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2022 Lea Extreme Race Entries

2022 Lea Extreme Race Entries

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Very Early Bird Entries and clothing orders close Saturday 13 August.  Entries $60 and includes 2 tickets in random draw, BBQ and party.  We have some great sponsors and there will be prizes galore with a separate draw for those who make the very early entry.  Later entries are $65 (28 Aug) and $80 (16 Sept).  All entries online. https://paddleaustralia.justgo.com/workbench/public/events?ref=526163C7D7325CD3A555AF24DC076D085BBF76C4  Have your Paddle Aust, login and username ready.

Hoodies, T-Shirts and Beanies orders close on Saturday 13th.  Order with entry. 

The Lea Extreme race is a 2 person team race down the Lea River from First Drop to Ankle Breaker.  At low and medium levels it is a fun grade 4 river with a few tests and 4m drops.  Higher levels it gets faster and harder.  If the river is too high for the majority of paddlers we will be shifting to Pencil Pine at Cradle Mountain (decision on the Day).  If we cancel we will refund entry fees less a small processing cost.  After the race, there is a social lap with the opportunity to style some moves and win individual prizes.

If you don’t have a team mate, just enter now and you can add someone later or we can allocate a partner.

Rapids in order: First Drop, Zig Zag, Screaming Plastic Surgeons, Sticks and Stones, Superman, Jimmy’s Line, Face Breaker, Cheese Grater, Elbow Breaker, Cankle, The Slide, Ankle Breaker (as usual the names are worse than reality).

After the race we BBQ at 5:30 at Tasmanian Canoe Club at Forth, followed by music, presentations and party (BYO drinks), with camping at Forth.


Down River Weekend 14&15 Aug

DR start at March Club Champs
DR start at March Club Champs

Get with the flow this weekend. Join in for some fun social cruising down river or jump in a DR kayak and race. Plenty of gear for everyone. Newcomers and hasbeens welcome. Saturday 9:30 briefing and safety at Tasmanian Canoe Club, 840 Wilmot Rd, Forth. Sunday 10am Bannons Bridge, Leven River.

DR racers overtaking social paddlers

Club Meeting – Friday 13 August at Ulverstone Surf Club, 7pm. All welcome.

This is a friendly meeting with a lot of chat and a chance to meet other members, find out what’s on.

Forth 2019 Whitewater Repair and Restoration

In July 2016 our favourite haunt was devastated by an enormous flood (1/200yr).  Massive piles of debris were left on camping grounds and in the river.  The manmade features were damaged and dangerously undercut.  Weeds invaded.  Slalom fixtures were swept away.  Members and paddlers had limited safe access to the old Forth Slalom Course.

Over the last 2 years and 10 months club members have been helping the club recover.  Funds from our club, RACT, Paddle Tasmania, Sport and Recreation and a very important grant form the Tasmanian Community Fund have combined with over a 1000 hours of volunteer time to repair and restore the site and to future proof the features from further damage.  In-river work required assistance from Hydro Tasmania, to lower flows to workable levels.  Mechanical work with an excavator assisted with feature replacement and endurance arms from club members added many of the finishing touches.

In the last 8 months the club has had a resurgence.  Schools, community groups and casual paddlers have been in force –  Thursdays AEDT, weekends, Paddle Education, Come and Try, school groups, rafters, QLD Fire Rescue, Forth River Festival – with over 1000 attendees, enjoying the restoration.

Changes have brought about greater safety, a serious surfing wave, re-circulating eddies from down river to up river, interesting and smaller features.  This has created the Forth Whitewater Course which has accessible parts for beginners, grade 2/3 and playboat stylists.

Now for the next stage – installation of slalom features to provide another chapter.


Winter Wildwater Wanderlust Paddling Series

Tasmanian Canoe Club Winter Whitewater Wanderlust

This winter (starting in May) Tasmanian canoe club will be running 6 white water trips on grade 2-3 water in the Northern Tasmanian Region.

These trips are for members and visitors who would like to meet regularly to socialise and paddle some of the great rivers we have in our “backyard”

Each trip has been chosen to be accessible for beginner paddlers, who have done some paddling before but are ready to take their skills from the Forth (Slalom) site out into big wild water world.

For more details and announcements of the location and times of the trips, please visit our Facebook page.



The Tasmanian Canoe Club Winter Sprint Series and State Champs

The Tasmanian Canoe Club Winter Sprint Series and State Champs are just around the corner! Vajda Canoes and Kayaks are the major sponsor of this years winter series. We have been lucky enough to also get sponsors for each of the races with prize money going to first male and female across the line, first over 35 male and female across the line and the first male and female under 18 across the line. There will be some nice bottles of wine up for grabs for our female paddlers that are over 18 at each of the races. We will also be having random prize draw at the end of each race.

Race 1 is at Lake Barrington on the 14th of June starting at 11am and is sponsored by ATR accountants

Race 2 is at Wynyard on the 5th of July starting at 1.30pm and is sponsored by Ocean Elite

Race 3 is at Launceston on the 9th of August starting at 11am and is sponsored by Paddle and Ski

Race 4 is at Ulverstone on the 30th of August starting at 11am and is sponsored by Codas Computers

Race 5 is the State titles at Lake Barrington on the 20th of September starting at 11am and is sponsored by Stuart Paine Paddling and Alpha Electrics.

$10 per race and $30 to join the Tasmanian Canoe club for the series. Membership forms will be at the first race.

Lea Extreme Race 2021


This year, the Tasmanian Canoe Club is excited to announce we are hosting the Lea Extreme Race! This legendary race will take place on Saturday the 18th of September, so free up your calendar and get training!  Early Bird $60 for race, meal and 2 tickets in early bird draw – lots of prizes – closes Aug 16th.  Ts and Hoodies available order by Aug 16.  Entry refunds if Covid-19 cancelled (less processing costs).

The post race ‘activities’ this year will be held at the Forth Canoe Club, where we will have

Racing through Rockslide

hot food, crackling campfires, live music and plenty of room to set up camp.  Entries close 10pm Sept 17th ($80).

Entry on GO Membership  https://paddleaustralia.azolve.com/workbench/public/events?ref=FD61F107CE2049AB46C9D827FB38225EF3C5A564

Thursday Night Sessions

Daylight Savings=Thursday Night Sessions!!

That’s right, the clocks have ticked over, which means we will be officially having water events held of a Thursday evening from now until the end of daylight savings!

We will have water this Thursday night, so grab your wetties/drysuits/thermals/warm stuff and come and have a splash.

I will be there from around 5:30 and will be on the water, so come along whether you are newbies or experienced paddlers. Also, bring some meat for a BBQ and have a yarn afterwards if you have time.

We will have more details about whether we will have water flow at the Slalom Course before each Thursday night. If there isn’t any water flow, we will be running alternative activities such as Canoe Polo, beach sessions, Roll/stroke training, Safety sessions and various kayak games.

I am really excited to see people out on the Forth site this season! Invite your friends/family members to come along and have a go, and if they like it, new members are most definitely welcome!

If there are any questions, just shoot me a message on tas_canoe_club@hotmail.com or the TCC Facebook https://www.facebook.com/tasmanian.canoeclub

See you there, Trav

Stolen Shelter

This shelter was removed from site at the Australian Wildwater nationals in Jan 2012