The Palguin river runs off the flanks of Volcan Villarrica, there fore it almost always has a runnable flow. Being summer time rats here in the small town of Pucon this fits perfectly into out busy agenda. Only 20-30 minuets from downtown this river offers close reliable class IV-VI rapids for us to run whenever we want. 8am-9pm there is enough light to head to the Palguin and either run fun class IV boofs or go huge off 40-80 foot stouts! What more can you ask for?
This season the water was prime when we arrived, but has been on a steady decline from day one. This has made for a mad dash to get all the runs and levels opportunities we can in a short amount of time. Once we were warmed up with a few Nevado runs we went straight to the Middle Palguin for some test dummy action. Good lines through Stout 10 and varying lines off the big one…Aniol and I went back up for round 2! A good day of hucking for sure…a few days later Aniol was feeling Salto Palguin so we went back for a Todo Palguin! Aniol laced the stout and we went on to run the entire river with only 2 portages.
This year Chile has been better and more sweet than ever before! Coming off a bad bad injury from a fall I took in Africa I was on the couch for a full month and a half. It’s funny how time and your personal happiness can connect in curtain ways. When you are happy time flies! When you’re not time can creep by! That’s just how the human mind works at times. Therefore when I arrived fresh out of my walking boot, I was nervous to see how I would do and so excited to get back in my boat!
First day off the plane I was greeted by Anton, Ian, and my Dad in Santiago. We loaded up Ian’s new truck and drove straight to the Rio Claro. Finding the level was still super high my nerves set in big time knowing we were gonna drop into the Garganta Del Diablo canyon and run the Twirly Bird at high flows. I felt a bit bobbly in my boat, but after the first few class V drops I was back in my element feeling good as ever.
It has begun…the world domination of bombflow! Have you seen episode #1 pt1 & 2 yet? Part #1 Pucon, Chile, and part #2 Patagonia? If not check them out!!!! They are 50 minuets of completely mind blowing footage from all over one of the greatest most beautiful countries in the world…Now after another month has passed we bring you the Pacific Northwest episode hot off the press…I guess there is an edit glitch near the end…probably my fault…I was too stoked to get this thing out to the pubic! Anyway watch, enjoy, comment, please share with friends and family, and go kayaking!!!!!
Bomb Flow TV Episode #2 Pacific Northwest from BombFlowTV on Vimeo.
Growing up in Bozeman Montana I always heard legends of the burlest creek in Montana being only an hour away from my house. As my skills progressed through out the years I wanted to go see what this high mountain creek had to offer. The first time I ever went I just filmed my Brother and friend Bobby Jackson bomb down the bumpy steep slides. I was hooked…for the next few years all I talked about and wanted to do was “Big T”!