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Paddlefest Nelson 2021

Friday 5th-Sunday 7th November 2021 – Nelson


Entries are direct to the race organiser. Opening date for entries TBA

Event Information

Paddlefest was created with the idea to celebrate and share this amazing location that we call Paddletown (Nelson). The aim is to get different paddle-craft on the water for some racing (distance and sprints), relays and fun. There are social events mixed in as well and a chance to swap craft and have a go on surf skis, SUP or whatever else turns up !
It’s run by our good friends at Nelson SUP Club with Tahunanui Beach resident weather-man Toby Wild usually manning the loudhailer down at the surf line.
Paddlefest is a small craft event so single and double waka only. If you haven’t yet raced in a single or double this is a great chance to do so in a fun and safe environment.

Rough Schedule

Meet and greet Friday evening.
Saturday Tahunanui beach.
5km, 10km and 2km distance races.
Relay Race.
Evening – Food and brews at a local pub.
Sunday sprint heat races up the Maitai River.
Sunday afternoon/evening food and brews and prizegiving (at a different local pub).
Monday for whoever’s still around head out for a social paddle and a hot brew afterwards.
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