Get racing this summer, any board, any time, any where!!

Every week throughout the summer, NZ SUP will be running a virtual race in the V-SUP NZ Series.

You can join in wherever you are in New Zealand (or overseas – Kiwi expats are welcome to enter too).  All you need is a GPS tracker watch or phone app,  and a round-trip paddle of approximately the right distance (it doesn’t have to be exact), that you can complete, with the same start and finishing point.  This is vital, to negate any significant current/wind/tide advantages.

You can compete on any board – there are divisions for each board type.  

Enter your details using the form below, and every weekend we’ll publish the results for that week and list the winners in each region and each board class, age group and category. 

At the end of each 10-race series we’ll produce overall rankings for the series, based on your 2 best results on each distance.  So keep entering, and see how you go.  We’ll also publish inter-club rankings, so make sure all your fellow club paddlers are racing too!

There will be spot prizes, so the more races you enter, the better your chances of winning one. There will also be special awards for most improved racer in each age/fleet, so why not make this the focus of your fitness training for the summer?

Scroll down for more information, how to enterFAQ and the full list of series dates and results.   And start planning where you’re going to paddle for your entry!

Get racing this summer, any board, any time, anywhere!!

Every week throughout the summer, NZ SUP will be running a virtual race in the V-SUP NZ Series.

You can join in wherever you are in New Zealand (or overseas – Kiwi expats are welcome to enter too).  All you need is a GPS tracker watch or phone app,  and a round-trip paddle of approximately the right distance (it doesn’t have to be exact), that you can complete, with the same start and finishing point.  This is vital, to negate any significant current/wind/tide advantages.

You can compete on any board – there are divisions for each board type.  

Make your entry using the links below, and every weekend we’ll publish the results for that week and list the winners in each region and each board class, age group and category. 

At the end of each 10-race series we’ll produce overall rankings for the series, based on your 2 best results on each distance.  So keep entering, and see how you go.  We’ll also publish inter-club rankings, so make sure all your fellow club paddlers are racing too!

There will be spot prizes, so the more races you enter, the better your chances of winning one. There will also be special awards for most improved racer in each age/fleet, so why not make this the focus of your fitness training for the summer?

Scroll down for more information, how to enter, FAQ and the full list of series dates and results. Join the V-SUP Series Facebook group.  And start planning where you’re going to paddle for your entry!

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How it Works

1. Choose your paddle route, which needs to be a round trip of the required distance. It does not need to be exactly the required race distance, just any route that is at least the race distance. (So if it’s a 4km race, any round trip of more than 4km will be fine). 

2. Start your watch when you start the distance. (So it’s a static start, not a running start)

3. Stop your watch/tracker when you complete the distance. Your GPS track should then show the distance completed and the time taken.

4. Screenshot your GPS track from your phone app. All it needs to show, as per the example above is date, distance, time taken, and a map trace to confirm the ’round trip’ nature of your course.  

5. Enter these details into the form below, along with your contact details, board type, location etc.

6. Job done! Our system will then compute your time for the required distance, and the results will be announced at the end of the week.

How it Works

1. Choose your paddle route, which needs to be a round trip of the required distance. It does not need to be exactly the required race distance, just any route that is at least the race distance. (So if it’s a 4km race, any round trip of more than 4km will be fine). 

2. Start your watch when you start the distance. (So it’s a static start, not a running start)

3. Stop your watch/tracker when you complete the distance. Your GPS track should then show the distance completed and the time taken.

4. Screenshot your GPS track from your phone app. All it needs to show, as per the example above is date, distance, time taken, and a map trace to confirm the ’round trip’ nature of your course.  

5. Enter these details into the form below, along with your contact details, board type, location etc.

6. Job done! Our system will then compute your time for the required distance, and the results will be announced at the end of the week.

Dates, Distances & Entries

A great start to the V-Series, with 40 entrants from all over New Zealand, 6 different regions represented in total, spanning all age groups and nearly all the board fleets too!
Ferg Dunlop and Pip Gaensicke are leading the fleet in Auckland, while top paddler Matt Anderson has relocated to Northland for this series and is setting the pace there, and Quenton Johnston and Karyn Finlayson are out front in Otago. Other standouts include Scott Keon, leading the Senior Masters division overall, Ron Oranje leading the Veterans and Mike Burgess the Super Veterans, while at the other end of the age scale it’s Harry Beggs in the U12s and Rosara Davis in the U14s. The Masters and Senior Masters divisions are definitely the most hotly contested, with a dozen or more entrants in each, making for a great opportunity for paddlers around the various regions to see how they stack up against each other.

Check out the results here!

