Paddling through fast-moving waters while kayaking is a rush of adrenaline that lasts for days after the experience has ended. Some locations have a more incredible thrill than others.
One of the most wonderful sites to visit is just outside of Molina, Chile. The Rio Claro is a river that can only be fully appreciated by kayaking, and several portions are only accessible by kayak.
In Molina, Chile, the El Rio Claro River appears to be an adventurous kayaking adventure in a surprisingly clear river. It’s about as tight and risky as kayaking gets. It is one of the world’s most popular runs, as well as one of the most beautiful.
Dane Jackson, a professional kayaker, has found himself paddling in some unusual places throughout the years. However, the one you’ll see in this video has to be one of the most terrifying. In the video above, Jackson dives into Brazil’s Rio Claro River and tackles some exceedingly tiny valleys.
Jackson has been swimming since he was a toddler. Growing up, he and his family lived in an RV, traveling around the country searching for whitewater. Eric, his father, was an Olympic slalom skier who also constructed kayaks and offered lessons. Jackson could paddle his own boat at the age of two, and by the age of eight, he could roll a kayak.
He has a near-perfect build for the sport he loves, standing 5’6″ and weighing 155 pounds. “People think we’re just idiots in inner tubes when we’re doing big waterfalls or running whitewater,” Jackson chuckles. “However, we are professionals who put in a lot of time and effort to prepare for those important moments.”
Jackson has seen some incredible sights from his kayak, like Chile’s Rio Claro, which snakes through a small gorge surrounded by steep cliffs. He thrives on difficulties like these: “When I’m out there, I’m on a natural force that I don’t get to experience anywhere else.” YouTuber Dane Jackson’s video depicts what it’s like to run through a section of the river.