Kaituna Timetrial 2016

allen-yip-tutea-croppedThe first race in the NZ Extreme race series kicks off this year in Spring time! With the hope of higher flows on the Kaituna, the Kaituna Time-trial this year is going down Sunday 20th of November. This year we are combining with the Whitewater XL event @ Vector Wero in Auckland to give two weekends of racing! Who will be the fastest paddler down the Kaituna in 2016??

Important things to note:
a. Prize money for the Podium
b. Top 32 men and women qualify for the Waka BoaterX the following weekend at the Whitewater XL event at Vector WERO. (More than $5000 prize money!)

Registration/Entry feesdiscounted Pre registration $20 online, fill in and submit the form below and follow the payment details. Pre registration closes Friday 18th November. $25 cash if Registering on the day of the event.

Exemption Note: We understand internationals wont have kiwi bank accounts, so as long as international competitors have submitted their onlline registration by Friday 18th, only $20 cash will be charged on race day.



  • 2 Runs, Fastest run counts.
  • Course: From put-in Ramp to a touch banner at Bottom Hole
  • Categories: Open Men, Open Women, U18 Men, U18 Women
  • Safety: Safety boaters in place at Weir, Waterfall and Bottom Hole Rapids.

Rules: Check out the kaituna-time-trial-rules and regulations for permitted boats for competition.

Day schedule: Kaituna Time-trial Sunday Nov 20th

8:30am – Late Registrations and bib pick up @ Okere Falls store

9:00am – Mandatory Race Briefing @ Okere Falls store

10:15am to 12:30pm – Racing (Competitor start times to be announced on race day)

1:00pm – Prize giving @ Okere Falls store

4:45pm – Whitewater XL welcoming Powhiri and Registration for International Athletes @ Vector Wero in Auckland.

Check our facebook event page to show your interest or catch any new information/discussions etc… share the event with your friends even! https://www.facebook.com/events/500562923486101/?active_tab=about

Waka Boater X info…

  • The Kaituna Time-trial is a qualifier for the Waka boater X race, part of the Whitewater XL event at Vector Wero white water park 27th Nov.
  • Top 32 racers from the WWXL slalom and top 32 racers from Kaituna Time-trial will qualify to race in the Waka Boater X. 2 Classes – Open Men and Open women.
  • Those who qualify for the Waka boater X are invited to free practice times at Wero on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd Nov.
  • Free Practice sessions for Boater X competitors are 1pm-2pm on both Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd Nov.
  • Qualified athletes wanting to practice must have registered for the Waka Boater X, be wearing bib and have completed Wero’s safety assessment. Waka boater X registration is at the whitewater XL opening ceremony, Sunday 20th evening.

Click the following link to check out the XL’s race schedule for the week.

For more information check out http://wwxl.co.nz/ or their facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/WhitewaterXL/?hc_location=ufi

Kaituna Timetrial Registration

Fill in and submit the form below and complete your registration by depositing your $20 entry fee via internet banking into the following account…

Account name: NZEWW Events

Account No.: 38-9016-0537751-00

Reference: Entrant Name and Event Name e.g B Bayly Kaituna TT


Registration Form


NZ Extreme Race series Champions!

It is with pleasure we announce the 2016 New Zealand Extreme Race champions. Open Men’s Champion Carl Whitehead (Te Puke), Open Women’s Champion Toni George (Rotorua), and Junior Men’s Champion Ryan Wilkins (Pongakawa).


Extreme Race series Champions Ryan Wilkins (left) and Carl Whitehead


The 4th and final race in the series ‘Citroen Extreme Race’ was cancelled in consideration to a recent loss to the NZ kayaking community earlier in the week.

Competitors’ best 3 results have been compiled from the Wairoa Time-trial, Wairoa Boater X, and the Bullerfest Astral BoaterX. See the previous post for the overall series points standings.

A huge thanks to our major series sponsors Action Group Ltd for financially supporting all the series events this year. Your support has been integral to the professionalism and growth of these events. We are looking forward to next year already, bigger and better!

