Race day info

Race information R

For the first time, registration for the Canoe Showdown is free of charge!

Spaces are limited so we recommend registering as soon as possible. Registrations close 5pm Saturday 27th October, or earlier if capacity is exceeded.

Below is a planned schedule for the day.  We usually start on time so don't be late.

All races are open to the following classes: K1, multisport kayak, sea kayak, recreational kayak, canoe, surf ski, Surf Lifesaving ski and waka ama.

SUPs can enter the 10km Canoe SHOWDOWN.

Race Registration 
Onsite race registration opens the day of the race from 8:00am at the Nelo Registration Tent, Baxter Street, Warkworth. 

Registration closes and race briefing:
9:15am at the Nelo Registration Tent, Baxter Street, Warkworth.

Race Start from Baxter Street Reserve:
9:30am  20km Premier Canoe SHOWDOWN   
9:32am  10km Canoe SHOWDOWN 
9:34am  5km FUN PADDLE
9:40am  2km HAVE A GO PADDLE

Held on Baxter Street Reserve approximately 45 minutes after the last paddler has finished.

Personal safety:
All paddlers 16 and under will need to wear a PFD. All other paddlers should carry their PFD in their paddle craft. If you are asked to wear your PFD please do or you will not be able to start the race.


Where to find us

Race entry is free!
Enter here

The Canoe Showdown course

This year the course is made up of a 5km lap starting before the boat ramp. It then heads down the river for 2.4km past the old Wilson Cement works before reaching the bottom turn. After an anti clockwise turn head back up the river past the start line until you reach the finish line at the end of the Warkworth wharf. This completes one 5km lap.  
2km Star Kayaks Course - course to be determined on the day
 5km course is 1 lap
10km course is 2 laps
20km course is 4 laps
Race rego, start line, top turn and finish.
The put in area will be at the Baxter Street boat ramp. The race will start by heading down the river for about 2.4km until the bottom turn.
Bottom turn
The bottom turn is appoximately 250m past the old cement works and it is to be rounded anti clockwise to head back up the river to the top turn. Again turning anti clockwise to complete a 5km lap.