The North Fork of the Payette River in western Idaho is known for its fast and powerful rapids, but at flood stage it’s downright riotous.
This trailer for the remarkable film WildWater features some of the best kayakers in the game risking their lives in the highest water on the river’s record.
Combine that with stunning cinematography and the wise words from kayaking’s deepest thinker, Doug Ammons, and you’ve got a multi-faceted film that delivers on a whole bunch of levels.
The Grand Canyon of the Stikine River in British Columbia is a paddler’s equivalent to Mount Everest. To even approach it you need complete mastery of every whitewater skill. The 45-mile-long Grand Canyon is a gauntlet of massive Class V‑VI rapids that are surrounded by 1,000-foot sheer walls.
This video by Adrian Kiernan plunges us through the chaotic complexity of the whitewater. Watch how the waves explode upward in spinning cowlicks or how the eddy lines form three-foot walls that rip against the current. To get a feel for the power these waves pack, watch the punch one of the kayakers gets from a massive wave at 5:14.
You’ll see why paddling legend Doug Ammons called this stretch one of the greatest whitewater runs in the world.