What is the fastest way down a snowy volcano and across a lake? If it isn’t in a kayak, that still might be the coolest. Spanish kayaker Aniol Serrasolses is seen in the above video making 16-miles (25km) of descent from the Villarrica volcano in the Araucanía region of Chile at speeds up to 100km/h. Serrasolses says that he’s “always wanted to kayak down the snow and unite the four elements of earth, air, water, and fire,” and pushing the boundaries of the watersport brings him to a massive natural obstacle course combining those elements.
Serrasolses said that starting at the top of the snowy volcano was the hardest part, “as a kayak is not really made for the snow,” and he had to ride it like a sled and rely on his paddle to steer. This made the first part of the descent really fast and dangerous, as he reached speeds of 62mph (100kph) and even hitting an ice block at 50mph (80kph), which sent him flying through the air (about 47 seconds into the video). That doesn’t seem to slow Aniol down as he proceeds to hits cliff drops and kickflips the kayak on snow before cruising into a dense forest. This brings him to the Captrén river, which flows through rocky walls in a lush forest. Aniol, pushing the boundaries on this line even further, sticks the first-ever double kickflip on a kayak when going over the Tomatita waterfall. Even crazier – he did the double kickflip on his first try and followed up saying:
“The next one will clearly have to be the triple, won’t it?”