support unicef Support American Whitewater!

[please login to make this ad block disappear]

New Zealand Nabs Its First Whitewater Park

New Zealand Nabs Its First Whitewater Park

The new Scott Shipley-designed whitewater park in New Zealand is already being heralded as a resounding success and as a model for future recreational paddling development in the country.

S2o Design created two features for the in-stream whitewater park on New Zealand's South Island, giving paddlers of all persuasions a chance to practice their craft.

"Never has surfing a wave been so sweet as my first ride on the second thumping wave at 120 cumecs (cubic meters per second) and experiencing the real dimensions of something which to that point had only existed in our imaginations."

River towns across the U.S. aren't the only ones surfing the whitewater-park wave of success. S2o Design and Engineering recently completed New Zealand's first in-stream whitewater park, the Camphill Surf Park, and it too is earning rave reviews. Founded in 2003 by Scott Shipley, S2O Design prides itself on innovative and holistic approaches to whitewater park design that meets economic, environmental and recreational objectives.

So the next time you're down under on a paddling adventure, check the Kiwi's first fabricated whitewater park off your bucket list. Located near Wanaka on the South Island, gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park and also home to some of the best skiing in the country, Camphill Surf Park was made possible through unprecedented levels of cooperation between one of New Zelands's largest utility companies (Contact Energy), the Central Otago Whitewater Association (COWA), regional and local town councils, government agencies and landowners.

"The finished park has exceeded our club's expectations," said Gordon Raynor, COWA Chairman of the S2o-designed whitewater Park and avid advocate for the sport. "Never has surfing a wave been so sweet as my first ride on the second thumping wave at 120 cumecs (cubic meters per second) and experiencing the real dimensions of something which to that point had only existed in our imaginations."

The park includes two features designed to accommodate paddlers of all abilities. The top hole is wide and steady with a two-foot-high foam pile that was designed to provide stable side surfing, spins, loops and other basic freestyle practice at all flows. This lower feature is characterized by a fast jet of water used for slalom training and basic maneuvers at lower flows, but which grows into an international-standard competitive freestyle feature as the water levels rise.

"It is practical mitigation for kayakers for whitewater lost to hydro projects; it creates recreational and economic opportunities for our community; it showcases what a partnership between kayakers and big business can achieve; it has a beneficial ecological impact; and it shows other regions in New Zealand what a recreational river enhancement project looks like," Raynor said.

Committed to reinventing whitewater, S2O has developed patented solutions that make whitewater parks easier and more profitable to operate as well as more enjoyable for whitewater enthusiasts of all skill levels. For more information, visit the S2o Design website.

--Aaron Bible

Paddling Life News on Playak is © and presented by:

Sponsors

PalmJK

 

NRS

Login to post here

IanL added a video. 18 hours 37 minutes ago

River Garry

The play hole on the Garry a few spins and stuff

SteveWhetman added a video. 22 hours 1 minute ago

Whetman Equipment Python 5m Uses

Uses of the Whetman Equipment Python 5m www.whetmanequipment.com

lpabreu added a video. 2 days ago

KAYAKSURF Mundaka by Droup

Campeonato de Kayaksurf de Mundaka 2017 | 20.21 Maio

paul.robertson added a video. 2 days ago

Rocket Kids Gear from Palm Equipment

Team Rocket have been tearing up Cardiff International Whitewater Course, in the new Rocket paddling trousers & jacket from Palm. Music: 'Kittens...

supzero added a video. 3 days ago

James Casey SUP Foiling

supzero added a video. 3 days ago

Safe SUP Choices: Know Your Limits

In this installment of Safe SUP Choices presented by the US Coast Guard, we cover the importance of knowing your limits before entering the water.

ntroutman added a video. 3 days ago

Reno River Festival- Wild & Free Tour

After some weeks in California we rallied over to Nevada for the Reno River Festival. This year was a record setting year in Reno, with high water...

nveillard added a video. 4 days ago

TRAK Kickstarter

We have launched our Kickstarter for the TRAK 2.0 Ultimate Folding Kayak. Check out the video, then head over to our Kickstarter page to reserve...

See the AUP for our Acceptable Use Policy and a Privacy Statement. Verein Playak is responsible for all editorial content on this site (including all graphics). No part of this site may be duplicated in any way without explicit permission from Verein Playak. Verein Playak takes great care to only publish original content, but since part of the content is user generated, we cannot always guarantee this 100%. If you notice any copyright violations, please let the editors know through the contact form and they will take appropriate action immediately. As a news and information platform, we republish small text snippets and thumbnail images, but always link to original content on other sites, and thus aim to adhere to a 'Fair Use' policy. If you believe we violate this policy in any particular case, please contact us directly and we'll take appropriate action immediately.