2018 National Extreme Race Champions

Congratulations to our 2018 NZEWW Extreme Race Champions! Jesper Soerensen (DEN), Sandra Hyslop (GBR) and Oliver English (Rotorua).

Jesper Soerensen of Demark had a strong finish to his Extreme Racing season managing to stop a 3-peat from 2 time National Champion Carl Whitehead of Te Puke who had to settle for 2nd place this time. Soerenson dominated in the southern events, picking up both Citroen and Bullerfest titles.


Jesper nudging ahead of Cole O’Connor Stratton down toaster falls in the Wairoa H2H

Sandra Hyslop (GBR) continued her NZ domination tour yet again, winning the Wairoa Time-trial, Wairoa H2H and Citroen Extreme race, gaining a maximum possible 150 points to seal back to back National titles. Congratulations Sandra.


Sandra leading Toni George into toaster falls in the Wairoa H2H

Oliver English of Rotorua took out the Junior Men’s competition, with consistent top 4 results throughout the season.


Oliver English upright amidst the carnage in the Bullerfest BoaterX in which he took out 2nd place.

For the full NZEWW series results click on the links below…

2018 NZEWW Xrace Open Men points standings

2018 NZEWW Xrace Open Women points standings

2018 NZEWW Xrace Junior Men points standings

Buller Festival Boater X Results


Results from the Kayak HQ Boater X at Bullerfest 2018

Open Men

  1. Jesper Soerensen
  2. Carl Whitehead
  3. Stephen Miller
  4. Ryan O’Connor
  5. Gabe Vink Wackernagel
  6. Taylor Weston
  7. Bertriand Gutierrez
  8. Robert Hervey


Open Women

  1. Ari Lalonde
  2. Natalie Carpenter
  3. Sandra Hyslop and Caitlyn Foran
  4. Sarah Hicks
  5. Annika Voekker


Junior Men

  1. Ben Tubbs
  2. Oliver English
  3. Matthias Kolle
  4. Zephyr McGowan
  5. Fraser Hart
  6. Nick Collier
  7. Josh Scarlet
  8. Aiden Cassidy



Junior Women

  1. Lotte Rayner
  2. Madi Gainsford
  3. Hannah Heyward
  4. Casey Heyward

2018 Wairoa Extreme Race RESULTS!


Cole (left) and Jesper battle it out down the toaster waterfall. Image Laurence Brown.

It was an awesome weekend on the Wairoa with great people. Here’s how the results stacked up. Congratulations to Sandra Hyslop and Carl Whitehead for both securing back-to-back Wairoa titles, and Michel Uhl taking out the Junior competition.

Laurence Brown got in behind the lens in between his racing and took some shots of the day.  Check the album here https://www.facebook.com/pg/FlowAddicts/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1933241346718002

Time Trial Results

Open Men – Wairoa Time Trial 18 (Men)

Open Women – Wairoa Time Trial 18 (Women)

Junior Men – Wairoa Time Trial 18 (Junior)


Boater X Results

Open Women:

1st Sandra Hyslop

2nd Kim Dodd

3rd Toni George


Junior Men:

1st Michel Uhl

2nd Lane Tims

3rd Henry Carr

4th Henry Brown


Open Men H2H tournament bracket: Click Here


Plate Men H2H tournament bracket: Click here




The Wairoa Extreme Race is 20 Years old this year! So to celebrate 20 years of awesomeness, this year we have a Battle of the Legends Race! Previous Winners of the Wairoa Extreme are invited to battle in a race that will decide the greatest Wairoa racer of them all.

Again we have the 2 day event with the Time-trial being held on Saturday 17th Feb and the Head 2 Head event on Sunday 18th Feb. Both count as separate events in the Extreme race national series.

Entry Fee: $50 (includes both races and camping at Mclaren Falls Park)
Categories: Open Men, Open Women, Junior Men and Battle of the Legends (previous winners only).
REGISTRATION: Please register using the form and payment details in this post.

Please Note: ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY. There will be no NO ‘ON THE DAY’ REGO this year. Entries close on Thursday 15th Feb @ 9:00pm.


