The inaugural NZ Boater X Festival is to be held at the National White Water Centre, Mangahao, Shannon in February 2008. This is to become an annual festival event with the winner of the competition crowned NZ’s best all-round kayaker. The Environmental White Water Park Trust encourages all kayakers from all persuasions to enter. The vision is for a coming together of the various disciplines of kayak sport for a festival event like no other. Use any combination of plastic boats under 250cm and gather points from the five events. The best four of the five events count towards the title – some paddlers may decide not to compete in one or other event. Highlights include free camping onsite, $1000 prize money (for the top male and the top female), Bliss-Stick spot prizes, band and party Saturday evening, entry fee $50 for all events (including regular slalom event), register online at www.slalomnz.org.nz. For more info go to www.whitehotwater.com. Cards for lights/showers/toilet facilities can be purchased from Bivouac Outdoor, Ferguson Street, Palmerston North. This event incorporates the REVEL.co.nz NZ Ranking Race and Slalom Team Trials.