Well, as the paddling season wraps up, I've been looking back at some media from what was truly an epic year in the paddling world. One event that I was honoured to be a part of this year was the Whitewater Grand Prix. You've probably seen alot of the competition media from this event, but the paddling that we did in between the competitions was every bit as incredible. One of the highlights for me was certainly running the giant rapid on the Mistassini River in Dolbeau Mistassini, Quebec.
I dropped in on this thing with fellow Team D paddler Aniol Serrasolses, and was stoked to pioneer the middle line of the rapid. Check out this edit by the Bomb Flow team of their runs on the right line of the rapid.
When it was our turn to go, I was excited to try boosting off of the giant exploding tongue in the middle of the rapid. I studied my line-up for a long time because it was a 60,000+ cfs river, and then when the helicopter was in place, Aniol and I went for it. He went right, I went middle, and we both came out about as fired up as you could possibly imagine!
Here is the result. Photo by Bryan Kirk.
Here's another good one of the same rapid. Astral Buoyancy was super stoked on this photo, so they actually used it for the front of their 2012 catalogue. This one is shot by Patrick Camblin.
And here is the headcam of the run: