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Paddler Presents

KAHAWAI

KIA KAHA I TE WAI BE STRONG IN THE WATER

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WHAT IS KAHAWAI

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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AIMS GAMES-CAnoe Racing

Tuesday 10th September

Pilot Bay, Tauranga

Part of the 2024 Zespri Aims Games, Australasia’s biggest junior sporting event, this is the chance for intermediate school students to represent their school at kayaking in a fun and exciting event.

There is also a Canoe Slalom event on 8-9 September.

More info and entry information

Kahawai Rotorua

Saturday 28th September

Lake Okareka, Rotorua

Join us for Kahawai Rotorua, a fun and inclusive event held in conjunction with the NZ 10km Championships.

Open to paddlers of all ages, abilities and types of paddlers, this fun focused event is a great way to shake off the winter blues and get back in a boat!

More info coming soon

Previous EVENTS

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Kahawai Champs 2023

Kahawai Champs 2024

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
 

Photo Gallery

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.

register your interest

Thanks for your enquiry. We'll be in touch soon.

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