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Kayaking Northern Patagonia

The small town of San Martin de los Andes sits on the shores of Lago Lácar in northern Patagonia. The lake stretches more than 20 miles and is a popular spot for overnight kayaking missions by local Argentines and tourists alike. 

To get this shot, I followed one of these expeditions with a drone. In a region famous for wind, it's always nice to be able to fly my drone. 

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SUP Getaway in New Zealand

Travel outside of New Zealand and you might not find many folks who have heard of St. Bathans or its stunning Blue Lake. The Southern Hemisphere’s deepest man-made mining hole formed the gold-sluicing days of the late 1800s and was filled with water in the 1930s.

As a location for stand-up paddleboarding, the world’s fastest growing sport, Blue Lake is pretty hard to beat. The waters were glassy still as we circumnavigated the shoreline, paddling beneath the lake’s white clay cliffs. Then it was back to the tiny townships’ reputedly haunted Vulcan Hotel for a restorative ale.

With only ten permanent residents, modern-day St. Bathans is a far cry from the 2,000-person boomtown it was at the height of the gold rush. But this historic village still attracts plenty of visitors looking for a pleasant escape amongst its sleepy buildings, easy walking tracks, and hidden camping spots.

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Kayaking Trucha Falls, Mexico

After two weeks of successful first descents in the dangerous and cartel-controlled state of Michoacan, Mexico, our crew had one last river to explore. But during the first day of checking out access points we ran into an illegal road block and, with machine guns aimed at us, were told to "get out of town." This incident, combined with the fact that the river ran deep into cartel land, made the crew decide to head east into the better known and safer paddling area of Veracruz.

Disappointed, we decided to make the best of it with a three-day huck fest of the largest waterfalls Mexico has to offer. The result? This image. After noticing the amazing light, I yelled to the athletes at the lip of the falls to run it ASAP! Dane Jackson got in his boat and dropped this 70-foot beast. By the time the next paddler descended the falls, the canyon had fallen into deep shadow and the magical light was all but gone. 

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