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The Avon Descent water level was average, which suited the majority of paddlers. Pictures: MICHELLE BLACKHURST/SHIRE OF NORTHAM

White water thrills

AVON Descent competitor Darryl Long clocked up his 14th win in the 124km white water event on the weekend.

Ashfield resident Long, who was in the open single ski class, completed the event in 9hr and 42min.

He said the water level was average this year, which suited the majority of paddlers.

“If it’s too low people don’t make it as it’s too physically demanding to make the cut off times so they are not paddling in the dark,’’ he said.

“The lowest was in 2010 when the water level was 0.28m and this year it was just below 1m – a good level for a safe event.

“If it’s too high the organisers get very worried for everyone.

“The paddlers might like it but some probably get a bit nervous when the water level is high.”

But for Long, who has only missed competing one event since 1981, the higher the water level the better.

By Anita McInnes

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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