THE Avon Descent is once again likely to challenge paddlers and power boat crews taking part in the 124km event on August 5-6.
For the first time, university students will be officially paddling against each other, competing for the University Cup.
The fastest powerboat crew, in the most technical part of the river, will be crowned King of the Valley.
Due to a successful 2016, the event will also be bolstered again by the Spirit Paddle Sports Interstate Challenge, featuring some of the country’s leading paddlers, ironmen and surf competitors, lining up as singles and duos.
Another first this year, a qualifying race the Belmont Belter, was run last weekend with paddle competitors racing against one another in an 11km sprint to claim the top grids on day one of the Avon Descent.
The Avon Descent organisers have been determined to keep the Avon legend alive in the face of the challenging low river levels in recent years.
Avon Descent chairman Kim Epton said the Avon Descent slogan “hell or high water” was a way of telling everyone the event was on regardless of the amount of water in the river.
Mr Epton said the recent rain meant there was plenty of water for the event to take place.