Coaches Corner

Using events like the New Zealand Kayak Marathon Champs (April 10-11) that fall between now and sprint nationals is also a good way to keep focused on racing and rack up valuable kilometres in training. CRNZ Development Coach Craig Mustard, who has a strong background in marathon racing having worked with a clutch of the world’s best marathon paddlers in South Africa, offers his four key marathon racing tips.

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Bailee’s virtual experience

Multisport athlete Bailee Stratton believes the New Zealand Virtual Championships offers a great competitive opportunity to hone her surf ski skills after clocking 1:01:22 to move into third spot in a tightly-contested women’s surf ski division.

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Tupu has big K1 and surf ski plans

Waka ama star Tupu King will continue his transition into the world of surf ski and kayak paddling as he plans to compete at both the Heads to Harbour race – which doubles as the New Zealand Surf Ski Champs – and at the New Zealand Kayak Marathon Champs next month.

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Garth and Vaughan hunt a sub-50-minute time

World Marathon K2 masters (M45-49) champions Garth Spencer and Vaughan Reed produced one of the performances of the weekend at the New Zealand Virtual Paddling Championships, registering a super sharp time of 50:12 in the K2 boat.

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