So here in Pucon the home river is the Palguin. It is a creek that come right off the flanks of Volcan Villarrica, meaning it carries water for the majority of the season. There are three runs to this beautiful spring fed river; The upper... is composed of 4 very nice waterfall style drops and one very powerful portage double drop. We dubbed this rapid "Exportacion" after our favorite wine down here in Chile. It also sounds like X-portage. Meaning we normally run this rapid now days. Well run might be an overstatement... This thing gives up some of the most impressive beatings I have witnessed. All the time leading to a pile of gear floating in the pool below. The good part of all this, is the drop is clean! no rocks, just lots of water in a tight space. Here she be...
All the fellas drinking wine the night before.
Rodrigo dropping in for the ride of your life.
Me, check the facial expression I got on... I broke my paddle in the mucky-ness... I believe over my helmet at the bottom on the last free fall, which we all ran upside down :)
Nate doing the upside down thing, This always happens... It has been stuck by maybe 4 people.
Nate with a broken paddle and a swim to go along with it.
Aniol Sarrassoles... Gerd's little bro, paddles with a smooth style coming over from Spain.
Annton Immer came all the way from Sweden to run this beast of the drop.
Me and the Kayak Pucon truck... broken AT rack full of kayaks.
Hope you liked the action... 3 swims (annton, nate, ian), 2 broke paddles (evan, nate), and everybody ran her upside down from the middle boil... Good fun!
We got some great Empanadas at a home made spot in Pucon... Rodrigo hablando con la Vieja que estaba cocinando. -para uds. k hablan espanol!