Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Huge congrats Pete Sutton


Final event for the 2014 "Cold Kiwi Series 2014" shall we do something different when it come to prizes....We'll make it one step easier to buy a surf ski by putting most of the entry fee and a top up towards $1000 off a Think Kayak surf ski....this can sometimes be enough to get people across that financial line. 

We of course had to back this up with a few other prizes as well.


It's a one off and next year well go for 2 x vouchers for a top of the line waka ama or SUP paddle or a kayak paddle..... choice of which sport....and of course some other prizes.


All our events are self funding we don't go hunting for prizes... but always grateful if any one comes to the party like SWAZI did this year with 5 micro thermal tops. Huge thanks to Davey Hughes for coming forward with the tops...the paddlers really love them....and many are now SWAZI converts.



Here Pete Sutton is surprised....but beaming that he won this voucher.....he doesn't have to buy a Think Kayak surf ski.....he can sell or give the voucher to someone who does want one though. 

Congratulations Pete.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekend in Blenheim



Headed overseas in the weekend :-) to Blenheim. Leon Rossbotham is out from Hong Kong for two weeks and said yeah I'll be in on that trip. We took 7 surf skis across on top of the van....5 from the National demo fleet my own Ultimate and an Uno Max Ultimate that Nelson's Mark Washington pulled out from under our Auckland mates noses....man he's quick!

Above Mark Washington looking as happy as a sand boy with his new purchase.

Saturday we ran a Think Kayak demo session from the Blenheim Rowing Club on the Wairau River and Mark was pretty quickly in to grab his ski and take it out for it's first test run. 
The weather wasn't the brightest for the demo with rain and a cool southerly breezing through....but that didn't deter the locals with 12 people turning up in quick succession and pretty shortly there was a cue for a few of the skis.



Though the Uno Max was in hot demand as you'd expect the Big Eze and Eze were pretty busy....as were the Ion and the Evo II. 

The Marlborough Multisport and Triathlon Club are very active they run triathlon, biathlon and kayaking events and also have a keen base of regulars who support many of the events really well. In the last year or so they have taken to surf ski, and they have a group that gathers regularly to paddle and sip coffee afterwards.....as many of our group do after events in Wellington.



If anyone is passing through Marlborough at any stage conatct John Blackmore and he'll link you up on one of their regular paddle sessions.

Anyhow's here's some pics from the 3 hour demo session on the Saturday and the 20.5 km Twin Rivers race on the Sunday....which was 4 km on the Wairau River truning right into the Opawa River for the next 16km heading all the way through to the amphitheater into the Blenheim Township.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

More Cold Kiwi Series Photos

Here are a selection of photos from Sharlene Camera....photography by Shayne Garrett.

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On the Regional front:

Foxton Loop Race:

Start/Finish is at Foxton Beach, Manawatu River Estuary at the Manawatu Boating Club HQ.... it's a fantastic Clubhouse and showers are available!

18km and 8 km course options.

Sharlene is taking on the 8km on the surf ski!

Saturday September 28

Online entries through this site below.

http://www.sportsground.co.nz/ruahinewhitewater/70959/

Cost is $25 per paddler........after September 24..... a $5 late entry fee applies.