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Crazy. Out of their minds. Insane.

Those might be just a few of the words used to describe the world-class kayakers that stare down the raging waters of Idaho’s North Fork of the Payette River and live to tell about it during the North Fork Championship (NFC). These athletes travel to Idaho from around the globe to compete on some of the gnarliest water Mother Earth serves up.

In its inaugural year there was concern that the North Fork Championship race was too dangerous. The NFC went off in a big way with the athletes rising to the challenge of the difficult whitewater. The NFC, now heading into its fifth year, has become a platform to showcase the highest level of extreme kayaking.

This competition is not for the faint of heart and here a few of the most jaw-dropping photos to prove it.

1. Rush Sturges [USA] getting ready for the “Man Surf” to gate 2 at Rock Drop in Jacob’s Ladder.

Rush Sturges getting ready for the "man surf" to gate 2 at Rock Drop in Jacob's Ladder during the North Fork Championship 2013. Photo Credit: Mike Leeds.
Photo Credit: Mike Leeds.

 2. Todd Wells [USA] enjoys the last bit of peace and stillness before dropping into the North Fork.

Kayaker at North Fork Championship.
Photo Credit: Tait Trautman.

3. Kalob Grady [CAN] sends it past the massive Oceana hole on his way to a top 10 finish in NFC IV.

Kayaker on the North Fork of the Payette.
Photo Credit: Mike Leeds.

 

4. Thirty of the world’s best kayakers come to duke it out on Jacob’s Ladder to determine the best big water paddler.

Kayaker at North Fork Championship
Photo Credit: Mike Leeds.

5. Dane Jackson [USA] roosting a massive ‘boof’ off of Rock Drop.

Kayaker at North Fork Championship.
Photo Credit: Mike Leeds.

6. Pangal Andrade Astorga [Chile] dropping into the Elite Division and rowdy whitewater for as far as he can see.

Kayaker at North Fork Championship
Photo Credit: Mike Leeds.

7. Aniol Serrasolses [Spain] sends a ‘kickflip’ off the NFC Red Bull Ramp.

Kayaker at North Fork Championship.
Photo Credit: Mike Leeds.

8. Things are getting rowdy on the North Fork.

Kayaker on big whitewater.
Photo Credit: Mike Leeds.

9. Gerd Serrasolses [Spain] absolutely on point on his way to being crowned the King of NFC IV.

Kayaker at North Fork Championship.
Photo Credit: Mike Leeds.

10.  Kyle Hull [USA] throws the kayaking ‘Church’ sign showing all is well with the river gods as he flies into Jacob’s Ladder.

Kayaker at North Fork Championship.
Photo Credit: John Webster.

Don’t let your North Fork Championship fun end here. Join the crowd and watch all the action unfold June 16-18, 2016. For more details on race times and other NFC festivities click here.

Visit Idaho is a proud sponsor of the North Fork Championship.

Published on June 9, 2016