Canoeists Josh Kippin and Sam Pilton win state titles at Lake Leschenaultia

Competitors fought strong winds in the state canoe championships on Sunday. Pictures: Bronwyn Martin
Men's class winner Josh Kippin, of North Perth, is ranked in the top 10 in the world.
Women's class winner Samantha Pilton, of Swan View.
Competitors fought strong winds in the state canoe championships on Sunday. Pictures: Bronwyn Martin Men's class winner Josh Kippin, of North Perth, is ranked in the top 10 in the world. Women's class winner Samantha Pilton, of Swan View.

KAYAKERS battled against a gusty easterly wind on Sunday as they competed in the 10km state canoe championships at Lake Leschenaultia.

Competitor Lawrence Greed said conditions were very hot, but the Chidlow event was some distance from the Sawyers Valley fire.

“As the course is 10 laps of a 1km circuit, the wind buffeted paddlers from every direction.”

He said the small circuit and shallow water made the water choppy in unstable racing kayaks, which was challenging for racers and made the race times relatively slow.

“This is the third consecutive year the 10km championships have been held on the picturesque lake and the short lap circuit makes it ideal for supporters and spectators,” he said.

“It is very popular with the competitors, who are looking forward to next year.”

Along with the main kayak class were other types of craft racing in sit-on skis and multisport crafts.

The 10km championship winners:

Josh Kippin Open kayak Male 46:19

Brett McDonald Over 45 kayak Male 50:34

Tom Green Under 18 kayak Male 50:47

Andy Heartcliffe Over 35 kayak Male 51:32

Mark Lawson Over 55 kayak Male 52:34

Sam Pilton Open women’s kayak Female 54:26

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