Tuesday, June 27, 2006
I Shouldn't Be Alive: Swept Away
By coincidence I came over a seakayak-related item on television yesterday: an episode in a series of Discovery Channel with the “promising” title “I shouldn’t be alive”. The storyline in short:
Two best friends set off in seagoing kayaks to tour Washington State's San Juan Islands. One does not admit that he's a complete novice kayaker. Having originally met on the athletics track in school, the friendly competition that brought them together now leads them toward disaster. As night approaches, they fall victim to stormy conditions and surging currents. The novice is making no headway at all, and will soon be sucked out into the Pacific. The experienced kayaker decides to leave his struggling friend and paddle on alone. Has he gone to get help ... or is he saving his own skin?
The documentary of this testosteron-driven kayak tour is so extreme that it’s just ridiculous. Everything one shouldn’t do, is done in this story:
- starting a multiday tour at night with an inexperienced and unprepared kayaker;
- leaving to late, not respecting tides and currents;
- insufficient equipment;
- bad communication;
- leaving the victim alone;
- swimming away from your kayak in a rescue situation;
- not learning from mistakes: one bad decision follows the other;
- and much more…
Luckily the novice kayaker wore a drysuit: otherwise he would never have survived more than 6 hours in cold water.
I was struck by the stupidity of the so called “experienced paddler” and found the relationship between the two paddlers a bizarre interpretation of friendship. Though it’s a rather clumsy documentary, overdone and over dramatized, and though I hate the continuous interruptions by advertisements on Discovery Channel, I had my fun watching it.
There is a trailer of this episode on the Canadian website of Discovery Channel. The program schedules of Discovery Channels are inscrutable, with endless many repetitions: "Swept away" will surely be repeated in the next time.
Geplaatst door Hans Heupink op 23:19