Monday, August 23, 2010
Our first delivery was to Steve Murphy on the Gold Coast who paddled away very happy with his purchase.
Next was a couple of canoes in Cornulla to Karl & Stewert. Karl raced his canoe that day in the Pacifica Ocean paddling Club Winter Warm up 8km. Karl was the first to start the ball rolling with a great result. With conditions looking good for a warm sunny day it soon turned nasty with a hail storm hitting the paddlers as they finished the race.
Karl finished 4th over all in the OC1 division and 2nd in his 40+ Mens OC1 Division - great work Karl.
Also spotted was Andy from Paddles using on of our Kia Kaha Hybrid Paddles during the race.
In total 3 Hiko Canoes have gone down Sydney way so keep an eye out for them at the next Pacifica Ocean Paddle Club Race.
Closer to home we had a good turn out with 4 canoes being race at the SEQ OC1 Series Races at Mooloolaba. The Short Course saw 4 SUP paddlers sit down and take a relaxing paddle around a 8km course. Paul Jackson who is heading over to Germany at the end of this week ended up 3rd on a Kia Kaha Hiko canoe & SUP paddling mates Steve & Steve did well and finished their first OC1 race.
Packing the Roar Industries Van for the trip home
Two Kia Kaha Canoes & 4 SUP Boards
In the SEQ Series Race Long course - Moffats to Mooloolaba saw New up and comer Nick Dennis take out the Kia Kaha Wainui - Nick is a new member to the Kia Kaha Australian Team. Nick raced well to come in just in front of Woogie for 4th & 5th Places.
Nick having his first test on the Wainui Canoe
Moffats race start
Woogie closest to the support boat getting a good run off the start
In the Juniors we had our son Taj represent the Kia Kaha team. With the wind blowing Taj only made it half way before turning around and heading back to the start line.
Next Race - Tweed Coast 11 September 2010
Posted by The Ocean Athlete at 3:58 PM
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
This weekend the Kia Kaha Hiko & Wainui Canoes will be on show in both The Mooloolaba Short Course 8 km Race, Junior Short Course 1km Race & Long Course Race 16km.
The Goal for the Kia Kaha Team this year is to introduce new paddlers to the sport of OC1 Paddling. We have looked at Hawaii and the success they have had with both OC1 & SUP so are targeting SUP distance Paddlers to have a sit down.
The good thing about introducing SUP Paddles to OC1 Paddling it makes the two ocean sports strong and a great way to cross train.
Paul Jackson Demoing the Hiko Canoe at Currumbin
Look out for SUP Distance Paddler Paul Jackson, Alison Fullagar fresh back from Hawaii. Both competed in the Molokai to Oahu SUP Division. Both paddlers are doing the short course on Kia Kaha OC1's.
Alison Fullagar Testing the Wainui
In the Juniors and racing for the first time Taj Marsh - he was super pumped to watch Riggs Napoleon from Hawaii tackle the Molokai to Oahu race he is entered in the Juniors U12 1km race.
Taj & Woogie on the Kia Kaha Canoes doing a training session off Noosa
In the Main race we have Woogie Marsh & Nick Dennis - the conditions are looking like a long and flat race so will be interesting to see Paddlers first race fitness.
Posted by The Ocean Athlete at 4:59 PM
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Kia Kaha Canoes & Paddles Australia finally got its container full of canoes! With a long week of super high stress dealing with customers and freight forwarders & the local council to get permits we finally got the truck to deliver the container on Saturday Morning.
The Truck coming down our little street with a 40' container
He had to back - back up the street to turn around - this is Uncle backing back down to the house ready to unload.
Uplifting the container and placing it on the grass verge in front of the house.
The next question was - Do you have bolt cutters? No! we had to improvise with a hammer, hacksaw & wood pick. We got the bolt off in record time to open the doors and start unloading.
Taj would have loved watching this big truck & truck driver do his thing.
The truck was unloaded in record time.
Then he was gone.
Our front yard! - We quickly moved the canoes to the pool area and to the back of the house then raced to Paddle fit.
After Paddle fit we heading home to set up a couple of canoes for Demo on the Gold Coast on the Sunday. We packed the trailer up with a couple of Hiko Canoes and a couple of Wainui Canoes.
One the Sunday Morning we set up at Winders Park in Currumbin for a demo with Roar Industries SUP group.
Jacko Testing out the Hiko Canoe
Steve on the Wainui heading for a boat wash.
Our little man - just was amping to get out there on the canoe. We had a paddle sized up for him and he was off.
Steve on the Hiko
Some of the Ladies waiting for a go
Ali having a go - after he Molokai experience she was happy to give a sit down sport a go.
Steve a happy customer paddling out from Currumbin for a paddle up the coast. Steve loved his canoe so much over the 2 days he spent about 4 hrs on his new canoe.
We are holding another demo day this weekend 14th August up at Lions Park Noosa. We have also got canoes heading to Sydney for one of the Fenn races at Mona Vale.
Otherwise catch us at the 1st Oc1 Man Series race in Mooloolaba on the 21st August.
Posted by The Ocean Athlete at 11:41 PM