Published on May 26th, 2023 | by Kayak Session
The Dreaded Devils Pin (Entry #9 Beaters For All 2023)
Follow French paddler Paul Aubertin on his run down the infamous Devils Slide on the Sorba River in Italy! After getting pushed a bit too far right he found himself a bit stuck, keeping a calm head everything ended well!
« On the second part of the rapid there is a right angle the stream pushed me to the right and I had to make a choice between hitting my boat or my elbow. I was fine while I was stuck because I could breathe and I kicked my hips to get out, as can be seen in Bren’s video 😅
The safety can be difficult because it’s a very steep canyon, the only solution was to pull me up. But I managed to wiggle my way free. »
By: Paul Aubertin
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