Riverboarder Descends the Green Narrows

Headfirst, Gorilla Rapids included

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Kenton Grua (rear) hitting the Grand Canyon's Crystal Rapid with two guided clients in 1974     Photo: John Blaustein

Pro riverboarder Josh Galt ran the first decent of the Green Narrows—Gorilla rapids included—using nothing but a riverboard and a pair of fins this week.

“What first caught my attention many years ago was how perfectly picturesque Gorilla was.” Galt told Canoe & Kayak. “That stuck in my head, and it’s always been a rapid I’ve wanted to run.”

While many in the the paddling community have hopped on the  riverboarding bandwagon, some still see it as a joke. "Something for people to do who can’t kayak, as a tourist activity, or me as a totally effin’ crazy man," Galt said. “We’re not just hanging on and surviving. We’re running the lines, and we’re styling the drops. We belong on the river as much as any other type of boat.”

Pro kayakers caught Galt's decent and took this footage of him navigating the Gorilla:

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