NatGeo: Waterfall Kayaking, Veracruz, Mexico

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Kayaking Tomata 1, Veracruz, Mexico

Photograph by Alfredo Martinez/Red Bull Content Pool

“You’re at the top, heart beating fast, adrenaline picking up,” says top kayaker Dane Jackson of this shot on the Tomata 1 waterfall in Veracruz, Mexico, from which he’s taken the plunge on 14 different occasions. “You have it all planned out and float into it slowly. You still have the option to turn back, but you continue anyway. Then, at that moment right as you go off the lip, it all just goes away. Your only focus is to set your kayak as vertical to the landing as possible.”

According to Jackson, preparing for a huge drop like Tomata 1 requires not only learning how to relax and taking a lot of smaller drops for practice but also trusting that you can complete the drop safely.

courtesy of:  http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/

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