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(BBC)   I'm bored. What shall I do? I know, I'll kayak down a 300ft dam   (news.bbc.co.uk ) divider line
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2008-11-18 11:57:42 AM  
I wish I had the kind of skill these people have to be able to do something like this.

/Sea Kayacker
//Afraid of Somali Pirates hijacking me
 
2008-11-18 12:00:46 PM  
That's not a dam, that's a water slide.
 
2008-11-18 12:01:01 PM  
would not be opposed to a little kayaking now and then...
i96.photobucket.com
 
2008-11-18 12:01:13 PM  
Damn.
 
2008-11-18 12:02:19 PM  
BBC VIDEO LINK HERE

Enjoy - the first guy's landing is awesome
 
2008-11-18 12:02:47 PM  
That actually looks like a good time...
 
2008-11-18 12:02:58 PM  
Those people are retards. I do whitewater kayaking, but the amount of speed they're carrying when they hit the bottom of those spillways is enough to really fark a person up.
 
2008-11-18 12:04:47 PM  
That looks like a good way to bust your teeth in. Which might be a plus, seeing as how these people are in England.
 
2008-11-18 12:05:19 PM  

mungo: BBC VIDEO LINK HERE

Enjoy - the first guy's landing is awesome


Ok that didn't look nearly as steep as the stills. Seriously wish I had half the skills these guys do.
 
2008-11-18 12:08:57 PM  
You have to admit, he probably won't be bored any more.
 
2008-11-18 12:11:39 PM  
Always after me Lucky Charms...
 
2008-11-18 12:12:53 PM  

I pictured this:

blog.wired.com



/link hotter than stiffler's mom.
 
2008-11-18 12:14:33 PM  
Did anyone else notice that the volume on the video player goes to 11?
 
2008-11-18 12:19:16 PM  

aniyn: Those people are retards. I do whitewater kayaking, but the amount of speed they're carrying when they hit the bottom of those spillways is enough to really fark a person up.



I would do it, and not have a question in the world about it... so what I have to roll at the end... I will be OK.
Really it is not that bad. Ever do a High jump?

High Jump Not saying i would not be crapping my shorts on my way down, but thats the fun.
 
2008-11-18 12:19:21 PM  
Meh....do it on a cafeteria tray and I'll be impressed. That was just a 'yak launch...
 
2008-11-18 12:19:53 PM  
aniyn: Those people are retards. I do whitewater kayaking, but the amount of speed they're carrying when they hit the bottom of those spillways is enough to really fark a person up.


Retards having fun, bastards. How dare they?

Would love to bodyboard down that farker.
 
2008-11-18 12:20:15 PM  
That looks like so much fun.

I'd probably get myself killed if I tried to do something like that though.
 
2008-11-18 12:22:42 PM  
wallytacker ....seeing as how these people are in England
Don't let the people of Wales hear you saying that. Wales is not 'in England' - it's a separate country that just shares the same island, and the Welsh are renown for having no sense of humour at all.
 
2008-11-18 12:23:51 PM  

rytheran: That's not a dam, that's a water slide.


seriously I would so innertube down that

/and probably die
 
2008-11-18 12:23:51 PM  
Big deal, where are the rocks?

/low water Chattooga guide
 
2008-11-18 12:27:30 PM  

rytheran: That's not a dam, that's a water slide.


That's not a dam, it's a sluice.

But I'm not going to be picky. It looks more like a water slide than a proper sluice any way. The caption says it's a slipway.

Slipway, sluice, or slide, it's not a dam. The thing behind it is a dam.

Slipway, Sluice & Slide would be a good name for a law firm.

Slipway, Sluice & Slide, Attorneys at law (or, in the UK, Barristers & Soliciters, perhaps, which is even better).

I like saying Slipway, Sluice & Slide, Barristers & Soliciters.

It's hard to pronounce an ampersand but it can be done.
 
2008-11-18 12:30:12 PM  
I wonder if you need skills or just minerals to do that.
 
2008-11-18 12:30:36 PM  
Just added it to my "things to do before I die" list.

/kayaking freak: going after my third kayak next summah'
 
2008-11-18 12:32:30 PM  

mungo: BBC VIDEO LINK HERE

Enjoy - the first guy's landing is awesome


Whoa. They were hauling ass.
 
2008-11-18 12:35:44 PM  
Step 1: Build a dam that doubles as a water slide.
Step 2: ?????
Step 3: Profit.
 
2008-11-18 12:37:37 PM  

skr4p1r0n: I wonder if you need skills or just minerals to do that.


I think you need Some.

xLizzieBordenx: Just added it to my "things to do before I die" list.

/kayaking freak: going after my third kayak next summah'

Well concider life in the NorthWest, we got crazy kayakin.
nemophotography.files.wordpress.com
/dirty hotlinker
 
2008-11-18 12:38:28 PM  
This guy didn't have as much success...

i150.photobucket.com
 
2008-11-18 12:39:50 PM  
FTFA: "If they go too far we do not condone it."

Yeah, I noticed you don't exactly condemn it either. "You've gone too far this time! I'm afraid we will have to tell you how awesome that looked in private."
 
