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Tekapo course is all go

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Tekapo course is all go

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Images from commissioning flow on Tekapo Whitewater Course, March 2001.

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The Tekapo White Water Trust has finally had a successful commissioning flow down the new artificial whitewater course. Flows ranged from 10 to 25 cumecs to test course stability and specific feature areas.

Immediately below the intake gates is a great rodeo/play wave which rates as one of the best features of any artificial course known, with room for three on the breaking wave and 50 in each eddy. The entry slope and deep pool makes it ideal for surfing and flat spins for both intermediate and advanced paddlers.

The 500 metre long course is rated at class II to II+ with 10 to 15 cumecs and class III at 20 to 25 cumecs. Large rocks create the main features of powerful holes and large standing waves within a single channel lined with rock which is held in place with concrete where required. With more than 5 metres of head, the speed of the water in the last half of the course provides powerful hydraulics to enable great surfing, high crosses and spins. Minor modifications will be made to the course to improve paddler safety and improve the size and quantity of eddies prior to the next schedule of release flows.

Work started on the project more than 10 years ago but the actual course construction work started in April 1998. The main reason for such a long wait was a lack of funds to match the course design required, and with major design and redesign work done, the final budget for the course is approximately $500,000.

Keep Labour weekend 2001 free for the official opening of the course with rodeo, slalom and fun run events planned.

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