Entries open for Kahawai Paddling Champs

Entries have now opened for the 2021 Kahawai Paddling Championships – a brand new Canoe Racing NZ event designed to develop the next generation of paddlers.

The inaugural competition will be held on Saturday May 8 at Takapuna Beach in Auckland and is open to all paddlers of intermediate or high school age. It is hoped the competition will attract paddlers from a range of levels and backgrounds; sprint, surf lifesaving, ocean or multisport.

All equipment and craft will be provided by organisers. 

The event will adopt the new Kahawai competition format on one of the Paddler-X courses see more here 

Heats of 4-12 paddlers race from a start line, around one or more buoys and back to a finish line adjacent to the start. Races can take anywhere from 2-5 minutes, and every paddler will compete in several races as they progress from heats through to division finals

Depending on participant numbers, there may also be a long-distance race option available in the afternoon.

Participants will be separated into age groups as follows:

  • • Under 12 years
  • • Under 14 years
  • • Under 16 years
  • • Under 18 years

Entry fee is $15, which can be paid at registration on race day.

Click here for full details and online entry form 

Entries close: Monday May 3 at 9pm