Waikato River Race - 2014

The 2014 event was another resounding success with 21 teams comprising Surf Boats, Surf Canoes and Waka Ama taking to the water to battle the mighty Waikato River from Tuakau Bridge to Maraetai Bay in Port Waikato.

Excellent racing conditions saw fast times with the Bhutty Boys from Hei Matau taking out the Open Mens W6 Waka Ama category in 1:48:00.  Kaha Wahinez Aotearoa were first in the Open Womens W6 in 2:13:24.

The Surf Canoes joined the race with Red Beach teams of the Flying Malyons and Flying Herons taking out both the Open Mens and Open Womens Surf Canoe in 2:25:35 and 2:38:05 respectively.  A very young team from United North Piha took out second place in the Open Womens Surf Canoe in 2:51:51.

Surf Boat times were also excellent with the Orewa Thunder Open Mens team taking out the race in a record time of 2:16:10, beating last years time from Piha A Crew by over 15 minutes.

The young Sunset crew were not far behind taking second place overall and the U19 Mens title in 2:18:27, improving on their 2013 time by nearly 42 minutes.

The winning Open Womens team were Bethells Barracudas in 2:20:11 with Muriwai Muzzies a close second and U23 Womens winners in 2:21:20

Results

Open Mens Surf Boat

First                                                       Orewa Thunder                                                        02:16:10

Second                                                  Sunset Beach Young Guns                                     02:18:27

Third                                                      Fitzroy Floggers                                                       02:18:50

Open Womens Surf Boat

First                                                       Bethells Barracudas                                                02:20:11

Second                                                 Muriwai Muzzies                                                      02:21:20

Under 19 Mens Surf Boat

First                                                       Sunset Beach Young Guns                                     02:18:27

Under 23 Womens Surf Boat

First                                                       Muriwai Muzzies                                                     02:21:20

Open Mens W6 Waka Ama

First                                                       Bhutty Boys                                                              01:48:00

Second                                                  Turangawaewae Masters                                      01:53:54

Third                                                     Taniwha Grizzlies                                                     01:58:00

Open Mens W2 Waka Ama

First                                                       Cowboys                                                                   02:11:18

Second                                                  Theo & Frank                                                           02:28:10

Open Womens W2 Waka Ama

First                                                      LorLea                                                                        02:36:30

Open Womens W6 Waka Ama

First                                                      Kaha Wahinez Aotearoa                                         02:13:24

Second                                                 Pakuranga Royal                                                       02:35:50