The Texas Water Safari is a 260-mile, nonstop paddling race from Central Texas to the Gulf of Mexico. It has its own distinctive culture, not to mention alligators, snakes, sleepless nights, rapids, logjams and dams, all wrapped up in the relentless heat of a Texas summer. As this film from Yeti Coolers and Beef and Pie Productions attests, paddlers attempt this grueling race for all sorts of reasons, and they set a variety of goals. Our favorite, in a cameo by Amazon record-holder West Hanson: “39 hours and no amputations.”

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The 2013 TWS in words and photos by Ashley Landis