Published on April 3rd, 2022 | by Kayak Session
Island Beater (Entry #1 Beaters for all 2022)
Beaters for all 2022 is back with a bang!
Starting off the beatering of 2022 is Mike Getlin on Island Rapid on the Litlle White Salmon in the PNW.
Entries are open till 1st December 2022.
Country : United States
Rapid name: Island
River name: Little White
Kayakers: Mike Getlin
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, 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.