A fearless kayaker plunges 60ft down a massive waterfall in Mexico and into the pool below in an incredible stunt captured on video. And it is every bit as hair-raising as you would imagine.
The stunt was organized, and the video shared with us, by the guys over at Bear Grylls Adventure. They give us some background:
Canadian, Emrick Blanchette, who has been paddling for five years, travelled to Mexico in March this year to tackle the high number of vertical drops in the Tlapacoyan Veracruz region. But the experienced athlete admitted that he was apprehensive when going over Tomata Falls — which is more than 18 metres [60 feet] high. The 23-year-old, who is part of kayaking team ‘Quebec Connection’, also tackled a number of other big drops during the trip.
I was pretty nervous at the top, scouting and visualising my line. I had seen a lot of people landing near-flat or over-flipping on video. The lip is kind of tricky as it is angled at almost 90 degrees. So every little movement, stroke and body position will have an influence on your line and landing angle. Once I was in my boat, a big part of the stress went away and I knew I could stick it.
And stick it he did… Just watch — this is phenomenal!
1. Brave kayaker, Emrick Blanchette, filmed himself going over a massive waterfall in Mexico.
2. An experienced athlete, Emrick admitted he was nervous to take on Tomata Falls — which has a 60 foot drop.
3. Every stroke, movement and body position has an influence on whether or not Emrick would be successful.
4. ‘I was pretty nervous at the top, scouting and visualizing my line,’ he said.
5. Emrick believes another key to success is traveling and filming with a crew of people that you can trust.
Source: Bear Grylls Adventure.
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