Monthly Archives: June 2014

Akarana Winter Series 2014

The Starboard Winter Series 2014 kicked off on the 11th June 2014, at Okahu Bay.  We’re stoked to be an event sponsor and the official race top supplier for the 8 race event series.  The race series is open to SUP, Waka Ama and Surf Ski, and commenced with a good showing of SUP paddlers from Auckland, and a couple who made the trek from Wellington.

We’re looking forward to following the leaderboard status as paddlers compete every two weeks to gain series points and be crowned the Akarana Winter Series Champion for 2014.  Other sponsors include Starboard, Fergs Kayaks, Akarana Royal Yacht Club, Sharkskin, Peppers Eyewear & George Duncan Muscle Therapy.

Entries include the official Strongarm Winter Series Race Top.  Go to to enter.

Power in the Bay

Recently we have welcomed two up and coming paddlers to Team Strongarm.  Ash Roozendaal and Joshua Walters, who both hail from the Tarawera Outrigger Canoe Club and paddle sixman canoe for Bhutty Bros, are young acheivers that continualy push themselves in the sports of paddling.  Not only are they keen outrigger paddlers, but they also compete in K1, K2 and K4 Sprint Kayaks, at a National Level.

Although they are team mates and members of the same club, there is still fierce competition to achieve their goals.  Joshua is the current U19 250m & 500m V1 Secondary Schools champ, and Ash taking the coveted U19 Aotearoa Aito 2014.

Check out their individual profiles at the Team Riders page

We’re more than stoked to have them on board and seeing some of the power in the water down in the Bay of Plenty.