Published on October 5th, 2023 | by Kayak Session
Face Slidin (Entry #20 Beaters For All 2023)
« I was watching people go on the left side of the Great White Slide at Taylorville on the Beaver River during Beaver Fest 2023 and decided I would try it out since my first run on the main line went so well. I made it through the mank and gave the wrong edge right before the slide and found myself on my chest and head grinding my way down. No rescue of myself was needed, boat and paddles were gathered quickly. »
By: Ben Dawson
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.