Ok, we’ve all seen the “extreme” kayak videos, with boaters running steep mountain creeks or large waterfalls. Here’s an incredible video of pro kayaker Tyler Bradt running 189ft Palouse Falls in Washington state for the World Record Waterfall Kayak Run in April 2009. Before this, the world record was held by Brazilian kayaker Pedro Oliveira with a 127-foot waterfall run in Brazil. Tyler’s run of Palouse Falls destroyed the previous record by 62 feet! Tyler dropped 189ft in 3.7 seconds, reaching about 100mph during the drop and suffering only a sprained wrist (and broken paddle!) You can learn more about Tyler and his Dagger kayak over at Team Dagger.
UPDATE: We’ve just learned that Tyler injured his spine on Oregon’s Abiqua Creek on March 20, 2011. According to his Facebook page, Bradt’s L1 was pulled apart and he had surgery the next morning. The surgeon said he can expect 12 weeks of recovery time. “I’ll be back on the river sooner than later,” he wrote on his Facebook page. Read an interview with Tyler and see the x-rays over at Kavu Pulse.
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