Monthly Archives: January 2015

NZ Waka Ama Sprint Nationals 2015

The year started with some outstanding results at the 25th Active Post Waka Ama Sprint Nationals held at Karapiro Lake, Cambridge.

Our Team Riders and teams had some great performances representing their regions and clubs on the water:

Maori Kava Tere dominated the U19 division in all V1 racing taking out the 250m and 500m finals. A highlight was having 4 team riders (Ash taking 3rd, Josh & Marcel a very close 4th/5th) out of 8 finalists.image

Koha performed strongly in the junior women’s division, finishing on the podium throughout the week.image

Tupuria King retained his 250m and 500m Premier Men’s title and took racing to the next level.imageimage

Performances by the crews saw a marked step up since last year, with points to prove and legacies to maintain.

Team Pineula holding off all challengers to win the 1500m W6 gold, with Te Awahaku Dogfish unable to retain this title, but continuing to be a top contender.imageimage

Tui Tonga’s crews took away some valuable experience and continue to build strong paddlers and spirit.

Team Vaka Manu capped off the week by winning the 500m Premier Men’s race, the pinnacle event, at the 250m mark they appeared to change up into another gear.image

With a strong start for all, it’s a good sign for 2015image

Mount Festival 2015

The year 2015 started in the summer paradise of Mount Maunganui at the Mount Festival of Multisport and King & Queen of Mauao event.  The weekend bringing together some of NZ’s top triathletes, ironmen & women, swimmers, cyclists and SUP, surfski and outrigger paddlers.

Tupuria, Ash and Charles were there representing Team Strongarm on the water.

After the opening ceremony, Tupuria hosted his first V1 workshop, sharing his knowledge to help others improve technique, paddling and steering rudderless va’a, with a rigging lesson thrown in for good measure.  Tupuria will be holding these workshops regularly, and we’ll keep you posted on dates and times via facebook and the website.IMG_3871

The following two days were filled with surf, sand and racing, with Tupuria pitting his newly found SUP racing skills against NZ’s best, taking a solid 7th place in his first serious race.  The experienced SUP paddlers are taking note of this potential threat.  Ash pushed the field in his V1 and showed why he’s one of the fastest paddlers in the country.

A definite must do event to kick the year off right, and we’ll definitely be back in 2016.