2016/17 NZEWW Extreme Race series Champions!

Congratulations to our NZ extreme Race Champions for 2017!

Defending Men’s national champion Carl Whitehead of Te Puke has taken out the men’s competition the second year in a row! Closely followed by Zack Mutton (Rotorua) 2nd and Joe Morley (GBR) in 3rd.

2016 Adidas Sickline world champion Sandra Hyslop (GBR) reigned supreme in the women’s competition followed by Toni George (Rotorua) 2nd and Kim Dodd (Rotorua) in 3rd. Sandra as winner of the 2017 series also receives the Lulu memorial trophy and grant.

In the Junior Men’s competition George Snook (Rotorua) took top honours from his neighbour Michel Uhl, with Swiss speedster Jan Rohrer in 3rd. Jan deserves special mention as he dominated the junior field and also placed very respectively in the open men category for a couple of series races. All 3 Junior men pose a serious threat to the open men in years to come.


2017 NZEWW Open Mens Extreme Race Series Points Standings


2017 NZEWW Open Women Extreme Race Series Points Standings


2017 NZEWW Junior Men Extreme Race Series Points Standings

Buller festival Boater X 2017 results

Congrats to the winners of the Kayak HQ Boater Cross! Will Nelson (Jr Men), Joe Morley (Open Men), Lotte Rayner (Jr women) and Rata Lovell-Smith (Open


For more photos of the day check the Bullerfest FB page https://www.facebook.com/BullerFestival/

Boater X Finals Results

Bullerfest Kayak HQ Boater X 2017

Cheers to Michael Bollen for putting together a sweet little edit of the weekends activities…


2017 Wairoa Extreme Race Results


Open Men top 4 from left: Mike McVey (4th), Lawrance Simpson (2nd), Carl Whitehead (1st) and John Snook (3rd).


Open Women top 4: Kim Dodd, Toni George, Martina Wegman and Sandra Hyslop.


Junior Men top 3 Michel Uhl (3rd), Jan Rohrer (1st) and George Snook (2nd)

Time Trial Results:

H2H Results:

Click the links below for Head 2 Head tournament bracket results…

2017 Wairoa H2H Open Men

2017 Wairoa H2H Open Women

2017 Wairoa H2H Mens Plate round

Wairoa update

IMPORTANT NOTICE! – Due to heavy rain the Wairoa rose to flood stage today. It is now dropping, and it may continue to drop to release flow by tomorrow, however, with further rain forecast tonight we cannot guarantee a raceable flow tomorrow. We have decided to POSTPONE the Wairoa Time-trial until the next day – Sunday 19th Feb. Both the Boater X and a modified time-trial will be held on Sunday. Rego and Bib pickup up at Lake Mclaren (same as normal) will be from 9am – 9:30am. Please spread the word to those you know will be affected by this.

2017 Wairoa Extreme


Kia ora everybody its that time of year again, time to race! The Wairoa Extreme is back! Again we have the 2 day event with the Time-trial being held on Saturday (18th Feb) and the Head 2 Head event on Sunday (19th Feb),

Entry Fee: $45
REGISTRATION: Please register using the form and payment details at the bottom of this post. Cheers!
Wairoa Event Schedule: THE INFO YOU NEED TO KNOW…

Saturday 18th: 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 to the bottom of rollercoaster rapid. Finish touch Banner on river left. (same finish as the boater X race).
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 Time-trial, our Safety team will then set up on the roller coaster 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 do some laps of their own.
Saturday Night: Camping available at Mclaren falls park from $10 per night. Click here for more info… https://www.tauranga.govt.nz/facilities/parks-reserves/parks-in-your-area/mclaren-falls-park.aspx

Sunday 19th: Wairoa Head 2 Head/Boater X

Registration: (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
Boater X Start: 12pm
Prize Giving: 4:30pm Bottom Wairoa take-out paddock.
To take home the Wairoa Xrace 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 there will then seed you into the head 2 head competition on the Sunday.
The Wairoa X race weekend plays its part as 2 races in the 5 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/…/other-progr…/campaigns/check-clean-dry/


Please fill in and submit the form below and complete your registration by depositing your $45 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

2016 Xmas @ Kaituna Happenings

Xmas @ Kaituna 2016

This Xmas @ Kaituna is strictly social, and seriously fun. Sure we’re racing but but the day is all about having a great time and sharing some Christmas stoke. The recipe seems to be working as the event continues to grow in size every year, with 2016 no exception as a record 85 paddlers amassed for the annual bash on the Kaituna river the weekend before Christmas.

A progressing down river boater X starts the day with the river divided into 4 sections, 4 person heats, with the top 2 making it through to the next round on the next section of river. 85 paddlers packed into the eddies of the Kaituna makes for a super social race, a great chance for everyone to catch up and also meet new people. To mix things up and keep it even a mystery touch banner is stationed somewhere down each section in which competitors must find and touch before heading to the finish. Local speedsters Carl Whitehead and Toni George took out the mens and women’s categories respectively.

And as if that wasn’t enough boatercross next up was the ‘8 Ball’ race. Held on the slalom course at the top of the river, it’s a mad dash straight down the short course to the finish… If only it was that easy.

Rafts, Topo duos, kayakers, inflatables hanging from the bridge and fire hoses from West Rotoiti Fire Brigade are waiting down the course all with one common goal in mind – getting in YOUR way.

In this race its possible to go from zero to hero and back to zero again all within 100m of whitewater, so you’ve gotta be lucky and fast… but mainly lucky.

Young Jan Rohrer of Switzerland paddled fast and took his chances to take the 8 ball win with Nikki Whitehead in 2nd and Owain John 3rd.

The teams beach ball race then followed, with 25 teams of 3 trying to get a beach ball from the top of the river to the bottom before any other team. Again, easier said than done. Certain types of sabotage are allowed and balls and kayakers go everywhere! Mass start, 75 paddlers are let loose down river, into an eddie containing all 25 beach balls. Hopefully you decorated your beach ball uniquely so you can find it amongst the rest and then make your way downstream, throwing, passing and shunting the ball within your team.

By far the slowest race of the day but the teams balls race actually brings about the most carnage as paddlers become more fixated on the welfare of their beach ball than the line they take down rapids and the chaos unfolding around them. Team “Stink Balls” with Carl Whitehead, Nikki Whitehead and Patrick Mckee brought their beach ball A game to snatch the win right on the finish line.

Not offically part of the event but ‘for some reason it happens on this day every year’, the last of the water activities is of course the inflatable float down the river. This year we saw inflatable unicorns, whales, 3 stack rafts, paddling pools, couches, manta rays and many more craft attempt to make it down the river, with varying degrees of success. The warm deep water and nature of the kaituna rapids thankfully allow for these sorts of antics to go down with minimal carnage.

A quick prize giving at Okere Falls Store for the days winners and notable mentions and then its time for a mass game of secret santa. An oversized santa sack full of the kayakers’ wrapped presents is emptied as people reach in and grab a present, and then have to last 2 rounds without their pressie being stolen before they’re home free with their gift from Santa.

It was another amazing day on the water with the great people and a great vibe. Sound like fun?? See you next year!

Thanks to Rapha Boudreault-Simard and Mike Roy of Flow Motion Aerials for capturing the day with some epic drone footage, and you can check out Flow Motion Aerials on facebook for the edit.