Cool video. That's certainly not your average whitewater video. I wouldn't mind an edited version for us MTV generation people - a little too much GoPro of crashing waves and holes for me - but certainly a comprehensive view of the canyon.
I remember a while back someone posted a Doug Ammons article in which he
muses about the cutting edge of the sport and questions how worthy running
waterfalls is when someone (Rolf K.) can just plunge over Metlako in a tube
with only so much as a glance.
I wonder if he would now apply the same logic to running big water given that you can take a Creature Craft, flail through Site Zed and come out the bottom happily bobbing downstream? It seems very analogous.
Here's a couple relevant quotes from him about running waterfalls:
"If you think a little further, running waterfalls is a rather odd pastime. Surely it is spectacular, which for most people is probably a good enough reason to do it. However, I’m reminded of the oddness by the guy who ran a 105-footer in Oregon in an inner tube after “scouting” for three minutes. The kayaker who ran the falls originally scoped it out for months, but the tuber just glanced at the falls, climbed aboard and shoved off. He made it fine, although he fell off his tube at the bottom."
"But it begs a question for the present discussion: what does it mean that something formidable in a kayak is easy in an inner tube? Why is it that a waterfall requiring “cutting edge” skill and daring in an specialized kayak can be run by somebody using a tube you can buy for $10 at a gas station? If you think about that very much, it suggests running falls in a kayak is silly."
"The edge should lead us to a greater understanding of our true limits, not to deluding ourselves about our skill and daring. When the innertubers are seeing more clearly than we are, then we’ve got a problem. We need to apply the old Chinese proverb: “he who criticizes me correctly is my teacher.” The question for us collectively is, are we willing to learn from a tuber?