was operated on immediately, and his condition
                                                                                    121.5 MGHz                                                    10 metres
successfully stabilised.                                                                                                                             Floats!
                                                                                    Homing signal
    “The surgeon told me how lucky I was…that I would have died in the
next 24 hours without treatment.”
                                                                                    SOS strobe
    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,”
Nigel says.
                                                                                                            Only $849
     “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
                                                                                                   equipment supplier
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
    “If it is your own beacon, then you need to do the registration. If it                       Ph: 09 366 6867

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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
                                                                                                                   le  is on            ple
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are going and what time you are expected to be back – making sure                    lesso                t to b
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                                                                                                           nd or by contacting RCCNZ on freephone                                            Zeala
0800 406 111 or 0508 406 111.                                                                       - Ed

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
Our first
                                                                                                                                         if you could fight
                                                                                                                                          hard enough for
was clear
but      crisp
                                                                                                                                               Day      three
so out came
                                                                                                                                            saw us on
my       trusty
                                                                                                                                             the        water
                                                                                                                                              bright      and
and by 5.30
                                                                                                                                              early again
am we were at
the water edge
                                                                                                                                               for      some
being greeted
                                                                                                                                                b r o k e n
by     a     wide
                                                                                                                                                 islands just
open        ocean.
                                                                                                                                                  north     of
                                                                                                                                                   the bay
Island was off
                                                                                                                                                   about an
in the distance,
                                                                                                                                                    hour and
a slight swell
                                                                                                                                                     a half of
running and the
predicted offshore
                                                                                                                                                     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

30        ISSUE FIFTY Four • 2010                                                                             
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     
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
                                                       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.                                         PO Box 23, Runanga 7841,
                                                        or e mail                        West Coast
   The fees for multi person craft have been                                                                         ISSUE FIFTY Four • 2010                                  31
Remote Camping
                                                       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.
   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
                                                  paddled past.

                                                                                              Bathing ka
                                                                                                        yak and ka
                                                                                                                  yaker Ston
                                                                                                                             y Bay
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
                                                                                                    waterways clean.
                                                                                                       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
                                                                                                    single waterway.
                                                                                                       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.                                          

                                                              Didymo                Alligator weed

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       Taupo Maori Carvings                          Waikato River Discovery                                White Water Paddling                          Taupo Adventure Tours

Half day guided trip to the rock carvings,     2 hour guided kayak trip. Experience the              Need some excitement? Take a kayak             We can organize specialized kayak tours
Lake Taupo... only accessible by boat.         magnificent upper reaches of the mighty               down a wicked Grade 2 river run... this is     to suit any budget.
A leisurely paddle of about 3 km to the rock   Waikato River - soak in the geothermal                a whole day of thrills and fantastic scenery   From helicopter access, white water
carvings. The largest is over 10 m high and    hotsprings - take in the stunning                     down some of New Zealand’s best rivers.        paddling to extended cruises aboard a
from below in a kayak it is imposing.          environment... a perfect trip for all the family...                                                  mother ship.
                                                                                                                                                    Give us a call and we will give you a
                                               Adult $45, Children $25                                                                              memory of a lifetime.
 $85 per person (bookings essential).          Special group and family rates.
 Phone 0800 KAyAKN for details.                Call 0800 KAyAKN for details.                         Call 0508 529 256 for details.                 Phone 0800 KAyAKN for details.

               Canoe Polo                               Waitara River Tours                                        Mokau River                                Sugar Loaf Island

A great game for young and old.                For those who are slightly more adventurous           Enjoy this beautiful scenic river which        From Ngamutu Beach harbour we head out
A fast, furious and fun way to improve         at heart, this is a scenic trip with the              winds through some of New Zealand’s            to the open sea to Nga Motu/Sugar Loaf
your skills.                                   excitement of Grade 2 rapids. Midway down,            lushest vegetation. Camping overnight          Island Marine Reserve. View the scenic &
There’s a league to suit you.                  we paddle under the historic Betran Road              and exploring some of New Zealand’s            rugged Taranaki coastline as we draw closer
                                               Bridge where we will stop for a snack.                pioneering history. A true Kiwi experience.    to the Sugar Loaf Islands. Enjoy the seal
Contact your local Canoe & Kayak Centre                                                                                                             colony and experience the thrill of close up
for more information.                          Allow 2 hours paddle only.                            Two day trip $250.00                           views of these fascinating marine mammals.
                                               Priced at $70.                                        One day $80.00                                 Allow 3 hours subject to weather.
Call 0508 529 256 for details.                 Phone: 06 769 5506                                    Phone 06 769 5506                              $70.00 per person. Phone 06 769 5506

