Launceston's Cataract Gorge played host to some of the state and the country's best kayakers, with hundreds of spectators lining the tracks to witness the Hydro Tasmania Cataract Gorge Extreme Race on Tuesday.
The event, now in its fourth year, attracts people to the gorge for a race in challenging conditions - the Extreme Race the culmination of Paddle Week, a series of water releases across the state by Hydro Tasmania.
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Event organiser Geoff MacQueen said the location was perfect for professional kayakers.
"It's just ideally positioned, it's right next to Launceston, it's got this great viewing and it's a fantastic rapid to race on," he said.
"It's a class four white water rapid, it's quite stiff, people need to be experienced white water paddlers just to consider paddling it, to race it ramps it up again.
"There's really only a handful of people around Australia that seem to be willing to do that."
The event attracted Olympians and former world champions to compete.