Like watching people hurl themselves down waterfalls? Then you’ll love the new teaser for a Red Bull film project called “Chasing Waterfalls” that documents extreme kayaker Rafa Ortiz conquering a 128-foot waterfall on the Alseseca River in Veracruz, Mexico.
Ortiz, who is originally from Mexico, says in the video that Veracruz is the Mecca of extreme kayaking, given that there is no other place in the world where there are so many waterfalls in one spot.
“And wherever we go there we see that waterfall like a monster that stalks you, ready to have a dual with you,” Ortiz says in the video via a translation from Spanish to English subtitles. (Press the “CC” button to have the subtitles turn on while viewing the video below.)
Ortiz is famous within the kayaking community for being only the second person to run Washington State’s Palouse Falls, which are 198 feet of whitewater scariness and the biggest falls ever to be run by a human being. His fame may be why Red Bull decided to pursue the project, which is a big deal in the kayaking world.
“What’s big about that is Red Bull has been sponsoring more kayakers, and getting sponsorships like this is huge for the kayaking industry,” said Canoe & Kayak magazine web editor Charli Kerns. “This film will be pushing boundaries both in whitewater kayaking and in filmmaking.”
As for us normal folks, we may wonder what possesses Ortiz to risk his life just to run waterfalls, especially since you can see blood on Ortiz’s face after he runs the 128-foot drop.
“Why risk your life like this? Seriously, I mean a waterfall like Big Banana, you can break your back and never be able to walk again in your life,” he says in the video. “But that moment when you turn back and see the waterfall, see the monster and then say to yourself, there’s nothing else in life. I mean, winning the lottery? I don’t really care.”
Well, that settles it, then.
Photo is a screen shot from the video