Event 2: Stone Store Stand-Up - Sunday 03 June

Stone Store Stand-Up actionEvent two is the Stone Store Stand-Up, at the beautiful Kerikeri Basin, in front of the historic 'Stone Store',  New Zealand’s oldest surviving stone building. This sheltered tributary of the Bay of Islands is the home to the Pear Tree Paddlers, and has to be one of the most beautiful scenic spots for paddleboarding in all of New Zealand.

This year's Stone Store Stand-up will be very similar to last year's event; the course will be entirely in the basin, so competitors will be visible at all times from the wharf. The race will consist of multiple laps around a short course, thus meaning lots of corners and opportunities for overtaking. The total race distance will be about 2km for the surfboard and one-design classes, 4km for the open classes, and 5km for the Topflight class.

Not into racing? Just enter the 2km cruise, come in fancy dress, enjoy a leisurely paddle and you could be going home with even more prizes - there will be prizes for best costumes too.

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There will be separate (fairly short course) junior races for U10, U12, U14 & U16 age categories.

And of course, yet more amazing spot prizes from the local businesses and community!

Because of the relatively early morning high tide time, the racing will be run late morning, and the plan is to have the event finished by 2pm at the latest, thus allowing plenty of time in the afternoon for relaxing, sightseeing etc. Or stick around for a leisurely lunch at the Pear Tree restaurant. All those of you who were here for previous events will attest to the excellence of the cuisine!

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Approximate Event Schedule:

0930 Registration opens (and collection of hire boards)
1000 Event briefing
1030 Open class and Topflight fleet race
1115 Junior race
1140 12'6 class + OD class race
1215 Surfboards and social class race
1400 Prizegiving