Extreme Risk Taking

Discussion in 'Paddling Safety' started by IanC, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. nootka

    nootka Paddler

    May 26, 2007
    Campbell River
    Hard for me to tell how much is skill and how much is luck, but there's a couple of paddlers that surf the wave really well

  2. jamonte

    jamonte Paddler

    Aug 6, 2015
    You're right: part is luck and part is skill. The reason there are so many spectators and safety personnel at this particular drop is because it is notoriously unpredictable, even for the most skilled paddlers. It's a Class V run so, on the whole, the skill level of these paddlers is very high, but it's also kind of a local race where carnage is a big part of the attraction.

    There's another race called the Adidas Sickline that is designed to let the world's best WW kayakers battle it out on a timed course. You won't really see carnage on a Sickline race, just incredible skill.

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