Published on November 15th, 2023 | by Kayak Session
Unintentionally Open-Boating… (Entry #26 Beaters For All 2023)
Nathan Anderson has a moment and completely forgets to put on his spraydeck! Check it out to see how it goes…
« I was so focused on running the drop that I took my helmet off, licked the camera, put the helmet back on, and just went for it without even putting the skirt on the boat. I didn’t even know that I forgot to attach the skirt until later when I looked back at the footage. I’ve never forgotten to put my skirt on before and still can’t believe I did this. Oops!!! 🤦♂️🤦♂️🤦♂️.
Every time I sit in the boat now, I just remember this moment. I now more throughly check everything as I don’t want to have another moment like this, especially on something of more consequence. I’m glad that things worked out in the end.
A few of my friends had already gone through and were waiting at the bottom for me. Also, 2 of my friends were hanging out on shore waiting for me to come through before they ran it. They were also ready in case something went wrong. »
By: Nathan Anderson
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