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Ben Stookesberry Checks in from Southern Brazil

Expedition paddler speculates about the future of the kayak waterfall world record

See the little green dot to the left of the waterfall above? That’s a kayak being lowered past the 197-foot (60-meter) Salto Barão do Rio Branco in southern Brazil, which Ben Stookesberry, Chris Korbulic and Pedro Oliva, recently rappelled around on their exploratory Brazil to Patagonia, #Kaiak2015 whitewater mission. Click on the Soundcloud box below to hear Stookesberry explain why this is the “perfect waterfall,” the potential future site of a kayak world record. For now, it’s only speculation when or where somebody will overtake Tyler Bradt’s 2009 run of the 189-foot Palouse Falls in Washington.

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Super short: Video of the Brazil to Patagonia expedition’s rappel.