Michelle and I went down to North Carolina this year for The Green Race, a world-famous, and world-respected, kayak competition down the Green River Narrows.
Normally I would have spent the afternoon shooting still images, but I recently picked up a GoPro HD Hero video camera and wanted to put it through some of its paces at the race. I built a special jib-type device which would give me an additional 6 feet of reach, allowing me to get the camera place that others couldn’t. It was a bit of a trial-and-error day, learning what the camera and I were capable of doing, but it was a blast. Here is the video I put together from some of my favorite footage that I collected.
A little about The Green Race:
No doubt the single most famous, most respected, and most competitive creek race on the planet, the annual Green Race remains a fabulous and homespun little affair held each Fall on the steepest section of western North Carolina’s Green River Narrows. Local boaters train here for much of the year due to the reliable flows, and people come from literally around the world to compete. More than five hundred friends and family members either hike or paddle in to watch and cheer on every racer, scattering themselves along the river’s boulders and bedrock near the photogenic signature rapid called Gorilla — a.k.a. “The Monkey” — heart and soul of the entire run.
The paint roller rig: