Professional kayaker, Galen Volckhausen, faces the ultimate challenge of surviving Big Falls.
Galen’s well planned excursion to kayak Big Balls on the South Fork of Payette River in Idaho turned into a fight for his life. Big Falls is a very challenging class V run which most kayakers typically walk around them.
Galen’s decision to run these falls coincided with a high water which made the run even more challenging. Fortunately Galen was well prepared for the run and accompanied by a well prepared safety team because the run didn’t go as first planned.
Galen ended up trapped in a ledge hole mid-run, knocked out of his kayak and had to fight for his life.
Go to the next page below to see how Galen handled this ordeal.