When the editor of Canoe magazine published “Waterfalls: Forbidden Fruit or Calculated Risk,” Wick Walker’s article on waterfall running, in the February 1979 issue, he added a disclaimer stating that the activity was “irresponsible or reckless at worst” and “an extreme deviation from sound boating practices.” Today, athletes like Chris Gragtmans push the limits ever higher.

The BRO contributing editor achieved the first descent of Desoto Falls near Fort Payne, Alabama. Gragtmans also founded Dragonfly Live and works as the pro team manager for Dagger Kayaks.

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