Dane Jackson Paddles Absolutely Crazy Stretch of Waterfalls

For kayakers, the Santo Domingo Gorge in Mexico is a big-kids-only zone.

In short: It’s the steepest drop in the world you can run in a boat.

Naturally, Dane Jackson took it on. We’ve seen Jackson all over the world throughout his career, from Chile to Pakistan to Africa — and at the top of the podium for kayaking’s Grand Prix.

Most proficient kayakers would be fully psyched to send even one of the Santo Domingo Gorge’s four burly cascades. Linking up all four in a row is mind-bending.

Watch Jackson’s .3km downward plunge get underway with “Angel Wings,” a straight-ahead 25m drop. Then there’s “The Dome,” even more massive at about two meters longer. “The Toboggan” tackles 20 twisty meters, then the thrilling “Raw Dog” caps it off.

Intensive drone acrobatics make this send footage about as dizzying as that paragraph — just imagine how Jackson felt after paddling it.

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson takes any writing assignments he can talk his way into while intermittently traveling the American West and Mexico in search of margaritas — er, adventure. He parlayed a decade of roving trade work into a life of fair-weather rock climbing and truck dwelling before (to his parents’ evident relief) finding a way to put his BA in English to use. Sam loves animals, sleeping outdoors, campfire refreshments and a good story.