Bullerfest Astral Boater X results


Action from Day 1 at Bullerfest

Almost 100 competitors battled it out down the Lower Matakitaki river, in the Astral BoaterX on a beautiful sunny day in Murchison. Congratulations to winners Rob Hervey (open men), Toni George (open women), Ryan Wilkins (junior men) and Annie Wardle (junior women).

BoaterX placings for each category can be found here – Bullerfest Boater X Results and point allocation Sheet1

Check out the Bullerfest facebook page for more photo’s, video’s, and results from the event. Shuttersport.co.nz also have a vast selection of photos from the day.

As we head into the last event of the series at Citroen Extreme Race, Podium spots are wide open which will make for some exciting racing. Stay tuned…

Click the links below to view the series points standings after 3 events…

Open Men points standings after 3 eventsNZ Extreme Race Series points standings women and junior 3 events

Wairoa Head 2 Head

Another hot day in the sunny Bay of Plenty made way for the 2016 Wairoa Head 2 Head race. Exciting racing, great people and great weather made for a super fun day and an awesome finale to the Wairoa event. Congratulations to Jamie Sutton (Okere Falls) for claiming yet another title in the mens and to Jennifer Chrimes (GBR) for taking out the womens. Ryan Wilkins (Pongakawa) continued his dominant form from the time-trial the day before to claim the Junior title.


Wairoa H2H winners Jamie Sutton and Jennifer Chrimes

Many thanks goes to Matt Bennett and his skilled team of safety personnel looking out for us throughout the weekend.  Many thanks also to Josh Neilson from Josh Nielson Photography and Raphael Boudreault-Simard from Flow Motion Aerials for documenting the day and producing this awesome edit of the day

Thanks to our sponsors Action Group Ltd, Waka Kayaks, Sommer Designs, Okere Falls Store and Rotorua Rafting for all your help in creating another successful event.


More shots from the H2H action…

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Jamie Sutton (Right) nails his passing maneuver through cauldron to beat Kenny Mutton in the men’s Final

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Toni George temporarily out front in the women’s final. Eventual winner Jennifer Chrimes stays close in tow ready to capitalise on any mistakes. It aint over till you catch the eddy and touch that banner…

Head 2 Head Tournament Results

Click on following images to see how the Wairoa Extreme Race Head 2 Head battles went down…


Here’s the boater X  placings and series points allocation…

Wairoa H2H placing and points Sheet1Wairoa H2H placing and points Sheet2

Wairoa Event Schedule – info you need to know

Saturday: Wairoa Time-trial


Registration and bib pickup: 9am – 10am @ Lake McLaren, 100m further up road from  McLaren Falls.

Briefing: 10am @ Lake Mclaren

Time Trial Start: 11am

Time-trial course – From Mclaren falls Put-in down to the mid way put-in just below rollercoaster. Finish touch Banner on river left.


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.

After the Timetrial, Safety will then set up on the rollercoaster rapid from 12pm til 1:30pm, so you can get some laps in, try lines, and someone has your back. After 1:30pm the Safety team will leave and go do some laps of their own.

Saturday Night: Party

Mel Parsons @ Okere Falls Store 7:30pm – 9:30pm


Sunday: Wairoa Head 2 Head/Boater X

Registration and bib pickup: (if you were unable to race on Saturday) 10:00am – 10:30am @ Lake Mclaren, 100m further up road from Mclaren falls.

Briefing @ Roller coaster rapid: 11:45am (you need to have had all your practice runs done well before then)

Boater X Start: 12pm

Prize Giving: 4:30pm Bottom Wairoa take-out paddock.

To take home the Wairoa Title you need to win the Head 2 Head competition, but this year, National Series points are on offer for the Time trial as well – it is treated as a separate event. Your results Time-trial will as usual, seed you into the head 2 head competition on the Sunday.

