--- Haven't seen this on any of the forums yet, apologies if it's a repost ---
Please circulate this information to all paddlers, kayak stores and clubs.
Three Vampire S Kayaks and 15 paddles were stolen on Friday evening from the
median strip on the Southern Motorway, at the Bombay hills.
The racks carrying the kayaks had come off the roof of the car and the
entire assembly had been rapidly removed for safety. The gear was hidden in
wildflowers while the occupants arranged an alternative method for
transporting the boats. We suggest that a truck was the only way the gear
could have been easily spotted and stolen. The Police have been informed.
There was a Double Dutch paddle and a Tempest Polo Rough Stuff, as well as 2
Virtuosity paddles and 10 Polomania paddles with a "K" for "Karamu High
School" resined into the blades. The Polomania paddles are the only polo
blade on the NZ market with a dimple in the blade.
The kayaks are manufactured in Australia by Kayaks Plus and have a serial
number and manufacturer's label resined into the hull inside the boat. One
is white with black duraseal and a New Zealand Canoe Polo White fern on the
front. The others are black. All of the kayaks have plain kevlar hulls with
no gelcoat.The paddles were in paddle bags.
THIS EQUIPMENT IS NOT SUITABLE FOR OPEN WATER OR BEGINNER USE AND IS
SPECIALISED CANOE POLO EQUIPMENT.
The cockpits are standard, making it more difficult to escape in the event
of capsize. The kayaks are low volume composite boats that are easily
swamped and unstable for novice paddlers. They have no flotation and are not
easily emptied in deep water. They have low visibility, as do the paddles,
and would not be easily seen in the event of an emergency.
THE PADDLES ARE, HOWEVER, DISTINCTIVE AND EASILY RECOGNISED.
Please call Vish on 09 523 2233 if you receive any information that can lead
to recovering this equipment. Alternatively, anyone offered this gear should
call the Police. If you know of someone who has received it, please ask them
to hand it in to a kayak store or a police station.