The 2015 NZ Freestyle Kayaking National Championships and NZ freestyle kayak team selections are going to be held on the 7th & 8th of March, 2015 at the Hawea Whitewater Park near Wanaka.
This an extremely important year for freestyle kayaking with the World Championships being held on the famous Garburator wave on the Ottawa River, Canada. Come join in the freestyle action on the Hawea River over the 7th & 8th of March, free event singlets and BBQ lunches for athletes. Thanks to our generous sponsors Rochfort Paddles, Rasdex, Cumec Magazine, Paradiso Cinema and Up The Creek Kayaks we have some fantastic giveaways be there to get yours!
Date: 7th – 8th March 2015
Registration: 7:45am – 9:15am 7th March 2015
Athlete Briefing: 9:15am – 9:30am 7th March 2015
Venue: Hawea Play Park
Feature: Bottom wave
Flow: 7th March 2015 – 120 m3/S Steady flow 8:00am – 6:00pm
8th March 2015 – 120 m3/S Steady flow 7:00am – 5:00pm
Scoring System: Formal International Canoe Federation
scoring system. For further information
please see http://www.canoeicf.com
Entry Fee: $50:00 Non NZFKA members.
$40:00 NZFKA members.
To be paid upon check in at the event.
Categories Age Group (years)
Cadets 14 and under
U16 16 and under
Junior 18 and under team selection event
Pro 19 and over team selection event
Veteran 35 and over
Further Information: Please contact Jason Searle firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 245 7702
The Hawea River played host to the 2014 NZ Freestyle Kayak Nationals over the last weekend of March. The event coincided with the NZ Slalom Championships and saw almost a hundred kayakers descend on the Hawea Whitewater Park.
The Freestyle Events drew a smaller, but very committed field than the slalom and competitors fought it out in a two feature event. Each entrant received 3 rides on the bottom wave and 3 on the top hole. Entrants could drop there lowest scoring ride on each feature and the overall title was awarded to the best combined results over the weekend.
The Open Mens and Under 18 Mens were both hotly contested as Stephen Bartlett, Jason Searle and Robert Hervey all looked strong on day one, only for Robert Hervey to pull out of Sunday’s event with a shoulder entry. Jason and Stephen showcased the high level that freestyle is reaching in New Zealand with strong and consistent rides on both features. Jason took the win on the wave, while Stephen claimed the hole competition. With scores tied the final result fell to our tie-breaker rules where only the best ride on each feature counted. Using this information Stephen claimed the top honors of 2014 NZ Freestyle Champion. Jason wasn’t left empty handed as after a check of results after results were first released he in fact won the overall C1 National Title.
In the Junior Mens Max Rayner succesfully defended his title, but was pushed by fellow Alexandra paddler, and in the hole a strong performance and huge loops from Invercargill’s Justin MacGregor kept everyone’s attention.
The women’s field was small this year and defending NZ Champ Courtney Kerin played it safe on her rides due to recovering from a shoulder injury. Courtney still held her title comfortably. Young Lotte Rayner showed her new routine after recent training with Claire O’Hara and at only 12yrs old claimed the Under 18 Womens title.
Full Results are attached in PDF for Wave, Hole and Overall.
Contact Energy NZ Freestyle Kayak Championships 2013
Under 15 Boys
1st – Otis Rayner, Alexandra
2nd – Jack Paulin, Alexandra
3rd – Jeremy Norbury, Alexandra
Under 18 Boys
1st – Max Rayner, Alexandra
2nd – Stephen Bartlett, Queenstown
3rd – Hank Bilous, Wanaka
1st Place – Lotte Rayner, Alexandra
Under 18 Girls
1st Place – Emily McGimpsey, Alexandra
2nd Place – Jessica Bailey, Wanaka
3rd Place – Robin Pieper, Alexandra
1st Place – Pete Simpson, Hawea Flat
2nd Place – Aidan Haig, Oamaru
3rd Place – Gordon Rayner, Alexandra
1st Place – Robert Hervey, Murchison/Alexandra
2nd Place – Brendan Bayly, Rotorua
3rd Place – Dylan Thomson, Wanaka
Overall 1st Place – Claire O’Hara, Great Britain
2nd Place – Courtney Kerin (and 1st NZer)
3rd Place – Polly Green, Rotorua (2nd NZer)
4th Place – Marnie Fornasek, Auckland (3rd NZer)
Contact Energy NZ Freestyle Kayak Team Trials.
The * means they have qualified for the NZ team to compete at the ICF Freestyle World Championships in the USA in September.
1st Place – Jessica Bailey, Wanaka *
2nd Place – Robin Pieper, Alexandra *
3rd Place – Emily McGimpsey, Alexandra
1st Place – Stephen Bartlett, Queenstown *
2nd Place – Max Rayner, Alexandra *
3rd Place – Hank Bilous, Wanaka *
1st Place – Claire O’Hara, Great Britain
2nd Place – Courtney Kerin, Oamaru (First NZer) *
3rd Place – Polly Green, Rotorua (2nd NZer) *
4th Place – Beth Morgan, Great Britain
1st Place – Jason Searle, Cromwell *
2nd Place – Robert Hervey, Murchison/Alexandra *
3rd Place – Mike Hoffman, Gore *
4th Place – Aidan Haig, Oamaru *
5th Place – Matt Burton, Turangi *
Summer Event Line Up
(## are the x race series)
Okere Enduro Teams Kayak race 15th Dec
Xmas @ Kaituna 22nd Dec
Andy Duff Memorial Race – 12th Jan
Freestyle Jam @ Fuljames (FJ@FJ) ( Event Postponed due to Water Issues)
## Kaituna Time Trial and Wairoa Extreme Race 9/10th Feb http://www.nzextremewhitewater.com
## Citroen Extreme Race 23rd Feb http://www.citroenextremerace.blogspot.co.nz
Si Davidson Bluff Race 24th Feb
## Buller Festival – 2th/3rd/4th March http://www.bullerfestival.co.nz
NZ Freestyle Nationals and Team Selections – Hawea Whitewater Park – 9th/10th March http://www.centralotagowhitewater.co.nz
Okere Enduro Teams Kayak race
Saturday the 15th of December 2012 – Inaugural Okere Enduro Teams Kayak Race
6hr endurance kayak event.
Mixed teams of three (minumum of 1 female on each team)
paddle down the river – run back up to the top & tag your team mate (boats transported for you)
team that completes the most laps in 6hrs wins
entry: $60 per team of three ($20pp)
Prizes for winners
If you can’t race and you are able to help with organisation please let Ben Robson know.
Contact email@example.com or ph: 0273293291
Find out more soon on the “Okere enduro teams kayak race” facebook event page.
Xmas @ Kaituna 2012
This years Xmas @ Kaituna event will be held on Saturday 22nd of December. Come and have some fun in the sun and warm water. Bring your blow up toys!
Events: Time-trial, Downriver freestyle, River float and Bottom Hole Freestyle jam.
Registration 9am on the day, at Okere Falls Store.
For more info check out the “Xmas @ kaituna 2012” event page on facebook.
The first two events of the 2012 NZ Extreme Race Series were held over the weekend in Rotorua and Tauranga. The series points can be found in the PDF’s below. It’s a close race in all three categories, forcing those who want to claim the title to travel south to the Citroen Extreme race near Queenstown in a few weekends time. – www.citroenextremerace.blogspot.com