London, March 24 (ANI): Pedro Olivia, a daredevil kayak enthusiast, has made a new world record by riding down a 127ft waterfall in Brazil.
According to a report in the Telegraph, Pedro hit speeds of 70mph in his freefall down the Salto Belo falls into the waters of the Rio Sacre, a tributary of the Amazon in Brazil.
The stunt, which took just 2.9 seconds, shattered the existing world record for a descent in a kayak that stood at 108ft.e survived thanks to unique combination of currents, which have been created what kayakers believe to be the softest water landing in the world.
The 26-year-old Brazilian had scoured the area searching for the perfect spot for an attempt on the record.
With a drop almost twice that of Niagara Falls, an estimated 5,000 cubic feet of 70F-warm water gush over the Salto Belo every second.
But, Pedro had to tour the 100ft-wide waterfall in search of the perfect boulder-free spot before embarking on his attempt.
Hurtling head first to the bottom, he disappeared from sight as he plunged into a deep pool at the bottom.
Moments later he emerged, unharmed, behind the waterfall and was even able to right himself by grabbing onto a boulder formation.
According to Ben Stookesberry, a member of the team, "Although people have certainly perished upon hitting a pool of water from such heights, the team counted on the massive, gushing rivers of central Brazil to produce the softest water landings on Earth." (ANI)