USA, Washington. Night haze and the characteristic sounds inherent in a pond. So it is, this Little White-Salmon is a mountain river with all the relevant attributes: fast wayward course, treacherous rapids and steep waterfalls. But what is it? The darkness is cut by the luminous silhouette of a man whose location indicates that he is in the middle of the river. It floats, and the lighting gradually changes color, and now – a person in a boat is right on the edge of the waterfall and … a bright spot breaks down. What was it? An extravagant way to pass away? A colorful show? A bold act, as a result of some crazy bet? Moreover, everything that happens is filmed and uploaded to the Web. No, everything is not so tragic and, in fact, is a professional athlete who is the most ordinary in essence and extraordinary in execution and conception of a river rafting. Continue reading
Kayaking ─ is not only water sports or tourism, but also active recreation on the water in a special boat (kayak). Extreme kayaking includes rafting on rough water and jumping from waterfalls. Their popularity is growing every year, and especially at waterfalls. Daredevils make jumps, conquering the most dangerous and highest rapids, overcoming thousands of kilometers to find them. Waterfall jumping has an international classification of obstacles, the most difficult sixth category. Such jumps are, first of all, extreme and sharp sensations.
The emergence of kayaking occurred several centuries ago. The peoples living in North America, Asia and Greenland came up with a long, light boat ─ a kayak. Its base was made of wood, and covered with skins. It was used mainly for hunting. If you translate its name from the language of the Eskimos, it will sound like “a boat for hunting.” There is also a legend that the girls from these boats were lowered from the waterfall as a sacrifice. Continue reading