Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Think Kayak surf ski demo session - Wellington

Saturday November 1 we'll be conducting the a revamped surf ski demo session in Evans Bay from 8 am - 12 noon.

If it's a Northerly we'll be based at Hataitai Beach...a cold southerly will see us based at the Marina at the bottom of Cobham Drive

You'll see the think Kayak National demo fleet of surf skis there:

430 mm wide - Uno Max
450 mm wide - Ion
470 mm wide - Evo II
510 mm wide - Eze
560 mm wide - Big Eze

The skis range in weight from 10 kg through to 15kg over 4 different constructions.
You'll also see the new River Construction surf skis there, we're the first Country in the World to request and order these skis...the great thing about them is that they are Coast to Coast / graded river compatible and they look fantastic.

Don't be deceived by the width of these skis....they can all be deceptively fast or deceptively stable.

If you're down south over Labour Weekend you'll find us on Lake Ruataniwha at the Rowing Centre on Saturday Oct 25 from 1pm - 4pm,
Oct 26 after the Canal Race at Lake Benmore 9.30 am - 11.30 am

If you's like more information don't hesitate to phone and ask some more questions. Chester 04 976 1795 or 022 6455 820.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

The weekend on the water.... in Welly

A couple of blocks of photos to trawl through.

First block Welly Paddlers Downwind Event ONE on Saturday.

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Second block of Photos From Capital Paddlers (SUP) Final (Winter) Beach Series event at Plimmerton's South Beach on Sunday......I played transporter and photo guy while Shaz paddled....for more info on the Capital Paddlers or Capital paddlers on Facebook.

For other SUP Clubs or Groups..... you can join Mana SUP Club......or South Beach crew (Kapiti)...(Raumati South) by getting hold of Howie Clarke.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Downwinder ONE today

A half descent windswell pushing waves through to 1 metre high in places gave paddlers plenty of challenges just off Plimmerton;'s South Beach today.

The 9 km course started from The Plimmerton Boating Club and within 2 minutes of exiting the shelter of the Northern end of Karehana Bay there were plenty of cross swell riding challenges to keep everyone on their toes over the 3 km stretch to Porirua Harbour entrance. Once into Porirua Harbour the sheltered conditions made life a lot easier. Still with small swells to ride and an outgoing tide there was still a bit of work to do to get to the Whitireia turn buoy at the the mark and just to stretch the arms out a bit further it was a short upwind (with the tide) to a turn buoy 70 metres off the Onepoto shoreline....a quick squirt back upwind and it was 9 km done and dusted.

Full credit to everyone who took part today.... the conditions out there sure were tricky in patches.

Big thanks to all paddlers who back tracked and double checked on fellow paddlers, it's all about teamwork and looking after your mates and this was demonstrated well today.

Here's a link to a vid Dave McKnight put together from today's event using his two cameras

18 October2014 - Welly Paddlers Downwind Practice Run from David McKnight on Vimeo.

Here are the times from today;

Mike Tate             33.48         46:36 SS
Chester Burt         34.25        46:59 SS
Blake Dyer            36:10        50:22 SS
Dave McKnight      36:26        55:50 SS
James Sadler          37:26        52:57 W1
Graham Daniel       39:12        54:53 SS
Raewyn Anderson                  60:25 W1
Lei Faletolu                           60:29 W1
Neil O'Brien                          61:22 W1

SS - surf ski
W1 - Waka Ama (Outrigger Canoe) single

Thanks to Sharon Henderson for all her help today Sharlene has some photos which she'll put on the Welly Paddlers Facebook page by tomorrow night.