Avon Descent competitor numbers rise, with conditions best seen in decades

ABC NEWS – There has been a spike in last-minute registrations for this weekend’s Avon Descent with veteran paddlers saying river conditions are the best they have seen in decades.

More than 300 people are set take part the two-day event, covering 124 kilometres in crafts ranging from kayaks to power boats.

Josh Kippin placed first in the kayak singles last year while best mate Brendan Rice was runner up.

The pair have put aside their friendly rivalry and have teamed up for the relay event.

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They will also head to South Africa in September, representing Australia in the kayak marathon world championships.

Mr Kippin, 26, said flooding in February had altered key parts of the race.

“We spent a lot of hours there learning any short cuts and know all the water levels … but it was an eye opener for me because it’s the first time we’ve done them since we’ve had those floods,” he said.

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