Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


GODZone Race Back On the Water

March 11 2014

GODZone Race Back On the Water

The Hurunui River is the focus of day four at the GODZone adventure race in Kaikoura as the front end of the field paddle the longest water section of the 520km course.

Five teams started paddling in earnest at 7am this morning after camping on the river side by Jollie Brook near Lake Sumner during an overnight dark zone.

“Because the teams were not allowed on the river overnight it effectively restarts the race for them today as they bunched up coming off the Glyn Wye trek,” says Race Director Warren Bates.

Christchurch team Vida de Aventura led by Sia Svendson was first to paddle this morning alongside Wanaka team R&R Sport Torpedo 7 led by Richard Anderson.

One minute behind were team Chimpanzee Bar led by Dunedin's Jim Cotter and team Absolute Wilderness from Picton and Nelson led by Dan Moore.

“These guys are all pretty evenly spread in terms of ability on the water but certainly Dan Busch and Dan Moore from Absolute Wilderness are considered to be very strong paddlers. They will use their local experience on this particular river.

Team R&R Sports Bob McLachlan is also a highly competent paddler and Joanna Williams has won the two day Coast to Coast so they will be very competitive in that white water today,” says Bates.

Team 40 Kathmandu had the slowest start getting on to the water leaving around 10 minutes behind the early morning starters.

GODZone first placed Team Seagate also got back on the water at 7am some 30km downstream from Jollie Brook having got several hours evening paddling in last night.

“They are already half way through the 101km paddle and under the Hurunui Bridge which shows the river levels are good for some speed. It should be a very fast kayak for them out to the mouth this morning.”

The Hurunui river stage will be technically challenging given the GODZone competitors are travelling in inflatable Canadian canoes that require a strong degree of paddling ability.

“Keeping the boats in a straight line through swirling currents and obstacles is not that easy depending on how much time you have spent in one of these,” says Bates. “It does require some expertise to stay on track.”

Follow the live race tracking and team list at http://live.godzoneadventure.com or see regular updates on face book http://www.facebook.com/godzoneadventure

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Music: Lorde NZ Tour Confirmed In Four Major Cities!

In what will be her first ever New Zealand headline tour, Frontier Touring and Brent Eccles Entertainment are stoked to bring you four epic shows across the country! The all ages concerts take place late October/ early November in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Poor Economics

A review of and excerpt from Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple’s Child Poverty in New Zealand. More>>

Head Count: Highest Population Growth Since 2003

The country’s population grew by 67,800 people, or 1.5 percent, in the year to 30 June 2014. This came from natural increase (births minus deaths) of 29,500 and net migration (arrivals minus departures) of 38,300. New Zealand's estimated resident population was 4.51 million at 30 June 2014. More>>

Fun-Enhancement: Research To Ensure Even Game For Less Skilled Players

A University of Canterbury engineering PhD student is researching sports, such as table tennis, to ensure closer games for both better and less skilled players. More>>

Werewolf: From The Lost Continent

It’s a case of better late than never for Olivier Assayas’ marvellous After May/Apres Mai, which first screened at Venice in 2012, got a theatrical release in Australia – but not here – and only now appears on DVD, after Assayas himself has moved on. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Blue Eyed & Soulful

Last year’s Muscle Shoals documentary was a reminder that on some of soul music’s most hallowed tracks, the studio band consisted of a bunch of white guys from rural Alabama... More>>

ALSO:

Final Event - Number Crunching: NZ Fifth Best Performer At Commonwealth Games

With a haul of 45 medals, New Zealand has outperformed the best predictions of the world’s number crunchers by 440% and beaten our past performance at the Commonwealth Games by 11% per cent, according to a Massey University finance lecturer. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news