WHAT IS PADDLER?
PADDLER is a community. We aim to inspire and inform paddlers of all disciplines and all levels, from beginner to expert, and provide resources and opportunities to help paddlers master skills and enjoy time on the water.
The site will officially launch with a full host of features and resources on 15 June. But in the interim we have had a "soft" launch to be able to house the 2020 NZ Virtual Surfski Championships (see below). So while you're here have a look around, check out what the site will have to offer.
THE NZ VIRTUAL SURFSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS
16 May - 14 June 2020
Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Heads to Harbour race, we are taking the Nationals online! This is your chance to test yourself against paddlers from all over NZ (and the World) in a new, virtual race format.
Be safe, have fun, good luck!
This is the NZ National Surfski Champs, and the Finale of the Darcy Price NZ Surfski Series for 2019-2020
All paddlers will race 12km, except for U16 who race 3km
Enter after you have completed your race by filling in our online form, noting your time and uploading a .gpx file of your paddle, and/or a photo of your gps track showing your time and distance. You can attempt the challenge and record your time as many times as you like, but only your best result counts
You must start and finish at (approximately) the same point – this is to minimise the effect of wind, current etc
No pausing your watch/phone during the effort
You can paddle alone or in a group, but you must follow all applicable social distancing rule
You must paddle a surfski, but you may paddle on any body of water (this is because some people may be prevented from travelling to the ocean due to Covid-19 restrictions)
The challenge is open to anyone in the world. Only NZ citizens/residents are eligible for the National title. We will send prizes anywhere in the World
To enter and be counted on our leaderboard, you must agree that you have followed all of the following safety precautions, including:
Any Covid-19 restrictions in force in the place where you are paddling
Wearing a lifejacket/pfd, leash and at all times
Carrying a phone or other means of communication
Telling somebody where you are going and what time you plan to return
Checking the forecast and not paddling in conditions that you aren’t comfortable in
If you’re under 18, you must be supervised by an adult