Waterbourne is New Zealands premier extreme water sports event bringing kitesurfing, windsurfing and stand up paddleboarding together at one ideal location. With a market, live music and performances, Waterbourne is the place to be this easter.

Waterbourne will also be the home of the Paddle for Hope, so come down and be a part of the fun.

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SUP Racing Evolved. The wind calls - we follow.

Three Days. Four Race Formats.

1) Race Format One: 200m Sprints.
Fastest Paddler on Earth-style 200m Sprints.
Ideal conditions: Flatwater, little or no wind.
Course: Close to shore between two marks. Water start and finish. Individual race.
SUP Divisions: 14’ & Under Raceboard
14’ World record: 53:12 sec Connor Baxter @ The Lost Mills 2017.
The 200m Sprint Race is a coveted SUP title, previously held in NZ by Marcus Hansen. The 200m event is an ideal race for athletes from other sporting disciplines to fast-track their way to the top. Ski paddlers, OC1, cross-fitters or triathletes could surprise themselves. A straight-line course, one way, all power and short burst energy. This race requires pure grunt. Digitally timed. May the fastest paddler win.

2) Race Format Two: Ocean Clash (SUP v Kite v Windsurf) Downwinder.
Long Distance Multi Sport Harbour Race
Ideal Conditions: Northerly Wind >15knots
Course: 10km (approx) Downwind Race starting at Petone, then around Somes/Matiu Island and into Eastbourne.
SUP Divisions and Handicap: 14’ Raceboard 4min, Open Unlimited + SUP Foils 11min, Inflatable/Surfboard 0min.
The Ocean Clash is a totally new concept in SUP Racing. Stand Up Paddlers are pitted against foilers, windsurfers and kiters, with a handicap of up to 40min* on this long distance course. If the wind is right, and the paddler has a reasonable skill level, who knows what code will trump? This course is an open ocean endurance race, all paddlers attempting this course should be trained and competent in extreme conditions, must wear a PFD and leash, carry a whistle and emergency flare. Appropriate nutrition and hydration are advised. Costumes encouraged.

3) Race Format Three: Technical Course Racing.
Spectacular technical course racing around a fixed-buoy course.
Ideal conditions: <18 knots wind. (if 18knots technical racing will be at petone).
Course Options: 2km or 4km M-shaped or Triangle course @ Eastbourne
5km Around Ward Island Race @ Eastbourne
1.5km/3.5km/7km Beach Dash @ Petone
3km River Run @ Petone
SUP Divisions: 14’ Raceboard, Inflatable/Surfboard.
Battle of the Paddle style technical racing, with multiple laps and buoy turns, different wind directions, current, waves and chop to contend with. This race requires technical prowess, paddle fitness and speed to win, but the shorter course length options are also suitable for paddlers new to SUP racing. Depending on your board and experience, a 2km race should take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. Test your skills.

Day One
7am-9am Registration and Competitor Check-in
9.15am SUP Briefing
9.45am SUP Race Start

Day Two
10am Ocean Clash Distance Briefing
9.30-11.30am Registration and Check-in for PFH@W
10am-11.30am PFH@W Have-a-go Sessions
11am Ocean Clash Distance Race Start
11.45am PFH@W Briefing for all Team Members
12pm PFH@W Teams Relay Starts
1pm Live Auction and PFH@W Prizegiving

Day Three
SUP Briefing 9.30am
SUP Race Start 9.45am

Gear Transport

Competitors traveling from the north island will have the option to take advantage of free gear transport. This is available for the first 25 windsurfers and 20 stand up paddlers.
We encourage you to bag your items to minimise the risk of damage.

SUP allowance
1 SUP board
2 paddles

Stand Up Paddle (incl. Ocean Clash & Paddle for Hope)
Before January 1 $90
January 1 - February 10 $100
February 11 - March 10 $120
March 11 - 30th $150

Paddle For Hope Entry is included in this pricing.

Enter the event online


Terms and Conditions:
Prize is a 2018 Starboard All Star 14’ x 24.5" Carbon Race Board.
Every registered participant who registers and competes at Waterbourne are eligible to win. Each race entry constitutes one prize draw entry.
Winner will be drawn live at the event at 6pm on Sat 31st March and must be present to collect prize or there will be an instant re-draw.
If prize is not available at event, Starboard SUPSNZ.COM may arrange delivery to the recipient within 3 months of winning.

Live Music, Market, Food and Drinks on Saturday throughout the day.
Paddle For Hope @ Waterbourne Teams Relay - spectators can take part in Have-A-Go sessions

Laurence Carey
Event Director
Ph 021 261 7097

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