After sailing halfway around the world, Tyler Bradt and his Wizard’s Eye cohorts struck paddling gold this summer in Madagascar.
Over the next week C&K will debut the final two (of four) episodes documenting the crew’s white-knuckle, brown-water explorations of powerful, unknown rivers deep within Africa’s massive island nation. This third episode from the Madagascar leg (No. 11 in the series charting Bradt’s five-year circumnavigation) follows the crew of Bradt, Isaac Levinson, Will Pruett and Benjamin Hjort as adventurer Gilles Gauthier points them toward a multi-day, 60-kilometer jungle run of the “someday classic” Favory River, followed by Taylor Smallwood’s wingsuit flight in the arid cliffs of the Tsaranoro region. (See the second episode from the crew’s run of the Ikopa River HERE.)
It’s the latest chapter of what C&K Editor-at-large Eugene Buchanan describes in the Digital Feature Whitewater on the Wind (appearing originally in Canoe & Kayak‘s December issue, available on newsstands and for digital download now) as a “five-year quest to sail a 42-foot floating toy chest named the Wizards Eye around the world in search of all things adrenaline, from BASE-jumping to surfing to spearfishing to standup paddling, and of course, kayaking. Lots of kayaking.”
-- Check out the full Digital Feature story, Whitewater on the Wind, see Part I as the crew makes the harrowing crossing from Seychelles to Madagascar, and PART II, descending the Class V Ikopa River.
-- Stay tuned for the crew’s first descent attempt of the grueling Sandratsio on the north end of the island in Part IV. Read more about the Wizard’s Eye Expedition and check out previous episodes from the journey.