In the Autumn of 2005 Ben Stookesberry convinced Jessie Coombs to journey to Columbia and the Rio Buey to try and attempt a successful run of the 25 mile grade V canyon. No big names 4 charts the pairs progress on what must be one of the hardest stretches of whitewater in the world. The music on this part of the movie is provided by some coffee grower who helped the pair on their quest. Not really me cup of tea, but it didn’t last to long. So the question is, did they do it? Well…I’m not going to spoil it for you!
We then follow the pair into Central Brazil to join Ben Zupo and Ryan Macpherson to paddles grade V rivers and creeks. Lack of water prevents the group paddling at all, until an absolute downpour and the rivers are filled right up. Watching the rain and its impact on the river is worth watching just in itself! They are then treated to some spectacular Califonia-esc waterfalls of huge proportion with only inches of water flowing over granite river beds. This equals hard core capsizing and grazed skin!
The team then head off to Mexico and hook with Tao Berman and Josh Bechtel and end up running a series of falls totaling over 350ft in height. Who needs a creek boat to run falls when a play boat will do! Seeing is believing.
Throughout the 57 minutes of the movie the team paddle some awesome rivers in countries not normally associated with world class paddling. Culture, night life and traveling shots are mixed in amongst the paddling action giving a good picture of the paddlers lives over the past few months. Some of the segments of the movie are a recent as January 2006.
Since receiving the DVD I have watched it several times and still enjoy those cringe moments when you know that line or landing is going to end up hurting. Just check out that last image on the right and you’ll get the idea.
It’s a great movies that definitely retains that home-made feel, and that’s not a bad thing. Just don’t expect steady cam shots or crystal clear sound all of the time. Never the less this is still a top notch production that offers something a little different from those that have gone before. I’m looking forward to checking out the other movies in the No Big Names series.