Snowy River Extreme Race turned it on

Spring might seem like a lifetime away, but reports are still coming in about a whitewater race held at the end of September in the Snowy River. The event saw river paddlers from across Australia and overseas descend on Island Bend in Kosciuszko National Park for the annual Snowy River Extreme Race.

The Snowy River Extreme Race is a whitewater race held on the Snowy River below Guthaga Dam that consists of teams of two racing over a short section of river on either expert (grade 4) or intermediate (grade 3) water.

This year marked the third running of the extreme race and organisers were thrilled with more than 200 paddlers registering for the event.

Race spokesperson Johannes Hendriks praised the efforts of all involved and said due to popular demand the race had now grown to include a junior and women’  class.

While fine and sunny conditions prevailed over the weekend, the four degree water temperature and light snow falls at camp kept competitors well rugged up.

The Snowy Mountains region boasts some of Australia’s best whitewater destinations with world class paddling on the Thredbo, Eucumbene, Murrumbidgee and Indi (Upper Murray) Rivers.  Generally speaking, the best time for paddling is during the spring thaw from September to November.

“The SRER wouldn’t be the same without the generous support of our many sponsors including Wild Magazine, Adventure Hub Nepal and Random Adventure Gear,” said Johannes.

You can find out more about the Snowy River Extreme Race on Facebookor the event’s website.

 

Full run-down of category winners, 2018 Snowy River Extreme Race

Expert Open
Phil Gibbons, Ben Hankinson
10.34

Expert Women’s
Anna Herring, Kate Dyachuk
12.11

Intermediate Open
Sebastian Young, Clayton Young
8.59

Intermediate Women’s
Jen Rees, Amy Rella
10.09

Inflatable Open
Paul Nichol, Matt Renshaw
10.29

Junior
Brandon Dowell, Rowan Hampton
9.56

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