Originally Posted by lmyers
Mr. Beer was no novice. I will not release any more details of the accident until the authorities choose to, but look at this UTube video, made by Mr. Beer about the changes in kayaking from the 50's to the 60's. It makes you appreciate his paddling ability.
Southern Arizona Paddlers Club Tucson, AZ
Beer's relatives said he was an avid triathalete and competed in many athletic competitions in Tucson. He lived on Mount Lemmon when the Aspen Fire burned down his cabin in 2003. Family members said he was not deterred and rebuilt his home from scratch.
Family members said Beer escaped from Nazi Germany. He moved to Tucson in 1979 and became an American citizen a few years ago.
Beer was a member of the Southern Arizona Paddler's Club, said Chip Arnberg, past president of club.
"(Beer) was kayaking before people knew how kayaking worked. He was doing it when the sport was brand-new and was very good, very competent," Arnberg said. "But there is an inherent risk in it."
He had a wife of 42 years and two sons.