Kayakers are going to descend upon on Okere Falls this coming weekend for the annual Andy Duff Memorial Race. Mass start action that will see almost every type of rivercraft available descend the river. Generally dominated by the locals (kayakers and raft guides). If you're in the area go and watch the carnage, or try and compete in every division.

Kayaking South Silver from Sarah Charley on Vimeo.

I stumbled accross this weeks Monday Morning Motivation video on vimeo. A quick burst of whitewater slides on California's South Silver run, with several local NZ paddlers including; Dan Wrigley, Yan Wong and Toni George.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Earlier this year the adidas Sickline Team ventured into the Bashkaus River in Russia. Their goal was to write their names into the infamous book of legends deep inside the gorge. Kiwi paddlers Jared Meehan and Sam Sutton were part of the team that made the successful descent. Check out the inspiring video from Olaf Obsommer.

The Five2Nine and Bottoms Up Kayaking crews from Canada have just released their 3-part online movie 'Better Than You Imagined'. A blend of paddling expeditions from all over the world and featuring several top Kiwi kayakers including; Josh Neilson, Sam Sutton, and Louise Urwin. Plus cameos from heaps more Kiwis. 

We're hoping there will be a premier of the full film at Xmas@Kaituna this weekend hosted by film producer Tyler Fox. Stay tuned for details.

The final countdown is on for the first ever Hydroscapes Styx Hardman Race and Mr T brings us this motivational message - Real men don't speed walk!

The banter has begun and the question of who will be the first 'Hardman' and 'Hardwoman' will be answered this weekend. So if you're feeling tough and up to running up the Styx track with your boat and then paddling back down get to Hokitika this weekend. If you're feeling not so manly it'll still be a brilliant spectacle and an epic party! If you can't make it (like me) then make sure you stay tuned to Cumec Magazine next year for dates for the 2011 event.

The 2010 NZ Pyranha Tekapo Throwdown was held last weekend (6th/7th of November) and 52 paddlers enjoyed the beautiful blue skies of the McKenzie country. This was the first year that the event has had NZ Pyranha as the major sponsor and they really added to the overall weekend. Participants played in the hole, trained on slalom gates, chased beach balls, tested their rescue skills and then got competitive and creative in the Slalom and Freestyle Competitions.

No one went home empty handed with heaps of schwag from Pyranha (Stickers, Key Rings, Sponges, T-Shirts) and 9 year old Ryan Bartlett from Queenstown went home ecstatic with his brand new Pyranha Molan given away with the support of Pyranha UK, which he won after a massive knock-out competition on Pete Simpson's Pyranha Wheel Of Fortune. 

There were many other prizes throughout the weekend and we would love to acknowledge the support of Hydroscapes River Gear, Teva Footwear, Rasdex Equipment, Ems Power Cookies, and Alpine Springs Lake Tekapo

Monday Morning Motivation in Movember - Here's Andi Uhl's video from California this year, check out the latest issue of Cumec to read Andi's thoughts on getting 'Old and Crusty' in the paddling community.

Green Race Podcast #3...Andrew Holcombe breaking it down from Amongst It on Vimeo.

Welcome to Movember everyone, get out the razorblade and shave today, and grow the upper lip slug that you've always wanted. it is also action packed month for paddling action across the world. The NZ Pyranha Tekapo Throwdown is on this weekend, as is the infamous Green Race in North Carolina. Mike Dawson is in the states and has already won the Lord of the Fork Race, could the infamous Green Race Glass be coming to New Zealand?

Come the end of the month the Hydroscapes Styx Hardman Race will be a showcase of not only New Zealand's hardest paddlers, it will also showcase the best moustaches in the business. Get growing, get paddling, and most of all have fun and be safe.

Monday Morning Motivation - Another clip that was shown at the Bliss-Stick Kayak Festival 2010. This edit was put together by Stephen 'Tig' Hogg using footage collected over the last few years by Dylan Thomson. Tig isn't a kayaker so the clip is a fresh take on some of the old classics like the Waikaia River, Nevis River, and Kawarau River.