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Top of the South - waka ama interclub winter series

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Top of the South - waka ama interclub winter series

All club members are encouraged to participate

Strengthening the bonds we share of paddling waka and being on the water

Each year the waka ama clubs in the Top of the South hold a series of waka ama races with each club hosting one event in their area. The clubs, Onetahua (Golden Bay), Motueka (Kaiteriteri), Maitahi, Te Tai & Whakatu Marae (Nelson) and Waikawa (Picton) are competing for the trophy.

The series usually runs from May to October and is a great chance for all paddlers to get a taste of racing, whether they normally compete or are just social paddlers. It's is a very relaxed atmosphere and a great chance to catch up with our extended waka whanau in the region..

2017 Maitahi win the waka ama Top of the South Quad series

2017 Maitahi win the Waka Ama Top of the South Quad series

Te Tauihu Winter Series Events

Waikawa hosts at Picton

The first event in the series is usually in  May and many members make a weekend of it in Picton. In the past we have enjoyed a paddle to Lochmara for coffee on the day after the race. It's always a great couple of days and for many new paddlers it's their first taste of racing in a welcoming and friendly environment.

Here is the information on this year's race.

Onetahua hosts in Golden Bay

Golden Bay normally turns on fabulous weather for some great paddling out around the shag colonies at Tata Islands, through to the mussel farms in Wainui Bay.

Again, it's often a whole weekend away for club members and Onetahua are always great hosts.

Here is the information on this year's race.

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Maitahi hosts at Nelson

This is Maitahi's home leg of the Winter series, organised in conjunction with our friends at Te tai and Whakatu marae.

It's a great chance to get some local racing under your belt as well as help with putting on the race for our visitors.

Here is the information on this year's race.

Motueka hosts at Kaiteretere

Moteuka host a great event from the beach at Kaiteretere. Always lots of fun and a chance to head out towards the iconic Split Apple Rock.

Maitahi always takes a large contingent to this race .

Here is the information on this year's race.

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Points:

100 points per participant
200 points for each waka representing a club in Race 1 and 2

Race 1

OC1 Men/OC1 Women, OC2
1st place 1500
2nd place 1000
3rd place 500

Race 2:

OC6 club crews
1st place 1500
2nd place 1000
3rd place 500

Race 3:

Mixed club crews
1st place 1500
2nd place 1000
3rd place 500