The Ulba river is just outside of Banos Ecuador. Everything in the surrounding area was too high. My good friend Matt Taylor, two locals Edwin Caza and Lucho Granizo, and a friend Romano Roe From Quebec rounded out the crew. Everything in the surrounding area was too high so we decided to go take a look at this "park and huck" style mini gorge right outside of town. This mini gorge consists of a double drop that is a 6' to 8' drop landing in a teacup exiting into a 12' to 15' falls with a walled in landing and undercut cave on the left. This leads into a s-turn which exists into a 25' waterfall called "learning to fly." The first teacup drop was too backed up so we decided to seal launch into the teacup on the backside of the boil of the 6' to 8' drop. This didn't give you very much time to get lined up and a good stroke for the 12' to 15' drop. I wasn't sure and neither was anyone else. Lucho stepped up and fired it up first. His line was marginal but he came up upright and made it look good. I was sold. BAD CHOICE! I didn't get lined up where I wanted to be and didn't have a good line and got hammered in the landing. My skirt imploded as I was trying to roll up in the veil and I was rejected out of my boat. I got recirculated twice up under the undercut left wall. It was dark. When I came up Lucho hit me with a rope. It was a perfect toss. He pulled me to safety and grabbed my paddle simultaneously and then my boat floated passed us and that would be the last time I saw my boat that day. The guys above us were setting up ropes to get me out of the canyon. I asked for a boat to barrow to paddle out of the mini gorge because I am scared of ropes. Romano hooked it up with his nomad. The rest went good. It was a scary swim but I didn't get hurt and it was a day I will never forget. We got the boat back after three weeks and the water dropping out. I want to say thanks to Lucho for the safety and to Romano for the boat.