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.

GBA 2 TEVA Lea Extreme Race 2010 from Adrian Kiernan on Vimeo.

Monday Morning Motivation - 2010 Teva Race. Judging by this sweet video from Adrian Kiernan the 2010 Teva Lea Race in Tasmania went off! A big turnout from all over the world, good water levels, and massive industry support from Teva and Kayak4play. Maybe you'll make the journey next year.