Photos from Mexico: Michoacán Kayak Expedition

Rafa Ortiz, Joel Kowalski, Dane Jackson and more explore remote rivers never paddled before.
By Kevin McAvoy

If you haven't seen any of the video series featuring Rafa Ortiz, Dane Jackson, Joel Kowalski, Seth Ashworth and Juanito de Uguarte exploring rivers previously untouched by kayaks in Mexico, check out the First Descent: Michoacán site now. Below are some of the incredible photos from the trip (see the first gallery here); captions by Rafa Ortiz.

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Line for one
Kayaker Rafa Ortiz on a Michoacan Expedition in 2013
Line for one Entering the tightest rapid we found on the trip. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
Juanito de Uguarte drops stage left
Kayaker Juanito de Uguarte on a Michoacan Expedition in 2013
Juanito de Uguarte drops stage left The rocks make the rivers, not the water. Water is water, whether it's in Mexico or China, but the rocks are different wherever you go. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
Going with the flow
Kayaker Rafa Ortiz on a Michoacan Expedition in 2013
Going with the flow It happens so fast: the water is up your eyelids, you take a quick correction stroke, and before you realize it you're through. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
Slip slidin' away
Kayaker Dane Jackson on a Michoacan Kayak Expedition in 2013
Slip slidin' away Michoacán: a natural waterpark where safety depends on your skills and your friends. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
Stay tight, paddle right
Kayaker Dane Jackson on a Michoacan Kayak Expedition in 2013
Stay tight, paddle right A combination of the playground, the kayakers and the production crew’s talent, all in one photo: #firstdescent Michoacán. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
A fall to call their own
Kayaker Rafa Ortiz on a Michoacan Expedition in 2013
A fall to call their own The gem of the trip: one of the cleanest, most fun, 40-foot-tall waterfalls I’ve ever run. And it was fresh -- no one had ever paddled it before. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
Dane by the dozens
Kayaker Dane Jackson on a Michoacan Kayak Expedition in 2013
Dane by the dozens Dane sending what is quite possibly his 20th lap of the falls -- the kid is on fire. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
No boat needed
Kayaker Dane Jackson on a Michoacan Kayak Expedition in 2013
No boat needed Jackson takes a break from the boat with an epic gainer. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
Joel Kowalski descends as Rafa Ortiz cheers him on
Kayaker Joel Kowalski descends a waterfall in Michoacan, Mexico in 2013
Joel Kowalski descends as Rafa Ortiz cheers him on © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
Chutes and paddlers
Kayaker Dane Jackson on a Michoacan Kayak Expedition in 2013
Chutes and paddlers Dane Jackson sends it down a tight path. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
Dane's different descent
Kayaker Dane Jackson on a Michoacan Kayak Expedition in 2013
Dane's different descent As committed as you can get. Dane drops into a canyon where the only way out is to kayak over five waterfalls that we’ve only seen from the edge of the cliff. Serious teamwork. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
It's taco time
Kayakers Rafa Ortiz and Dane Jackson and friends in Michoacán, Mexico in 2013
It's taco time When you're hungry in Mexico, there's always the obvious solution: tacos. Bienvenidos a Mexico! © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
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