What is a Very Big Year?

For Australian recreational paddlers it is a year of having a big go and aiming for 1000km of racing.


A Very Big Year will see you complete 1000km of paddle sports races across Australia.

There are a few rules to keep it fair and interesting.

Have a happy Very Big YEAR!!!

Good Luck, get training and get involved in paddle sports races.

You can compete in kayak, surf ski, canoes, outriggers or SUP events.

Your VERY BIG YEAR, can comprise of any paddle-sports events across Australia. It is important that the events you choose, be events that are open to the public and not exclusive races, or club events where the general public can not enter.

The Very BIG Year paddle sports challenge, is supported and managed by Sydney Harbour Kayaks.

Very BIG YEAR Rules & Conditions

Rules & Conditions:

1) You need to complete 1000km of paddle sports races across one calendar year.

* You can start your year on any date and then finish exactly 12 months later.

2) During the year you need to compete in at least ONE race with a double blade paddle (kayak paddle) and at least one race with a single blade paddle (canoe or SUP paddle).

You could paddle any type of kayak or ocean / surf ski for the double blade and any type of canoe, sup or outrigger for the single blade.

3) You need to register with Sydney Harbour Kayaks and submit a draft plan of your year. We know that plans can change, so we only need a draft, that you can update during the year.

4) You MUST paddle in at least ONE of the following paddling marathons  -

5) You MUST paddle in at least ONE interstate race (from your home base)

6) The total distance is based on the 'official' events distance and not your gps reading; i.e the MMP = 404km.

7) You must display the official Very BIG Year sticker on your craft in all events and post your 'PROOF' photo on the VBY facebook page.

At the end of each race you need to submit a photo of you at the finish line as well as your official time.

8) You are able to complete your 1000km in either a single, double or other multiple seat craft.

If you compete the entire 1000km in a double with the same person, then of course you both qualify for the award.

Other events we recommend to achieve your 1000km would be:

International Events that are allowed to be included into your VBY results

AuSable River Canoe Marathon 120 miles / 193km

Yukon River Quest 444miles / 715km

Texas Water Safari 260 miles / 418km

The main source of information for the VBY is the facebook page - www.facebook.com/verybigyear.

Ready to get started?

Fill in the form below and send it to us. We will get in touch to finalize your plan.

What are you waiting for?


GO and have a Very BIG Year


1000km recognition.

Your name and details will be listed on a perpetual trophy (tree) that lives @ Sydney Harbour Kayaks,  Middle Harbour.



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NSW Location

81 Parriwi Road - Smiths Boat Shed
The Spit Bridge, Mosman 2088


Victorian Location

Murray River Adventures

Cohuna, Victoria

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Address for all official correspondence

Sydney Harbour Kayaks Pty Ltd

Eora Country

81 Parriwi Road - Smiths Boat Shed
Mosman 2088

There is a lot of parking close to us at the Spit Bridge, however it is council paid parking.

Free parking Information
There is some free parking north and south of us at Upper Parriwi Road, Mosman or Avona Cres, Seaforth.

Both locations will require a few hundred metres walk back to our Spit Bridge location.

Note: make sure you always check the parking signs.


Transport NSW 

Opening Hours

SUMMER HOURS - October to April

Monday & Tuesday: 9am to 3pm

(last rental at 1.30pm)

Wednesday: 9am to 5pm

Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Friday: 9am to 5pm

Saturday and Sunday: 7.30am to 5pm

Last rental each day is 3.30pm unless listed.

WINTER HOURS - May to September

Monday / Tuesday CLOSED

Wednesday to Friday: 9am to 3pm

Saturday and Sunday: 8am to 3pm

(last rental at 1.30pm)

Note: The last rental each day is 3.30pm

when we close at 5pm or it is at 1.30pm when we close at 3pm.

We will be closed:

Easter Sunday

Christmas Day

Boxing Day

New Years Day

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Very Big YEAR

by Sydney Harbour Kayaks