Kayaker Races at 34 mph Down Drainage Ditch

Ben Marr will really paddle it all

Kayaker Races at 34 mph Down Drainage Ditch

Ben Marr running the Lions Bay Slide and plunging into the water at the bottom of the run. Images are video screen grabs

Ben Marr running the Lions Bay Slide and plunging into the water at the bottom of the run. Images are video screen grabs

Ben Marr is known for running it all. In 2011, he and a crew ran the first descent of the world’s biggest whitewater rapids in the Congo as part of “The Grand Inga Project,” and just last year he opened up the last un-run rapid on the Grand Canyon of the Stikine, site Zed.

No run is too is too big for Marr to tackle—or too ridiculous. Last week, Marr and a few of his friends were in British Columbia when they decided to run a steep drainage ditch called the Lions Bay Slide. He caught the excitement on his GoPro camera and shared the video onto his Facebook page on Monday. The video offers two views—one pointed downstream showing the viewer what Marr saw and the other showing Marr’s face as he makes the second attempt.

The video starts with Marr explaining where he is and what he’s about to do, and the fun gets going at around 0:45. Marr comments at the end of his run that he had reached a top speed of 56 kilometers per hour, or just under 35 mph.

Second camera angle of Ben Marr running the drainage ditch

Second camera angle of Ben Marr running the drainage ditch

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  • cabbygirl

    That looks like fun. and scary, but mostly fun.

  • Ricky Moffett

    That was hella sweet. Short…but sweet.

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