2015 Gallery

Karangarua River First Descent

New Zealand white-water kayaker Jordan Searle and expedition team members Ari Walker, Barny Young and David Bain navigate through the First Descent of the Karangarua River on the West Coast of New Zealand. The river flows northwest from the Southern Alps, entering the Tasman Sea 80km northeast of Haast. The expedition involved two days of scouting and four days to complete the First Descent.

“The First Descent of the Karangarua from its source was simply incredible. It encompassed a breath-taking river valley, full on white-water, technical portaging and smiles for days,” said grant recipient Jordan Searle.