A 23 year old kayaker from Warrington has set a new British record by paddling his kayak over the Big Banana Falls in Mexico, a drop of 128ft. Not only did extreme kayaker Bren Orton take on the heart stopping plunge over the raging waterfall, he first had to abseil 80ft into position, before paddling blind over the crest of the falls.
Bren first took to the kayak on a school trip at the age of nine and has been hooked ever since, a love that has taken him all over the world and over the edge of many waterfalls. To put things into perspective, the drop is the equivalent height of over 4 houses and Bren reached an estimated speed of 60mph before driving the nose of the kayak into the foaming waters below.
Although Bren has previously suffered many injuries whilst kayaking, including a broken back, he safely paddled away from the Big Banana Falls and already has his sights set on tackling the Palouse Falls in Washington which are a whopping 198ft high. A BBC News video of Bren’s incredible record breaking plummet can be seen below, and let us know if you think you could ever paddle blind over the crest of a raging waterfall?