HOE TOA

NZ PADDLE CHAMPIONSHIP
COURSES

Magrette Distance Race

The Race Director and NZ SUP Nationals Course Committee will set the course based on their knowledge of the area and conditions. The courses will depend on wind direction. The maps below show likely course options, but these may change depending on wind direction and conditions on the day . The course will be confirmed at the race briefing.

Hoe Tawhiti 16-20 km Long Distance Race (10mile) predominantly downwind
Checkin 11pm—1.00pm at Start Location
Briefing 2pm
Race Start 2.15pm

This is a beach start and finish. Hoe Tawhiti is a 16-20km ocean race, started from either Otarawao Bay (N/NE course), Wenderholm (NW) or Army Bay (E/SE), then heading upwind for a few kilometers along the coastline, before turning around a mark to take advantage of 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, if the weather cooperates. We will change the direction of the race to optimize the conditions for a fast, fun, challenging race. The exact distance depends on the line you take, but all paddlers will be required to pass through gates to keep the field close. 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. This is the second of the Combined Trophy races (with Hoe Toa on Saturday)

Divisions:
14’ and Under Men: Open*, O/40*, O/50*
14’ and Under Women: Open Age
12’6 and Under Women: Open*
*Combined Trophy Race

Hoe Poto 8-10 km Distance Race
Checkin 11pm—1.00pm at START
Briefing 2pm
Race Start 2.30pm

The 8-10km race will depend on wind direction and start or finish at Orewa Beach. This is a 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 Wennerholm to Army Bay (or vice versa). The Hoe Poto course will have minimal upwind paddling, and is designed to be a downwind course optimized for the wind. This course is for intermediate to advanced paddlers with the skill and fitness level to be in rough conditions for upwards of an hour. It should take you 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. It is an awesome chance to see the elite paddlers in action as they start to catch up with the shorter distance racers and fly past you. This is the “5mile” race of the international SUP Scene, an achievable challenge and introduction to navigating ocean swells and currents. If you completed the 6-8km course from Waiwera in 2017, you will find this course will have a better wind angle, making the distance more manageable.

Divisions:
14’ and Under Men: Open, O/50, O/65
14’ and Under Women: Open Age
12’6 and Under Women: U/17*, Open, O/50*
12’6 & Under Boys: U/17*
Surfboard & Inflatable 14’ and Under: Open Age
*Combined NZ Trophy Race

Option 1: NORTH / NORTH EAST BREEZE
Otarawao Bay – Orewa Beach

Option 2: SOUTH WEST BREEZE
Orewa Beach – Mahurangi West

Option 3: East Breeze
Army Bay – Orewa Beach

Option 4: NORTH WEST WIND
Wenderholm to Army Bay

Option 5: SOUTH EAST WIND
Army Bay to Wenderholm

Hoe Marino 5km Flatwater and Junior Trophy Race
Checkin 10am-12pm @ Surf Club
Briefing 12.45pm
Race Start 1pm

The 5km race course will depend on wind direction and strength.
Hoe Marino is a 5km flatwater race on the tranquil Orewa Estuary at high tide, with a water start. This is a friendly introduction to competitive SUP racing for all ages, and recognizes surfboard/inflatable and novice race board categories. Hoe Marino 5km is also the Combined Trophy distance race for Junior U17 12’6 and Under Paddlers. 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. Who knows you might even win a national title! All U17 paddlers must be wearing a PFD. Prize giving is at the finish line immediately after the race.

Divisions:
14’ and Under Novice Women: Open Age
Junior 12’6 and Under Girls: U/17, U/13
Womens Surfboard & Inflatable 12’6 & Under: Open Age
14’ and Under Novice Men: Open Age
Junior 12’6 and Under Boys: U/17, U/13
Mens Surfboard & Inflatable 12’6 & Under Open Age

Hoe Marino 2.5km Flatwater Race
Late registration & Checkin 10am-12pm @ Surf Club
Briefing 12.45pm
Race Start 1.05pm
This is 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 who are used to paddling a 1km course at weekly local races, 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. Prize giving is at the finish line immediately after the race.

