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King of the Harbour
April 28, 2017 - April 30, 2017
The 2017 Giltrap | VW Auckland King & Queen of the Harbour will be brought to you by Pacific Ocean Paddlers on 28th & 29th (30th) April 2017, and doubles as New Zealand’s iconic national Ocean Racing championships, as well as race number one for the 2017 World Surfski Series. The event also traditionally features SUP and Waka-Ama categories, and will see the Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf play host to the best Surfski, SUP and Waka-Ama paddlers this country has to offer, along with some pretty solid international competition. For this the 16th annual running of this iconic event, the 2017 Giltrap | VW Auckland King & Queen of the Harbour will feature the NZ Prone Championships, brought to you by Waterman Store where a number of elite and amateur prone board paddlers from around the world will vie for the coveted Waterman Trophy on the latest DEEP designed boards.
The 2017 Giltrap | VW Auckland King & Queen of the Harbour event will take place over the weekend of 28th and 29th April, with the 30th April reserved as a contingency day in the event of unsafe weather on the Saturday. Friday 28th will see the Registration Prologue Sprint events take place inside the Auckland Viaduct Harbour, which will establish the seeding positions for the elite athletes for the main events on the Saturday 29th April. Exciting Long and Short Courses have been selected to predominantly cater for downwind paddling. These courses will see competitors racing over the best downwind conditions the Hauraki Gulf has to offer, with both a post event barbeque on the beach for athletes and the prize-giving function back at the TRUE Food and Yoga (old Hammerheads restaurant) for the competitors, family and spectators. The weekend will see a number of visiting 2017 World Surfski Series Champions and leading paddlers, ISA SUP and Paddleboard World Champions and leading paddleboarders, returning Olympians and other celebrities in their own right, with technique clinics, world class racing and sponsor/vendor stalls and demonstrations.