Published on October 19th, 2023 | by Kayak Session
Not The Spot For A Backloop (Entry #21 Beaters For All 2023)
Check out Spade paddler Aaron Kofler enjoying a good beatdown on the Isel in Austria!
« So basically water flooded on my stern which caused me to backloop and and loose all my speed and from there I found myself rather demolished in the hole… There was safety set on both of the sides after the drop and it was sure needed, I ended up swimming but got out on river right! »
By: Aaron Kofler
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.