Hoe Toa NZ Paddle Champs 2018

Date: 22-25 March

Location: Orewa Beach

Join hundreds of local NZ and International paddlers on New Zealand’s Hibiscus Coast for a fun weekend of paddling workshops, beach races in and out of the surf, inshore flatwater racing and downwind distance paddling at the NZSUP National Festival of Paddleboarding, proudly brought to you by Sol Republic, Magrette, Olukai, Leashlok, Maui Jim and Barfoot & Thompson Whangaparaoa, Millwater and Orewa.

NEW FOR 2018:

  • Hoe Marino Flatwater 1km, 2.5km and 5km Inshore Races (can be entered online and on the day)
  • Hoe Toa Teams Relay, each team of four must have at least one woman, one prone paddler and one U17 Junior, and board class is Open (max length 14’)
  • Inflatable Board Divisions in several of the races.
  • Fun family-friendly contests using the giant SUPs
  • New Unlimited and Foil Division – foils allowed for downwind long distance race
  • SUP Surf Race Skills Clinics on Friday with Trevor Tunnington
  • Zero Waste and Waterways Cleanup

NZ SUP Nationals Day 2 Technical/ Surf Race. Photo by Tony Mackenzie

Key Highlights

  • Hoe Toa NZ Paddle Champs is excited to announce that we are now officially part of the The Paddle League. As a Regional Event, Hoe Toa will count for world championship ranking points on the interlinked Paddle League rankings, placing the event in the same system as the major international events.

Registrations Now Open

  • The event will be livestreamed on SUPRacer, reaching an anticipated 15,000-30,000 viewers worldwide.
  • Hoe Toa is the Primary qualifying event for paddlers wishing to represent NZ at the ISA World Championships, in Brazil November 2018.
  • Olympic Gold Medallist Sailor Jo Aleh once again joins top NZ paddlers Annabel Anderson (Ranked World #1 and 7-times NZ title holder) and Penelope Strickland (Ranked World #6), who will this year be hotly contested by 16-year old Brianna Orams, Head Girl from Long Bay College.

    Brianna Orams 2017 NZ SUP Nationals Day 2 Technical/ Surf Race. Photo by Tony Mackenzie

  • World Elite Top 100 Ranked male paddlers competing include: Marcus Hansen (NZ, #31), Trevor Tunnington (NZ, #14), Ollie Houghton (NZ, #78), Lincoln Dews (Aus #7), Ben Tardrew (Aus, #96), Peter Kosinski (IRE, #74) Jackson Maynard (Aus), Kelly Margetts (Aus)

    NZ SUP Nationals Day 1 Long Distance. Photo by Tony Mackenzie

  • Ones to watch: Junior NZ Elite Paddlers Fergus Dunlop (13) and Maddie McAsey (14) from Takapuna step up the distances from their regular 3km weekly races.
  • Youngest registered paddler 8-year old Max Dunlop from Takapuna. Oldest registered paddler 74-year old Brian Jordan from Keri Keri.
  • Community beach cleanup and Orewa Estuary cleanup on boards, using the Starboard paddle picks that will be supplied to all event participants with their entry pack. All trash to be collected and weighed by SeaCleaners.

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NZ SUP Nationals Day 2 Technical/ Surf Race. Photo by Georgia Schofield

For all ages

Hoe Toa is the Maori translation of “Champions Paddle”, and is a celebration of New Zealand paddling for tane (men), wahine (women) and tamariki (children) of all ages and abilities to get more involved in the emerging sport of stand up paddling, meet and paddle with NZ’s very own World Champions, smash their personal SUP goals and see how they measure up in the national rankings. 

Festival of Paddling
Featuring eight different paddleboard races over two days, the event format includes a Marathon Paddle (Hoe Tawhiti 16-20km), Half Marathon (Hoe Poto 8-10km), Quarter Marathon Flatwater (Hoe Marino 5km) and Fun Race (Hoe Marino 2.5km) Distances one day, then a day of Technical Beach Racing in and out of the surf, combined with fun events on the giant inflatable SUPs, a 1km race in the estuary for beginners, have-a-go sessions and a beach and estuary cleanup, in support of SeaCleaners. View the event schedule here

Community Focus

Flo Yo Fit workshops, Master Classes with Elite Athletes, Free Board Demos and Sponsor Expo, food trucks and live music overlooking the beautiful golden sand Orewa beach, where there will also be an organised community beach and estuary clean-up in association with SeaCleaners, and some great spot prizes for all participants.

Hoe Toa is a Zero-Waste event.

NZ SUP Nationals Day 2 Technical/ Surf Race. Photo by Tony Mackenzie

Event Media Coverage

Photos from previous events (Please credit Georgia Schofield).
Photos from 2017 SUP Champs (Please credit Georgia Schofield)

Stills and Video footage available from both days. Please contact Georgia Schofield for an Event Media Pack.

Event Organiser: Victoria Stuart
Phone: (021) 644 129
Email: newzealandsup@gmail.com