Published on October 24th, 2023 | by Kayak Session
Beater From The Tourist View (Entry #22 Beaters For All 2023)
Check out paddler Nelson Kleer as a tourist catches his beating from the path! We drop he knows well in a brand new boat… It doesn’t always go exactly as planned.
« First day in a new boat. On a drop that I had done many times before. I had a bad seal launch and got stuck in a small hole for a little bit. I rolled up just before going sideways off the drop that you see . I did a few freestyle moves before getting pulled behind the curtain. Once back there I pulled my skirt. I tried kicking off of the back wall a couple times but I just kept getting sucked back into cave. Fortunately on the third attempt to break through the curtain it pushed me down real deep. I popped up away from the curtain and swam to shore. The boat spent a few more minutes in the waterfall before flushing out. »
By: Nelson Kleer
Disclaimer: Originally, we created the Beater For All Video Contest with fun beaters in mind (kayakers getting worked and swimming out of it (or not…) with a smile. However, we have been receiving more and more videos showing scary & sketchy situations, some being real close calls. This created a debate among us, enriched by comments from viewers: should we or should we not show those videos? By encouraging and magnifying carnage and beatering, do we promote it? Do viewers forget the dangers of kayaking? We think otherwise. We came to the conclusion that those videos can be educative and show how dangerous the sport of whitewater kayaking can be, and how nasty and quickly can a situation turn from funny to bad. By showing those videos, we firmly believe that these can create discussions and a space for exchange about what could/should have been done to avoid such situations, which will ultimately lead to increases in safety and river knowledge. Note, we never show videos in which people would get hurt badly, or even worse, showing fatal accidents. Last but least, the videos are submitted by their authors, most time the « victims » themselves. NB, We do not poach videos.