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Our National Body, Nga Kaihoe O Aotearoa (NKOA), sanctions the Takapuna Beach Cup. The Event’s rules and regulations work in conjunction with the NKOA’s Official Race Rules. If there are any discrepancies the Event’s rules and regulations will overrule that of NKOA’s.

Link to NKOA Race Rules 


WANZ Paddler ID (NZ Paddlers Only)


Waka Ama NZ sanctions the Takapuna Beach Cup. As part of our sanctioning agreement we may only accept entries from members of clubs affiliated to Waka Ama NZ. To enter and compete in our Event you must have a Waka Ama Paddler ID number.

Novice paddlers not associated with an Outrigger Canoe Club will be exempt from this rule. 


Divisions & Age Restrictions


J16 – paddlers competing in this age group must be 11 years and older or turning 11 year within the calendar year of the event. The maximum age for this division is 16 years old.

J19 – paddlers competing in this age group must be 14 years and older or turning 14 within the calendar year of the event. The maximum age for this division is 19 years old.

Novice – paddlers competing in this division must be 16 years and older or turning 16 within the calendar year of the event.

Open - paddlers can complete in the shortcourse open category, they must be 16 years and older or turning 16 within the calendar year of the event

Please note 

There needs to be a minimum entry of Three (3) crews to make a division


What is a Novice Team?

A Novice team is made up of paddlers who haven’t competed in any Sprint & Long Distance Events, ever or within the last 2 years. The team will be allowed an experienced Steerer on their team.




J16 – will complete a 10km Iron course

J19 – will complete an 10km Iron course

Short Course with Novice category – will complete an 10km course




Men’s crew – 6 Male paddlers only

Women’s crew - 6 Female paddlers only

Mixed crews – 6 Paddlers with a maximum of 3 Male paddlers.

No replacement of original paddlers is permitted once racing has commenced.

In addition all paddlers must be able to do the following

  • Be able to swim unaided for minimum of 50 metres
  • Be fit enough and competent enough to compete and finish the race
  • Be competent in righting and bailing an overturned or swamped craft
  • Have sufficient nutritional liquids for the duration of the race
  • Wear a lifejacket at all times during the race




Medals will be presented to all 1st, 2nd & 3rd places (provided a min of 3 crews in that division)




All Canoes (including rigging, iako, ama, hull shape) must meet current NKOA requirements. 

Canoe numbers will be issued at registration and must be prominent and readable on the bow of canoes.

Spray Skirts on the canoe is mandatory. NKOA standard towropes (12mm rope 20/25metres in length) must be fixed to front iako.

Each team must be proficient in the procedure of rigging and towing their canoe.


Required Items to be on board your canoe.

1x Canoe number displayed on the bow

1x Spray Skirt

1x MSA Approved Flare

6x MSA Approved Life Jackets (to be worn at all times)

2x Spare Paddles

2x Spare lashings

1x Towrope

2x Bailers


Paddles must be single bladed and may otherwise be of any shape and material.

The Takapuna Beach Cup Race Committee shall have the final decision on approving or disapproving any equipment or canoe.


Waiver form


All paddlers are required to sign a Waiver form before each race they complete in. Please ensure each crewmember signs the waiver form. No crew will be allowed to race until we have the fully signed waiver form. If we find that any information on the Waiver form has been falsified, the crew will be disqualified immediately. 


Race Briefing


Paddlers must attend the race briefing prior to the race. A Paddler from your crew will be required to sign an attendance register. Your crew will not be able to start the race if your crew name is not signed in on the attendance register.


Safety Checks


Prior to the race all canoes will undergo a safety check by a Race Official. Please ensure your canoe has been checked before the race, any canoe not checked will not be able to race.


Start Procedure


5 minute warning of start will be announced and a Red Flag will indicate approximately 1 minute before start. Green Flag indicates racing can commence.

The flag times are a maximum and may be reduced at the Race Director’s discretion.

Start will be upon raising of the Green Flag and blast of horn.

Any crew over the line or steerer not standing beside their Canoe when the race commences may be disqualified or subject to time penalty at the Race Director’s discretion.


The Course


The course is set off Takapuna Beach and will be set dependant on the conditions prevailing on the day.

(Course direction may be changed due to weather conditions)

The finish line will be a dry finish on Takapuna Beach of which 1 Crew Member must cross the finish line. Any crew not following the designated course may be disqualified or subject to a time penalty at the Race Director’s discretion.

There will be an alternate course if the Coast Guard rules unsafe conditions. Final Course will be determined on the Saturday and will be outlined at the race briefing that evening and again on Sunday.


Other -


Protests must be lodged in writing with a $50 non-refundable fee to the Race Committee no more than 15 minutes after finishing the race.

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