Kayak daredevil makes world record with 127ft waterfall drop

March 24th, 2009 - 2:12 pm ICT by ANI  

London, March 24 (ANI): Pedro Olivia, a daredevil kayak enthusiast, has made a new world record by riding down a 127ft waterfall in Brazil.

According to a report in the Telegraph, Pedro hit speeds of 70mph in his freefall down the Salto Belo falls into the waters of the Rio Sacre, a tributary of the Amazon in Brazil.

The stunt, which took just 2.9 seconds, shattered the existing world record for a descent in a kayak that stood at 108ft.

He survived thanks to unique combination of currents, which have been created what kayakers believe to be the softest water landing in the world.

The 26-year-old Brazilian had scoured the area searching for the perfect spot for an attempt on the record.

With a drop almost twice that of Niagara Falls, an estimated 5,000 cubic feet of 70F-warm water gush over the Salto Belo every second.

But, Pedro had to tour the 100ft-wide waterfall in search of the perfect boulder-free spot before embarking on his attempt.

Hurtling head first to the bottom, he disappeared from sight as he plunged into a deep pool at the bottom.

Moments later he emerged, unharmed, behind the waterfall and was even able to right himself by grabbing onto a boulder formation.

According to Ben Stookesberry, a member of the team, Although people have certainly perished upon hitting a pool of water from such heights, the team counted on the massive, gushing rivers of central Brazil to produce the softest water landings on Earth. (ANI)

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