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Kahawai is about creating a community of junior paddlers and building opportunities to connect paddlers to learn, compete, achieve and enjoy being on the water.

Kahawai is an event concept designed to be an enjoyable, engaging entry into paddling competition and to build bridges between flatwater, ocean, surf and river paddling.

Download the brochure to find out more.


Kahawai Challenge Taranaki

Saturday 15th December

Ngamotu Beach, New Plymouth

Join us for the 2023 Kahawai Challenge Taranaki!

A Kahawai event will be held on the stunning shores of Ngamotu Beach in New Plymouth.

Open to all ages, abilities and types of paddlers, this fun focused event is a great way to wrap up the year with the whole family!

More info and online entry

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Previous EVENTS

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Kahawai Champs 2023

Sunday 7th May 2023

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland- Takapuna Beach

The 3rd Annual Kahawai Champs took place in the heart of Auckland city, at Torpedo Bay in Devonport


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Kahawai Champs 2022

Sunday 8th May 2022

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland- Takapuna Beach

Nearly 40 junior paddlers took part in the 2nd annual Kahawai Paddling Champs under the late summer sun in exceptionally calm conditions at Takapuna Beach.

Final Results

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Kahawai Champs 2021

Narrowneck Beach, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland

The inaugural Kahawai Paddling champs took place in challenging onshore conditions, which saw paddlers race out into a headwind but be rewarded with some fun wave-catching action on the way back into the finish.

Final Results

Event report

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Host A KAhawai Event

It is easy for clubs and paddling organisations to run Kahawai events.


Kahawai is designed to be an easy to manage format with minimal set-up requirements and to be completed in a half-day or full-day event. Kahawai events can be run on any water, anywhere and in variable weather conditions.

We have created all the resources you need and will provide event support including providing craft and a Kahawai Event Pack with flags, signage etc.


Check out the Guide for Event Organisers for more info.

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