35m Waterfall Record

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35m Waterfall Record

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I read about this in Decembers Kayak Session mag. I know the link is in german, but apparantly the guy was ripped out of his boat at the bottom of the fall and swam to the side himself...

www.soulboater.com/soulbo...le&sid=392

I don't think it was officially verified and so is an unofficial world record, but should something like this count as a world record or not? Surely for it to count the paddler needs to stay in his boat!

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And a link in English...
Somewhat easier to understand!
www.epicocity.com/EP/upda...Falls.html

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he lost his wig at the same time, poor man.
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Hmmm, a man called Jessie Sharp shot niagara falls in 1990. He died trying, and to my knowledge, its 52m which is 17m more than the article.

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Think of the records you could get if dying in the attempt wasn't a disqualifying factor. I suppose you'd only ever get one though.

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Here is the link of the Ed Lucero waterfall run (in English), with film footage and pictures. So I think it was maybe an official record.

outside.away.com/outside/...zy_ed.html

It is to be reported in the US outside magazine.

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surely you can't claim a successful descent of something if you swim out of it. I would have thought that one of the key parameters to define if you have properly paddled something is that you are still in your boat.

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I disagree that this is a world record. If this attempt is going to be called successful then Jesse Sharp should hold the record for his attempt at niagara.

Both men went over a waterfall in a kayak, both men got to the bottom and both men ended up out of there boats (one way or another). The fact that one man died trying does not alter the fact that he paddled the highest waterfall in the world.

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It Chez R not actually SiWiles I am borrowing his computer.

In my last post I didn't mean to imply that I thought it was a world record.

Outside magazine are classing it has a world record for the highest Kayak plunge.


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See previous postings on Niagra.

Although Jesse Sharp died it seems that statistically he was unlucky, and most people going over Niagra survive. Whether any of those thta survived were in a kayak I do not know - probably barrels and other strange Victorian inventions.

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Chez, I wasn't pointing my post at you, this plunge is very impressive and I found it interesting to watch. I just find it hard to believe the mag are being so ignorant

Simon, most of the plunges on niagara were failed tight rope walks and barrels. As far as I know, its only 1 kayak and the man died.

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