       Glow Worm Kayak Tour                                    River Tours                                          Kayak Hire                                        NZKI
 Join us for a picturesque paddle on Lake
 McLaren to view glow worms by night           Exploring beautiful estuaries.                        Have some paddling fun on the beach or            New Zealand Kayaking Instructors
 or beautiful waterfalls by day. This trip     Enjoy a scenic trip with wildlife and                 let us run a tour for you and your friends                   Award Scheme
 takes about 1.5-2hours and is suitable for    wonderful views.                                      and explore beautiful areas.                   A great progressive way to become a
 paddlers with no experience. All gear, hot                                                                                                         kayaking instructor or guide.
 drinks and nibbles are supplied.
 Price $75 per person.
 Phone Canoe & Kayak BOP for bookings          Phone Canoe & Kayak                                   Phone Canoe & Kayak
 07 574 7415                                   on 0508 529 256 for details                           on 0508 529 256 for details                    Phone 0508 529256

          Paddle to the Pub                                  Twilight Tours                                   Customized Tours                            Join the Yakity Yak Club
                                                                                                          • Work Functions • Schools
 Kayaking to a local pub is a unique way       Departs from one of your local beautiful                                                                We’d love to tell you more and get
 of spending an evening, bringing your         beaches. Enjoy the scenic trip with the sun                  • Clubs • Tourist groups                   you hooked on the wonderful sport
 group of friends together by completing       setting as you paddle along the coastline.            Whether it’s an afternoon amble, a                of kayaking and probably the best
 a fun activity before dinner and making a                                                           full day’s frolic or a wicked weekend             kayak club in the world!
 memorable experience.                                                                               adventure we can take you there.                  So give your local Canoe & Kayak
                                                                                                     If there’s somewhere you’d like to paddle         centre a call or better, come and
                                                                                                     we can provide you with experienced               see us.
                                                                                                     guides, local knowledge, safe up to date
                                                                                                     equipment and a lot of fun.
 Phone Canoe & Kayak                           Phone Canoe & Kayak                                   Contact your local store                       Phone Canoe & Kayak
 on 0508 529 256 for details                   on 0508 529 256 for details                           on 0508 529 256                                on 0508 529 256 to find out more.                                                                                                            ISSUE FIFTY Four • 2010                                           35

Skua Plastic
                                                                                         N ew
Sea Kayak
- the latest release from Q- Kayaks surpasses all expectations
                                                                                Other features include extra bungees on the stern deck for
  Yahoo!                                                                     stowing a split paddle, a compass mount on the foredeck and
   I’ve been waiting for a hard arsed kayak.                                 padded thigh braces. For those who prefer a larger cockpit, the
   I wanted a kayak that is responsive, fast and with enough stability to    Skua can be ordered without the moulded-in thigh brace.
allow me to fish and take photos. In plastic too, so I can treat it with a
rock landing and the occasional mistake rock gardening. Along with a
kayak I can use on the river.
   And here it is.
   I want it now.
   Peter Townend
   Director & Founder – Canoe & Kayak Ltd

  Steve Knowles of Canoe & Kayak BOP says “The Skua is a real
kayak surfers’ boat. With the moulded-in thigh braces I felt at one
with the kayak. It punched out through the 2 metre swell with ease,
was agile and handled the rough conditions well. Quick off the
mark and easy to paddle, the Skua is a dream.” Steve also added
“The modified self rescue system on the aft deck works well. The
paddle park forward of the cockpit is useful when fishing or taking

                                                                                              Specificati          515 cm
                                                                                                 Length            60 cm
                                                                                                 Beam                          : 27 kg
                                                                                                  Weight            - Lite: 24 kg
                                                                                                                     355 Litre
                                                                                                  Volume                               ar 75L,
                                                                                                                     - Fron  t 75L, Re           L,
                                                                                                                                  ompa rtment 45
                                            ed thigh                                                                  Centre C
                                 Comfy padd                                                                                        60L
                                             lded in.                                                                 Cockpit 1
                                  braces mou                                                                                  pit 79 x
                                                                                                                                         46 cm

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Anchor Winders
from Q- Kayaks
  This new anchor winder from
Q-Kayaks is a must for all fisho’s. Keep                             New Rhino -
the anchor line under control by simply                           - Canopy with a Difference.
winding it around the moulded plastic.
                                                                 2009 A.A.A.A Award Winner
Threading the anchor line through the
two holes will ensure the winder isn’t lost
and is ready for deployment when you
                                                                For a Rhino Sales Centre near you phone -
are. The bitter end is then clipped to your
anchor system and hey presto!                                            0800 866322

  RRP $25.00

                    NZKI 1 Star &
             Grade Two River certifcates
    We believe our comprehensive Grade Two Training & Certification is the best you can get.
            To gain the skills to confidently paddle on white water, you need at least
                       three weekends on the water with our instructors.

       PHONE NOW                                                 0508 5292569
                                               OR CALL IN TO YOUR LOCAL CANOE & KAYAK
                                              CENTRE FOR MORE DETAILS AND COURSE DATES
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           Start Your Adventure Here
Sea Kayaking
                                                                                SKILLS COURSE
                                                             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
                                                           the evenings.
                                                             With this course you become a Yakity Yak member with access to lots of trips
                                                           and activities around the country.

