Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Welcome to 2020.

Welcome to 2020 everyone. I hope you all had a pleasant Christmas and New Year break.

Just a friendly reminder as per the dates on the left hand side of the page that "Porirua Twilight Paddling" resumes on Wednesday January 22....which is the weekend following Wellington Anniversary weekend.

While the majority of our Events are on a Sunday..... the "Evans Bay Special" is placed so you enjoy a good gathering with Paddling mates.....then enjoy the Anniversary weekend with other rest or recreational activities following this.
Event detail here -

Here are the various blocks of Events that we run.
Weekly - Porirua Twlight Paddling at Dolly Vardon Beach, Mana
Monthly - A weekend Event (the majority of the time on Sunday) every month from January through to December

Our Event locations for 2020 will be as follows :

Summer Autumn Series
January 18 - Evans Bay, Wellington - Evans Bay Special
February 23 - Mana / Plimmerton - The Reef Circuit
March 22 - Petone / Wellington - The Motorway Classic
April 19 - Petone - Matiu Island Event

Cold Kiwi Series
May 24  - Henley Lake - Masterton
June 21 - Porirua - Tour of Porirua
July 26 - Petone, Sladden Park - High tide on the Hutt
August 22 - Foxton - Foxton Loop Race

Spring Summer Series
September - TBA
October - TBA
November - TBA
December - TBA

As we gather dates from other Event partners we will add them to the Event Calendar on the left hand side of the page.
You can also view a solid list of Waka Ama events on they have a great website with plenty of detail on suppliers of equipment.
Canoe Racing New Zealand have some events listed
My favourite sources for Events come from Southern Lakes Multisport Club, Arawa Canoe Club and Waitemata Canoe and Multisports Club they offer a diverse range of paddling and multisport Events.

Welly Paddlers supports the following Regional Events - 

The Finesigns Crazyman (December) 
Porirua Grand Traverse (April)
Matariki (June) - Hikoikoi Waka Ama Club
Ruamahanga River Race (Aug or Sept) - Wairarapa Multisports Club

Sharlene & Chester

Monday, November 18, 2019

Welly Paddlers - Welcome to Summer

Welly Paddlers are now adding "The Matiu Island Event" as another of our cornerstone Events that we Organise Annually

Our Matiu Island Event has actually been running since 2003.... so that's 16 years where it has mostly stayed under the radar.

This year we'd like to highlight the "Matiu Island Event" as our Welly Paddlers  "Welcome to Summer" Event.

Like many of our Events we aim to make them inclusive across all the paddle sports and to achieve this we have 3 of which is a shoreline course that is aimed to include multisport kayaks, stand up paddle boarders and novice paddlers.
Our open water courses out around the Island are open to those who are fully capable of self rescuing themselves....this is achieved by remounting or rolling (having the ability to roll perfectly everytime if you are a kayaker.)

The logic is that you need to do this paddling recreationally and training....therefore in an event to us, there is no difference in the practice. It's a matter of personal responsibility from the paddlers side and from our side a duty of care in regards to the safe and practical Management of the course and the conditions to be encountered on the day.

We do have a tail end person tracking back through the field and we operate VHF marine radios on chanel 77, for any paddler to shore assistance that may be required. Sharlene has one radio and Chester has the other.
Some paddlers also have their own radios when paddling with us.

If the weather is set to cut up badly on the day we reserve the right to run the Eastside course or head to Sladden Park and run a course of 2 and 3 laps up to the Ava Street railbridge bridge and down to the dredging bay at the river mouth.

What you can expect at the Matiu Island Event

  • A safe and well Managed Event
  • friendly faces
  • cash spot prizes
  • paddling gear and merchandise spot prizes
  • Combined times on webscorer and plenty of photos with 4 hours of the Events completion
  • after the event we tend to head to a local cafe for a refuel.

Matiu Island being the last of a block of 4 Events there will be an "end of block"
"extras" spot prize draw added to our usual cash spot prize draw.

Along with the cash we have a PFD, some Adrenalin clothing and also a new batch of Welly Paddlers Tee shirts in the draw. If you miss out you can still buy a Welly Paddlers tee or Welly Paddlers logos for your craft or the rear window of your vehicle

1. Matiu (The Big Island) 8.4 km

2. Mokopuna (The little one) 6 km

3. Eastside (Seaview bridge and return) 5 km or 7 km

Rounding up our key Events they will be fairly evenly spread.

Dec 21 Matiu Island Event
Mar 22 The Motorway Classic
August 22 The Foxton Loop Race

All the detail for the Matiu Island Event is contained here - 
Please note : Late entry fee ($10 per craft) applies after 5 pm Friday December 19.....all late entry fees go into the cash spot prize draw 

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For the Ladies.....don't forget we also have the "Girls Only" Event the week before -

Monday, October 21, 2019

Girls Only Event

Vicky Rawsthorne

We first held this event in 2018....December 16 to be exact.
This year we are running it a day earlier ;-) on December 15 !
Start time is 9 am which enables everyone to sneak out ahead of the bulk of the weekend traffic

It's open to any ladies who paddle a kayak, waka ama, surf ski or stand up paddle board.

Some may like to push themselves and give the distances a good nudge....others may wish to see how much talking they can do while paddling 3.5 km or 7 km amongst good female company.

Ann Bondy

Yes "Girls only" is non PC to some however the aim is to bring as many female paddlers together at once in an environment that put's them on the centre stage ahead of every other distraction in life.

The courses on the day are being choosen by Sharlene who will be paddling..... and everything around the event will have a strong female influence to include everyone.

We will post the full Event link within the next few days......this you may wish to share amongst your friends and contacts on Facebook.

If you don't have a craft to paddle Welly Paddlers have some surf skis, paddles and PFD's that will be hired at a "Girls only" reduced rate. 

Sharon Henderson

Nicole Ranger

Catherine Mills
 Bailee Stratton
 Vicki Vertongen
 Lizzy Bunckenberg
 Ash Bremner

Dawn Kelly

 Mandy Hatton
 Kyoko Murami
Sharlene Winiata

Peg Leyland