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Kahawai Champs 2024


The 2024 Kahawai Champs– a Canoe Racing NZ event designed to be a fun and inclusive event for all paddlers – will be held on Saturday 12th May at Takapuna Beach. The 4th edition of this event will include Adult paddlers for the first time!

This event is open to all ages and abilities of paddlers (from new paddlers to nationally competitive paddlers), and is suitable for paddlers  from any paddling discipline (sprint, surf, ocean, slalom or multisport).

Surfski-style (open top) kayaks, paddles and PFDs will be provided by organisers. Provided craft will be consistent within age groups.

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 Thursday 9th May at midnight. 

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

This is the day after the Auckland King and Queen of the Harbour event, which has short courses (3km and 6km) suitable for youth paddlers, with craft available. Make a weekend of it and send off the summer paddling season in style!

event format

Event format will be the Kahawai Paddler X, where heats of up to 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

  • Senior Men, Senior Women (will break into age groups if numbers permit)

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 
9.00am Paddler Briefing 
9.30pm 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.


dler DEETS

Please take the time to fill out the information below

Select your identified gender
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