The deadly moment when a daredevil spins at 100 mph in a KAYAK from a 2340 foot high snow-capped volcano (then lands in a river before descending a waterfall)
- Red Bull athlete Aniol Serrasolses climbed Villarrica, one of Chile’s most active volcanoes, to perform the stunt
- He made the 15-mile descent in his kayak, through snow, forests and a waterfall on the way
- During a free fall from the top of the waterfall, he made two full rotations in the air, a world first
Heartbreaking video footage shows the deadly moment when a daredevil kayaker descends a snow-capped volcano at 100 km / h before hurtling down through a forest and a waterfall.
Red Bull athlete Aniol Serrasolses can be seen atop Villarrica, one of Chile’s most active volcanoes, taking in breathtaking views from the 2340-meter peak. After enjoying the scenery, he gets in his kayak to make the 25 kilometer descent.
As soon as the 29-year-old Spaniard tips over the edge, he goes like a shot with just his paddle to avoid going off course.
Daredevil kayaker Aniol Serrasolses on top of Villarrica, one of Chile’s most active volcanoes, before starting his stunt
After enjoying the scenery, Serrasolses gets in his kayak to make the 25-kilometer descent along the volcano
At certain points, it flies through the air while whizzing off ledges of snow. It then plops down again on compact snow and keeps moving forward.
After navigating quite a bit of snow and rocks, he enters a wooded area, with trees and other patches of undergrowth that turn out to be quite an obstacle course. Despite the web of foliage, it avoids a collision.
Finally, Serrasolses reaches a fast-flowing river, which he navigates seamlessly to a gaping waterfall.
When he reaches the drop, he performs a mind-boggling flip in free fall.
As soon as the Spaniard tips over the rim of the volcano, he takes off like a shot with just his paddle to avoid going off course.
At certain points, Serrasolses flies through the air while zooming razor-sharp edges. It then plops back down onto the compact snow and keeps on shooting
The trick, called a “ double kick flip, ” involves completing two full rotations in mid-air.
It had apparently never been done in a kayak before, which gave Serrasolses another reason to celebrate after coming to a stop. When he stops, he appears to be in a euphoric state with a big grin from ear to ear.
The seasoned athlete tackled the descent last September, the start of the Chilean spring when most of the snow was still on the ground and the rivers were flowing well.
After navigating the snowy volcano and a patch of forest, Serrasolses lands in a fast flowing river
While the extreme kayaker said the adrenaline rush is a big factor in why he takes on extreme challenges, he added that the ‘places, people and experiences’ are the biggest thrill for him when it comes to the sport.
With most of the athlete’s other competitions canceled due to the pandemic, he set his sights on some more ambitious projects, with the Villarrica descent being one of these.
He said, “I’ve always wanted to kayak in the snow and unite the four elements: earth, air, water, and fire. Taking advantage of the great winter Chile experienced in 2020 and the difficulties of traveling due to the situation we live in, I decided this was the year to develop the project. ‘
Before Serrasolses performed the stunt, he did a test run, but it didn’t go very well. On the practice run, he hit a bump, nearly made a 360-degree turn, and flew 30 feet (30 m) through the air before landing flat on his face.
When he comes to a gaping waterfall, Serrasolses performs a mind-boggling flip in free fall
The trick, called a “ double kick flip, ” involves doing two full rotations in the air. Here, a stop-motion photo by Nicolas Gantz shows how the move works
Fortunately, the main run went a lot smoother.
Serrasolses simply described the overall stunt as ‘quite fun’.
He added: ‘The part on the snow was kind of the hardest part, since a kayak isn’t really made for the snow, so you ride it like a sled. You’re going really fast, but you’ve gotten a little out of control. ‘
While the extreme kayaker said adrenaline is a big factor in taking on extreme challenges, he added that “ places, people and experiences ” are the biggest thrill for him when it comes to the sport.
“Also,” he mused, “everything in kayaking is about simple living. It takes you to another time where it was simpler ‘.