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Old 03-05-2009   #1
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Big 'Uns

Record or not, that's a long time to spend falling.

Werner Blog: Record Waterfall Drop

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Old 03-05-2009   #2
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I didn't even notice the boater in the pic the first time, that is massive

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Old 03-05-2009   #3
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Thats just nuts.I think that one is big enough to be in the middle of the falls and still second guess yourself.
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Old 03-05-2009   #4
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I'll bet he wished he'd taken that work visa to loveland ski area instead.
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Old 03-05-2009   #5
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jeesuz. big. isn't the world. thats a long way to fall. it probably felt like 5 seconds.
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Old 03-05-2009   #6
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did he stick it or swim? badass either way, but it takes skill to run a waterfall like that and stay in your boat
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Old 03-05-2009   #7
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There was a really interesting article in the most recent AW called "The Great Debate." It started off as a reply from Tyler Bradt to Doug Ammons on his article a few months back where he addressed the cutting edge of kayaking and took a jab at Tyler and those running BIG waterfalls and claiming that running big waterfalls isn't really that cutting edge. So what is cutting edge, and why do we get so amped about people hucking off big falls? I tend to agree with Doug. And while I know for a fact that the people running these big falls are enormously talented boaters, it seems like the actual skill involved in successfully navigating these big drops is relatively small when compared to the element of luck. I say this based on the pictures that I've seen which make the falls (Alexandria, Salto Belo) look like basically class II/III water to huge falls to pool. And yet the success rate is pretty varied, with alot of the people getting ripped from their boats. Would a class III boater fare any better or worse on these monsters if someone pointed and said, "go off there"?
My hat is still off to these brave souls, but I would still pose the question, how much skill is really involved in running one of these falls?
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Old 03-05-2009   #8
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If he has some clips in HC 4 running some shit with the rest of the boys I will give him props. If he just drops this one falls, then I am going to drop it too and be like "what eva,what eva, I do what I want.''
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I'm with CGM overall. There is a huge element of luck involved to not get ripped from the boat when you are talking about drops this big. There is no doubt that most of the guys who seek to take such risk have a high enough skill set level to marginalize the risk. But that doesn't mean that they will be successful in the attempt, either by staying in their boat or staying alive for that matter.
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"I reckon I'll have me some of the big'uns."

When I ran that drop back in the 90's, I had time to make a sandwich on the bow of my Savage Fury before I hit the water. PB&J, if you wanna know.

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