7 Wild Whitewater Rides You Must See to Believe

Ready to ride a river rollercoaster? Hop on-board for some whitewater wildness.
Kayaker Rafa Ortiz paddles through rapids in Tlapacoyan, Mexico in 2013
Rafa Ortiz in Tlapacoyan, Mexico © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
By Andrew T Crafts

Paddling the impossible – from dropping huge falls to battling some of the world's most ferocious whitewater, these kayaking feats will leave you in awe.

1. Dane Jackson's Whitewater Rodeo

Dane Jackson, whose parents build the industry-leading Jackson Kayaks, is known for his incredible freestyle skills. Yes, you can front flip a kayak.

Watch Dane Jackson's freestyle flips.

2. Steve Fisher's Close Call in the Congo

South-African born Steve Fisher has run the wildest rapids in the world – including the Inga Rapids on the Congo river. Watch as he almost gets sucked into a liquid cave.

Watch Steve Fisher's Congo close call.

3. Ride the Big Banana With Rafa Ortiz

Rafa Ortiz is known for his big hucks – and Big Banana Falls was a big one. Click, and hold on to your bananas – and your britches.

Go over Big Banana Falls with Rafa Ortiz.

4. Find a First Descent in Mexico

'First Descent: Michoacán' was all about discovering un-paddled territory in a risky area south of the border. The team found plenty of risk – and reward.

Watch a wild ride in Mexico.

5. All Kinds of Crazy Waterfalls

From rockslides to double-drops, this collection of pictures shows some of the more off-the-wall places kayakers have taken their boats.

Check out the wild waterfall photo gallery.

6. Across the Alps by Bike and Boat

This isn't pure whitewater, but it's pure adventure. Watch as a team of explorers traverse the alps via pedal and paddle power. Kayaking on snow, anyone?

Watch the kayak crossing of the Alps.

7. Paddling in Peru With Aniol Serrasolses

Spanish paddler Aniol Serrasolses headed to South America for some incredible whitewater adventure – including a six-day trip into hard-to-access whitewater.

Watch the Peruvian kayak adventure here.

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