NZ Freestyle Kayak Championship 2015


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

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 or 021 245 7702

NZ Freestyle Championships 2014

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 – Results

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
U15 Girls
1st Place – Lotte Rayner, Alexandra
Under 18 Girls
1st Place – Emily McGimpsey, Alexandra
2nd Place – Jessica Bailey, Wanaka
3rd Place – Robin Pieper, Alexandra
Veteren Mens
1st Place – Pete Simpson, Hawea Flat
2nd Place – Aidan Haig, Oamaru
3rd Place – Gordon Rayner, Alexandra
Open Men
1st Place – Robert Hervey, Murchison/Alexandra
2nd Place – Brendan Bayly, Rotorua
3rd Place – Dylan Thomson, Wanaka
Open Women
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.

Junior Women
1st Place – Jessica Bailey, Wanaka *
2nd Place – Robin Pieper, Alexandra *
3rd Place – Emily McGimpsey, Alexandra
Junior Men
1st Place – Stephen Bartlett, Queenstown *
2nd Place – Max Rayner, Alexandra *
3rd Place – Hank Bilous, Wanaka *
Open Women
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
Open Men
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 *

NZ Extreme Race Series – Kaituna Time Trail & Wairoa Extreme Race

KAITUNA TIME TRIAL – Saturday 9th Feb

Registration from 10:30am at Okere falls store
Briefing 11am
Racing start 12pm

Two individual Time Trial runs combined together for a total time.
Teams Relay sprint (TBC)


Registration from 9am at Lake Mclaren car park (100m up road from Mclaren falls bridge)
Briefing 9:45am
Racing start 10:30am

The Roller coaster rapids will once again be the home of the Wairoa Extreme race boaterX.

Time trial from seal launch down to just above waterfall rapid. Rankings from time trial will seed paddlers and put them into a Tennis Draw for the head to head races.
Plate rounds will be held so competitors get at least 2 head to head races.
Head to Head comp is held on waterfall and rollercoaster rapids.

Race rules and Regulations:

– Standard production Creek Boats only.
– Throw bag must be carried.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help with safety and organising on the day. If you know anyone keen to help get in touch!

Check back here for more updates soon…

Freestyle and Extreme Race Calendar

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
## Citroen Extreme Race 23rd Feb
Si Davidson Bluff Race 24th Feb

## Buller Festival – 2th/3rd/4th March
NZ Freestyle Nationals and Team Selections – Hawea Whitewater Park –  9th/10th March

Upcoming Events in Rotorua

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 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.

NZ Extreme Race Series – Points after Kaituna & Wairoa

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. –




NZ Extreme Race Series 2012 – Event 1 – Kaituna Time Trial Results

The first event of the NZ Extreme Race Series was held on the Kaituna River on Saturday the 18th of February. Consisting of two timed runs down the Upper Section of the Kaituna River, with both runs added together to get a cumulative result.

In the Men’s competition local Kenny Mutton showed consistent times to secure a first place victory over Jamie Sutton. NZ Slalom team member Louise Jull claimed the ladies victory with two sub seven minute runs. The junior was smaller than usual with many local athletes busy training for upcoming slalom competitions in Australia. Sean Curtis from Te Awamutu had two solid runs giving him the victory of Patrick McGee.

Full times can be found in the PDF file attached.  – NZEWW_Kaituna_Results

NZ Extreme Race Series 2012 – Event 1 & 2 Info

The first two events of the NZ Extreme Whitewater Race Series for 2012 are this weekend. The Kaituna Time trial will be held on Saturday 18th of February, and the Wairoa on Sunday 19th feb. The events are being held over one weekend to make it easier for those who have to come from far; so it’s gonna be tough and tiring but super fun weekend of racing, bring it on!

The third and final race in the series is the Citroen Extreme Race March 10th on the Kawarau river, Queenstown. Results from each event will be collated to find a series winner, to be presented at Citroen also.

Extreme race series T’shirts will be on sale at each of the events, available in selected colours and sizes by order. we’ll get the design up on here soon. organisers will be modelling them at the event.

Details for the races below. Keep checking back here for more info as we get closer to the event.

KAITUNA TIME TRIAL – Saturday 18th Feb

A time trial race from the ramp at put-in to bottom hole. Competitors get 2 runs, which will be combined for a fastest overall time.

Registration: From 9:30am
Briefing: 10:30am
Race: 11:30am


Lets hope you’ve been out to the Wairoa in the last few weeks as now the river has changed yet again from last years flood changes.

We’re moving the head to head challenge back to roller-coaster this year with a new rapid with new moves and fast lines yet to be found. This may even prove to be a bit of a leveller, possibly dampening the advantage experienced wairoa paddlers have in the race.

A similar format to years gone by, the event will start with a Time-trial from the seal launch rock at the put-in, to a finish line just above the waterfall rapid. The time trial will seed/rank racers for the head to head races later in the day.

The Head to head races will see 2 competitors battling it out down the waterfall and roller-coaster rapids, with the winner progressing into the next round.

Registration: from 9am
Briefing: 10:00am
Time Trial: 11:00am
Head to Head: 12:30pm

any questions just ask on here.
We’ll get some more info up in the very near future…

If there’s anyone who would like to help with safety on the day please get in touch with me at

NZ Extreme Race Series 2012

2012 NZ Extreme Whitewater Race Series
The NZ Freestyle Kayak association is proud to announce that the first ever NZ Extreme Race series will take place in February and March 2012. The series will include three events held over two weekends. The first weekend will be held on the 18th and 19th of February in the Bay of Plenty on the Kaituna and Wairoa rivers. The second weekend will be the 10th of March on the Kawarau River near Queenstown.

Participants will receive points in relation to their placings in all three events, an overall prizegiving will be held in Queenstown on Saturday the 10th of March.
Categories – Mens | Womens | Veterans | Junior Male | Junior Female
To be eligible for the National Series title and to accumulate points racers must be current members of the NZ Freestyle Kayak Association.

More details to be announced soon.