Paddle For Hope @ Waterbourne

Stand Up For Cancer Rehabilitation! 

The Paddle For Hope @ Waterbourne, proudly presented by Starboard, is a fun pink festival of Stand Up Paddling (SUP) at Eastbourne on 31 March 2018

Help us raise some much-needed funds for cancer rehabilitation with this easy charity event where everyone dresses up in pink and jumps on paddleboards for a short teams relay race. 

No prior paddleboarding experience necessary.  Fabulous pink costumes and team attire a must. 

The Paddle For Hope is a family-friendly event and includes have-a-go lessons and a fun teams SUP relay where each team member dresses up in pink and completes a 500m lap course close to shore before handing over the board and paddle to their next team member. 

Entry is $80 for Friends and Family Teams, or $400 for Corporate Teams. 

A limited number of stand up paddleboards will be freely available to use on the day, thanks to Pinc and Steel and our lovely sponsors, Starboard SUPSNZ - you can book one with your team registration. 

More experienced paddlers can also enter the Waterbourne SUP Events, including the 8km downwind OCEAN CLASH (Kite v SUP v Windsurf), short course and sprint race events. 

Since 2011 the Paddle For Hope has raised $350,000 for cancer rehabilitation, and the Paddle For Hope @ Waterbourne aims to raise $20,000. The money raised will pay for New Zealanders affected by cancer to participate in Pinc & Steel Cancer Rehabilitation Trust's PaddleOn Program. 


Paddle For Hope's main event is a four-person teams relay race, in recognition of the fact that family and peer support is integral to fighting and beating cancer, and that physical exercise is an essential part of rehabilitation. To join in the Paddle For Hope you don't need to be an experienced paddler. Just follow these four easy steps...  

1. INVITE THREE MATES TO JOIN YOUR TEAM: They might be workmates, family, friends, people from your gym or strangers - it doesn't matter who, so long as on the day you're a team of four.  

2. ENTER YOUR TEAM BELOW AND START FUNDRAISING: REGISTER yourself and your team-mates here, start a team fundraising page on Everyday Hero. By emailing all your friends and family, asking them to sponsor you, you are helping to reach our total event goal of $20K - supporting PINC & STEEL to help New Zealanders affected by cancer get back on their feet.

3. FIND A BOARD, PADDLE & CRAZY PINK TEAM UNIFORM: You'll only need one board and paddle per team. Buy one borrow one off a mate or from our event sponsors (just check the box when registering, and we'll have it ready at the event for you).

4. LEARN TO SUP:  While the 500m relay course is suitable for beginners, it's always good to have a few skills under your belt to help give you an edge on the competition!  Keep an eye on our Facebook page for free SUP have-a-go lessons in Wellington leading up to the event, have a go on the morning before the race, or contact one of our Starboard SUP partners, Fergs Wellington or NZ Boardstore, to arrange a lesson.

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Paddle For Hope Teams Relay
Fun pink relay race in teams of four to help improve NZers quality of life after cancer.
Ideal conditions: <15knots wind. (if 15knots+ teams relay will be held at petone).
Course: Short 500m lap course where each team member paddles in pink costume once around the course, then hands over the board and paddle to their next team member to complete a lap. When all four team members have finished one lap each, the team carries the board over the finish line together. Exact course will be on display at the event and announced at briefing, but will likely be a basic triangle course, suitable for all levels of paddler. Depending on your board and experience the whole event should take between 20min and one hour to complete. Teams compete on and OFF the water to see who can raise the most funds.

SUP Divisions: Open. If an XL Team SUP is used, the whole team must paddle four laps, plus one extra lap.

Race format for Day One and Day Three will be announced on Facebook the night before and confirmed at the briefing.

Day Two (Ocean Clash) is scheduled for Saturday morning but can be rescheduled if conditions are not ideal.

All SUP Races will be held in the morning, and Paddle For Hope Teams Relay at 12pm.

9.30-11.30am Registration and Check-in for PFH@W
10am-11.30am PFH@W Have-a-go Sessions
11.45am PFH@W Briefing for all Team Members
12pm PFH@W Teams Relay Starts
1pm Live Auction and PFH@W Prizegiving

Entry is $80 for Friends and Family Teams, or $400 for Corporate Teams.

The Paddle For Hope @ Waterbourne is being hosted and delivered by Waterbourne as a way for us to "give back" to the NZ community and to enable the general public to be an active part of the whole event. We look forward to painting the sea pink with you on 31 March 2018.

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Your chance to win is not only on the water, but also by dressing up and raising the most money for cancer rehabilitation.
- Every team that raises $200 or more on Everyday Hero is in to win a PADDLE FOR HOPE Astro Touring 11’6x29.5” Inflatable Board, Paddle and Leash. The winning team will be drawn at 1.30pm at the event and announced on Facebook.
- It’s super easy to set up a team fundraising page on EVERYDAY HERO, so get REGISTEREDand start raising money for the Pinc and Steel Cancer Rehabilitation Trust.
There will be prizes on the day for the best dressed teams, spot prizes, and of course EVERY participant who enters the Waterbourne event also goes in the draw to win a Starboard Carbon All Star SUP valued at $5,000… so good luck

Karin Horen
021 0260 4470

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