Think King of the Harbour 2009

Thursday, 22 January 2009 03:51 | Written by  Press Release
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KING OF THE HARBOUR is an iconic ocean paddling event showcasing the rapidly growing water sports of Surf Ski Ocean Racing, Outrigger Canoeing, Sea Kayaking & Stand-Up Paddle Boarding.


These sports have a strong following both in New Zealand and around the world. King of the Harbour, as one leg of the current Surf Ski Ocean Racing World Series, also aims to attract some of the world's most talented surfski ocean athletes from both New Zealand and abroad. Countries such as South Africa, Australia and Tahiti are likely to compete as in previous years. Amongst a number of other elite New Zealand ocean racing athletes anticipated to compete are recent flat-water kayaking Olympians Ben Fouhy, Steven Ferguson, Mike Walker & Erin Taylor as well as New Zealand's top female surf ski paddler, previous King of the Harbour women's champion and current World Series number 1, Katie Pocock.

New Sponsor: Think Kayak

King of the Harbour is pleased to announce the signing of our brand new Premier Gold Level Sponsor


whose generous sponsorship has enabled us to now guarantee the cash prize money for the Surfski World Series component of the race, which is the critical element to maintaining our 1 star Surfski World Series ranking.  THINK KAYAK is a Canadian based company currently producing three models of surfski. King of the Harbour will be supporting THINK KAYAK towards securing a distributorship in New Zealand, making THINK KAYAK surf skis more accessible for New Zealand paddlers.

"Think Kayak is very excited to be a partner with New Zealand's King of the Harbour World Cup surfski event," said Daryl Remmler, CEO of Think Kayak. "King of the Harbour attracts a top notch field, and we're proud of our association with this group. For Think Kayak, it's an opportunity to bring our brand to New Zealand, and at the same time give back to the global community that has helped us become so well established. Also, a big thanks to for connecting Think Kayak with the event organizers at King of the Harbour, which made this sponsorship possible."

Two weeks to go 

Only two weeks to go before the big day! So far we have many more entries compared to the same time last year! Here's hoping it will keep going up in the next week until entries close. We have a couple of top surfski paddlers entered to date including Olympic flat-water kayaker Steven Ferguson and 2007/2008 World Series Women's Champion Katie Pocock. There are also a number of OC1 paddlers entered which is fantastic to see the growth in that category - keep it coming! Very exciting to see a couple of stand-up paddle boarders entered which is a first for the event and we hope to see this category increase as the sport becomes more popular in New Zealand.

NZ's Premier surfski event

King of the Harbour is recognised by Canoe Racing New Zealand as the country's premier surf ski ocean racing event and also endorsed by the Auckland Regional Outrigger Canoe Association. King of the Harbour aims to provide both a premier racing event for elite Surf Ski ocean athletes, as well as to encourage and foster a wider community involvement by the introduction of a short course event as well as sea kayaking, outrigger canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding categories. The new short course was introduced in 2008 as a means to encourage junior level ocean athletes or novice paddlers wishing to gain some experience in ocean racing with the hope of competing in the long distance King of the Harbour World Series event in the future. The short course was also introduced to provide the recreational and/or novice sea kayaker, outrigger and stand-up paddle board paddlers with a more competitive streak, the unique opportunity to compete in what will hopefully grow to be one of the country's most popular races. With around $14K worth of product spot prizes up for grabs and cash prize money for the Surfski World Series component of the race, it is sure to be a fantastic day for all who enter!

Both courses are open to single surf ski, single outrigger and single sea kayak craft. King of the Harbour is open to all age groups from Junior through to Masters and is to be held on the 31st January 2009 from Takapuna Beach on the North Shore, Auckland. Entries close on the 28th January.

For more information please visit or email event director Kirsty Elmiger on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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