DOB: 20/06/1987 (age 29)
Hometown: México City, Mexico
Favorite Place to Paddle: THE WORLD….no limits man
Accomplishments: 2nd Tallest Waterfall ever paddled (128.6 ft Big Banana Falls) and first descents around the globe.
Creekboat: Villain S
Crazy Facts: Named his own move at 15 respectfully…. the Burrito Flip
Why Rafa Loves Kayaking: Kayaking is my metaphorical transport machine, the excuse to check out the marvels that our planet hides, the perfect way to challenge ourselves and to get back home and not have to turn the TV on.
Special talent: writing. My philosophy of life is die exhausted.
Favourite food: any local food when I'm travelling.
Favourite music: Cuban, blues & jazz, rock, flamenco.
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"My life's goal is to die exhausted, instead of bored."
Photo by Jackson Kayak
RAFA ORTIZ PODCAST
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RAFA ORTIZ VIDEOS
"Fear is good because it concentrates you. Fear is what ends up releasing the adrenaline that gives you superpowers that let you do incredible things."
From Rafa's blog...."I had one moment myself where I ran a waterfall in San Luis Potosi, el Mico. We ran it super-low, kinda fucked up the line, ran it upside down. I almost killed myself. I had a full-face helmet and I broke it. If I was not wearing that helmet, I would have died. I was actually upside down at the bottom of the drop. It was the only time in life when I've actually accepted death. I got out of the river and walked to an outlook and sat there looking at the water for two hours. I was crying so hard. “Ok, you're slowly driving your life into this sport that can maybe kill you. But you're a rational, smart person. Are you doing this because there's no other option? Because you're making commitments you can't quit? Like the Red Bull sponsorship? Or are you really doing this because this is what you want to do?” And I made a pact with myself: “OK, I'm willing to live a shorter life and I will accept that rationally. I will make that decision in exchange for living the best life that I can possibly live.”
- Kayaking Cannonball of Adrenaline
" My style is pretty aggressive actually. I'm not like the smoothest kind of kayaker. I'm more like dropping in on the big waterfall and just you know, super aggressive kind of style "
Freestyle Kayaker Rafael Ortiz Profile
As one of only four kayakers in the world to have completed a drop of over 100ft, Rafa Ortiz is very much at the forefront of his sport.
" The river does not always lets you do what you want. You have to learn how to interact with it, to paddle with the river, become part of it. Not only doing what you want over the current. It's like becoming part of the flow, descending with the water and not only on top of it."
Chasing Wateralls Veracruz
After being the second extreme kayaker to conquer the world's highest waterfall that stands at 57m high, Rafa Ortiz returns home to the waterfalls on the Alseseca Veracruz River to start with his new Chasing Waterfalls project.
" ... and whenever we go there we see that waterfall like a monster that stalks you, ready to have a duel with you."
Chasing Wateralls Part 2
His 2014 quest for new challenges and new waterfalls led the young Mexican south of the country. Starting off in the state of Chiapas, one of the top destinations for extreme kayaking characterized by its long and abundant rivers, Rafa explored the Lacandona jungle for four days in the basin of the Usumacinta River which is considered the most extensive river in Guatemala and Mexico. Against the backdrop of stunning scenery, Rafa even found a river he had never paddled before, the Lacanja River.