Published on October 26th, 2021 | by Kayak Session
Begemot Swim (Entry #24 Beaters For All 2021)
Watch Ivan Gobenko getting a solid beatdown on the Chuya River in Russia!
« This summer I was famously beaten and would like to tell about it. « This is the Begemot rapid on Chuya river. I’ve ran it about 20 times using different lines. The only thing I’ve never tried there was swimming. Till one day when I though I want an interesting line.. And I swam. It was supposed to be just a big hole on my way, maybe some time underwater but nothing more. And then while underwater I realise that I’m not moving with the current. Found out that it’s my skirt being caught on something and I’m not able to take it off. Luckily there was something to push off from under my feet so I took that chance and pushed as hard as I could. It didn’t work. So I did it again, no results. And only from the forth time it worked. The skirt ripped and I was moving with the water again and soon surfaced after 18 seconds underwater. »
By: Ivan Globenko
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 video 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, 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.