Classic River Race



We are in the process of updating our website - for all the race information, including entry link please visit:

Race 1 - Sunday 15th October 2017 - 2.30pm start
Race 2 - Sunday 5th November 2017 - 9.30am start
Race 3 - Sunday 26th November 2017 - 9.30am start 
The Main Event - Saturday 9th December 2017 (back up day if river prevents racing on Saturday will be Sunday 10th December)

Races 1-3 are a brilliant build up to get you out on the Waimak and get your ready for the Main Event of the Rasdex Classic River Race Series.  They will depart from Woodstock, finishing up at the Gorge Bridge.   If you do these three races the final stretch on 9th December will be a known part of the river, which is not a bad thing when you've just excerted all that energy getting through the Gorge.

The Main Event follows the same course as the iconic Kathmandu Coast to Coast.  This race gives you the opportunity to race the Waimakariri between Mount White Bridge and Waimak Gorge Bridge under race condiditons.   We look forward to you joining us to celebrate this brilliant race that is much anticipated by the kayaking community and particularly for those preparing for Coast to Coast in February.



We are in the process of updating our race information for 2017 - keep an eye here and on our race facebook page for more information as it is released. 



2016 Rasdex Classic River Race Sponsors

This race could not be run without the generous support of our sponsors - please support these businesses that support our club:

Rasdex - NZ made spraydecks, cockpit covers, jackets and more - (03) 967 3040 

AvantiPlus Fleet Cycles – for all your cycling needs located in their new store Corner Colombo & St Asaph Street  (0800) 4 AVANTI or (03) 338-9155

Em's Power Cookies - Em's products are yummy and all natural energy cookies and bars.

Freedom Fitness - offering endurance coaching for multisport, kayakers and cyclists of all abilities.  Roise will help you reach your sporting goals.

Gurney Goo - everyone multisporter should have a tube of this in their kit -keeps you comfortable no matter the outdoor activity.  Visit the website to purchase or find a stockist near you. 

JKK Racing Kayaks - Range of kayaks made in Christchurch to cater from the novice to experienced paddler - (03) 332 7228 or (022) 040 3077

Moffatt's Flower Company - a family business established in 1949.  All flowers are locally gown, which means fresh.  Not just a florist a full service flower company.

New World St Martins - One of a kind supermarket offering a shopping experience second to none. From fresh produce through to speciality meats and everything in between.  - (03) 337 0811

Outhouse Design - need help with graphic design?  Jayne does a fabulous job sorting all the Arawa Club jobs (027) 495 7123

Paddlerzone - Kayak gear and kayaks to buy and hire instore or online.  Everything you need for your next trip out in your kayak stocking everything you need and some things you've not thought of - (03) 341 3017

PhysioMed - taking care of your body so you can keep training contact Adrian - (021) 474 901

Pub Charity - we are grateful for the support of Pub Charity in supporting this race with a grant to cover the Radio Communications and River Safety - without these services the race could not be run. 

Spagalimis Italian Pizzeria - Providing great taste in pizza since 1978.  Better taste, better value. World Famous!  Dine in, takeaway or home delivered in Beckenham, Church Corner, New Brighton and Redwood 0800 113 113

Sharkskin - Sharkskin combines a number of key performance features to create revolutionary technical water sports apparel range. Paddlerzone are the Christchurch stockist - 09 415 8350

The Famous Sheffield Pie Shop - located handily in Sheffield and for the trips north of the river, Sheffield, the Famous Sheffield Pie Shop has delicious food to fuel up as you head to or from the hills.

The Southern Trust - Thanks to Southern Trust the cost of the Jet Boat Safety Crew and Paramedic Staff have been funded. A race such as this is reliant on our safety plan in order to proceed - thanks Southern Trust for your support.

Spot NZ - providing hire and sales for GPS trackers to keep you safe in all your outdoor adventures - 0800 776 869

Torpedo 7 – Visit them online or in one of their retail stores, they have you sorted for all your outdoor needs – (03) 365-2178

Topsport Kayaking - providing safety for the race and assisting you with your Grade 2 requirements. 

Vertex Altitude Training - bringing the altitude to the city so you can  experience the amazing health and performance benefits that result from hypoxic training - 

Yakima/Whispbar - all you need to transport your kayak and other adventure toys safely - available at retailers throughout NZ, in Christchurch visit the team at Paddlerzone.

Your Inspiration at Home - brings authentic flavours from around the world to your kitchen so you can refuel with great tasting food with little effort - 021 065 9835








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Contact Michelle if you would like to sponsor /support the race.



Other sites

Whitewater New Zealand (formerly NZ Recreational Canoeing Association)

Maritime Safety Authority


Sport Canterbury 

Canoe Racing NZ


Other clubs

Whitewater Canoe Club

Karapiro Kayak Racing Club

Mana Kayak Racing Club

North Shore Canoe Club

Waitemata Canoe and Multisport Club

Marlborough Multisport Club

Nelson Multisport Club


Other Events and organisers

Coast to Coast

Ten Events - Spring & Autumn Challenge, Tour de Tasman, 40/50 Tour, Heaphy 50, Control 90, Source to Sea, etc.

Multisport Events - Big Day at the Office

Queen Charlotte Classic

TransTaupo or Dare to Sweat Events 

Bloody Good Events -Tuatara Peninsula Race

Southern Traverse - Southern Traverse, Peak to Peak, Adventure Quest, Tour de Wakatipu