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