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Old 04-21-2009   #1
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186 ft.

Tyler Bradt. Holy shit.

Tyler Bradt smashes the World Waterfall record

Plenty of speculation on Boater Talk. Palouse Falls, WA looks like a plausible drop of that size in North America.

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Old 04-21-2009   #2
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Here we go again.....

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Old 04-22-2009   #3
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Old 04-22-2009   #4
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186 damn a couple of us said it that tyler should hold the record shit now he does again. what the fuck though 186. how much freefall is this anybody have the second conversion?
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Old 04-22-2009   #5
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I hate to sound like a cynic as I have been mute on the debate about the waterfall record thing... but get ready to lock and load and fire at will.

Wow. Takes a great deal of skill, mental stamina, preparation to do something like this. As a paddler I recognize the factors involved... the cool thing about it is that it highlights some cool geography and adds a paddler to the mix. Very cool.

Yawn. How is this relevant to 99.9% of the greater population and a very small sliver of our paddling population? Sure it is a feat to be recognized but do I think that the mass market media is running with these "stunts" and to the greater population has a misconstrued view of paddling therefore rivers and as a result protecting rivers in general. When I am encouraging co-workers, for example, to write letters about say... the Omnibus Land Act that passed recently and they are asking why? and I explain that it is important for reasons a, b, and c...and because I want to paddle in wild places... I feel like it takes a great deal to explain our sport to a "normal" person. I just think it will become harder the more these "records" become shown in the mainstream. I simply have no control over that. People are still going to "cut this edge" of the sport and the media will still pick up the video feed because it is visually stunning and will leave mouth-breathing couch potatoes mouths open just long enough to make it to commercial.

The future of the sport in not in hucking carcass, in my opinion.

Personally, at the moment, I am far more impressed by this generic story: Working dude/chick who juggles family, home/vehicle/property gets to go paddling and still attempt to push himself and his game. or even... young kid goes out with family on rafting trip and paddles and catches eddies for the first time... or personX works on skills to run class V. I get far more stoke from the dude who quit his job to run lots and lots of the Colorado in its entirety---seems to have more soul, in my opinion.

Kinda pains me to write the latter as I sound like a "hater." But hell...

Where does the heart of the sport lay?
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Old 04-22-2009   #6
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i always thought palouse looked rather runnable.....

what about rainbow, at the MF San Joaquin put in, anybody ever done that? 107'? surely so.......
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186'?? is it still April fools day? holy crap.
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Old 04-22-2009   #8
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Lito, that is a really good point that the people who appreciate this the most are people who don't kayak. They're the couch potatos that watch the Today Show. Everyone else realizes that it's an insanely high plop and drop. I've got shots of people sticking Big South lines at flood stage that are far more impressive to most paddlers I know. Just my opinion.
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I wonder if this was done in a regular boat, or that new full suspension kayak he has been talking about. Either way congrats to him. wow
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186.... I wonder when someone will break the 200' mark!!

This guy would be proud!!


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