Canoe Racing New Zealand is the organisation responsible for the administration, development and competition of Canoe Racing in New Zealand.
The three disciplines that Canoe Racing New Zealand represents are:
In Flatwater Sprint Racing events, paddlers race on a straight course, each boat in a separate lane, over three different distances being 200m, 500m & 1000m. This form of racing became an Olympic discipline in 1936 and its programme includes events over 200m and 1000m. There are kayak events, for men and women, in single (K1), double (K2) and four boats (K4), and canoe events, only for men, in single (C1), double (C2) and four boats (C4). In a kayak, the paddler is seated and uses a two-blade paddle, while in a canoe, the paddler is kneeling on one knee, and uses a single blade paddle. In our NZ sprint regattas we currently focus on the K1, K2 and K4 (seated) events.
Traditional Marathon Racing competitions, like ICF World Cup and World Championships, involve a fixed flatwater course with regular portages, where the paddler must carry the canoe or kayak. Each race lasts approximately 3 hours. Many popular marathons are raced down sections of river, where the paddler must negotiate the currents, rapids or weirs, or else portage around these obstacles. Some of these events attract over 2000 athletes each year and are often run in several stages over several days. Marathon Racing involves paddling sleek racing craft over long distances, on either the flatwater of lakes, and dams, or the flowing water of a river.
Surfski Ocean Racing is a rapidly growing watersport in New Zealand and around the world. Many surfski ocean racing athletes have a background in flatwater kayaking and surf lifesaving. Canoe Racing New Zealand's Surf Ski Ocean Racing team competes in both national and international events. The key national event is the "King of the Harbour" held in Auckland. Traditionally held off Takapuna beach, this year the event had a twist, with competitors catching the ferry to Waiheke Island and racing back to the Viaduct Harbour. The key international events are the World Series events held in a number of countries around the globe, of which King of the Harbour is one in the series.