Big water junkie Sam Grafton just returned from a month-long tour of Norway’s whitewater where he chalked up another series of the high volume Class V descents that have become his signature. Early in the trip, he posted a video of losing his paddle in the middle of a huge slide, hand rolling and bouncing to shore with a very impressive self rescue (shown at the end of this highlight reel). “That was pretty epic,” he recently told us. “I was sure that I was going to swim but somehow or another it worked out.”

–See a full PHOTO ESSAY of eye-popping images from the Tora Slide

Next up: Grafton is planning to spend a month on the South Island of New Zealand in December with Jordy Searle, Ari Walker and Barny Young. If the last few years are any indication, that mission should be well worth following.