The internet loves this trick. Its success was perhaps born out of travel restrictions in 2021–when folks were spending more time on their home rivers practicing fun and challenging moves–or, perhaps it’s just a fantastic trick that was destined for instant success. Either way, the “Tennessee Tomahawk” has taken the whitewater world by storm.
Finally, we have the video we’ve eagerly been waiting for: a step-by-step tutorial. Once you’ve got this movement dialed, the possibilities are endless. Try it off a small ledge drop or a smooth granite rock sloping into the water. Be sure to check your surroundings carefully, looking particularly at water depth and identifying potential hazards or obstructions. And of course, don’t forget to bring safety equipment and a solid paddling crew.
Video courtesy of Matthew Brook Coaching.