e-Newsletter Aug 2016: Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers

Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers Monthly e-newsletter - Aug 2016
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KASK e-newsletter - August 2016
In this month's KASK e-newsletter, we've got information about our annual event (Kayak Fest 2017), International Kayak Week 2017, and the latest about our kayakers from the Rio Olympics.

KASK Kayak Fest 2017 - Ponui Island

We are excited to announce that the registration for the Kayak Fest 2017, 25th annual KASK National Sea Kayaking Forum is 60% full. 

If you have not registered already, you can register here: Registrations 

The registration fee is $280. Register by 31 August to take advantage of the early bird fee of $250! More information here: FAQ

The event team have been working really hard putting together the program for KASK Kayak Fest 2017.
What we can promise you is:

  • You will be challenged, inspired, stimulated, and encouraged to try new things, harder things. You will not just participate but contribute. There will be opportunity to learn or re-learn from the best, to fine-tune and hone your skills, and try things not just once, but twice.
  • You will get wet! You’ll be on the water and in the water and ‘on your toes’ as you are introduced to different skills under the banner of white stuff, manoeuvres, rolling and rescues. And if you are already a pro at all that then try some of the alternatives on offer… or help out.
  • You will be surrounded by a bunch of folk like yourself – passionate about and addicted to sea kayaking, all fired up to learn, to share knowledge and skills, to help each other achieve.
  • You will be instructed by or sit at the table and converse with people who have paddled around the odd island or two (the Aleutians or Australia or perhaps Stewart?), camped in bear territory (polar, black, and brown), seal-launched with seals, sweated it out in Mexico or Tahiti…
  • You will have fun; come, make your boat dance and your heart sing.
There will be something for you!
Checkout the great topics & inspirational instructors confirmed so far:
Kayak Fest 2017 Program
The 2017 event will be unique, memorable with plenty of opportunities to paddle, share ideas and learn on and off the water.  KASK has never done an island destination before. Imagine landing with your kayak to be greeted by wild donkeys and sleeping in a tent while kiwis forage around you at night. 

International Kayak Week (IKW) 2017 - Great Barrier Island

International Kayak Week (IKW) is an informal week of paddling that follows the annual KASK event. Last year, it was held in the Bay Of Islands and it was a great success.  Everyone got to push their boundaries in some big swells and with stunning rock gardening, and we had some international and local instructors present.

Great Barrier Island is a great venue – some of the best paddling in the world of course exploring the coast north & south of Harataonga, plus all the delights of Rakitu Island just off shore, and the option of heading over to the west coast of the island. There are other non-kayaking options including surfing, caving, hiking, chilling on the beach, mountain biking the coastal trail…if the weather is bad or as a break from paddling.

If you are interesting in joining us ( Tuesday 7/03/2017 - Sunday 12/03/2017), check out the details here


Well done to our kayakers at the Rio Olympics

So proud of our kayakers who did so well at the Olympics during the last 11 days, and we have more yet to come:
Lisa Carrington for winning GOLD in Rio 2016 in K1 200m.
Luuka Jones for winning SILVER at the K1 Canoe Slalom.
Mike Dawson - finished 10th in the K1 Canoe Slalom.
Mike is the first male New Zealander to make an Olympic slalom final. Thank you to all KASK members who bought his Athlete Cookbook to help him raise the funds to make it to the Olympics. 

We are still hoping to have Mike talk to us about his journey at the next KASK Kayak Fest 2017 – Ponui Island on 3-5 Mar 2017, all being well.


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Latest New Zealand Sea Canoeist magazine

The latest printed issue of the "New Zealand Sea Canoeist," the official journal of KASK, has already been sent to all members. Included in the June/July issue are articles from NZ and overseas paddling destinations, technical, safety, environmental articles.

You can download the electronic version of Feb/Mar edition of the New Zealand Sea Canoeist here:Issue 181.


Getting in Touch with KASK

Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers has an active committee. The contact details of the committee members can be found here. We are always open to your comments and input and feel free to contact me any time. 

Happy paddling.

Tim Muhundan
Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers
(021) 2767727  
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