SHAUN BAKER

extreme kayaker



 

 

 

 Shaun Baker holds 4 Guinness World Records for paddling off huge waterfalls, down impossibly steep rivers, and even the “Land Speed Record” for a kayak (set on snow in the Canadian Rockies) He is widely credited as a true pioneer of the extreme.

Shaun began kayaking aged 10, and just six years later was already leading his first unsupported expedition – 700 miles around the treacherous coastlines of Scotland, England and Wales. Having survived these formative years, the allure of enormous waterfalls began to bite. Before long he had achieved more than 20 major first descents around the world including some of the largest falls in Iceland and the Alps.

For Shaun near death experiences are simply a part of everyday life, and he shrugs off praise for his achievements remarking that it is all part of a life where "every day you just have to try something a little more difficult...". Shaun insists that all his actions are carefully calculated and that it is unlikely he would have survived this far if he really had no regard for his own life...

By 2000 he had also won the UK National Championships in Whitewater Freestyle 9 times; taken 1st place in numerous international competitions and attained senior and advanced instructor and examiner status in all disciplines of canoe sport.

Despite all this, it is his passion for the extreme and the truly ground-breaking that drives the man. More record attempts are planned and there will always be more falls that need to be run!  

SHAUN'S CURRENT GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (2004/5)

Guinness “World Freefall Waterfall Kayak” Record 

(19.7 m pure vertical drop)  

 

Guinness “World Speed Altitude Descent” Record 

(75 ft in 19.9 sec)

 

Guinness “World Speed Altitude Descent” Record 

(50 m in 4 min 54 sec)  

 

Guinness “ World Kayak Land Speed - Snow" Record

( 62.94 km/h)

SOME OF SHAUN’S OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

9 times UK National Whitewater Freestyle/Rodeo Champion

6 times UK Team ranked No.1

20+ further individual major national competition wins, UK and worldwide

Numerous first descents of major waterfalls and whitewater rivers worldwide  

Contact: shaun@waterfallkayaker.com

 

"I feel most alive when I have just escaped with my life."