The 2021 Kahawai Paddling Championships – a brand new Canoe Racing NZ event designed to develop the next generation of paddlers – will be held on Saturday 8th May at Takapuna Beach in Auckland.

The inaugural competition is open to all paddlers of intermediate or high school age, and all equipment and craft will be provided by organisers. It is hoped the competition will attract paddlers from a range of levels and backgrounds; sprint, surf lifesaving, ocean or multisport.


Enter online below. Registration at Takapuna Boating Club from 8.30am. Further race day details and schedule to come shortly. Event fee of $15 to be paid at registration on race day. If you have any questions or want further info, contact Danika at Canoe Racing NZ- danika.mowlem@canoeracing.org.nz or 021 202 6154

event format

The event will adopt the new Kahawai competition format, racing on one of the Paddler-X courses.


Heats of 4-12 paddlers race from a start line, around one or more buoys and back to a finish line adjacent to the start. Races can take anywhere from 2-5 minutes, and every paddler will compete in several races as they progress from heats through to division finals.

Depending on participant numbers, there may also be a long-distance race option available in the afternoon.

Participants will be separated into age groups as follows (age groups are determined based on your age at 1 January 2021):
•    Under 12 years
•    Under 14 years
•    Under 16 years
•    Under 18 years




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