The inaugural running of the Heads to Harbour Paddle Festival will take place on a proposed 23km route from Whakatane Yacht Club to Ohope Yacht Club.
Taking place over Anzac Weekend (April 25-26) – the event will form the climax to the 2019-20 Darcy Price NZ Ocean Surfski Series and also feature the National Ocean Ski Championships.
The event will also act as the selection criteria for the 2020 ICF Ocean Surf Ski World Championships in Portugal in September.
Saturday April 25 (Anzac Day) will feature the Darcy Price Ocean Surfski race and the ocean waka ama race on the same course. The marathon paddling festival for K1 and K2 (with portage), waka ama, ski and multipart kayaks will be staged on Sunday April 26 over 5km, 10km and 20km.