‘Chasing Niagara’ Film Features Waterfall Hucks Around Planet

‘Chasing Niagara’ is a film by Red Bull Media House documenting the three-year journey of pro kayaker Rafa Ortiz training for his dream to paddle over Niagara Falls.

kayaker dropping waterfall
Ortiz drops a waterfall in Mexico; photo by Lane Jacobs

With Rush Sturges and a team of gravity-loving friends, Ortiz hits the road to practice dropping massive falls from the Pacific Northwest to rainforest rivers in Mexico.

The 'Chasing Niagara' crew
The ‘Chasing Niagara’ crew gathers for a group shot

The trailer for ‘Chasing Niagara’ debuted this week; watch it here. The full film hits theaters this summer on a nationwide tour.

Waterfall in Chiapas, Mexico; photo by Marcos Ferro
Waterfall in Chiapas, Mexico; photo by Marcos Ferro

For now, check out the images below for a peek at the high-falls insanity Ortiz and his crew found on their quest to master the art of paddling towering vertical cascades.

Training in Mexico; photo by Matt Baker
Training in Mexico; photo by Matt Baker
On the road in Mexico
On the road in Mexico
View from below the falls
View from below the falls
Kayaker Evan Garcia; photo by Marcos Ferro
Kayaker Evan Garcia; photo by Marcos Ferro
descripcion detallada
Gearing up
Short caption
Hiking into the falls
descripcion detallada
Big drops in Mexico
photo by Marcos Ferro
photo by Marcos Ferro
photo by Israel Celis Mesura
photo by Israel Celis Mesura
Secluded waterfalls require hike-ins
Secluded waterfalls require hike-ins
kayakers in river
photo by Marcos Ferro
Red Bull Athlete Rafa Ortiz (left) and Rush Sturges the 186 foot tall Palouse Falls in Eastern Washington State. Ortiz is the second person to ever run the waterfall. Tyler Bradt ran Palouse falls in 2009 setting the current world record. Photo by Lucas Gilman ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ©Lucas Gilman 2012
Red Bull athlete Rafa Ortiz (left) and Rush Sturges; photo by Lucas Gilman
photo by Evan Garcia
photo by Evan Garcia
Scouting the falls from above
Scouting the falls from above
Pre-kayaking stretch session
Pre-kayaking stretch session
Tight drop
Tight drop
photo by Marcos Ferro
photo by Marcos Ferro
Sunset over Chiapas, Mexico
Sunset over Chiapas, Mexico; photo by Adam Elliott

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