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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2007

    A New Freefall Benchmark. Almost

    Just got an e-mail from Ben Stookesberry in Brazil. He just fired off a 120 foot monster falls. They went to check out the falls to try to capture footage of 22 foot anaconda that is seen quite frequently at the bottom of the falls.

    Ben became inspired and had a great line. He chucked his paddle about 80 feet down and on impact blew his sprayskirt. He attempted multiple handrolls and then began thinking of the giant snake that could swallow him whole. He ended up swimming and washing to shore very quickly.

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    Here are words from Ben

    This 33 - 39 meter falls
    is an example of hydraulic perfection in Brazil. 3000
    cfs on the Current River converge into a 15 foot wide
    power tongue that plummets into the pool 107 - 115
    feet below. Due to heavy rain, the river was running
    about 9 feet above base flow creating a roiling pool
    with a 6 - 10 foot boil in the pool below. Certainly
    the act of running a falls like this seems to be the
    epitome of hedonism, but I like to think about it as a
    group descent. My safety and film team at the bottom
    consisted of Ryan Mac and Chris Zawacki. Ryan
    McPherson has been to Brazil for the last 5 years and
    knows more about Brazil's class V rivers than anyone
    else on the planet. Chris Zawacki is your go anywhere
    do anything positive laid back kind of guy that is an
    amazing boater and photographer. My company at the
    lip consisted of two of the most positive people on
    the planet... Jesse Coombs and Pedro Olivia. Pedro
    has been pushing this trip to the amazing quantity of
    huge runnable falls that exist in central Brazil and
    he can be seen in the photo living it up in the 70
    degree spray of this monster. As you already know,
    Jesse Coombs is the hardcore kayaker \ business man
    that brings a coherent analytical perspective to
    extreme end of the whitewater spectrum.

    The story goes on and will develop more as our trip
    comes to an end over the next 8 days. This is just a
    teasing taste of what you will see in this the third
    volume of Hotel Charley: The Lost World.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Making the Bowl Great Again


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Nice Ben - so calculated on something just simply huge.

    Southwestern Oregon, getting it done.

    fun hater.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    In your fridge, MT
    Wow, people are going off this year.

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