From Ocean Surf to Avon Rapids

Sev­er­al mem­bers braved the flow­ing con­di­tions of the Avon Descent over the week­end of 4–5 August, trad­ing their surf skills for the riv­er rapids. We believe the riv­er did not dis­ap­point… well, con­di­tion wise. As for some craft, per­haps not fair­ing as well!

wesTop effort from first timer Wes Gould who took out the Sin­gle Open Ski event in a time of 08:35:09. An out­stand­ing achieve­ment amongst some very tal­ent­ed pad­dlers. Wes has been train­ing for some months now and had sup­port from Glenn Eldon who Wes says he “would not have even got to the start line with­out”. Wes had a great sup­port crew with the both his own fam­i­ly and the Eldon fam­i­ly, keep­ing him on track. Wes also thanks Finn Kayaks for sup­ply­ing the ski that he trained and raced in.

troyTroy Baird, Paul Brier­ley and Tim Buy­tels who have been spot­ted many morn­ings brav­ing the chill in Hillarys mari­na in prepa­ra­tion for the Avon were at the ready for the Avon. Troy teamed up with his mate Brad and in a time of 9.14.56 came 7th over­all in the Team of 2 divi­sion – Craft not so for­tu­nate and suf­fered heav­i­ly, not sure if the gaffa tape was the heavy bit though! Paul had a tough run in the Sin­gle Marathon Kayak divi­sion a top first day effort but it seems the rapids got the bet­ter of him in the 2nd day. Tim had a hard slog in the Sin­gle Spec Ski divi­sion at a time of 11.51.46 but man­aged 3rd place for his effort!

bubbleBub­ble Wrap – 160s male surf boat crew of Stu­art Clarke, Carl Priest­ly, Mar­tin Fisk, Edgar Coel­lo and swept by Steve Part – the gents came 2nd in the inau­gur­al 15km Avon Surf Craft Chal­lenge – liken­ing the effort up stream at 57mins to an uphill chal­lenge, giv­en it took them only 33mins to return (7.5km one way and then back)! Well done.

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