Hoe Toa NZ Paddle Champs

OREWA BEACH | 22-24 MARCH 2018

Join hundreds of local NZ and International paddlers on New Zealand’s Hibiscus Coast for a fun weekend of paddling workshops, beach races in and out of the surf, inshore flatwater racing and downwind distance paddling at the NZSUP National Festival of Paddleboarding, proudly brought to you by Sol Republic, Magrette, Olukai, Maui Jim and Barfoot & Thompson Whangaparaoa, Orewa and Millwater.

Hoe Toa is the Maori translation of Champions Paddle, and is a celebration of New Zealand paddling for tane (men), wahine (women) and tamariki (children) of all ages and abilities. No matter whether you’re just getting the hang of it, or you’re a seasoned pro, this is your chance to get more involved in the emerging sport of stand up paddling, meet and paddle with NZ’s very own World Champions, smash your personal SUP goals and see how you measure up in the national rankings. It’s also the major qualifying event for paddlers wishing to represent NZ at the 2018 ISA World Championships in Brazil. 

Featuring eight different paddleboard races over two days (from 1km to 20km in length), Flo Yoga workshops, Master Classes with Elite Athletes, Free Board Demos, a Sponsor Expo, food trucks, beer garden and live music overlooking the beautiful golden sand Orewa beach, Hoe Toa is all about family, community, friendship and good sportsmanship.

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Hoe Tawhiti 16-20km Ocean race: From either Otarawao Bay (N/NE course), Wenderholm (NW) or Army Bay (E/SE), head upwind for a few km along the coastline, before turning around a mark for a downwind run back to the beach. There could be strong wind, current, chop, some boat traffic, ocean swells and waves of up to 1m coming into the beach. Direction of the race to optimize the conditions for a fast, fun, challenging race. The Hoe Tawhiti race is for experienced and elite paddlers with the skill and fitness to complete this endurance challenge. Depending on your board and experience, it will take between 1.5 and 3 hours to complete the course. The cutoff to the 5km mark is 1 hour. This is a great opportunity to push your limits and measure yourself against some of the best paddlers in the world.

Hoe Poto 8-10 km Distance Race: Depends on wind direction, start or finish at Orewa Beach. Beach start and finish from the beautiful Otarawao Bay at the Mahurangi Harbour entrance, or Army Bay in Shakespeare Regional Park to Orewa Beach or Wenderholm to Army Bay (or vice versa). A downwind course optimized for the wind. For int to adv paddlers with the skill and fitness level to be in rough conditions for upwards of an hour. It should take 1-2 hours to complete the course, enjoying the safe camaraderie of being out on the open water with a large number of people and safety vessels to keep an eye on everyone. An introduction to navigating ocean swells and currents.

Hoe Marino 5km Flatwater and Junior Trophy Race: A flatwater race on the tranquil Orewa Estuary at high tide, with a water start. A friendly introduction to competitive SUP racing for all ages, and recognizes surfboard/inflatable and novice race board categories. There may be some current and wind, but no ocean swell. The course will follow the channel upriver for approx 2.5km before returning to the start/finish area near the boat ramp. Hoe Marino (Stillwater Paddle) is the race to do if you aren’t big on surfing or rough water, but you’ve been paddling all summer and want to set yourself a challenge. All U17 paddlers must be wearing a PFD.

Hoe Marino 2.5km Flatwater Race: A short flatwater race for new paddlers, or those with an inflatable or surfboard SUP who are keen to join in the fun. The perfect distance for younger children, or those completely new to SUP racing, the course heads upstream alongside the mangroves for a kilometre or so, before turning around a mark and heading back to the start/finish area near the boat ramp. All U17 paddlers must be wearing a PFD.

Hoe Toa 2.5km Technical Race: charging out through the shore break and then turning left and right around a fixed buoy course on Orewa Beach, catching waves to gain advantage. There may be currents and wind, choppy conditions and waves of less than 1 metre (face). This 2.5km Surf Race is the perfect entry level race for stand up paddle surfers, kids, anyone new to SUP, or those who have been competing in local beach races for a season or less. Depending on your board and experience, it should take between 20 and 45 minutes to complete the course. This is a great opportunity to get into the racing scene, to push your body, and to see what you can do.

Hoe Toa 4km Technical Race: An exciting technical surf race to crown our NZ Champions. Each paddler will race two heats, and then going from your combined results from both heats, the top 30% of paddlers will go through to finals. Men, women and prone paddlers will race in separate heats, each heat will be 2km long. The total race distance if you make finals? 8km. If you don’t make it through to finals you’ll race a total of 4km. The course will see paddlers charging out through the beach break and along the beach before taking on a number of turns in and out of the surf zone. This is an intermediate to advanced level race, and is good for those who are proficient in small surf, have been paddling, and want a challenge.

The Hoe Toa combined with the Hoe Tawhiti (16-20km) on Sunday makes up the NZ Trophy for 14’ & Under Mens, 12’6 & Under Womens and Masters Men (50+), and the Hoe Toa Overall Trophy. The Hoe Toa combined with Hoe Poto (8-10km) makes up the NZ Trophy for Junior Elite Boys, Junior Elite Girls and Masters Women (50+).

Online Registration Closes on Friday 23 March.
All participants must checkin and pick up their race pack before 8pm on Friday 23 March.

Enter the event online


Victoria Stuart
Event Organiser
(021) 644 129

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