Despite the continued unsettling state of the world, Kaelin Friedenson has made 2021 his year. The 18-year-old whitewater kayaker is taking downriver freestyle to new heights–quite literally.
You may recognize Friedenson as the winner of the 2021 Green Race in the Under 21s category (placing 6th overall), the 2021 Extreme Slalom Junior Champion, or as the first-place winner of this year’s Great Falls slalom race. But even off the racecourse, this up-and-comer has been making waves in the whitewater scene.
In the 12 months we’ve seen Friedenson throw tomahawks, land Cobra Flips off intimidating waterfalls and, most recently, huck a ~60-foot waterfall in Mexico, backwards. Watch his recent descent of Tomata Falls in Veracruz, Mexico here.
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