If you’ve ever gone kayaking out on a calm lake and really enjoyed it, I’m guessing you’ve probably also fantasized about what it would be like going whitewater kayaking. I know I have. Doing some sort of whitewater course like what they have set up at the Olympics looks like tons of fun – and challenging as hell too.
I’ve also kinda wondered what it would be like going kayaking over waterfalls or down drainage ditches. That curiosity, I think, was peaked by this old Honda commercial:
Of course, if I follow that video’s advice, I would never attempt. And, well… I probably wouldn’t attempt anyway, as fun as it looks like it probably is. Fortunately, there are people out there far braver than I who look at such warnings in car commercials and scoff, just before launching into a fast-moving river above some waterfalls. We’ll get to that in just a moment, but first I want to share this video of kayaker Ben Marr going down the Lion’s Bay Slide, a drainage ditch that’s part of the Alberta Creek running through Lion’s Bay, British Columbia. He hits 56 km/h heading down the ditch!
Another pretty cool GoPro video I’ve found of someone going over waterfalls in a kayak is this person going over Minehaha Falls in the heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota:
You can learn more about what led up to that crazy video by checking out the original Vimeo link.
Now imagine doing that, but in the middle of winter, surrounded by snow and ice… This is at Outlet Falls in Washington:
This American Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for GoPros, which show me all the awesome-looking things I could potentially kill myself doing without actually putting me in danger!
Those videos all pale in comparison to the official world record for tallest waterfall gone over in a kayak. Tyler Bradt accomplished the feat at Palouse Falls in Washington, dropping 186 feet and sustaining a couple minor injuries:
I probably shouldn’t have to say this, but I’m going to anyway. If you’re not a trained professional, DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS. And if you do and get hurt or killed, I’m not responsible.