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Published on septembre 24th, 2020 | by Kayak Session

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Stuck on Tree Branches on Kummerbrücke, Enns River (Austria) (Entry #22 Carnage for All 2020)

Watch Austrian paddler Georg Merkinger getting stuck on tree branches in a tight turn on the famous Kummerbrücke section of the Enns river in Austria.
Paddler: Georg Merkinger
Rapid: Kummerbrücke (upper 500)
River: Enns
Behind the Camera: Stefan Schornsteiner

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Disclaimer: Originally, we created the Carnage 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 video 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.

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