Originally Posted by Schutzie
The contrast between this incident and the one posted earlier on OBJ is telling. The OBJ group were in a much nastier situation but even after 30 minutes kept their poop inna group and it turned out well. I was very much impressed.
This incident has prompted so much rancor IMO because, lets face it, the commentator is just plain annoying. A pompous gas bag if ever there was one.
You cant compare a side surf in a raft to a kayak pin. Two things will happen in a raft being surfed, it will flush or flip. Its not a life or death situation and thus the people on shore reacted accordingly.
Really have to disagree with you. Any time you hang up in current you are in deep trouble; you may not realize it, but you are in deep trouble. The two cardinal rules I always preach about rivers are; always wear a PFD and absolutely avoid stopping in the current.
Yes, a Kayak pin is much worse than a surf, but either situation could have turned out much worse. Ironically, the "not a life or death situation" ended up with more serious injuries.
And I don't care; the OBJ people kept their shit together when most others would have started running around and screaming after about 3 minutes. They get a gold star.
These two situations and videos are perfect training videos. Run side by side. For comparison.
Here's a group that is prepared, and reacts appropriately to a nasty situation.
And here's a group that floats unprepared into a nasty situation and reacts accordingly.