Topsport Kayaking has a long established history with the kayaking industry and the Coast to Coast. Over the past 25 years we have built a solid reputation for our ever-popular kayaking courses and river trips. In that 25 years Topsport has instructed over 1200 clients to become capable and confident kayakers. Not only that but we have guided well over 4300 clients down the Waimakariri River. We love to teach and share our passion for paddling. Seeing our paddlers gain the skills and confidence they need to succeed out on the water is how we measure our success.
In November 2014 Topsport Kayaking became a registered Adventure Activity Operator with Work Safe New Zealand. Our safety management plan was audited by Outdoors Mark New Zealand. This certification process has ensured that our business operates in accordance with New Zealand law.
Meet Our Team:
BRS - Lincoln University
NZOIA Kayak 1 Training / Pre-Hospital Emergency First Aid / River Safety 1
Len Smyth is the Company Director and Owner of Topsport Kayaking. He has owned the company for nearly 20 years. Len developed a passion for kayaking in his twenties, which lead him to signing up for his first Coast to Coast. After his first race he was hooked. Len has been a strong supporter of multisport in Canterbury over the years, contributing to the sport in so many ways. Now with 14 completed Coast to Coast races to his name Len can safely say he knows the ins and outs of this iconic event. As the Director of Topsport Kayaking Len’s role is focused on keeping our safety polices and procedures current as well as overseeing the daily requirements of our paddlers, from equipment selection and setup through to repairs of kayaks and paddles. Len is also one of our lead river guides. Len started paddling the river in 1991 and has been guiding since 1998. Len has logged over 300 trips on the Waimak!
Bachelor of Sport & Recreation (Outdoor & Management)
NZOIA Kayak 1 | Canoe racing NZ Coach | Pre-Hospital Emergency & Outdoor First Aid
Chris has been around the multi-sport and white water scene for a while now celebrating his 7th season of leading Grade II Courses and Waimakariri Gorge Trips. He joined the Topsport crew from the North Island last year and is loving the multi-sport capital of the world! His passion is to get people active whether starting the sport for the first time or developing programmes and technique analysis for athletes with higher goals. He also spends a lot of his time working with Complete Performance and other projects to keep him on the ball. Nothing is more exciting to Chris than helping you to achieve the extraordinary!
NZOIA Kayak 1 Training | First Aid Level II
Jordan has been actively involved in multi-sport from a young age. His early school years were spent racing both Mountain and Road Bikes to a high level before he discovered kayaking. He first raced the Coast to Coast in a school team at the age of 17. He began working for Topsport in 2013. Jordan has spent the last few years working hard on developing his teaching skills spending a lot of time at the NZ Kayak School. When he is not working or out training he is studying at Canterbury University.
Kate Cambie is the Business Manager at Topsport Kayaking. Kate began kayaking in 2005 with a goal of racing in the individual two-day Coast to Coast. From there her interest in multisport began to grow. Her passion for kayaking and customer service is combined in her role at Topsport and Kate will often be your first point of contact.