This short video shows padder Jordan Vickers as he descends Otter Creek Falls in the heart of downtown Middlebury, Vermont, a small college town in the Northeast. As he tackles the 20-foot waterfall, Vickers lays down a bit of waterfall knowledge and whitewater philosophy for the viewer. Sit back and enjoy the footage; this urban stream is a Northeast classic.

“Paddling whitewater can seem like organized chaos…once you’re in it, you’re in it and you’re just along for the ride.” —Jordan Vickers

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—Video: A Wet State: Northeast Road Trip
—Portraits of Vermont Kayaking