Kayaking down Niagra Falls


This documentary looks incredible and comes out in theaters, on iTunes, and On Demand July 2016

“When pro kayaker Rafa Ortiz decides to follow his dream to paddle over Niagara Falls, he sets in motion an incredible series of events that eventually takes on a life of its own. To prepare for this mission, Rafa enlists the help of world-renowned paddler Rush Sturges and a tight team of their friends. Together they go on a remarkable three-year journey from the rainforest rivers of Mexico to the towering waterfalls of the U.S. Northwest.” – Red Bull

Red Bull – 567,811 litres of water per second. 51m high. An international border. There’s a reason Niagara Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in the world.

Which is just one reason Rafa Ortiz wants to run it. Chasing Niagara is about that dream. How a young kayaker, raised in Mexico City, and now one of the world’s preeminent whitewater paddlers, decided to do the near-impossible, and the consequences of that decision. See the trailer above.

Training in Mexico

Rafa Ortiz takes a big drop over a waterfall
That’s how you take centre stage © Marcos Ferro

Rivers like the Santo Domingo in Chiapas, Mexico and waterfalls like the 60m-tall Palouse Falls in Washington State are the training grounds. “This section of the Santo Domingo is the steepest section of whitewater on Earth,” says Ortiz of the Santo Domingo. “No kayaker has ever completed a full descent of the river. We plan to the be the first.”

Rafa Ortiz - running any waterfall requires foresight and planning
Contemplating a drop… © Marcos Ferro

Needless to say, this is not a short webclip – because it hasn’t been a short journey. The hour-long documentary documents Ortiz and friends as they trial themselves – and face serious questions about whether it’s a good idea to risk life, limb and liberty on Niagara.

Source: Red Bull

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