I've never launched off a big waterfall in a kayak, but I think I have a vague sense of what it feels like: I once jumped off an 80-foot cliff into a pool of water. (It felt like I unplugged my brain. Also, I had a bruise the size and shape of a great-white-shark bite on my ass for three weeks.)
As you can imagine, I have little desire to replicate the experience in a boat. But luckily for the adventure-curious, kayaker and Wend Magazine athlete ambassador Dave Hoffman captured his descent off of the 90-odd-foot Metlako Falls in Oregon. His shots perfectly capture the anticipation, shock, and finally elation (expletives included) associated with the whole endeavor. Check it out above.
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to Westword's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Denver's stories with no paywalls.