The guy who ran Sunset Falls first in a kayak a couple of years ago is Rob McKibben. He's a local paddler in the Seattle area and is a super bad ass boater. Rob is the most core paddler I've ever met, anywhere. He lives in a tiny shack not far from Sunset Falls and occasionally works the odd construction job just so he can boat over 300 days a year. He's a nice guy, very funny and super fun to paddle with. He can do just about any trick any pro can. He runs the shit with anybody and, most amazing of all, he's in his mid 40's, twice the age of your average video star.
He led the Demshitz crew down Tumwater at BIG water last year: The footage I've seen shows Rob waving at the camera in one of the bigger drops while they're struggling to stay on line behind him. They were in creek boats and he was in his old, beat down Kingpin 6.2. (No diss on Demshitz as they are great paddlers, this is one of Rob's local runs.)
If any of you ever get to the NW look him up. Everyone up there knows him and he loves to show folks around.
For the record, Rob lost his paddle near the end of his Sunset run and tried a few hand rolls in the big boils in the eddy at the bottom of the drop before swimming. It's still a first D in a kayak in my mind. I think Tyler Bradt would agree. And Al Fauccet's run back in 1926 in a "canoe" is amazing too.