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5-6 August 2017


Distance: 124 km from Northam to Bayswater, Western Australia

Duration: 2 day split race

Competitive Format: Solo, Doubles, Triples, Teams of 2, Teams of 4, One-Day Only

Ages: Juniors, Under 23, Open, Veteran/Masters

Craft: Power Dinghies, Canoes, Kayaks, Skis, SUPs, Ocean Racers

Do you have what it takes? Can you take on the challenge?

Be a part of history HELL OR HIGH WATER

Recent News

  • EARLY BIRD – advantages
    Early bird offers you so much more than just a bit of a discount and is only available until 31 May.   DISCOUNTED ENTRY PRICES Receive 10% OFF the Standard Entry Price   New in 2017! Stand […]
  • Entries are now open!
    Welcome to the Avon Descent 2017! The entries for 2017 are now open. Please create your ‘myAvon’ account first by clicking the blue “myAvon” button in the bottom right of the […]
  • Be part of the 2017 Avon Descent doco ‘Water Warriors’
    This is YOUR chance to be part of our 2017 Avon Descent doco ‘Water Warriors’. Tell us why we should follow your campaign in this year’s event. Comment on our Facebook page […]
  • Be active Paddle Challenge May 14th – Canoeing WA
      May 14th 2017 is a very important day for the paddling community in the lead up to the Avon Descent. The Paddle Challenge was established in 2001, and has been a strongly supported event since […]
  • Event Rules 2017 are published now!
    It is exciting news. We have now published the Event Rules for the Avon Descent 2017 on our website. Go to and have a proper read through […]

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Recent Articles

Brad Harvey: Novice paddler prepares for his first Avon Descent!

Even though the Avon Descent is filled with seasoned competitors, it doesn’t stop novice athletes from attempting the gruelling 124km white water rafting race. Brad Harvey is one of these competitors. Growing up in Western Australia, Brad had heard of the Avon Descent throughout the years, yet a busy life and constant travelling had prevented

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Luke Dooley – the ‘Kalbarri Kid’!

Luke Dooley, known as the ‘Kalbarri Kid’, is a formidable force in the paddling scene while balancing the life of a typical teenager in his final years of high school. Being in year 11 at John Forrest Secondary College in Morley, he is still unsure of the future but knows that kayaking will certainly be

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Cyprian Ubah – International work force for local community event!

Not many people are aware of the number of volunteers it takes to organise the Avon Descent each year. You would be surprised to find out that we have over 30 Management Volunteers and even more interesting is the fact, that over 80% have an international background. Having volunteers from all five continents working on

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The importance of water levels – An expert interview with Darryl Long!

With all the wet weather lately, it seems perfectly natural to wonder how this year’s Avon Descent could be affected. After all, the race has been a WA institution for over forty years.  A two-day event spanning 124 kilometres mixing paddle and power craft held on the Avon and Swan Rivers. It hosts a strong

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Josh Kippin – The Perth local who knows that only the sky is the limit!

“You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve” – this quote by J.K. Rowling is most pertinent to the success of the 26-year old Josh Kippin, from North Perth, who won last years’ single Kayak Marathon category in the Avon Descent. Josh started kayaking in the year 2000 at Ascot Kayak

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Matt Even – When racing with your best friend is the key to success!

There is an old adage, “If you want to go Fast, Go Alone. If you want to go Far, go Together”. Matthew Even, the 30 year old power dinghy racer hailing from Mahogany Creek suburb and his racing partner, Nick Gardner, did go far and fast to secure the second position in the Avon Descent

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Sam Pilton- Encouraging women to test themselves in the Avon Descent!

“Flee or Fight Back” could be the strategy for many participating in the Avon Descent, a 124 km white water race for Paddle and Power boats, running from Northam to Bayswater, along the Avon and Swan Rivers, but for Sam Pilton, the call was quite different.  “I felt I was more mentally prepared last year

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Worldwide Coverage of the Avon Descent on CNBC

What a great weekend we have coming up for the worldwide awareness of the Avon Descent. Our yearly 30-minute TV -special from 2016 will be aired on CNBC –  not only in Australia but also in Asia, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa. If you live abroad or have international friends, who have always

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Doug Hodson – a cancer survivor proves that anyone can do it!

Sixty year old cancer survivor Doug Hodson of Wembley Downs shows that anyone can be a part of the adventurous Avon Descent, if they are willing to put in the effort. Doug Hodson was born in Kenya and has retired from a long career in the oil and gas industry. During this time, he and

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Anyone who stayed at the Bayswater finish line long enough would have witnessed something that probably illustrated the spirit of the Avon Descent more than anything else. As exhausted paddlers pushed into the strong south- westerly , a blue power dinghy glided slowly and silently around the jetty at Riverside Gardens, its crew forced to

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