2015 Auckland Downwind Winter Series: RACE 4


The start of the fourth and final Auckland Downwind Winter Series for 2015 was a blur of colour and highly charged action as the 70 odd SUP, Waka-Ama and Surfski paddlers raced across the sand to their craft.

Fitting warm spring weather greeted the 70 odd paddlers for Race 4 of the 2015 Auckland Downwind Winter Series. A mass start for all Long and Short Course paddlers from Okahu Bay created a colorful spectacle for the growing bystanders, and a daredevil motorised paraglider swooping just overhead of the startline for the multi-lap Hobson Bay Humdinger course completed the picture!



Lack of any significant winds prompted the 'Hobson Bay Humdinger' course for the final race of the 2015 ADWS race.

Long course competitors set off for three laps around the Hobson Bay Humdinger course, with newbie Max Riley showing what the Sydney-Squad can do!

Is the weather for Race 4 a premonition for the El Nino summer we should be expecting in 2015/2016?

It was quite incredible to see the colour and energy of 70 paddlers racing off the beach with SUP's, Surfski's and Waka-Ama's from the comfort of the water safety craft. The kids we mucking about in the Star Kayaks off to the right, and the main field quickly formed up behind early leaders Andy Mowlem and Mike Walker.

The main field quickly formed up behind early leaders Andy Mowlem, Max Riley and Mike Walker.


Determination, exertion and sweat - SUP/Waka or Ski, it doesn't matter!


The warmer weather and flat conditions left nowhere to hide!

Ant Willis (Winner of SUP 14'0" category) keeps his eyes-on-the-prize!

Ron Cole getting the most of his FLOW Addict surfski on the home straight.


Ainslee Roughan looking classy-cool in pacific-ocean-paddlers-pink, taking 3rd in the ladies Long Course Oceanski category!


Pre-Race Registration at RAYC - now a formality for the regulars!


Race 4 Mens 14'0" SUP winners Ant Willis (1st) and Graeme Sutherland (2nd) in what has been a dingdong for the entire season!


A reflective Simon Longdill (left) after finishing second to Mike Walker (centre) with returning kiwi Max Riley (Right) rounding out the Men's Oceanski Long Course podium.


Competitors enjoy the last rays of the spring sunset as we round out the winter season over a beer! 


Click on THIS LINK for the Webscorer RACE 4 Results: https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=49499 


Click on THIS LINK for the Webscorer SERIES Results: https://www.webscorer.com/seriesresult?seriesid=46300 


Click on THIS LINK for the Facebook Album pictures: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.938756999503889&type=1


A huge thank you to our loyal supporters and volunteers! (No names mentioned, but Marina, Andy from Star Kayaks, Jo Phipps, Simon Longdill, Alex Huffadine, the staff and safety crew from RAYC, and countless others – you know who you areJ) And what about our awesome sponsors – make sure you thank them for their generous ongoing support!

The prizetable for the last race of the series, with spot prizes being awarded for lucky random draws.


With a readership of 155,000, New Zealand's popular Good Health Choices magazine brings some valuable horsepower to the event sponsorship team, allowing us to extend further the awareness of the health benefits of paddling and of course of the Downwind Winter Series in general. Click on the above link to find out more about the publication!


The Explore Group continue to demonstrate a willingness to support adventure paddlesports, whether its transporting paddlers and spectators to the start/finish on event day, of getting us and our craft over to Waiheke Island for a stonking downwind session! Stay tuned for some exciting news in this space as we work with Explore Group getting paddlers to places otherwise inaccessible in gnarly downwind weather!


Balance Sports Nutrition is one of the longest running, most trusted sports nutrition brands in Australia and New Zealand. Balance Sports Nutrition are responsible for ensuring our race packs and spotty-table is stocked with gels and bars. Click on link above to find out more.


Matty Graham from Exponential Performance Coaching is again providing 2 copies of his e-Book 'PADDLE STRONG - Kayak Specific Strength Training' for two lucky paddlers during the Series! Be sure to click on the above link to find out more about how you can improve your strength and technique! 


Andrew and team will be again hosting us at the Royal Akarana club for the 2015 Downwind Winter Series! 2015 will see commencement of construction on the new clubhouse facilities. Click on the website to join as a member of the coolest paddling and sailing squad in town!


Oskar from FENN New Zealand is, as always, quick at making available a range of FENN surfskis for international or out of town paddlers. Click on the link above if you need any support from FENN in New Zealand. 

Vaikobi are a Principle Sponsor of this years Auckland Downwind Winter Series, with 4 stunning Vaikobi Race-Kits up for grabs worth $500 each! Also, be on the lookout for some good deals at the 2015 ADWS Race Headquarters: PFD's and other gear up for sale!! Click on the icon to order.


Welcome back to Charles and team, who provided the Winter Series High-Vis trucker caps. The high quality T's, hoodies and race gear are now synonymous with NZ paddling events! Cant wait to see what's in store for this event yeehaa! Click on the link to order your paddle-apparel now!


If you enjoyed the R-Line Electrolyte Drink at the 2015 King & Queen of the Harbour and at last years Downwind Winter Series, then you will love this deal: Go to http://rline.co.nz/halfpricebottle and get some great deals on R-Line, beetroot juice concentrate and protein bars. 


Art In Surf retain their support of the POP events so stay tuned for some exciting news in this space! Click on the link above or hit up Felipe/Courtney for any of your SUP related needs!


Canoe Racing New Zealand are a strong supporter of this years events. Don't forget to check out the official website for all the details of the 2015 events!


For da faces behind da races - Don't forget to check out the official website for all the details of the 2015 events!


Fergs Kayaks continue to support our events, with support in transportation, boats for international paddler and of course spot prizes! Click on the link to see what else Ian and the team have to offer!


PaddlePro - our recent family addition, paddling ergo's that allow you to keep up the training right through the worst of winter! 

Star Kayaks are sponsoring the new 'STAR-COURSE' : No experience required - catering for a wide range of age and ability, this fun course will be run inside Okahu Bay with entries free to all, and all gear and instruction provided. Just bring your own paddle-wear: there really is no excuse to get yourself of the young ones onto the water! 


Pacific Ocean Paddlers are thrilled to maintain an association with the World Surfski Series calendar. With 19 race around the world this year, paddlers are tempted into exotic locations across Australasia, Europe, Africa and North America. This brought an exciting international element to this years King and Queen of the Harbour, and will look to take advantage of international paddlers travelling through Auckland to the ICF World Champs. Click on the link above to find out more!


Tim and the team at Aquanaut remain firmly behind this years POP events, taking care of our quality craft stickers, and ensuring our spotty table is loaded with some high quality race-wear. Paddler are encouraged to take their time applying race stickers and keeping these on their craft as long as possible over the season, as these are reusable for all POP events and will again include the safety feature of Contact Details (including Next Of Kin) of paddler in the case of emergency.


Flow are fronting up with four $250 vouchers off their brand new beautiful carbon MS1/MS2/MS3 paddles! Flow quality products are proudly NZ made and Neil and team enjoy an association with discerning paddlers of these quality boats and paddles across NZ and Australia. Click on the link to find out more about Flow's products.


ipaddle is again providing booty for our spot prizes, specializing in premium gear for serious paddlers, selling the gear that the professionals use, including Mocke, Jantex Paddles, Washrider, Vaaka cadence meters, K1 Trainer ergometers, Nelo kayaks, Nelo surf skis and now Nelo waka ama!  The waka ama are proving a real success with several golds at the Nationals last month. Click on the above link to take advantage of a 10% saving on Terry's Vaikobi stock, including free delivery!