It has been a long time since I saw some of the first photos of the Santo Domingo. Ben Stookesberry and Jesse Combs on their epic first descent of what is probably the steepest kayaking section of the world.
There’s nothing similar to see the photos of a place than to experience it by yourself, so when I heard that River Roots (Rush & Rafa) where planning a mission down there I was really excited to go with them and be part of it.
The crew posing with the Santo domingo valley behind! Such a wild and beautiful place!
Van from hell cleaning day!
We have done 3 rounds down the Sto. Domingo and they have been totally awesome. The put-in is under a bridge so you don’t even have to walk to get in, there’s a few class IV rapids before getting to the steep section starts. Then you got 2 options, you either run “Angel wings” or make a rappel down and start before the “Dome”.
The problem with those drops is that they’re so close one from each other that In case of getting injured or getting ejected on the first one you will probably end up swimming the next rapid wich will be insane and would hurt a lot…
GoPro shot of the Dome
all stoked at the bottom!!
love that view!
After that the river follows with a 20 foot slide. Then you have the “Tobogan” wich is a super steep and fun 60 footer slide where you always get mad speed!
The final drop you can run it in 3 different places, straight and tight 40 footer on the right , or the main line in the middle wich has a really fun entrance into the drop, all of them are good to go but be aware of sticky holes at the bottom, might be a good place to hold on your paddle at high flows. After the last waterfall the river gets way bigger because of an affluent coming from the right.
Mattie B the boss slaying shots with his Red cam !! A 40 thousand dollars camera can you imagine losing that thing???
This last days around the Voss area have been absolutely insane!!! Haven't stopped kayaking for a single day since the day I arrived to Norway, the 28 of may… yes my body is tired but I can't stay away of the water.. this is just too good!!! some of the best times ever on the river! During the last week the rivers have been raising up and got the chance of running Teigdal, one of the most epic sections in Norway. I also been trying some freestyle on some drops that I've been finding on my way... many runs on Brandset, Jordalselvi, Urdlanselvi… this area is just amazing so much staff to go paddle!!!
Now it's raining like crazy so we might go back to telemark for some serious creek!
I arrived to Norway 6 days ago. I always wanted to visit this country but never had the chance, now together with my good friend Mathias Fossum I am getting to paddle some of the rapids that I always have seen on the videos.
I have jumped on his van and we are roadtripping all around norway, during this few days we have paddled over 9 rivers and competed in the norweigan cup at trøndelagsrunden where I took the first place with two good runs...The weather is cold but nobody really cares because the kayaking is just too good! enjoy some great pictures from my friend Mathias! loving it here more to come soon!
running the crazy slide of Norgasmo! luckily I had a good line and didn't flip but it was all out of control and super fast!
Last drop of what could be one of the steepest sections in Norway.
After our 5 days in Galicia/Portugal we drove again all night to be at home in the morning of the saturday cause we where doing a freestyle kayak course with SBP together with my brother Gerd. The surprise was to find a flooded river! there where plenty of options to go kayak and we even had the opportunity to paddle the Boavi, with comes up once in a few years if you're lucky.
Enjoy some more pictures of this last days kayaking around!