Aniol Serrasolses: why I paddle

Spanish whitewater phenom Aniol Serrasolses on the sublime art of dropping waterfalls.
By Josh Sampiero

It makes sense, coming from Aniol Serrasolses – "At times on the river you feel like you're on a train you can't stop." The video above clearly demonstrates the hard-charging paddler doesn't like to take it slow, or easy. Thanks to the intense rains which have taken place this year, as well as a late snowmelt, the rivers in the Pyrenees have the biggest flow in recent history.

Aniol Serrasolses recuperates after dropping "the dome" during the descent of Santo Domingo River in Chiapas, Mexico on March 12th, 2013
Aniol Serrasolses, examining the situation. © Marcos Ferro/Red Bull Content Pool

“The water and the logs which are in the river go down with great intensity, the waves are stronger and everything happens twice as fast, so it's more complicated.” But not even those extreme conditions were an obstacle for him – as clearly seen in the footage. But that said – Aniol doesn't just blindly send himself into danger. "I experience fear a lot of times while kayaking," says Aniol. "If you don't feel fear, you are crazy, because this is dangerous!"

Aniol lives nowadays traveling from one side of the world to another, seeking the biggest waterfalls and the most difficult rivers there are. In the coming months, he will go with his kayak through the rivers of British Columbia, Alaska and Peru. Will he ever quit kayaking? Unlikely. Says Aniol, "This is the sport I love, and I'm going to keep doing it forever."

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