2012 King of the Harbour (incl. NZ Surfski Champs)

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 09:03 | Written by  Terry Newsome
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It’s only a few weeks until the 11th King of the Harbour Ocean ski race and excitement is building in the surf ski community.  It’s a close-knit group and all agree that our race here in Auckland is unique in the world and one of the best.

Family and Friends

It is the only race where family and friends are able to follow the race and see what really happens. It is great to see and hear kids and friends cheering their dad, mum or friend on as the race unfolds only meters away from them.

Our thanks must again go to the Fullers Group for their outstanding support of the King of the Harbour Ocean ski race.

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Oceanpaddler World Series

This year the King of the Harbour Ocean ski race has been incorporated into the Oceanpaddler World series as its fourth race.  It has attracted the likes of Dean Gardiner, Jeremy Cotter, Bruce Taylor and the current series leader Ryan Moffet. Keen to collect points in the series will be 8 Tahitian paddlers led by Tepa Leopold, as they try and add to points they collected in the Perth Doctor earlier this year.

Local interest in very good with around 12 paddlers making the trip up from the South Island. These include the 2012 CRNZ South Island Ocean Ski Champion James Feathery as well as Coast to Coast winner Richard Ussher.

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An Elite SUP class has been added to King of the Harbour.  35 places have been created and so far 17 spots filled. This is going to be a massive paddle for the SUPs, up to 30km will really test them to the limit.

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2 Days 3 Races

Friday 30 March

Sprints and Registration, Scrutineering

Friday evening offers the adrenalin of a 200m Sprint Race in the centre of Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour.

This year the Friday night sprints will be held at Wynyard Quarter inside the Viaduct. Racing will be parallel to the Team New Zealand base with the finish line just before the new bridge.

Racing is due to start from about 5.30pm so come down and meet the paddlers, enjoy the atmosphere and excitement on a summer Friday evening in the new Karanga Plaza, Wynyard Quarter.

Saturday 31 March 

The main event where somebody will be crowned King of the Harbour and somebody will go home the CRNZ Ocean Racing Ski Champion.

Mainfreight has continued their sponsorship for the second year which means those who wish to transport skis to the race from Christchurch, Nelson or Wellington, can do so for only $50 return.

Dates and locations for drop-off to the Mainfreight depots are available at our website.

For further details, or to register online, go to www.kingoftheharbour.co.nz Early bird registrations are $120.

And please, when you can, support those organisations that help support surf ski racing in New Zealand.   


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