2008-11-18 12:40:07 PM  

aniyn: Those people are retards. I do whitewater kayaking, but the amount of speed they're carrying when they hit the bottom of those spillways is enough to really fark a person up.


img144.imageshack.us
 
2008-11-18 12:41:13 PM  
newsimg.bbc.co.uk

DO A BARREL ROLL!!
 
2008-11-18 12:41:44 PM  
My favorite/saddest kayaking story:

A bunch of professional kayakers took a film crew to a river in the Himalayas that had never been attempted. It took them many days to climb to this insane elevation to begin.

When they finally arrived, they chose their best pro, regarded as possibly the best in the world to make the initial run. He launches into the river, and 10 seconds later, disappears, dead.

Figuring it was pointless, they hiked back down. His body was never found.

/can't remember the guy's name
 
2008-11-18 12:41:55 PM  

Sarah Connor's Left Bicep: rytheran: That's not a dam, that's a water slide.

seriously I would so innertube down that

/and probably die


Perhaps if it were in a fully enclosed see thru one?
 
2008-11-18 12:46:21 PM  
Waterslide or dam. It's still a hell of a ride!!!
And I thought 12" was high..
 
2008-11-18 12:46:55 PM  
I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to such things, so somebody enlighten me: What kind of hydraulic would be rolling at the bottom of that? Is the angle the water enters too shallow to form one? I kept expecting one of those guys to pop under and stay down.
 
2008-11-18 12:50:43 PM  

CapitolG: skr4p1r0n: I wonder if you need skills or just minerals to do that.

I think you need Some.

xLizzieBordenx: Just added it to my "things to do before I die" list.

/kayaking freak: going after my third kayak next summah'
Well concider life in the NorthWest, we got crazy kayakin.

/dirty hotlinker


We got some too here in East BF. But you gotta try out the kayaking in Costa Rica sometime. You'll never be the same. :D
 
2008-11-18 12:51:31 PM  

Frunch_the_assault_fish: I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to such things, so somebody enlighten me: What kind of hydraulic would be rolling at the bottom of that? Is the angle the water enters too shallow to form one? I kept expecting one of those guys to pop under and stay down.


It's there in the video, but with enough speed and buoyancy, it looks like they're blowing right over the hydraulic.
I personally won't float in a kayak unless it has a cupholder for my beer.
 
2008-11-18 12:51:32 PM  
The water is probably only 6 inches deep maybe, running over very rough concrete, if any of those kayaks flip over, they're in for some serious road rash.
 
2008-11-18 12:54:28 PM  

xLizzieBordenx: We got some too here in East BF. But you gotta try out the kayaking in Costa Rica sometime. You'll never be the same. :D


thats where I learned to roll. Costa Rica is nice and very warm, but the Creeks here are to die for, and well.. the year round paddeling...... we have a syaing "It is never too cold to Kayak in Oregon" Just bring a drysuit and some mighty thick Polly Pro.

I blame the Costa Ricans for my sick addiction.
 
2008-11-18 12:56:59 PM  
I would do that. Dam owner is stupid for not opening that up and charging $50 a head.
 
2008-11-18 12:59:09 PM  
i'm at work and lacking proper photochop tools, but would somebody please use This
with one of the photos ftfa?
 
2008-11-18 01:18:38 PM  
dyn.ifilm.com

/hot
 
2008-11-18 01:47:48 PM  
Next : LG2 spillway (new window)
 
2008-11-18 02:02:48 PM  
Looks sick, and yet lame at the same time.

I know two guys who died doing that sort of thing, but whatever floats... or sinks I guess... your boat.

I used to tube down a spillway into a river (was actually a massive tube, drive a double decker bus though kind of thing), but the angle wasn't steep enough to form a bad hydraulic unless the water was really going though that baby, like after a bad storm. Anyway, the concrete wasn't that bad if you fell off, had a bit of slime on it. Wasn't like surfing and hitting coral. With a wetsuit it would have not been an issue.
 
2008-11-18 02:29:34 PM  

SpaceLord: My favorite/saddest kayaking story:

A bunch of professional kayakers took a film crew to a river in the Himalayas that had never been attempted. It took them many days to climb to this insane elevation to begin.

When they finally arrived, they chose their best pro, regarded as possibly the best in the world to make the initial run. He launches into the river, and 10 seconds later, disappears, dead.

Figuring it was pointless, they hiked back down. His body was never found.

/can't remember the guy's name


Doug Gordon
 
2008-11-18 06:49:30 PM  
parkerlewis

Irritable Bowel Syndrome! MXC is a great show.
 
2008-11-18 06:56:47 PM  
What happens when you roll in something like that

Link (new window)

Granted, not concrete, but at that speed, it would probably do a lot of damage. Love the hole at the bottom... looks like fun.
 
2008-11-18 10:54:10 PM  
We're going to create our own brand of urban kayaking
 
2008-11-20 10:48:25 AM  
For more kayaking video, come to the National Paddling Film Festival in Kentucky this February.

www.surfbwa.org/npff

Site pdates coming next week.
 
2008-11-20 10:49:12 AM  
D'oh, that's "updates".
 
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