There are a handful of kayakers who retain that early-life curiosity, which most of us grow out of in our teenage years. They continue to ask themselves, “I wonder if someone could jump off that—and live?” These kayakers find newer and bigger places to turn paddling into a vertical endeavor, and make the rest of us cringe.
Rafa Ortiz dropped 40m off the Big Banana Falls and this is what he had to say “If you land from 130 feet flat it’s like throwing yourself off a massive building and landing sitting down. This would make you paraplegic afterward — best case…It’s all about momentum and center of gravity. It’s never physics and engineering — you can’t just figure out numbers. It’s all about hypotheses. You look at it and come up with your own little theory. And just hope that it works.”