Published on October 21st, 2021 | by Kayak Session
Eleven Mile Canyon Beater (Entry #23 Beaters For All 2021)
« Trying to grab an eddy river right while taking a hard line down this rapid, hit a lateral wave that flipped me. I rolled up into a pour over / hole and is considered one of the top 5 stickiest holes in Colorado. After wet exiting, I got recirculated back into the hole, had to ball up, then dive down a little to swim out. I was the first of two swimmers of our crew of 7, whom are all class IV/V boaters. Almost claimed a third boater.”
By: Dejan Smaic
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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.