The weather was superb, the venue for both paddlers and spectators was amazing and the event provided some fierce competition among both individuals and schools.

After a 14 year reign as New Zealand's Best Kayaking School the Tauranga Boys' College team succumbed to the mighty South Island team of Dunstan High School for top honours. Dunstan collected medals in nearly every class and reflected the hard work of the athletes and the development plan inititated by Gordy Rayner. Tauranga Boy's retained the Boys' trophy, while Tauranga Girls' won the Best Girls' School title again.


Citroen Extreme Race 2011 Mens Final Sequence

The Citroen Extreme can always guarantee two things; carnage and upsets. Saturday's 2011 boatercross kept true to this statement. A small but stacked field of males, and two very competitive females (Louise Jull and Martina Wegman) raced four at a time down the Citroen Rapids of the Kawarau River.


2011 Wairoa Extreme Race T-Shirt by Rachael Tombleson

Just saw the results for the 2011 Wairoa Extreme Race over at Johann Roozenburg's website. Sounds like an interesting day of racing on the new course, and a new trophy for the Sutton household, but this time it's Jamie claiming the win. In the ladies Toni George has defended her title from 2010.

It wasn’t a given, with such a strong field, but the top seeds took honours in all classes at the 2011 Oceania Open Canoe Slalom championships.

Mike Kurt of Switzerland dominated the final in the fastest time of the day (95.07) 2.53 seconds ahead of Czech junior Jiri Prskavec. Top qualifier from the heats, Pierre Bourliaud, missed the podium after incurring a 50 second penalty towards the bottom of the course. Sam Lyons of Australia with his 3rd place also took the Oceania title.
The only kiwi K1 man to make the final, in this strong international field, was Aaron Osborne who ended the race in 8th enough to secure the number one spot on the NZ team.
Oceania junior champion for 2011 is Callum Gibb of Tauranga who finished 12th overall and ahead of Cole OConnor Stratton who was 3rd junior on the day.
The C1 men’s event was a French affair with their athletes gaining all podium places. Top seed Denis Gargaud Chanut won by 3.36 seconds with a 99.20 from Thomas Martin. Shaun Travers, in fourth, took the Oceania C1 title as the best of the Australasian men.
The junior C1 title and Oceania junior title, went to Brogan Gordon of Tauranga, ahead of Tommy McDowell of Nelson and Cole OConnor Stratton, Tauranga.
The women’s events were dominated by the Australians, although top seeded and eventual winner Kate Lawrence had a nervous wait as the judges investigated a 50 second penalty in her semi final. It was over turned and she raced the final with a time of 111.24 ahead of fellow Aussie Sarah Grant and New Zealander Louise Jull in 3rd
Beijing Olympian Luuka Jones, who is paddling well, looked like posting a top result and a second place until a tangle up in gate 21 cost her a 50.
Jess Fox had a podium finish flat time but a 50 , also kept her off the dias in K1W, although she won the C1W by a 24 second margin from Lydia Toms and took the Oceania junior and senior C1W titles.
Kiwi junior Kelly Travers received two medals with a third in C1W and 2nd in Junior K1W.
Event organiser Sue Clarke said " I was thrilled as to how the race went. The bad weather around the rest of NZ managed to avoid us and with such a great team of officials and helpers things ran pretty smoothly. It was fantastic to have this level of racing in NZ and we received  many positive comments from the entrants. I hope we can continue to grow our event and attract even more international paddlers to NZ next year  "
For Full Results visit Canoe Slalom New Zealand

No beating around the bush, here is the 2010 Xmas @ Kaituna Time Trial Results - Congratulations to all those who raced, due to a timing issue we can't guarantee 100% of the times. (But we think it's pretty accurate).


Sam Sutton at the 2009 Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championships

Over the next week the biggest names in international kayaking will descend upon Austria’s Ötztal for the 2010 adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship where one kayaker will be crowned the world champion in extreme kayaking on the legendary Wellerbrücke course.


Bliss-Stick Kayak Festival 2010 Event Poster

On Saturday the 2nd of October and Sunday the 3rd of October the annual Bliss-Stick Kayak Festival will see white-water kayakers from all over the lower South Island descend upon Dunedin. The event is the first for 2010 in the NZ Freestyle Kayak series which includes events in Tekapo, Rotorua, and Taupo over the summer months.


Women on Whitewater

The annual North Island Women on Whitewater Kayaking event (WOW) 2010 is coming to Taranaki in less than two-weeks.

Women on Whitewater weekends are held annually in both the North Island and South Island of New Zealand. Focussed on encouraging female paddlers from all ages, and skill levels to get out on the water and have fun.