Wairoa Event Schedule: THE INFO YOU NEED TO KNOW…

Saturday 17th: Wairoa Time-trial (updated 13/2)

Competitor Bib pickup 12:30pm @ Lake McLaren car park (100m further up road from McLaren Falls). Come sign the waiver, grab your bib and check you start time.
Mandatory Competitor Briefing: 1pm @ Lake Mclaren car park
Time-trial course – From Mclaren Falls Put-in to the bottom of rollercoaster rapid. Finish touch Banner on river left. (same finish as the boater X race).
Safety will be placed at strategic points along the Time-trial course, but most importantly, no-one paddles past someone in need. Help them out.
Saturday Night: Camping at Mclaren falls park. Camping for Wairoa Extreme Race competitors is free. Click here for more info… https://www.tauranga.govt.nz/facilities/parks-reserves/parks-in-your-area/mclaren-falls-park.aspx

Sunday 18th: Wairoa Head 2 Head/Boater X

Bib Pickup 10:00am – 10:30am @ Lake McLaren car park, 100m further up road from McLaren Falls.
Briefing @ Roller coaster Rapid: 11:45am
Boater X Start: 12pm
Prize Giving: 4:30pm Bottom Wairoa take-out paddock.
To take home the Wairoa Xrace Title you need to win the Head 2 Head competition, but National Series points are on offer for the Time trial as well – it is treated as a separate event. Your results there will then seed you into the head 2 head competition on the Sunday.
The Wairoa X race weekend plays its part as 2 races in the 5 race national series. Your best 3 results count towards your national ranking. Click the link below to see how the points are allocated.
Most kayakers are already aware of Didymo and the procedures and precautions to take to prevent its spread as well as other aquatic pests. Be sure to ‘clean check and dry’ BEFORE coming to the Wairoa Extreme. Especially anyone coming up from the South Island rivers it is imperative that all gear is decontaminated before entering any North Island waterways.
We may have some small scale decontamination facilities for your gear at the event if you are desperate.
Any questions or queries about this please contact me at brendanbayly@gmail.com or nzewwevents@gmail.com or for more info visit http://www.mpi.govt.nz/travel-and-recreation/outdoor-activities/check-clean-dry/


Please fill in and submit the form below and complete your registration by depositing your $50 entry fee via internet banking into the following account…

Account name: NZEWW Events

Account No.: 38-9016-0537751-00

Particulars: Your Name and Reference: Event Name

For example… Particulars: B Bayly Reference: WairoaXrace

Xmas @ Kaituna 2017


Yeehaa! It’s that time again, same time and place as last year, Bring your Xmas boating get-up, pool floaty toys and your view master, and we’ll see you for a super fun day on the Kaituna River. One week to recover after the Okere Enduro, Saturday 16th December. Join us for the most fun day on the river all year.

A jam-packed day of fun, once again there will be the progressing downriver boater X, an 8 ball race and teams beach ball race. In the past a few people with pool toys have turned up and floated down the river too.

Entry: Bring $10 entry plus a $5 secret santa gift (must be wrapped)

Register on the day at Okere Falls Store from 8:30am til 9:30am.

Event Schedule:

Rego @ The Okere Falls Store – 8:30-9:30am
Briefing – 9:45am
Progressive Boater X – 10:30am
The 8 Ball Battle – 1:30pm
Teams Beach Ball Race – 3:30pm
‘Unofficial’ Inflatable Float – 5:00pm
Prize-giving & secret santa – 6:30pm

A quick run-down of the days events:

Registration – standard form filling out.

Mandatory Briefing – This is where we re-explain the days events, plus outline safety issues.

Progressive Boater X –
Heats of 4 (drawn randomly) will race short sections of the river in a knock out style competition. The first race will separate the top half into an ‘A’ stream, and the bottom half into a ‘B’ stream. From then on its ‘knock out’ and the top 2 from each race progress into the next round. In total the river will be broken down into 4 sections.

The 8 Ball Battle –
Heats of 4 (drawn randomly) will race on a short section of river from the control gates to a banner touch on river right at the bottom of the slalom course. Along the way racers will have to battle their way through a series of ‘8 Ballers’ (kayaks, rafts, and topo duos) who will be trying to get in your way and slow your progress. Top 2 from each heat will progress into the next round. **If anyone would like to volunteer to be an 8 Baller please contact Brendan Bayly or Tyler ) **

Teams Ball Race –
Teams of three will mass start from the control gates, picking up there personalized beach ball below the road bridge, and racing it to the bottom. Racers may NOT carry their ball at any point during the race. It must be thrown, hit with the paddle or shunted with the kayak. First complete team to cross the bottom hole with Their ball wins!

Inflatable float –
Apparently at about 5pm a whole bunch of people are floating down the river on all sorts of inflatable craft. Bring some sort of inflatable craft if youre keen (pool toys go ok, some better than others). Sounds Awesome, Might see you there.

TO BE A FUN DAY ON THE WATER WITH FRIENDS – So bring your xmas cheer, your xmas get-up and have a great time!