Gull’s Kayaker, Ashton Reiser, competed in the second Blue Lakes regatta this past weekend at Lake Tikitapu. Following a successful first regatta in October earlier this year, Ashton hoped to improve on his K1 placings and times as well as competing in new K2 and K4 team boats.

This second Blue Lakes regatta is the second largest in the New Zealand season and Reiser’s time in the gym and training on the water was highlighted by setting personal bests in both his K1 individual events. Ashton says, “In the K1 200 I went under 38 seconds for the first time, which is really pleasing.”

“The individual races were probably some of the best I’ve ever done, however I was a bit disappointed to finish eigth in the 200 and 12th in the 1000m, so definitely some improvements are needed before nationals,” says Reiser. Although the team boats also didn’t perform as well as Ashton hoped, they still achieved a very close bronze in the K4 200 and a fourth place in the K4 500.

Ashton raced in the K2 with a new partner, Hamish Legarth. Although it can take a while to adjust to a new racing partner, the team performed well, placing fifth and sixth in their races.

When asked what he will be focusing on next, Ashton says, “For now, I’m back to training after a days rest, trying to keep the momentum gong into the new year and nationals, which are at the end of February.” Reiser will be moving to Cambridge towards the end of January to focus on performance and training.