The numbers are building, with 43 entrants from all over New Zealand, 5 different regions represented in total, spanning all age groups and nearly all the board fleets too!
Ferg Dunlop and Marlene Bergh are leading the fleet in Auckland, while Matt Anderson and top Senior Master Scott Keon tied for 2nd place overall, recording identical times. Nic Bremner and Karyn Finlayson are out front in Otago. Other standouts include Matt Johnstone, leading the Masters division overall, Ron Oranje leading the Veterans and Mike Burgess the Super Veterans, while at the other end of the age scale it’s Iris Davis in the U12s and Rosara Davis in the U14s.

Check out the full results here!

The numbers continue to build, with 46 entrants this week spanning 6 regions of New Zealand, all the age groups and nearly all the board fleets too!

At the front of the fleet, Scott Keon is on an absolute roll, having worked his way up a place at a time, from 3rd in the first event to 1st in this event, with a blisteringly fast pace. In the ladies, Pip Gaensicke has re-established herself as the one to beat. Outside of Auckland, after a long absence from racing Mike Ward has re-entered battle to take top honours in the Northland fleet, with Shirley Dryden leading the ladies. In Otago it’s Ron Oranje back in front, along with the ever-consistent Karyn Finlayson.

Special mention must also go to super veteran standout Karl Wannemacher who was so determined to make sure he achieved the full 5km distance, that he actually paddled 13km just to be on the safe side! Very impressive.

So folks, it’s back to 3km this week. For those of you who’ve been with the series since the start, this is your chance to try and improve on your initial performance. Have fun planning your race…

Check out the full results here!

45 entrants this week spanning 5 regions of New Zealand.
Change again at the front of the fleet. Scott Keon and Fergus Dunlop continue their battle, with just one second between them – but Matt Anderson has sneaked past them both with a time 9 seconds faster, to take top honours this week. 

In the ladies, Ange McKee has risen to the strong challenge set by Pip Gaensicke over the preceding weeks and set the fastest time for the week, with top U14 (and top 12’6) racer Rosara Davis again very close to the front runners, in 4th overall. 

Outside of Auckland, it’s the Anderson show in Northland, with Matt A in front and Laurence A (no relation!) in second, with Shirley Dryden leading the ladies. In Otago it’s still Ron Oranje and Karyn Finlayson setting the pace.  Respect again to Karl Wannemacher and Paul Davidson for their solo respresentation of Wellington and Bay of Plenty regions respectively.  
So folks, it’s back to 4km for this week. For those of you who’ve been with the series since the start, this is your chance to try and improve on your initial performance. Have fun planning your race…!

41 entrants this week spanning 6 regions of New Zealand, great to see some participation from Taranaki! Welcome to the V-Series Corry.  

At the front of the fleet,  Fergus Dunlop has risen to the challenge and returned to the front of the fleet, ahead of Matt Anderson and Jordan Zagonel, while Ange McKee remains the one to beat in the ladies, a couple of minutes ahead of Pip Gaensicke and Marlene Bergh.  
So folks, it’s back to 5km for this week. For those of you who’ve been with the series since the start, this is your chance to try and improve on your initial performance. Have fun planning your race…!

41 entrants again this week spanning 5 regions of New Zealand, great to see the Taranaki contingent doubling in size!  

At the front of the fleet, Matt Anderson has laid down a strong challenge with a blistering 28 minute time, to take the lead in front of  Fergus Dunlop and Scott Keon, who continues to lead the Senior Master pack. Ange McKee remains the one to beat in the ladies, although Marlene Bergh has closed the gap considerably over last week.  Ron Oranje from Otago has clearly been training hard and bettered his last 5km time by several minutes, nearly making it into the top ten overall this week – great effort!
So folks, it’s back to 3km for this week. For those of you who’ve been with the series since the start, this is your chance to try and improve on your initial performance. Have fun planning your race…!

Enter now! 

If you have a google/gmail account then click here to upload your result, and your screenshot

If you do not have a google/gmail account then click here to upload your result. You will just need to email us the screenshot separately. 
 

Whichever link you select will open a new tab or window for the Google Form. Close the tab after you have submitted your entry.

Race results to be announced on 6 December 2021

Race results to be announced on 13 December 2021

Race results to be announced on 20 December 2021

A bigger one to finish the year, with a bit more time to complete it, too! Race results to be announced in the new year. 

FAQ

Yep. This competition fits in with your life scheduling, rather than the other way around…

No. It needs to be a standing start –  hit the start button on your watch or phone with the board stationary, then start paddling.  Do it this way, to standardise things and keep it fair and achievable for everyone.

Once your cross your finish line, you hit the stop button to ‘close the loop’ on your track. You can do this while at speed, you don’t have to come to a stop. 

To keep things simple and flexible, we are using Google Forms for this system, which uploads your data straight into a spreadsheet, making it super easy for us to sort and edit. 

However, it is a security requirement of Google Forms that to allow file uploads (ie your screenshot), you need to be logged in.  

This is to save you having to try and create a course of the exact distance, which would be weird and artificial, and you’d probably still find that when you ‘raced’ it, your GPS ends up saying it’s 4021m instead of exactly 4000m or whatever.  So we’re making it much more simple for you.  As long as your course exceeds the minimum limit (ie 3km, 4km or 45km), that’s fine. Some simple spreadsheet maths will adjust your actual distance/time figures to the desired distance. 

