Expect to see some of the Kiwi rafting crews weighed down at next year's world rafting champs.
That's the prediction from New Zealand Rafting media liaison officer Franz Roozendaal.
The proud grandfather has a right to boast - he had three sons and a grandson competing at the pre-world rafting championships at the weekend.
The three-day event on the Kaituna, Tarawera and Rangitaiki Rivers was a prelude to the 2013 world champs to be hosted by New Zealand for the first time.
Franz said next year's event was looking good for the Kiwi crews who had qualified for the event after some strong performances by all the New Zealand teams at the weekend.
The Kawerau local worked and watched one of his sons, Paul Roozendaal, qualify for next year's event when his team Ghost Chips finished second behind professional team and current world champs Team Teikei from Japan.
Going into the final day of the three-day event, Bay of Plenty team Ghost Chips were leading from the world champions.
The nine crews (eight men and one women) competed in the third and final section of the event (Down River) on the Rangitaiki River just south of Rotorua.
Only nine points separated the two leading teams in the Down River, a race of strength and stamina, on the Rangitaiki River.
However, Team Teikei got away to a flyer of a start and never looked back.
Ghost Chips used every ounce of local knowledge to pull the team back but were ruing a couple of crucial errors during the race to end just over a minute behind the Japanese.
The event saw plenty of drama.
Day one had seen Team Teikei take maximum points in the sprints on the Kaituna River, north of Rotorua, with the Czech Republic's Bestie Czech grabbing second and Ghost Chips third.
The home team limped home in the first section after one of the crew members snapped a paddle at the start.
However, the crew - made up of captain and Rotorua local Bernd Sommer, Sam and Jamie Sutton, Benjamin Gibb, Brad Lauder and Paul Roozendaal - came back in the second section of the head to head to beat the Czech team and narrowly lose to Japan in the final.
Day two saw the teams competing on the Tarawera River in Kawerau in the slalom. Ghost Chips, not known for their slalom skills, nailed the event, overtaking Team Teikei to head into the third and final day hopeful of an upset.
Three other Bay of Plenty crews entered the event, although OPC, which contained Franz's two sons Bevan and Mark and grandson Ashley, finished last in the open men's. The crew, who had to replace a paddler due to illness on the final day, were just under a minute behind the pace of the Aussie crew, Team Doric Sydney.
In the masters men's section Aotearoa Paddlers - Nick Chater, Maika Nutu, Donald Johnson, Dai Edwards, Martin Helleur and Jon Snook - overcame strong competition from the South Island crew BTA to book themselves into next year's world champs, which will be held at the same venues.
The two Kiwi crews will be joined by Okere Ladies, made up of captain Kelly Wood, Denise Martin, Alana Whiteman, Annie Cairns, Nikki Whitehead and Olympian Luuka Jones, who also qualified.
Franz said the crews now had just over a year to prepare for the event and had a definite advantage over the other crews competing at next year's event.
"Our teams went up against professional teams and only had a very short period of time to set up their teams. They hadn't gelled together.
"We will blow them out of the water with the local knowledge we've got. These crews can really do some damage," said Franz.
About 50 crews from all over the world will travel to New Zealand in November next year - 30 men's and 20 women's teams - for the event.