|Another sun set on the North Island of NZ|
|at the put in for the Wairoa, cliff jumping, paddling, and kids splashing|
|heading into the beautiful canyon section|
With only a few release days a year the locals flock toward the Wairoa. The upstream access point turns into an arena of cliff jumpers, sun bathers, and kids splashing in pools, not to mention the Gore Tex clad kayakers heading into the rapids downstream.
|Ladislav Švarc, on the waterfall|
|playing of getting chundered?|
|the tight entrance into Roller Coaster|
Is ignorance bliss? He said that he just tried to stay calm and not do too much. I know from experiences that I would have been super aggressive down there. I’ve had a few friends come up from beneath undercuts with their fingernails packed full of moss and debris. Then again, struggling hard for an unknown escape route would certainly have deprived me of oxygen more quickly.
|wheelie through stacked holes of Roller Coaster|
Steven Johanson, boofing Bottom Drop
Have fun out there friends, and do not be complacent, especially on your home runs! Just because you have paddled a section a thousand times doesn’t make the rocks any softer or the undercuts, strainers, and sieves any less dangerous.
|adventure by Chris Baer|