Kayak Krazy 10km Champs

Author -  Karen Simpson

After the fog lifted a gloriously calm lake made for perfect racing conditions at Lake Okareka for the final race of the 10km series.

Kayak Krazy 10km Champs

After the fog lifted a gloriously calm lake made for perfect racing conditions at Lake Okareka for the final race of the 10km series.

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Arriving at the lake was like stepping into a cloud - the fog was so thick we couldn't see more than a few metres in front.  Racing was delayed for half an hour until it lifted, but when it did it revealed a gloriously calm lake and perfect racing conditions. 

The 36 juniors (Tyros, U14 and U16) took off first with the Tyros completing two laps of the 1.25km course and the U14/U16s four. The lead pack of U16 men missed a turning buoy and lead the group off around the edge of the lake.  All the juniors followed suit forcing them to paddle a fair extra distance on their first lap despite many of them being pretty certain it was wrong (lesson learned.... pay attention at race briefing!). 

The lead pack stuck pretty closely together throughout the race with Ben McCallum putting on a fair burst of speed to break away from Ethan Moore and Edward Parsons in the final lap to take the win. 

Stand-out paddler in the U14s was William Thompson who stayed fairly close to the U16 mid-fielders and comfortably took the U14 win. 

The 10km senior racing (U18 and up) saw a mass start of 48 paddlers and the Open Mens group, including Sam Clark - a very tough surf ski paddler battling against the K1s - take the lead pretty quickly with a few of the U18 and Masters mens paddlers not far off. The final sprint to the finish was a real power play between Sam Newlands and Scott Bicknell with Sam managing to pull away in the last 10 metres to claim his victory!   

Rebecca Cole showed what a strong paddler she is and was never in doubt to win the Open women, cruising through in the middle of the Open Mens pack to win by a convincing couple of minutes.  Jordin McLarin in the U18 Men was likewise a minute ahead of closest rival Gregor Park and Erica Tanner 30seconds ahead in the U18 women. 

This has been a really fun series of races throughout the winter season with clubs hosting events around the country.  In total 177 paddlers entered the series with 84 coming along to the final race - the 10km Champs. 

Thanks to all of the clubs who took the time and effort to host these races and to cart their members around the country to attend races.  All who participated have commented on how much fun it was and what a great way to break up the hard winter slog! 

A big thank you to the Officials who turned up to help on the day - Matt Warren, Bruce Sutton and Imelda Marnane and to the parents who  helped with the BBQ!

Kayak Krazy 10km Champs

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