Published on July 26th, 2023 | by Kayak Session
How to Touch the Bottom of Champions Killer (Entry #15 Beaters For All 2023)
Check out Polish paddler Maeusz Ostrowski-Biedron touch the bottom of the infamous Champions Killer…
« One of first attempts of trying qualifications section on Otztaler, without enough skills and trustworthy roll… Nothing dangerous happened, and this was the last time I saw my paddle on this video, I touched the bottom of Champions Killer as I swam down it and then had one long and exhaustive walk in the forest from river left to get get across to the right side »
By: Mateusz Ostrowski- Biedron
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