Published on November 13th, 2023 | by Kayak Session
Don’t Relax Till The End (Entry #24 Beater For All 2023)
Check out Paddler Andro taking a bit of a beating on the Korana river in Croatia where he gets a kicking in the last hole on the Rastoke rapid…
« It was very high water level which happens once or twice a year. Myself and Lovro went for a lap… I was watching where was Lovro and got distracted, forgot to paddle and was too late to get to the left or the right side to climb over the curler and ended up in a huge hole. I was ripped out of my kayak! Fortunately that wave is the last wave in the gorge and after that there is calmer water and big eddies. there was no safety set at this stage as it is all calm after so there is plenty of time to collect pieces. »
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.