Published on novembre 3rd, 2016 | by Kayak Session
INSIDE the 2016 Green Race #1 – Sweet Lines and Carnage at Go Left and Die
Like every year whitewater legend Shane Benedict is covering the Annual Green Race for us at Kayak Session mag. Here is a super funny video shot at Go Left and Die one of the crux rapid on the run…
It’s Green Race week and everyone is here! The story this year is water levels. The summer has been very dry in North Carolina and the Green, even though it is dam controlled, has been running very low, low enough that even some of the best kayakers in the world are pacing the shores at Gorilla. At the current level of 5″ a hole forms right at the lip of the drop which makes it nearly impossible to come off the falls in control. Race organizer John Grace has been talking with Duke Power, who controls the dam, and has orchestrated more water for training and race day. The extra water has not been without drama. During the first day of race training releases the initial water level was 13″ which is also a very hard level as it adds a lot of spice to two of the hardest rapids on the Green, Go Left and Gorilla. Then as planned the river dropped to 10″ and everyone was happy. Day 2, however, the water came up to 10″, dropped down to 5″, and started to come back up again, which made for some exciting training. Thanks to Duke Energy for trying to help us out. Hopefully they can keep the turbines of that 100 year old dam running!
By: Shane Benedict