The West Australian
It’s the whitewater rapids race WA is known for and this year a new piece of Avon Descent history was written.
For the first time ever a stand-up paddleboarder finished the race with Albany father Paul Hepworth taking his place in race history.
Josh Kippin was the first kayaker across the line, smashing a record set 10 years ago.
144 Racing came first in the powerboat division — beating the previous record by one minute.
“It’s like surfing, you know when you get dumped or whatever, you just go oh I’ll get out of this and get it sorted,” Jay Branson, of 144 Racing, said.
But with the thrills came many spills. One person suffered a suspected leg injury at Bells Rapids while several competitors were treated for hypothermia.
“Yeah you have to be on your game the whole way,” one said.
“Pretty happy that it’s over but it was something special, I’ve never done anything like that before,” another finisher said.