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Jonny Hawkins

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Name: Jonny Hawkins
Date registered: October 7, 2013

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  1. 5 Must Dos for Kayakers in New Zealand — March 29, 2017
  2. Okere Enduro 2016 – New Zealand — December 15, 2016
  3. The River Motu – North Island’s classic multiday mission — April 3, 2016
  4. Wairoa Extreme Race 2016 — February 27, 2016
  5. A Classic Scottish Adventure — October 29, 2015

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5 Must Dos for Kayakers in New Zealand

New Zealand has been on my radar as an epic paddling destination for years; 15 months ago, I was stoked to arrive for a year and a half of work and play. The country has totally lived up to my expectations with amazing scenery, great people and awesome rivers. Here are my 5 must dos …

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Okere Enduro 2016 – New Zealand

Last weekend, kayakers from across New Zealand’s North Island made the annual pilgrimage to Rotorua for the 2016 Okere Enduro. This amazing event involves paddling down the Kaituna, running back up to tag your team mate, in a three person relay. The team with the most laps in 6 hours wins.   This was my …

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The River Motu – North Island’s classic multiday mission

The New Zealand guidebook encourages paddles to “jump at any opportunity” to paddle one of North Islands finest multiday rivers. So, with 4 days off over Easter, I joined a 21 strong crew of friendly North Island kayakers to enjoy this jem. The river flows through the Raukumara Range which was the last area in New …

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Wairoa Extreme Race 2016

I have been out in New Zealand for 2 months now, getting excited for the arrival of my new 9R.  It turned up a day before the Wairoa Extreme Race so, needless to say, I was super excited to try it out. This annual race is the first in the NZ Extreme WW race; Wairoa, …

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A Classic Scottish Adventure

Scottish kayaking can be a bit hit or miss, but when the river gods are on your side, it is world class. The Ossian/ Abhainn Ghuilbinn trip has to be one of the coolest river trips in the UK.  Inaccessible, wild and spectacular, it has excited me for years and today, I finally got a …

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Wet West Paddle Fest – 2015

As the summer boating season in Scotland draws to an end, paddlers from across the UK descend upon the quaint Scottish glens of the Moriston and Garry for a weekend of awesomeness.  Wet West Paddle Fest was started as a memorial to the amazing Andy Jackson and now, 11 years on, has expanded into a …

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Kayaking round and about Rishikesh

After 10 weeks in Nepal paddling the Humla Karnali and Thuli Bheri, then helping out with the earthquake relief effort, it was amazing to arrive in India for some more kayaking. I had 2 weeks with Rory woods and Lee Royal before I flew home and left the guys to continue their Indian tour.  With …

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Interesting times in Nepal

  As Rory Woods, Lee Royle and myself were about to travel from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to fly into the Thuli Bheri the earthquake hit.  There was total panic as buildings fell down around us.  Communications were down so it wasn’t until we got internet in Nepalgunj that we realised the scale of the disaster. …

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Humla Karnali – 2015

The Humla district in the west of Nepal is one of the highest and most remote in Nepal.  Getting there ether involves a nine day walk from the nearest road, or a flight landing onto a short, sloping runway in Simikot.   Many pilgrims travel through Simikot on their journey to Mt. Kailash. However, we were …

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Kayak Borneo – Flash Floods, Blow Pipes and Wild Boar

The second month of the rolling expedition kicked off well with Nick Bennett, Patrick Clissold and Tom Haywood joining me to paddle the classics from the previous month. With a bit of boating under our belt, we decided to have a punt at a 60km gorge littered with rapids marked on a 1980’s pilotage chart.  …

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