Riverboarding 15m Hollin Chico Waterfall in Ecuador

Josh Galt finished off 2012 in a big way – with a relatively huge (for the sport of riverboarding / hydrospeed) waterfall drop of 15m. It is the biggest known waterfall anyone has riverboarded successfully in the past 18 years or so, since legendary explorer Mike Horn’s steep low-volume waterfall drops in the 1990’s.

While we await photos or video from Mike Horn of his (multiple) 20m+ drops in various places around the world, we can in the meantime be inspired by this great shot of Josh styling the line on a pretty big waterfall of his own. Here’s the video.

Josh Galt riverboarding a 15m waterfall in Ecuador
Josh Galt riverboarding a 15m waterfall in Ecuador. Photo by Diego Robles.

 

A bit below this falls is another beautiful waterfall of about 7m, a straightforward chute into a deep fluffy pool. Here’s Josh running this drop as a great finale to his superb 2012 year.

Josh Galt dropping a 7m waterfall on Rio Hollin, Ecuador. Photo by Diego Robles.
Josh Galt dropping a 7m waterfall on Rio Hollin, Ecuador. Photo by Diego Robles.

 

We’ve also dug up this photo (below) of Mike Horn from back in the day, which we’re told is in Switzerland some 21 years ago – while we’ve never seen the image of the falls in Costa Rica that is stated as “the” world record on myriad websites, the falls in this image is around 22 meters.

Mike Horn himself was kind enough to weigh in on the discussion recently after returning from his 5 year Pangea expedition, and he had this to say: [quote by=”Mike Horn”]…When we started we did not want to set records, allot I have done in Africa waterfalls from 20-25m was not even recorded…It was never about height for me it was about the technical challenge.[/quote]

So regardless of where Mike Horn’s record took place (and it appears that there are many more drops over 22m that we don’t even know about!), it’s safe to say that for now, Josh and other riverboarders still have a long ways to go to break the riverboarding / hydrospeed waterfall world record.

If dropping waterfalls is your thing, be inspired by these guys and most of all, use the right gear and techniques, and be safe!

Mike Horn dropping a ~20m waterfall on his hydrospeed in Switzerland. Photo Dario Ferro.
Mike Horn dropping a ~22m waterfall on his hydrospeed in Switzerland. Photo Dario Ferro.
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