King of Rangitoto event making a comeback

13th June 2020

After an absence of nine years,
the King of Rangitoto event is set to make a return as a mid-winter competition.
It will get underway on Sunday 26 July and will be open to surf canoe & surf boat crews as well as single ski and double ski paddlers.
The course involves a 5km paddle or row from Takapuna Beach to McKenzie Bay on Rangitoto Island where all craft are beached. Then it’s a run to the Rangitoto summit and back to the craft, a distance of 7km over rugged terrain. It concludes with a return leg to the finish line at Takapuna Beach.
The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for surf athletes to keep fit over winter and to challenge themselves against each other and the elements.

The King of Rangitoto event last took place in October 2011. It was scheduled to be repeated in 2012, however, adverse weather conditions forced a cancellation.

A second long-distance event, also run by SLSNR, is scheduled to take place on Saturday 19 September. It will be a relay-type competition and details will be released soon.

Ski paddlers leave Takapuna Beach and head for Rangitoto Island in the King of Rangitoto event held in 2011.

Canoe crews head off in the 2011 King of Rangitoto event.

Craft beached at McKenzie Bay on Rangitoto Island while runners undertake the run to the summit and back.


Article & photos by Ross Malyon.