They've made it!

Saturday, 12 January 2008
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Tasman Crossing FinishThey made it! I can breath again...

This is a big day for kayaking!

Here is a clip out of the local paper:

The pair stopped paddling their kayak and sat about 10 metres off the beach while local Maori treated them to a rousing haka in front of several thousand onlookers.

Then, they stepped out of their craft - and walked arm-in-arm onto dry land.

The crowding is so severe that authorities have been forced to close all road entrances to the port - forcing onlookers to foot it to the kayak's landing point, Ngamotu Beach.

But they are still pouring to the scene. Several thousand people are waiting at the beach, and many more are lining the lee breakwater at the port's entrance.

"It's absolutely huge - the place is crammed with people," says Taranaki Daily News reporter Leighton Keith, who was aboard a boat following Justin Jones, 24, and James Castrission, 25, as they made their way to the finish.

Small boats, yachts, kayaks, surf club IRBs, coastal vessels, and even the Port Taranaki tugs joined a flotilla that accompanied the pair to the finish - with the tugs are adding to the festive atmosphere by spraying water into the air from their fire-fighting hoses.

More info and video: stuff.co.nz
Tasman Crossing FinishThey made it! I can breath again...

This is a big day for kayaking!

Here is a clip out of the local paper:

The pair stopped paddling their kayak and sat about 10 metres off the beach while local Maori treated them to a rousing haka in front of several thousand onlookers.

Then, they stepped out of their craft - and walked arm-in-arm onto dry land.

The crowding is so severe that authorities have been forced to close all road entrances to the port - forcing onlookers to foot it to the kayak's landing point, Ngamotu Beach.

But they are still pouring to the scene. Several thousand people are waiting at the beach, and many more are lining the lee breakwater at the port's entrance.

"It's absolutely huge - the place is crammed with people," says Taranaki Daily News reporter Leighton Keith, who was aboard a boat following Justin Jones, 24, and James Castrission, 25, as they made their way to the finish.

Small boats, yachts, kayaks, surf club IRBs, coastal vessels, and even the Port Taranaki tugs joined a flotilla that accompanied the pair to the finish - with the tugs are adding to the festive atmosphere by spraying water into the air from their fire-fighting hoses.

More info and video: stuff.co.nz

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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