2016 Xmas @ Kaituna


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 17th 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:

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!

Whitewater XL Waka BoaterX

This just in from the Whitewater XL…

WhitewaterXL is extending the invitation to the top 32 fastest paddlers who competed in the Kaituna Time Trail to compete in the WhitewaterXL Waka Kayak Boater Cross on Sunday 27 November. Below is the schedule for race day along with additional training slots (free of charge) during the week. Everyone must complete accreditation prior to training or competing.

Training Days
Tuesday 22nd November
0800 – 0900 Boater X (NO slalom boats)
1300 – 1400 OPEN TRAINING (Boater X only, NO slalom boats)

Wednesday 23rd November
0800 – 0845 Boater X (NO slalom boats)

Sunday 27th November
0800 – 0930 Boater X open training

Sunday 27th of November
WhitewaterXL Waka Kayak Boater Cross
0800 – 0930 Boater X open training
0800 – 1000 Boater X accreditation
0930 – 1000 Athlete briefing (boats as per Adidas Sickline rules 2016, no hands off paddles, no paddle over competitor boats)
1000 – 1700 WhitewaterXL Junior and WhitewaterXL Waka Kayak races will run concurrently but not in the same heats.
WhitewaterXL Waka Kayak athletes will be seeded based on slalom and time trial results, with four in each race. Top two go through to next round.
Four off the start ramp, position randomised.
Same finish as the slalom course.
WhitewaterXL Junior Boater Cross Championships 2016 (no prize money but spot prizes)

WhitewaterXL Waka Kayak Boater Cross (1st $3000, 2nd $2000, 3rd $1000, 2 classes only) AND spot prizes

If anyone has any questions they can email Leanne at info@whitewaterxl.co.nz


2016 Kaituna Time-trial Results

The first event of 5 in the NZ extreme racing series kicked off in November with the Kaituna time-trial. Doubling as a qualifier for the WhitewaterXL boater X at Vector Wero the following weekend, the event drew a strong line up of both local and international competitors. Big international names such as 2012 Olympic silver medalist Vavra Hradilek and Vit Prindis were pitted against local speedsters Mike Dawson, the Sutton brothers and Kenny Mutton. The women also had a stacked field with current and past world champions in the mix.

With 2 runs fastest one counts, 70 paddlers lined up to take on the grueling 6 and a half minute sprint to see who would become the fastest paddler down the Tuna in 2016. With such a high caliber of paddlers in the field even making the top 32 to qualify for the following weekends’ WhitewaterXL boater X was no easy task.  Hradilek’s time of 6mins 27.49secs saw him take the win just 1 second ahead of Mike Dawson in 2nd with 6:28.67 and 16yr old Zak Mutton in 3rd with 6:32.29.  Jamie Sutton and Czech paddler Vit Prindis rounded out the top 5.

This was Hradliek’s 2nd Kaituna Time Trial title adding to his win in 2013, however the biggest headline from the event was the impressive result from the young Mutton. Only 16 years of age and already proving very competitive in a world class line up, indicating a bright future ahead. This also is the first time he has beaten his father and local paddling legend Kenny Mutton in the race, who was 2 time winner and defending champion coming into the race.

French paddler Nouria Newman topped an all-international podium in the women’s race with a time of 6:46.92. Just 0.60secs behind Newman was British paddler and 2016 Adidas Sickline champion Sandra Hyslop in 2nd, with Martina Wegman (Netherlands) in third with 6:59.17. First Kiwi lady home was Nikki Kelly in 4th.

Cheers to everyone for an awesome day on Sunday. 70 paddlers battled it out down the Kaituna @ a 400’s flow, the most we’ve ever seen at this event.

Full results are available from the link



Kaituna time trial final results



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