2019 Championship Series2018-11-04T02:22:28+00:00

Information summary as at October 18, 2018
(Any changes or additions will be notified in writing via relevant digital platforms).

The Schedule

Instead of one single designated New Zealand Stand Up Paddleboard Championships event (as happened this year at Orewa, for example), the plan for 2019 is to run a series of Championship events, allowing each discipline to take place in a venue that can hopefully deliver optimum conditions for that particular discipline.  The following events will make up the 2019 series:

  • New Zealand Technical Championships, Pauanui – 19th, 20th January
  • Aotearoa Downwind Champs, Manukau Harbour, Auckland – 9th, 10th February
  • New Zealand Distance Championships, Bay of Islands – 13th April
  • New Zealand Sprint Championships, Bay of Islands – 14th April

This is a collaborative project involving NZSUP and three event managers with the goal of delivering four outstanding, customer focussed, aspirational, nationally recognised specific SUP discipline events. This is a pilot series to take the place of the one event NZSUP Nationals in 2019. What happens in future years will depend on the success of the series, and the response from New Zealand’s SUP community.


Age classes

  • Youth: Under 12*, Under 14*, Under 16*
  • Under 19
  • 20-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70 and over

Age as of the first of January. No minimum numbers are required for an age class. Male and female classes.

*No under 12, 14 or 16 classes for Aotearoa Down Wind Champs. This event is for experienced and competent paddlers only. Any youth paddlers that meet these criteria will compete in Under 19.

All podium finishers will be recognised as National title holders (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) in their respective age groups for the races they participate in. Premier awards will be provided for first three males and females across the line in the Under 19 and Open (anyone over 19) for the Technical race, the Downwind race, the long distance (16km) course of the distance race and the Sprint races.
NZSUP is currently investigating series leader board options and awards, and will notify paddlers once decisions are made regarding this.


Board classes
14 foot and under for all age groups except for under 16, under 14 and under 12. Note: Each event manager is able to add additional board classes as they see fit.


Distances – indicative only at this early stage and subject to final course setting/weather conditions.

New Zealand Technical Championships, Pauanui – 19th, 20th January
(Best day selected for Technical Race). Auckland Paddlefest will also be running a round Shoe Island Race on the non-Technical Race day. See website for details.
Womens – 4 – 6 km (tbc). All in start. 9.20am.
Mens – 4 – 6 km (tbc). All in start. 10am.

Pauanui Waterways races. 2pm
Adult 3km
Youth (under 14, Under 16) 3km
Kids (under 12) 1.5km

Aotearoa Downwind Champs, Manukau Harbour, Auckland – 9th, 10th February
16km

New Zealand Distance Championships, Bay of Islands – 13th April
4km, 8km, 16km

Note: The 4km and 8km races will take place on sheltered inland water. The 16km race will offer a mix of sheltered and exposed water.

New Zealand Sprint Championships, Bay of Islands – 14th April
200m


Event management
The event manager (event partner) will oversee and be responsible all aspects of their respective events. This includes pricing and registrations. Paddlers will therefore register for each event via the respective processes set up by each event manager. NZSUP will assume an oversight role and provide support in key areas as required


Key contacts:

New Zealand Technical Championships, Pauanui – 19th, 20th January

Aotearoa Downwind Champs, Manukau Harbour, Auckland – 9th, 10th February

  • Mike Pirrit: 022 063 5847
  • Facebook:  Click here

New Zealand Distance Championships, Bay of Islands – 13th April

New Zealand Sprint Championships, Bay of Islands – 14th April


Race vests
At this stage, only the Pauanui event has required race vests which are provided as part of some Paddlefest series passes (see Paddlefest website) or purchased for participation in this Technical race on top of the single race entry fee. For all other events, paddlers must wear their own suitable race attire that is highly visible and suitable for the race conditions and weather. Any changes to race vest provision for the other events will be notified in writing via relevant digital platforms.


Pricing
Event pricing is still being developed and will be posted next week