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Taranaki Challenge 


KaHawai Challenge



Saturday 16th December 2023 

Ngamotu Beach, New Plymouth

Kahawai is heading to New Plymouth!

The Kahawai Challenge Taranaki will be held on Saturday December on Ngamotu Beach in New Plymouth.

This event is open to paddlers of all ages (aged 11years and over) and is suitable for paddlers of all levels and from any paddling discipline (sprint, surf, ocean, slalom or multisport). Racing will be run "divisional style" so you will race against similar abilities rather than age groups.

Surfski-style (open top) kayak, paddles and PFDs will be provided by organisers. 

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: $10 per paddler.

Will include a free BBQ after the event.

Enter online using the registration form below.

We will accept on the day entries, but ask you to enter beforehand if possible.

If you have any questions, contact Carl Barnes, Event organiser-  027 918 8926 

Try Paddling Session- 10.30AM-12pm

We will be on Ngamotu Beach from 10.30am with equipment and coaches for anyone to come and Try Kayaking. Open to anyone over the the age of 11years. All equipment supplied, come prepared to get wet ie suitable clothing for swimming.

You are welcome to then join in the event if you want.

event format

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

event Schedule

10.30am-12pm -Try Paddling sessions, open to the public.

12-12.30- Paddler registration
12.30pm Paddler Briefing 
1pm Racing begins


Prizegiving to follow as soon as possible after racing is completed. We anticipate the event being wrapped up by 4pm 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

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