A FORTNIGHT of rain has provided supreme whitewater conditions for today's North Esk Paddle Festival.
Kayakers from across the state will bounce down the swollen tributary to the Corra Linn Bridge in a showcase series of races and time trials.
Organised by the Tamar and Derwent canoe clubs, the festival was originally meant to run over two days, but a river height of 1.5 metres put paid to yesterday's competition.
Several kayakers still chose to brave the icy waters, including Australian junior slalom representative Daniel Watkins.
The 17-year-old from Hobart said the North Esk yesterday was in a far more turbulent state than the Slovakian waters where the junior world slalom championships were held last month.
Festival organiser Tim Watson said Tasmanian rivers were usually at their highest volume during winter.
"Unfortunately, that's also when the water is the coldest," he said.
Today's competition starts at 11am.
Spectators can view the events from Corra Linn Bridge and the surrounding area, but are advised to be careful of traffic and slippery conditions near the cliff tops and river's edge.