                                                                                     Duration: 1 Weekend

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

                                                  Duration: 1 Session

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

                                                                                                           Duration: 4 Sessions

                                                                                                      KAYAK SURFING
    You’ll learn the skills required to become a competent Eskimo Roller.
  You increase your confidence, allowing you to paddle safely in more
  challenging conditions.
                           Duration: 4 Sessions

                   OCEANS COURSE

                                                                                                Surfing is heaps of fun when you know how. You
                                                                                             will spend the evenings starting in small surf and
                                                                                             building up to one and a half metre waves. We use
                                                                                             a range of sit-on-tops and kayaks to make it fun
                                                                                             and easy to learn. Skills to be taught include surfing
  An advanced course designed to build on your skills. It covers paddling
                                                                                             protocol, paddling out, direction control, tricks
technique, kayak control, rescues, preparation, planning and decision making.
                                                                                             and safety.
         Duration: 1 Weekend/ Overnight                                                                    Duration: 4 Sessions
   Phone 0508 529 256 for more info & booking
White Water Kayaking

                 INTRO TO WHITE WATER
                                        A comprehensive course designed to cover
                                      the skills required to become a competent
                                      paddler. Starting off in a heated pool and   .
                                      progressing through flat water to moving
                                      water, it allows you to develop techniques and
                                      confidence at an enjoyable pace with great
                                      end results.
                                            Duration: 1 Weekend
                                                                                                        RIVER SKILLS
                                                                                                On this course you continue to build on the
                                                                                             Intro to White Water course, developing your
                                                                                             skills, technique and confidence on faster moving
                                                                                             white water and progressing to a Sunday day trip
                                                                                             on a Grade 2 river. It includes eddie turns, ferry
        MULTISPORT & WHITEWATER                                                              gliding, rolling, surfing and building new skills in
                                                                                             River Rescue techniques and River Reading.

                                                                                                          Duration: 1 Weekend


    A comprehensive package of instruction and coaching designed to
 progressively build your kayaking skills to NZKI 1 Star & Grade 2 Racing
 Certificate level. Run over three weekends you are introduced to white water,
 develop water confidence, river reading and white water skills. You’ll enjoy
 river running instruction on the fastest lines and rebooting all the other skills
 we have taught you during your first two weekends.

                         Duration: 3 Weekends
                                                                                              Sharpen your white water skills and learn simple
                                                                                           rodeo moves. We focus on skills such as river
                                                                                           reading, body position and rotation, advanced
          RIVER RESCUES                                                                    paddle technique, playing in holes and negotiating
                                                                                           higher Grade 3 rapids. We recommend you are
                                                               Suitable for paddlers       already feeling comfortable on Grade 2+ rapids.
                                                            who feel comfortable on
                                                            Grade 1 to 2 rivers, you
                                                            learn rope skills, muscle                      Duration: 1 Weekend
                                                            techniques, team control,
                                                            heads up, risk management
                                                            and combat swimming and
                                                            skills required to cope with
                                                            entrapments, kayak wraps,
                                                            swimming kayakers and
                                                            their equipment.

                                                              Duration: 1 Weekend
Smo kin’ Aces                                                                       By Ruth E. Henderson

                                                                                                                    Farzad's fish

  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
                                                                                                                                  d fish
                                                         Farzad’s smoker is            minutes for a one                                 ready
                                                                                                                                                to ea
                                                      made out of a circular                                                                          t
                                                                                       pounder (500gm)
                                                        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
                                        fish sm
                                 Nick's                        tin lid opening.

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                                                                                                      Buyers Guide

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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
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Family Kayaking
  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.
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                                                   from                                                        from
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

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   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
                                                                                     Width:550 mm
   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
towards speed.
                                                                       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
                                                                                     Width: 510mm

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  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
                                                                                        Width: 780mm
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
                                                                                        Width: 730mm
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Sea Kayaking
   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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                                                           from                                                               from
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

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While out kayaking…..
“ORCA!” appeared!
          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
Tauranga Iti.
   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.
  For all your roof rack requirements

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             Flood Howarth & Partners Limited                                                        Canoe & Kayak Centre                                                                           Peter & Bronnie van Lith
                                                                                                                                                                                              Trading as Canoe & Kayak Taranaki
          Trading as Canoe & Kayak North Shore

                                          TAUPO                                                             WAIKATO                                                                        WELLINGTON

                                                            AD                                                  KILLARNEY ROAD


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                                          LAKE TERRACE                        S.H.1.                            NORTH
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                                                                                                        The Corner Greenwood St                                                               2 Centennial Highway,
             77 Spa Road, Taupo                                                                       & Duke St, State Highway 1 Bypass                                                       Ngauranga, Wellington
           Telephone: 07 378 1003                                                                     Hamilton - Telephone: 07 847 5565                                                      Telephone: 04 477 6911
                     Acme Kayaking Limited                                                                    On Water Adventures Limited                                                             J & M Downey Limited
               Trading as Canoe & Kayak Taupo                                                               Trading as Canoe & Kayak Waikato                                                  Trading as Canoe & Kayak Wellington

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