Divisions:
12’6 & Under Boys: U/17, U/13
12’6 & Under Girls: U17, U/13
Surfboard & Inflatable 12’6 & Under Mens: Open Age
Surfboard & Inflatable 12’6 & Under Womens: Open Age
14’ & Under Novice Raceboard Mens: Open Age
14’ & Under Novice Raceboard Womens: Open Age

OPTION 1: INSHORE RACE IN OREWA ESTUARY (E/NE/SE/N/S WIND)

OPTION 2: OREWA BEACH TO HATFIELDS RETURN (W/SW)

Hoe Toa Technical Race Courses

Hoe Toa Surf Races
The 2.5km, 2km Heats and 4km Final Surf Races will be raced over an extended M-shaped course. The course will be set by the Race Director in consultation with the Course Committee and shown at the race briefing. The course may change throughout the day as conditions dictate, depending on the weather and swell conditions, at the Race Director’s discretion. Any changes will be posted to the official notice board and Facebook. The Surf Race course will start and finish on the beach. Any decision to change the course will be at the Race Director’s sole discretion.

Hoe Toa 2.5km Technical Race
8.30am Briefing
9am Race Start
This is a 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. This is one of the Combined Junior Trophy Races, and pairs with the Hoe Marino 5km on Sunday.

Divisions:
14’ and Under Novice Women: Open Age
Junior 12’6 and Under Girls: U/17*
Women Surfboard: Open Age
Women Inflatable 12’6 & Under: Open Age
14’ and Under Novice Men: Open Age
Junior 12’6 and Under Boys: U/17*
Men Surfboard: Open Age
Men Inflatable: 12’6 & Under Open Age
*Junior Combined Trophy Race

Hoe Toa 2.5km Technical Race

Hoe Toa 4km Technical Race

Briefing 8.30am
Racing Starts 9.45am
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. Just like the 2.5km Race, there may be currents, wind and choppy conditions with waves of up to 1m. 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+). Depending on your board and experience, it will take between 15 and 30min to complete the 2km course, and up to 35min to complete the 4km finals. Mens SUP Heats will be sorted into groups A, B, C, D. Please refer to the Official Noticeboard on Race Day to see which group you will be in and what time your heats will be on.

Divisions:
14’ and Under Men: Open*,O/40*, O/50*
12’6 and Under Junior Elite Boys: U/17*
14’ and Under Women: Open Age
12’6 and Under Women: Junior Elite U/17*, Open*, O/50*
*Combined Trophy Race

Hoe Toa 4km Technical Race

Hoe Ngahau 1km Fun Race (not in surf)

The Hoe Ngahau Fun Race is a fun short course on the Orewa Estuary, perfect for kids, beginners, or anyone completely new to SUP who wants to jump on any kind of board and give it a go! The race will start on the water, and follow an easy flatwater course approx 500m upstream before turning around two marks and heading back to the start/finish line. Champion athletes will be on the finish line to award all junior paddlers and race winners with medals. If the surf is very small, and conditions suitable, this race may be held on the main beach instead of the estuary. Location will be confirmed on the official event noticeboard. All junior competitors have to wear PFDs. Race can be cancelled due to weather and conditions.

Divisions:
12’6 and Under Boys: U/17, U/13
Surfboard & Inflatable Class (12’6 & Under): Open Age

Race Briefing: 1pm
Race Start: 1.15pm

Hoe Toa Teams Relay Race

The teams relay is a fun and simple 400m lap course for teams of four (total distance approx 1600m). Each team must include at least one female paddler, one prone paddler and one U/17 Junior Paddler. The actual tag of each teammate must occur whilst the next starter is still behind the start line or marker. In relay transitions, the board may be left at the waters edge and repositioned by a board handler. Teams are encouraged to wear costumes, and there will be prizes for the best dressed team. Relay teams can enter on the day, and substitutes are allowed for team members. Only the Team Captain needs to enter for the team.
Equipment specification is Open (14’ & Under or 12’ & Under Prone). Teams must include at least one female paddler, one prone paddler and one U17 paddler.
Teams relay consists of four laps of a course specified by the Race Director with each team member completing one lap only
Beach Start from behind the start line. Paddlers run to the water and collect board, paddle out and back around marker buoy, leave board and run up beach to the staging area for changeover to next paddler. Final paddler sprints to finish line with team-mates, paddle in hand.

Race Briefing: 4.45pm
Race Start: 5pm

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