2023 Kahawai Champs


May 07


Takapuna Boating Club, Auckland



Danika Mowlem- Canoe Racing NZ

The 3rd annual Kahawai Paddling Champs – an event format designed to develop the next generation of paddlers – will be held on Sunday 7th May 2022  at Takapuna Beach in Auckland.

Open to all paddlers of intermediate or high school age, and all equipment and craft will be provided. Focused on fun, development and healthy competition, this event is open to all abilities from new paddlers to nationally competitive paddlers.

Boats (open top, surfski style), paddles and PFDs are provided, and will be one-design within age-groups.

The event will adopt the Kahawai Paddler-X format.
Heats of 4-6 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.

The event divisions are as follows:

      • Under 12 girls, Under 12 boys
      • Under 14 girls, Under 14 boys
      • Under 16 girls, Under 16 boys
      • Under 18 girls, Under 18 boys

Age groups are based on age at 1st January 2023

This is a PaddleAble Disability Inclusive event. We welcome and encourage all paddlers. Where necessary we are able to make modifications to equipment or provide support paddlers to cater for individual needs of participants living with disabilities.

Event fee: $25 to be paid upon registration.
Enter online – Entries close 9pm Wednesday 3rd May.

8am- Registration, 9am- Competitor Briefing, 9.30am- Racing starts
Further race day details will be sent out closer to the time.
We anticipate the day being completed by 2pm, but depends on total competitor numbers.

​Further details and online entry https://www.paddler.nz/kahawai

Any questions?
Contact Danika at Canoe Racing NZ- danika.mowlem@canoeracing.org.nz or 
021 202 6154

This is the day after the Auckland King and Queen of the Harbour event, which has short courses (3km and 6km) suitable for youth paddlers, with craft available. Make a weekend of it!