Behind the Scenes: Filming Kayaking’s “Most Epic Shot Ever”

When world champion kayaker Dane Jackson launched off Chile’s towering 134-foot Salto del Maule waterfall, it made greater than only a splash. The latest first identified kayak descent kicked up a large consideration wake throughout the Internet, garnering publicity in main media shops, together with a prominently positioned sports activities characteristic earlier this week in The New York Times. Jackson’s profession is on a relentless trajectory, seeming to up the ante with each refresh of the social media feed.

An try to descend the world’s second-tallest waterfall ever kayaked is an accomplishment worthy of the consideration by itself. The widespread protection, nevertheless, may additionally have one thing to do with the mesmerizing footage captured of the feat (after which, Jackson’s spraydeck imploded on affect, flooding his kayak and separating him from the boat, and a declare to a real ‘complete descent’). The view contrasts electrifying blue water cascading off an escarpment in the dry Chilean panorama. Then we’re delivered to the lip, above Jackson, and plummeting with him via whitewater and rainbows. If there was ever a spot and a time to make use of the label this deserving, it’s right here and now: The shot is epic.

Credit score Raphael Boudreault-Simard, drone pilot and proprietor of Flow Motion Aerials, who captured the hovering, then dive-bombing perspective of the descent together with his crew.

“If I started the flight path where Dane hits a specific place above the waterfall,” Boudreault-Simard says, “then when I am freefalling, he should be freefalling, and that way we can freefall together.”

As a kayaker (amongst different outside actions), Boudreault-Simard famous that this was the sort of shot he had been dreaming of: One that might present what racing drones are able to capturing. He has been coaching for a 12 months with what are known as first-person-view (FPV) drones, the place the pilot is sporting goggles and seeing from the drone’s vantage level.

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The FPV drone setup used to get the shot. Courtesy Raphael Boudreault-Simard / Novus Choose – Bligh Gillies

Boudreault-Simard bought the name from Jackson a few month in the past to see if he want to be a part of the manufacturing unit for the try, which might additionally embrace photographer/director Corey Wealthy (no stranger to eye-popping pictures you might have seen lately in The Daybreak Wall) plus crew from Novus Select, and native paddler-filmmaker liaison Lorenzo Andrade-Astorga. As soon as the crew arrived at Salto del Maule, Boudreault-Simard conversed with Jackson to achieve an understanding of the supposed line he would take, then practiced varied flight paths to seek out their deliberate shot. As soon as that they had what they have been searching for, Boudreault-Simard visualized the line again and again, timing it with the water and with Jackson’s path.

A rendering of the supposed flight path to seize the shot in parallel to Jackson’s freefall. Courtesy Circulate Movement Aerials

“Everything happens in a matter of seconds,” he stated. “If I am one second too late the whole shot is not going to work. If I am one second too early there will be no one in the waterfall as I am freefalling.”

Because it have been, Jackson placed on the river above the drop, Boudreault-Simard unleashed his drone in the air, and we’ve got the outcome to look at.

Although the footage speaks for itself, the paddling world quickly and vocally reacted, dubbing it the whole lot from “mind-blowing,” to the “sickest combination of filming and kayaking,” to the heavy-hitters of kayak expedition filmmaking in settlement, with Rush Sturges labeling it for the annals as “THE.MOST.EPIC.KAYAKING.SHOT.EVER.”

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The complete manufacturing crew included: Corey Wealthy / Novus Choose—Director, Photographer; Lorenzo Astorga / Nomade Media—Native Fixer, Digital camera Operator; Thea Hardy / Novus Choose—Lead Producer; Raphael Boudreault-Simard / Circulate Movement Aerials—FPV Drone Pilot; Bligh Gillies / Novus Choose—Digital camera Operator Courtesy Novus Choose – Bligh Gillies

— Observe Flow Motion Aerials and Jackson on Instagram.

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