Video: “Hello Darkness” Whitewater Kayaking Video

Here’s a stand-out whitewater kayaking video from the guys at  Substantial Media House that has some of the most gorgeous shots I’ve seen.  A lot of the video is taken from a drone and the quality is fantastic, plus the paddling is world class.

Just a heads up that there’s some of the usual NSFW language.  Also if you’re just getting started in kayaking it’s worth noting a few things that you might not see otherwise, such as the angle of the landings in the big waterfall shots.  Sometimes they’ll flat-land it if there’s tons of aeration at the bottom, sometimes they’ll ’45’ it (land at a 45 degree angle) and sometimes pencil straight in to avoid a spinal injury.  It might look like hucking but it takes a lot of skill to get it right.  Throwing the paddle makes it easier to not break it or torque a shoulder on the landing.  Also, in some of the sequences in which they’re leaning way over taking boof strokes (clearing a drop using a big vertical paddle stroke on one side), the lean is way more exaggerated than it would be in a typical boof stroke, just because it’s cool and they’re good enough that they can do it and still style the drop.  A lot of those shots are on the Little White Salmon, talk about gorgeous filmography.