For years kayakers portaged the infamous Toaroha Canyon, on New Zealand's wild West Coast, worried about the committing rapids it contained.

In 2012 a group of local paddlers pioneered the run. It has rapidly become the classic West Coast kayaking adventure. The sheer schist walls are home to numerous waterfalls and epitomise the very best of New Zealand whitewater. The Toaroha gorge is found near the west coast town of Hokitika and involves an arduous 3hr climb to the put in.

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Shot on a Sony FS700 (at 200fps) and NEX 5n (at 50fps) with Zeiss 24mm, Canon FD 50mm and Tokina 11-16mm. POV shot with Go Pro HD Hero.

Shot as part of the GORGED project and any tips will go towards this.

Paddlers are Dylan Thomson, Keith Riley, Kev England and Dave Kwant.
DP - Dave Kwant
2nd Camera - Kev England
Go Pro - Dylan Thomson
Production - West Coast Film
Audio Production - Tim Kwant

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