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2023 Kahawai Champs


The 2023 Kahawai Champs– a Canoe Racing NZ event designed to develop the next generation of paddlers – will be held on Sunday 7th May at Takapuna Beach in Auckland.

This event is open to all paddlers up to (and including) the age of 18, and is suitable for paddlers of all levels and from any paddling discipline (sprint, surf, ocean, slalom or multisport).

Surfski-style (open top) kayak, paddles and PFDs will be provided by organisers. 

This is a disability inclusive event. Where necessary we are able to make modifications to equipment or provide support paddlers to cater for individual needs of participants living with disabilities.


Event Fee: $25 per paddler

Enter online using the registration form below.

Entries close Wednesday 3rd May at 9pm. 

If you have any questions, contact Danika Mowlem, Event organiser 

The 2023 Auckland King & Queen of the Harbour event is being held on Saturday 6th May at Takapuna, and includes long and short course options, suitable for junior paddlers also. There are boats available for the short course options. Make a weekend of it!  

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event format

Event format will be the Kahawai Paddler X, where heats of 6 paddlers race from a start line on the beach (in shallow water), around one or more buoys and back to a finish line adjacent to the start. Races aim to take 2-4 minutes and every paddler will compete in several races as they progress from heats through to division finals

Participants will be separated into age groups as follows:

  • Under 12 girls, Under 12 boys

  • Under 14 girls, Under 14 boys

  • Under 16 girls, Under 16 boys

  • Under 18 girls, Under 18 boys

This is based on age at the 1st January of the year of the event.

For example: if you were 11years on 1st Jan 2023, then you are U12 age group, even if you are 12 on event day. If you were 12 years on 1st Jan 2023, then you are in the U14 age group.

event Schedule

8am- 9am Paddler registration at Takapuna Boating Club
9am Paddler Briefing 
9.30am Racing begins


Prizegiving to follow as soon as possible after racing is completed. We anticipate the event being wrapped up by 2pm at the latest, but does depend on total entry numbers.


Boats will be available for use if any paddlers want to practice in the boats, prior to racing from 8am.


dler DEETS

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