So, yes, you’re actually going to have to paddle slightly further than the required distance. So the smart play is to try and create a course that isn’t too much longer than required. But then again you might be the sort of paddler that only really gets into their stride after the 3rd kilometre anyway, so going a bit further will work for you. As said, it’s all just for fun. Don’t overthink it.

Because it’s good for your training to mix it up a bit, and it will hopefully tempt you to find and paddle different courses.

This is simply to reduce the effects of wind, tide, currents etc.  Otherwise downwinder or down-current runs would of course be significantly quicker than unassisted runs!

Yes, if you’re extremely creative, and catch the dying embers of the outgoing tide to take you down channel then the beginning of the incoming tide to bring you back again, you might be able to squeeze a bit of an advantage.  If so, well, good for you! We applaud your creativity. But ultimately, this is only for bragging rights and a fun motivation for you to improve your personal times and scores, and see how you measure up against others. 

Look, if it makes you feel better, you do whatever you want! But you might have to face the ridicule of your friends and the general NZ SUP community if you produce some sort of record-breaking time and then it transpires you were on a jetski.   We are trusting you, as good Kiwi paddlers, to play the game fairly. Ultimately, you’re only cheating yourself. 

Remember, it doesn’t need to be exact. Just a bit more than the required distance.  The easiest way of course will just be to go paddling with your distance tracker on, and see what works. But if you want to do some prior planning then just use google maps. Get your body of water on screen, then click your planned starting point to ‘drop a pin’. Right click on it (if you’re using a PC), and then select MEASURE DISTANCE. Then wherever you click next, it will show the distance to that point, and the next one, etc. You can then drag those points around to adjust your track, and hey presto, find the distance you need. 

We thought long and hard about this, and ultimately decided, no. Just the one entry per week, otherwise it just complicates things. Obviously though you can still make multiple attempts in a week, and just submit your best one.  If you want to do that, then good for you! The aim of this is to encourage people to get out there and paddle. 

Fair enough, they are quite expensive. But you can do the whole thing just as easily with a mobile phone.  The Garmin Connect app is very popular, but there are loads of simple free fitness/activity tracker apps you can use, here’s a few for starters

Just be sure to keep your phone in a waterproof case or similar. You don’t want to be losing it!

But how close behind them are you? And can you close the gap, each week, if you train hard and purposefully? 

If you’re in a different age group, then you’ve got the incentive of winning your age group. 

If you’re in a different region, you’ve got the incentive of being fastest in your region – in your age group – on that board fleet.  LOTS of ways to get to the top of the rankings!

If there is enough support for the V-Series, then yes, we will add this functionality.

Well, there’s the answer right there! 80% of the boards sold in New Zealand are inflatables, yet nobody races with them because they’ll get smoked by the carbon 14′ speed machines.  But now, everyone can join in fairly and equally, wherever they are, however old they are, and whatever they’re paddling.

Yes, if you want! Or tandems. Or yoga boards. Whatever you want. Just let us know. Contact us and tell us what class or other parameter we need to add to the V-Series in order to make it tempting for you to enter. 

Yes, for sure. It’s absolutely fine to be on the water with other paddlers, whether it’s an organised formal race or just a bunch of you doing it together. As long as it is of sufficient distance, and you have the same static start, and ’round trip’ format, then it’s fine. 

If the ‘real’ race you’re doing is longer than the week’s V-Race challenge (thinking of you Riverside Drive paddlers in Whangarei here, with your 4km distance each week!),  you can still enter your 4km distance/time for the 3km race. Obviously it’ll probably end up being a bit slower pace than if you were paddling less distance, but it’s still an valid entry, and will keep you in the running for those spot prizes, club rankings etc. 

Yes, absolutely. You can’t dig out some record-breaking run you did in 2015 when conditions were perfect and submit that!  The paddle that you are using for your entry MUST have been completed during the week of the race. 

Absolutely.  However, all entries from outside New Zealand will all be grouped together as one region, and won’t be eligible for spot prizes, simply because there would be not be practical to send them overseas.

Spot Prizes

Innerbloom Cold Coffee

6 six-packs of the awesome cold coffee to be given away as spot prizes by Innerbloom

10% discount vouchers to Innerbloom cold coffee products (use as many times as you like), to ALL competitors who qualify for the overall series rankings, by completing 6 or more of the 10 races.   Click the logo for more info about Innerbloom and to order your cold coffee!

For Otago region competitors: Two Sharkskin rapid dry tops (one female, one male), worth $79 each, donated by Watercooled Sports,  Dunedin’s premier watersports shop and a huge supporter of SUP in the region.   Also a lucky winner will receive a free Radix sports recovery drink each week, you’ll need to claim this from the store in person.