Kaituna Timetrial 2018


The first race of 5 in the 2018/19 NZ Extreme race series kicks off on the Kaituna River, Okere Falls on the 24th November 2018.
It consists of a time trial race, a retro/long boat race and finally a 3 person teams relay race. Rankings from the Time-trial go towards National series points.

Categories: Open Men, Open Women, U18 Men, U18 Women, Masters (40 and over)

#Mandatory Pre Registration online: Fill in the form at the bottom of this post
Registrations close 6pm Friday 23rd Nov.

#Entry fee: $20 cash on the day.

• For the Time Trial you will get two race laps down the Kaituna River to post your fastest single lap time, which will count for your overall ranking
• Time-trial starts from the ramp at the control gates (put-in), all the way down to bottom hole, where there will be a finish touch-banner on river left.

#Retro/Long Boat race:
• Mass start format (boater X rules apply)
• Any plastic kayak 2.7m or longer can race

#Team Relay Race:
• 3 person teams (any gender)
• BoaterX rules apply.
• 3 legs – ‘Control gates to Weir’, ‘Weir to Waterfall’, ‘Waterfall to
Bottom Hole’.
• Mass Start from Control Gates
• Teams can decide their own order.
• Each team member must pass their team ‘baton’ to their next racer before the exit of the pool at the end of each leg. (Batons are provided)


• Safety will be placed at Weir, Waterfall and Bottom hole rapids for Time trial and longboat races.

#Kaituna Time-trial day Schedule:

8:30am – Waiver sign, payment and bib pickup @ Okere Falls store
9:15am – Mandatory Race Briefing @ Okere Falls store
10:00am til 12pm – Time trial Racing (Competitors’ individual start times announced at briefing)
12:30pm – Long boat Race (mass start)
2pm – Teams relay (mass start)
3:30pm – Prize giving @ Okere Falls store



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 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 freestylekayaknz@gmail.com 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.



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 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

Freestyle Jam @ Full James

Freestyle Jam @ Full James Poster

The NZFKA is organising the 2nd annual Freestyle @ Full James event on the weekend of the 20th and 21st of March 2010. This is an open event that caters for all-ages and abilities, come along and give competitive freestyle a try. There will be several classes including Novice, Junior and Open.

The open division will also double as the NZ Freestyle Team Selections for 2010, to qualify for selection you must be a fully-paid member of the NZFKA.