Join us in Riverton on Sunday 9th April for the Ultimate Paddle Day.

Stand Up Paddle and Waka Ama disciplines come together for one almighty fun day of action. Whether you’re a competitor or a spectator, there’s something for you to enjoy.

See the world’s best watermen compete including Connor Baxter (HAW), Manoa Drollet (PYF), Caio Vaz (BRA), 2016 champion Zane Schweitzer (HAW), 2015 champion Daniel Kereopa (NZL), Jackson Maynard, Coco Nogales and Chuck Glynn.

Entries Close:
SUP/Waka Ama - 11:59pm Monday 3rd April
There will be NO entry on the day.


The final discipline for the 8 athletes in The Ultimate Waterman competition, the Waka Ama Endurance race, takes place from 9.00am. Full race course details to follow.

To register for The Ultimate Paddle Day, click the button below.

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Event Registration/Entry

Entry Pack Collection

There will be NO entering the event on the day.

Online registration will close Monday 3rd April at 11:59pm. To avoid disappointment make sure you get your entry in. Collect your race packs on the morning of race day.

Competitor Race Pack

All competitors will receive an entry pack that will include: Limited edition Ultimate Waterman Race Shirt.

Entry Fees

Adults and Juniors (Under 18) – $10 per person
2km Race (subject to conditions)

Waka Ama (W6):
Adults and juniors (must be 14 in year of competition) $10
5km race (subject to conditions)


2km SUP Race

Enter the fun 2km race designed for all types of paddlers.  Course design to be determined by weather closer to the day.


Schedule to be determined.

Race Rules

All SUP competitors must be able to swim a minimum of 50m unaided or wear a PFD

All competitors must be fit and sufficiently trained to complete the course

The race director may at his discretion decide if an athlete is not allowed to complete any race for safety purposes and/or reasons that impact the successful running of the event. That decision is final.

Leash and PFD for other SUP paddlers is optional.

Sportsmanlike conduct is expected at all times. Any unsportsmanlike conduct on or off the race course, including interference with another paddler, swearing and intentional harm to persons or equipment will not be tolerated.

Warm ups are not allowed on the main course during heats/ racing.

Racers must promptly clear the water when directed by race management.

The SUP paddler is intended to be standing at all times whilst paddling. To manage this, a “(5) five-stroke rule” may be applied to allow continuity. Meaning that if you fall due to conditions you can take (5) strokes on your knees before standing up. This rule is in effect so a paddler does not achieve an advantage by not standing up.

The 5-stroke rule does not apply in and out of the surf zone or when there is immediate danger.

Competitors must follow the designated set course, to be manned by on-water course marshals and rescue lifeguards.

Competitors are required to have an official race vest which must remain on the individual throughout the event. No competitor shall be recorded as a finisher unless wearing the official vest. The vest must not be ripped, cut or altered.

Specific racing interference… unsportsmanlike conduct is not allowable.

The Race Director reserves the right to have a final decision on all rulings.

Disclaimer of liability

Competitors participate in the event entirely at their own risk. The organizing author­ity will not accept any liability for material dam­age or personal injury or death sus­tained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the event. It is the sole responsibility of the competitor to race.

Official Notice Board

The Official notice board will be located at or near the administration area of the event location. Rules and results and any other event information will be posted there for athletes to check.

Race briefing

The Event Safety briefings will be held at 730am at the official notice board. Within these briefings, course layout / description, event rules, safety issues and competitor questions will be covered. It should be noted that safety of the participants is the number one priority of the race director and the event staff.  ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST ATTEND THEIR RACE BRIEFING.

Race divisions

There will be two separate races for the SUP and Waka

  1. SUP Race (2km subject to conditions)
  2. Waka Ama Race W6 (5km subject to conditions)

Prizes awarded

1st Gold  /2nd Silver  /3rd Bronze medals for all Ultimate Paddle Day Races

Spot prizes – random draw. Must be at prize giving to claim prize.

Board and boat hire

Athletes should bring their own boards to race.

A limited number of Stand Up Paddle Boards will be provided free of charge for athletes who do not have a board.  Boards will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

W6 Canoes will be provided on the day.