Published on May 11th, 2023 | by Kayak Session
Swallow Falls Beater (Entry #7 Beaters For All 2023)
« My first time running Swallow Falls at high water, and I didn’t make the move to the left or the right of the V-Hole at the bottom with enough power to punch through it. Spent the first decent portion of time underwater stuck in the hole in a sort of sideways beatdown where I tried several rolls and hardly even got my head out of the water. After the 2nd failed roll attempt, I felt myself wash out and after waiting a minute tried a third attempt which failed due to me rushing it and picking up my head too early. Finally got the boat back upright on the 4th attempt, where I promptly rammed the bow into a rock in the outflow that you don’t even come near at lower water levels which spun my cockpit upstream and flipped me again. Luckily managed to hit the last roll attempt because by that point I was really tired and had swallowed a fair bit of water. Luckily I was with a group of four and safety was set up appropriately if anything had gone wrong! Good times on the Top Yough! »
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