The inaugural canoe training day at Red Beach on Saturday 3rd December attracted a total of 31 surf canoe crews from seven Northern Region clubs. Up from the Bay of Plenty was the Hot Water Beach surf club which fronted with two female crews.
With surf canoe racing on the verge of a growth spurt, crews were treated to four rounds of racing in each age division.
Paddlers had to contend with an uneven surf, however, an underlying swell and a 10-knot nor-easterly wind gave rise to close racing over the shortened course. Fine weather prevailed for the best part of the event which began at 10 am and was wrapped up by 1.00 pm.
One of the highlights was the mixed open race which comprised of two males and two females in each crew, pitting some experienced paddlers against some not so experienced. The winning crew collected a trophy at the after-carnival BBQ and prize giving.
“It was a fun day just for canoe paddlers and very capably run by experienced arena controllers,” said co-organiser Al Presland. “Everyone was there for fun and enjoyment and a few nice waves made for some unpredictable racing.”
Thanks go to the following …
Noel Kay, Jim Coe, Ken Lee and Al Presland for organising the event and ensuring that it ran smoothly.
The officials who ran the competition arena.
The Red Beach clubbies for helping to set up the arena, for getting the canoes on and off the beach, for manning the BBQ’s and cooking up a couple of hundred sausages and burger patties.
Brian Maney and Peter Kramer for IRB duties.
Dylan Turner for supplying the sausages and patties, Norm Blunden and Ken Lee for supplying the wine and goodies for spot prizes.
Also, thanks to the bread guy for dropping off enough bread to keep everyone happy.
Open Men: Kare Kare 1, Sierra (Mairangi Bay) 2, Kariaotahi 3.
U19 Men: Renegades (RB) 1, Young Ones (RB) 2, Lima (MB) 3.
Masters Men: Flying Malyons (RB) 1, United North Piha 2, Kare Kare 3.
Open Women: Kare Kare & Kariaotahi B 1=, Kariaotahi A 3.
U19 Women: Dans Damsels (UNP) 1, Rockets (RB) 2, Zulu (MB) 3
Masters Women: Coffee Club (RB) & United North Piha 1=, Espresso (RB) 3
Open Mixed: Kare Kare 1, United B 2, United A 3.