In what has become an unending stream of huck(ing) – seemingly, to the point of nauseam – another kayaker, this time Brazilian Pedro Olivia, has reportedly broken the waterfall world record on Brazil’s Rio Sacre. The mark has been previously held, and often still claimed, by legends like Sean Baker, Corran Addison, Shannon Carroll, Tao Berman, Dave Grove, Ed Lucero, Tyler Bradt, the creepy German guy on Youtube whose footage can’t be confirmed (or completely denied) and Paul Gamache. Most of these cats have yet to file with Guinness. And we’ve yet to confirm whether or not Olivia will. Congratulations are due nonetheless. That’s one hell of a big drop, one hell of a good boater and Pedro is one hell of a nice guy. Our only question: Will the record eventually eclipse the 200-foot mark?
The following is from Jackson Kayak’s Ben Stookesberry, whose team was on a mission to set the record in South America this winter:
“Yesterday, the 4th of March, 2009, Brazilian kayaker and fellow Brazil World Record Attempt Expedition member Pedro Olivia shattered the existing world record (108 foot or 33 meter) with a 38. 7 meter (127 foot) waterfall descent on a tributary to the Amazon on the Rio Sacre in Campos Novos, Mata Grosso, Brazil. His 2.9 seconds of pure freefall sent Pedro rocketing into the pool at right around 70 miles per hour in his Jackson Kayak Rocker. Although people have certainly perished upon hitting a pool of water from such heights, the team counted on the massive, gushing rivers of Central Brazil to produce the softest water landings on earth. This particular falls was nearly a football field in width, with approximately 5,000 cfs of crystal clear 70 degree rain water spilling over the lip. This meant that although Pedros boat went over vertical, he and his boat were swept and kept intact into a deep mist filled pool. In fact, Pedro resurfaced behind the falls were he was able to right himself with his hands on a conveniently located boulder bar. The place is truly beyond description, and I guess that is why it is aptly named Salto Belo or Beautiful Falls.”