Whitewater

Mexican Freeride

by kalob-grady
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
   Whitewater
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
The jungles of Veracruz are a mystical place, where imaginations flourish and ideas come to life, and the pristine waterfalls of the Alseseca River provide the perfect playground to put downriver and waterfall freestyle limits to the test.
Kalob Grady
by Kalob Grady

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The jungles of Veracruz are a mystical place, where imaginations flourish and ideas come to life. In the spring of 2018; Nick Troutman, Dane Jackson and I orchestrating a quick mission to Veracruz State and the Alseseca River. Our goals were simple and founded in the constant progression of downriver/waterfall freestyle. We dreamt of taking the JK Antix – a new school slicey kayak but with friendly edges and playful hull – to the pristine waterfalls of the Alseseca to put it, and down river freestyle limits to the test.

Nick and I arrived without Dane, (he would join us a few days later) and went straight to work. The classic sections provided a great warm-up to feeling out low volume creeking in these kayaks. With each passing day, Nick and I not only gained confidence in our small kayaks, but our vision for what was possible constantly expanded and exceeded our original expectations.

By the time Dane joined us, the entire river had become our playground. Ever waterfall had something to offer; a clean freewheel, a splat wall above or below, an eddy line for stern ends. Everything was in play. We began to see the waterfalls of the Alseseca and the Jalacingo in a whole new light.

Words cannot do this trip justice, so check out the photo essay below!

Nick getting comfortable with his Antix in tight places on the infamous S-turn rapid on the Roadside section of the Alseseca - photo Kalob Grady
Nick getting comfortable with his Antix in tight places on the infamous S-turn rapid on the Roadside section of the Alseseca - photo Kalob Grady
Kalob getting vertical and into the flow of the trip - photo Nick Troutman
Kalob getting vertical and into the flow of the trip - photo Nick Troutman
Nick riding out the wall through some classics - photo Kalob Grady
Nick riding out the wall through some classics - photo Kalob Grady
Nick whipping it around on a lesser run section of the Alseseca - photo Kalob Grady
Nick whipping it around on a lesser run section of the Alseseca - photo Kalob Grady
Kalob goes vertical on the aptly named freestyle drop on the lower reaches of the Alseseca - photo Nick Troutman
Kalob goes vertical on the aptly named freestyle drop on the lower reaches of the Alseseca - photo Nick Troutman
Dane immediately making an impact on the trip with this epic switch reewheel off the Mexican 20 waterfall on the Big Banana section of the Alseseca - Photo Kalob Grady
Dane immediately making an impact on the trip with this epic switch freewheel off the Mexican 20 waterfall on the Big Banana section of the Alseseca - Photo Kalob Grady
Kalob striving to get his bow down on Silenco - Photo Scott Taetsch
Kalob striving to get his bow down on Silenco - Photo Scott Taetsch
The stoke always builds as we walk into the river, the smiles get bigger, and the walk turns into a run! Photo Scott Taetsch
The stoke always builds as we walk into the river, the smiles get bigger, and the walk turns into a run! Photo Scott Taetsch
Dane talking it to a new level and throwing a massive, perfect switch freewheel on Sidechick, a waterfall he first descended a few years ago - Photo Kalob Grady
Dane talking it to a new level and throwing a massive, perfect switch freewheel on Sidechick, a waterfall he first descended a few years ago - Photo Kalob Grady
Kalob follows suit on Sidechick but opts to throw a normal freewheel, already thinking about the double for next time! Photo Dane Jackson
Kalob follows suit on Sidechick but opts to throw a normal freewheel, already thinking about the double for next time! Photo Dane Jackson
Nick slicing up the perfect post river snack, pineapples as sweet and fresh as they get - Photo Kalob Grady
Nick slicing up the perfect post river snack, pineapples as sweet and fresh as they get - Photo Kalob Grady
Nick getting vertical below the breathtaking scenery of Big Banana Falls - Photo Kalob Grady
Nick getting vertical below the breathtaking scenery of Big Banana Falls - Photo Kalob Grady
Kalob celebrating after a low water mission off Truchas Falls - Photo Scott Taetsch
Kalob celebrating after a low water mission off Truchas Falls - Photo Scott Taetsch
Nick launching off the bottom half of double drop - Photo Kalob Grady
Nick launching off the bottom half of double drop - Photo Kalob Grady
Kalob laying it all out on the line on the tricky final waterfall of the Upper Jalacingo - Photo Nick Troutman
Kalob laying it all out on the line on the tricky final waterfall of the Upper Jalacingo - Photo Nick Troutman
Kalob goes reverse on the Upper Jalacingo - Photo Dane Jackson
Kalob goes reverse on the Upper Jalacingo - Photo Dane Jackson
Kalob puts the creeking limits of the Antix to the test on Skatepark - Photo Dane Jackson
Kalob puts the creeking limits of the Antix to the test on Skatepark - Photo Dane Jackson
Spot your landing - Photo Dane Jackson
Spot your landing - Photo Dane Jackson
Nick sends a kickflip off freestyle drop on one of our finals laps! Photo Kalob Grady
Nick sends a kickflip off freestyle drop on one of our finals laps! Photo Kalob Grady
Don’t forget to celebrate the good times on every trip - Photo Nick Troutman
Don’t forget to celebrate the good times on every trip - Photo Nick Troutman

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