We then head off to Zambia, to the Zambezi River, for the first ever stand up surfboard segment on Rapid #11’s tubing river wave. Board master Bill Bryon and aerial specialist Gavin Sutherland tear the wave up for ten days. The wave is a stand up, 6-foot, barrel on a river. The boyz impress the locals with a 2-time, boogie board, swim descent through the infamous number 9 rapid at super high water. Then they smoke us out with 10- minute rides in and out of the barrel. We also hook up with Steve Fisher, Dale Jardine, and Sam Drevo for a big water run down the Minus Rapids, which are a series of massive drops at the base of the Victoria Falls.
Next destination, the Niagara Gorge for the first known descent since 1989. Thinking that it was illegal, we poached the put-in and went for it. It is a 1.5 mile, one-hundred twenty five thousand CFS speed, decent that thrashes through a big gorge creating compression waves that are 30 to 40 feet in height. On our second time through we were quietly waiting at the put-in for the rain to stop. Out of nowhere a couple of park officials show up. They asked us what we were up to and we told them our plan, “run the river”. They didn't seem to have a problem with it, so as soon as the rain ceased we put on for a second run. All of the runs were shot from a helicopter.
Dave Garringer and Rusty Sage set off to Turkey with two objectives. One was to take part in the first annual Dave Manby Extreme Race. The winner received a new car. Then, they proceeded to the Black Sea for numerous first descents on rivers that pour off a 10,000-foot mountain range creating steep creeks that are very continuous in nature. The area is a cross between Colorado and British Columbia, very different from what was expected considering most of the country is a desert.
Bryan Kirk, at 2:30am in morning, delivers a stellar nighttime performance on the Skookem Chuck wave in British Columbia.
Shannon Carrol and Matze Brustiman, Jason Hale and Dave Garringer, play for keeps on a super high water descent of Upper Cherry Creek.
Shannon and Matze along with Steve Fisher, Rusty Sage, Taylor Robertson, and Jason Hale, take on California’a last unsung hero, the first descent of the Upper Middle Kaweah.
Eric Hjorliefson delivers another unreal ski performance in the Columbia Ice Fields at Mica Heli Ski in British Columbia, Canada. Eric’s talents have brought him recent fame and lots of heli time. Over the course of the last two years we captured Eric throw down one of the top performances seen in skiing in years.
Finally, Pat Keller drops a 30 into 83-foot waterfall in Costa Rica nailing it perfectly but somehow crashes his hand into his helmet breaking it in the knuckle area. Pat’s performance includes two sick drops that are guaranteed to drop your jaw.
Please go to www.slproductions.tv to download the trailer and register to win a kayak of your choice between a Dagger or Wave Sport. NRS is also giving away a drytop. Remember, when you order Burning Time II a free subscription to Outside Magazine is included with the DVD. This is an $18 value. In addition, if you order the film from the Slproductions website, and you are within the first 250 orders, you will receive a free Burning Time II poster of Pat Keller running that 83-footer in Costa Rica. Also included on the DVD is a bonus footage section as well as two 30-minute TV shows shot in Africa and California. This is an incredible value for $26.95!
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