KASK Surf Festival 2024 at Waihi – 24 to 28 April 2024 

Outline Overview and Venue Information

KASK Surf Festival will be held at Waihi from PM Wed 24th to midday on Sun 28th April 2024.

Check out our videos about kayaking in the surf zone here.

We are changing it up for our second Surf Festival Weekend. It will be fun and interesting with a surf contest at the end of the weekend to show off your new skills. If there is enough interest, we might event include other type of paddle crafts in this fun event, like paddle boards Whitewater kayaks, HP Surf kayaks and Packrafts.

Surf Contest – we are planning on heats being on Saturday with finals on Sunday, so if you are into fun and want to strut your stuff, please register your interest by emailing me at [email protected] prior to the event or by letting me know by no later than 5pm on Fri 26th April 2024 at Waihi.


Outline Overview

Wed 24 PM – 5.30pm – Welcome.

                   6pm – Bar Dinner

Thu 25 AM – 8am – Meeting – Risk Management and Surf Etiquette

                   Surf Sirens NZ – Session 1

                   Novice Session and Surf Play

           PM – Surf Sirens NZ Clinic – Session 2

                   Novice Session and Surf Play

                   5.30pm – Daily Wrap Up

                   6pm – BBQ followed by Presentation (TBC) – (Vancouver Island 2023 – Lois and Allen)


Fri 26 AM – 8am – Daily Briefing

                  Surf Sirens NZ – Session 3

                  Novice Session and Surf Play

          PM – Surf Sirens NZ – Session 4

                  Novice Session and Surf Play

                  5.30pm – Daily Wrap Up

                  6pm – Bar Dinner followed by Presentation (TBC) – Deb / Melinda – Cape Flattery?????


Sat 27 AM – 8am – Daily Briefing – Surf Festival

                   All Day – Surf Festival

            PM – 5.30pm – Daily Wrap Up

                    6pm – Bar Dinner followed by Film Show????


Sun 28 AM – Surf Festival (if required)

           PM – Return Home



If conditions are not suitable to surf, there are other options including a coastal paddle exploring several local walking tracks and mountain bike tracks nearby.

Surf Sirens NZ

Surf Sirens Women’s Surf Kayak Camp was started in 2016 in the Pacific NW, USA. Deb Volturno and Melinda Moree are two of the four members of the Surf Sirens organizing committee that continues to offer the popular event every September on the “PNW Edge”. We are very excited to bring Surf Sirens to New Zealand for the first time!

Equipment & Clothing

Dress warm as you will be on the beach, and in and on the water all day, and it will likely be chilly especially if it’s windy.

Having a windbreaker jacket and pants or a poncho/cagoule, or even a plastic sheet to wrap around you during the beach time will help you stay warm. A warm hat or neck gaiter might be useful.

Staying warm will help optimize the learning and the FUN!


Wearing a HELMET is a MUST. We will have a few extra, and if you have any extra helmets at home, please bring them!

Waihi Beach Lifeguard Services Inc is a charity supported by volunteers who have been providing a range of lifeguarding, event lifeguarding and roaming patrols along the coastline for the local community and surrounding areas for over 80 years.

The venue is an absolute beach front space,
offering exceptional views of the ocean with Deck and a large lounge facility inclusive of a Bar area. The upstairs lounge area contains sufficient chairs and trestle tables for up to a hundred people.100
chairs and 10 trestle tables. It is equipped with 2 x Smart TV’s, one in the lounge and one in the bar with HDMI


Kitchen – It has a fully working communal commercial kitchen complete with refrigeration,
fryer, stand up oven and hot plate, cooking utensils, plates, cutlery, coffee cups and glassware,
ervice platters and a BBQ.

Supper – Bar and or Arranged Meals – as pre-requested and paid for at the Bar.


A full working communal kitchen is available with

Evening Meals on Offer at the Surf Club are:

Wed 24th – Fish n Chips
Thu 25th – BBQ

Sun 23rd – Mexican – Chilli con carne
Mon 24th – Curry
Dietary alternatives can be arranged.

Evening meals can be ordered at the time of online registration and paid for at the time of the meal.

Accommodationconsists of 7 bunkrooms sleeping up to 40 (rooms 1 to 7), with high quality comfortable mattresses. Bunkroom accommodation can be reserved at ‘online registration. Costs $25 per person per night and payment will be to Shaun Maclaren prior to departing from the event.

It is Club policy that bunkrooms are single gender and not mixed. Occupants will need to bring their own sleeping bag and pillow.

·     Male & female bathrooms have 1 toilet and 2 showers each

·    Individual keys for the room doors can be obtained, but if lost, they must
be replaced at cost to the occupant.

Terms and Conditions

·       Keep the bedrooms in a clean and tidy manner during your stay, remove rubbish.

·       Be responsible for cleaning after yourselves in the bathroom, kitchen and hallway and respect everyone staying in the block.

·       No noise after 10 pm, close doors quietly, no talking or running in hallway.

·       No smoking or vaping anywhere in the building or on the deck area.

·       Club liquor license only alcohol purchased at the club can be consumed in the bar area during operating hours.

General Venue Instructions

·                Vehicles to be parked in the main public carpark and NOT in the Emergency Bays by stairs of the Club Building

·                Keep the building and facilities free of sand by using the ‘foot wash’ sand traps located at the bottom of the beach stairs

·                No wet shoes or wet equipment is to be taken inside of the main building.

·                Please ensure all club doors and windows are locked and secured at night and anytime you leave the premises during the day.

·                Swipe Cards are used to gain access during the day when the building is unoccupied/not in use. Cards will be held centrally by Shaun

·                There are multiple CCTV cameras operating throughout the club at all times.

·                If you see anything suspicious or concerning please notify Shaun on 021 2867412 or the office ASAP.

·                Wifi – there is complimentary use available:

    Connect to:         WB Lifeguards Guest

     Password:           R3scu3tub3


Online Registration


Registration is now closed.

Other Accommodation Options are:

Tasman Holiday Parks – Waihi Beach – see https://tasmanholidayparks.com/nz/waihi-beach

Tasman Holiday Park – Beachaven – see https://tasmanholidayparks.com/nz/beachaven

Bookabach – see https://www.bookabach.co.nz/