Published on August 11th, 2023 | by Kayak Session
South Fork Swimming | 1200CFS (Entry #17 Beaters For All 2023)
« This was my second time on this section, it was 500cfs more than the first time and I didn’t know exactly what lay ahead which made for a bit of a scary swim for me. Once I saw my boat drop quickly below the horizon, river right, I made up my mind to get out on river left. The boat got in a nasty pin up river from where I got out. No injuries or bruises. 1200 CFS Kyburz, California. »
By: Berean Purther
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