Tumbling records and a first in the new Stand-up Paddleboard category were the highlight of an immensely successful 2018 Avon Descent
Northam’s Avon Descent Association Chairman Greg Kaeding said ‘that the race this year had resurrected the popularity of the unique triple marathon power and paddle event with over 500 competitors competing during the two days.
Now in its 46th year the Avon Descent is WA’s longest running public entry multi-sport adventure race and now features several one day short course competitor options in both power and paddle-craft, thus ensuring an event that everyone can challenge.
In only the second year on offer, the first ever stand up paddle-boarders (SUP’s) reached the Bayswater finish line with Albany paddler Paul Hepworth followed in some minutes later by local SUP paddler Ric Yeates.
Paul’s time of 12 hours 30 minutes and 31 seconds put to bed the notion that paddle boarders could not make the tight cut-off times imposed by the organisers to manage competitor safety throughout the event, and now opens the way for a number of challengers to not only reach the finish in 2019, but hopefully break that inaugural record.