Steve Frazier set the old record for the highest waterfall run in an open canoe in 1994. He dropped the 60-foot Compression Falls on the Elk River in North Carolina, and there’s good reason that his record has stood for two decades. Unlike a kayak, a canoeist is much more susceptible to get tossed from the boat, and therefore, much more likely to get injured. On Frazier’s attempt, like the name of the falls suggests, he compressed the vertebrae in his spine.
Jim Coffey, however, has more experience running waterfalls in a canoe than anyone else in the world. He recently set a new world record by dropping the 60-foot waterfall Cascada Truchas in Mexico. This record may stand for a long while, and this video, set to a somber an epic soundtrack, captures Coffey’s attempt.