Xero 2km Stand Up Paddle Board

xeroThis is a fun race for competent paddlers, giving competitors the experience of a real race situation.

This is your chance to be part of the inaugural Napier Port Ocean Swim SUP race! Competitors need to be reasonably experienced, having trained either on the course or in an open water environment. A compulsory SUP board and equipment safety check at 8.30am will be followed by a race briefing at 8.45am. Competitors will line up at the water’s edge with their paddles and boards for the start of the race. Competitors will paddle directly towards the first 100m marker, turning right towards the 900m marker, turn right around the 900m marker, back to the initial 100m marker, turning left and back into shore.

At the end of the course, competitors will leave their board at the water’s edge and run up the beach with paddle in hand to the finish through the gantry. We will have several “handlers” at the shoreline who will collect your board and clear it out of the competition area.

The top 3 competitors will receive a certificate. There are no prizes for age categories but you’ll be able to check out your times on the website. Certificates of completion with your time are available on request.

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Age groups

Age restriction is 14 years and over as at race day.






Over 60


To comply with New Zealand Maritime Standards and health and safety regulations, each competitor will be required to wear a pfd belt or life vest, a high viz shirt/top (which is included in your entry fee and supplied with entry packs) and a foot leash attached to your board.

Surf Life Saving members will be patrolling the course during the event in Inflatable Rescue Boats and on rescue boards. While every effort will be made to ensure a safe and fun event, it is important that all SUP paddlers are confident swimmers and have a reasonable level of fitness.

Race start time

8.30 am compulsory pre-race SUP safety check at the Paddle Boarding Hawke’s Bay tent, and briefing at 8.45 am. Race starts at 9 am.



Please enter by 1st Feb as orders for rash vests are being placed 2nd Feb and we want to get you the correct size!