Zak runs the “Shillong in a Box” drop © Charles King
Close on the heels of the lads from the UK, Zak Sears, Kyle Smith, Cooper Lambla and Charles King from the US came into Shillong with a week to spare before they flew out of the country. They paddled a few rivers in North East India and wanted one last run. We obviously pointed them towards the Kynshi. With no rain to feed the flows in early December, the team caught the river at probably the tail end of good paddling levels.
Spending a few days in town and on the river, they suffered abysmal roads, re-discovered pizza, danced at a Khasi wedding where the groom and his mates played rock, commandeered inappropriate means of transport, met rat-hole coal miners and paddled.
Their search for whitewater in North East India took them to Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.
Watch the video.
Meghalaya section starts at about 19:18.
Here are a few pictures they generously left behind.
Khasi fisherman © Cooper Lambla
Miner pulling his coal laden trolley out of a “rat-hole” mine. Note – the only equipment he has is the cheap one-bulb LED torch attached to his head and well worn rubber boots © Cooper Lambla
Amusing locals and fishermen who have never seen kayaks © Team
© Charles King
© Kyle Smith
© Charles Smith
© Charles Smith
Running “Griff’s Gash” © Cooper Lambla
Kyle runs “Shillong In A Box” © Cooper Lambla
Cooper tastes the spray of the “Shillong In A Box” © Cooper Lambla
Top angle shot of Zak running “Shillong In A Box” © Cooper Lambla
Charles goes over “Shillong In A Box” © Cooper Lambla
Paddling in between hills to the Take Out at Ranikor village © Cooper Lambla
Fascinated children at Ranikor © Charles King
Kyle gets a ride from one of the finest village drivers © Kyle Smith
The world’s cheapest car with 4 boats on it. The roof didn’t cave in. © Charles Smith
“Nadi” means river in Hindi. Infer what you may. “Nadi Chargers Beeches” indeed. Nuff said.
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