Early in the morning on the 13th of April, the Kaitaia College Stand-up Paddle Boarding (SUP) team travelled down to Waitangi to compete in the inaugural NSSSA SUP competition.

The races got underway after the race briefing and an opening karakia lead by Moanaroa Witana and Sahara Peehikuru.

All students competed in two rounds of 1.5km races, each racing in their age groups. Students Jake Tubbs and Drezel Williams, along with our coaches Sean Booth and Alexandra Kingi also competed in the national 4km distance race. Jake, Drezel and Whaea Allie achieved first place in their age groups while Mr Booth came second in his age group.

The final event of the day was the interschools relay race which was won by the Kaitaia College team Boothies Boosters, and our second team Kaitaia Kunekunes came third equal along with Kerikeri. Kaitaia College came second overall in the inter school competition.

Final results were as follows:

Junior Boys’
-  1st Drezel Williams-Harris
Intermediate Boys’
- 1st Tanner Wihongi 3rd Jake Tubbs
Senior Boys’
-  3rd Micah Tritsher
Junior Girls’
-  2nd Azariah Joyce 3rd Brooke Gamble
Senior Girls’
-  2nd Shannelle Te Hira
Inter-school relay:
- 1st Shannelle Te Hira, Tanner Wihongi, Drezel Williams-Harris and Jake Tubbs
- 3rd Micah Tritsher and Harry Hone

Nationals 4KM
 U16 Inflatable:
  - Jake Tubbs
 U14 Inflatable:
 - 1st Drezel Williams-Harris

Female Inflatable - 19-39 years:
 - 1st Alexandra Kingi

Masters 14 Raceboard:
- 4th Overall Sean Booth

We are fired up for the Kaitaia College vs Kerikeri series and the NSSSA competition which will take place next year.
Written by Shanelle, Micah and Jayden.