Kahawai is a new competition concept designed to be an enjoyable, engaging entry into paddling, and to build bridges between flatwater, ocean, surf and river paddling. In essence, it's the ultimate pathway boat.
If you'd like to find out more, you can check out the full brochure here to the right or click here to download a .pdf version.
You can also come back to this page regularly for Kahawai resources, events and event reports, videos, images and much more.
The first-ever Kahawai event took place on 8 May 2021 in Tamaki Makaurau Auckland at the Wakatere Boating Club.
Paddlers started close to the beach and raced in heats of 3-6 around a rectangular course, finishing back at the beach. The wind was strong, and a tough onshore chop made it tricky to reach the first turning mark. The effort was rewarded with awesome surfing runs on the way in!