towards the end of the 90's i read an article about a south african guy named mike horn who had become the first person to hydrospeed/riverboard the entire length of the amazon river. the trip was close on 7 000km's long and lasted 7 months. reading that article made a big impression on me & i was especially struck by the incredible mental fortitude that one would have to have in order to pull off such an adventure. in fact, it was reading about mike horn that got me started in the sport of hydrospeeding / riverboarding.
from there, my interest in mike's exploits grew & i regularly followed his adventures via his website
, which includes circumnavigating the globe on the equator entirely solo and without mechanical assistance, which took him almost 2 years to complete...
then, recently i came across some video footage of mike & a friend named cedric (dont know surname) running some whitewater in Peru which I think was around 1994. the footage is something of a 'holy grail' of hydrospeeding / riverboarding and includes mike's world record setting 21m waterfall descent. the narration is in italian (anyone able to translate?) but if you ignore that & just watch the footage it is probably still the best video footage ever of the sport of hydrospeeding / riverboarding. i believe the filming was arranged by mike's main sponsor at the time: sector watches. he was one of their "no-limits" team members. dont know the chap who put the footage up on youtube, but my thanks.
take a look and i'd be interested to hear your opinions...
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