The Wairoa X race weekend plays its part as the first 2 races in the 4 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 for more info visit http://mpi.govt.nz/funding-and-programmes/other-programmes/campaigns/check-clean-dry/

Wairoa Extreme Race 2016


Kia ora everybody its that time of year again, time to race! First events of the NZ XRace series, the Wairoa Extreme is back again, bigger and better. We have 2 flow days and a party this year so there’ll be way more wairoa-ing and way more fun for all of us! The Time-trial event will be held on Saturday (20th Feb) and the Head 2 Head event on Sunday (21st Feb), with the very talented Mel Parsons playing for us while we party at Okere Falls Store after the time-trial on the Saturday night. Check in here and our event page on facebook for more updates. https://www.facebook.com/events/521068191407895/
Waka Kayaks have joined us again this year, putting another boat up for grabs for a lucky competitor alongside many other sweet spot prizes.
Entry Fee: $75 (includes 2 days of racing, free entry into Mel Parsons gig, and spot prizes)
Event T shirts: Wairoa Extreme Race T-shirts are available for $25 (pre registration only). We will have a sample up on here shortly.


Please register by filling in and submitting the form below, and send your entry fee via internet banking to the following account. Pre Registration closes a week before the event (Sunday 13th) so we can have the T-shirts to you on the day of the event.


Account name: Action Consulting Group Ltd

Account name: 02-0412-0116210-002

Reference: Entrant Name and Event Name


Many thanks! see you there!



NZ Extreme Race Series finale – Bullerfest Boater X

On Friday 28th of March a large swarm of paddlers once again descended on the small town of Murchison, located on the banks of the Buller River in the central upper South Island, ready for New Zealand’s largest kayaking festival  – Bullerfest to kick off.  Bullerfest is a multi-event weekend, but it is the Boater X on the Matakitaki river on Day 1 that serves as the grand finale for the NZ Extreme Race series.

Going into the event it was Joe Morley (GBR) who led the series narrowly from Gerd Serrasolses (ESP), but several of the top paddlers still had the opportunity to take top honours and claim the NZ Extreme Racing title, nothing was decided, it was anyone’s game. In the Womens Louise Jull was cruising her victory lap, already having won the first 3 races and taking out the National series with her Citroen race win the previous week.

Photos from the Boater X event were taken by Nelson sports photo specialists Shuttersport, and can be found
at their website by clicking the following link – Bullerfest Boater cross photos

Bradley Lauder and Joe Morley enjoying their battle in the quarter finals

Bradley Lauder and Joe Morley enjoying their battle in the quarter finals

Bradley Lauder hanging on for dear life as Carl Whitehead does his best to spin him out in the tight action packed mens final

Bradley Lauder hanging on for dear life as Carl Whitehead does his best to spin him out in the tight action packed Open Mens final

Jen Chrimes (GBR) in control of her final

Jen Chrimes (GBR) in control of her final

Bradley Lauder of Rotorua took out the top spot in a very tight Open Mens final, closely followed by Matic Tercelj (SLO), with Carl Whitehead and Joe Morley (GBR) rounding out the top four respectively. Jen Chrimes (GBR) dominated all day in her Open Women’s heats, and comfortably carried that domination through to the final taking 1st place, followed by Anna Bruno (USA) in 2nd, Louise Jull in 3rd and Ashleigh Macdonald in 4th.

In the Junior men it was Harry Skelton who claimed 1st from Max Rayner 2nd and Jeremy Norbury in 3rd. Paloma Kelly took top spot in the Junior Women with Mia Kelly in 2nd and Lotte Raynor 3rd.

Click the links below for the Boater X placings and all the Bullerfest event results…

Bullerfest boaterX placings and points.PDF

Bullerfest overall event Results.PDF

Event Website  – http://www.bullerfestival.co.nz/


Another great summer of events and racing has come to an end, and the level of competition has been raised yet again. Thanks to all the event organisers for your dedication and time spent making awesome events. We look forward to next year already – bigger and better!!

Taking competitors best 3 results from the 4 races on offer, there was a small group paddlers who all had a chance to seal the deal at bullerfest for the national title. Without further adue we can send a huge congratulations out to Joe Morley (Great Britain) and Louise Jull (Rotorua), our NZ Extreme Race champions for 2014!!!

Zak Mutton took out the tightly contested Junior Division by one point from Brock Coddington who took 2nd and Ben Hume in 3rd place.

Full Series Results can be found below…

CLICK HERE for NZ Extreme race series OPEN MEN final standings.PDF

Womens Final Standings

2014 NZ Extreme Race Series Womens final Standings

Junior Final Standings

NZ Extreme Race series JUNIOR final standings