Tumwater Solitude: Sam Grafton Kayaks Wenatchee River Class V and V+

Tumwater Solitude: Sam Grafton Kayaks Wenatchee River Class V and V+

Tumwater Canyon is among some of the biggest roadside whitewater sections anywhere. Located just out of Leavenworth, Washington, the Wenatchee River carves a 6000 foot deep gorge though solid granite. Class V and Class V+ is just steps from the guardrail. We followed 23 year old Sam Grafton as he lapped this big water section all by himself. Despite the guardrail approach and a state full of world class boaters, Sam could not get paddling partners for this section. As of this date, Sam has ran Tumwater’s big water 37 times this year, mostly solo. Subscribe to our Youtube channel to keep up with our latest adventure videos.
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46 Comments

  1. Galena Skye on June 19, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Rest in peace you legend.

  2. peter stacy on June 19, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Amazing skills, great video!

  3. Yo Yo on June 19, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Rest In Peace he used to come to my dads restaurant every day

  4. hafa2011 on June 19, 2021 at 12:28 am

    It’s a extremely different level of daring sports

  5. Pera Petrovic on June 19, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Bravo Doctore !!!!!

  6. Tamme Russell on June 19, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Sam you make it look so fun and easy. I’m so glad to have met such a humble person. When you make it big time remember the little people. Thanks for always being a safety kayaker back in the day on the Skykomish river. You are one of the reasons I felt safe if I ever swam. Keep up the awesome work and may God continue to watch over you while your on the river.

  7. Dave on June 19, 2021 at 12:30 am

    I’d love to see him attempt the Niagara Falls gorge

  8. Joe Blo! on June 19, 2021 at 12:31 am

    It’s rare to have such great video of a river run like this at two minutes nine seconds he sees he’s getting ready to have a big impact and he doesn’t take it passively, he drives into it with his head and meets it with a force as well. Rest in peace thanks for teaching

  9. J S on June 19, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Sam’s a good heared and hell always be around tomorrow and all month

  10. Zachary Davis on June 19, 2021 at 12:36 am

    What an amazing paddler/person/influence we’re miss you.

  11. Gayle Williams on June 19, 2021 at 12:39 am

    That was an amazing run. I’ve never been in water like that. RIP

  12. Whaleshrimp on June 19, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Big, bad and very dangerous! Best of luck.

  13. Jack Kelly on June 19, 2021 at 12:40 am

    RIP

  14. ? on June 19, 2021 at 12:40 am

    amazing to see such a humble pro. most get lost in their ego trip

  15. g00gleyes on June 19, 2021 at 12:43 am

    looks like a good tube run lol

  16. Hectatus Breakfastus on June 19, 2021 at 12:43 am

    I like how the fish are like "WHAT THE FUCK DID I GET MYSELF INTO!!!!" He’s like "Yeah Boiii" Seriously though that’s some scary ass water. RIP.

  17. Travis Halford on June 19, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Total insanity

  18. WuTangChillaBee on June 19, 2021 at 12:46 am

    I met Sam in Norway while paddling more ridiculous whitewater, he was genuine and down to earth, fun and intelligent. Sad loss RIP fella

  19. rang20300 on June 19, 2021 at 12:47 am

    I am tring to understand this.
    its not that it looks easy, but it looks like its just holding on ?
    does it realy take more skill then running a slower pacing river ?
    with such powerful water I cant understand what skills got to do with it, it looks like just luck whether you can make it or not.

  20. Bess-ica on June 19, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Just getting into the sport and I’ll be lucky to be half this good. Thing with water from what I can tell, you’ll never run the same line twice and it’s always different. Amazing vid, makes me sad to hear about the loss of what seems to be a great guy and a amazing athlete

  21. John Derf on June 19, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Bad azz

  22. Loriene Lozano on June 19, 2021 at 12:51 am

    i ran this last week in a tube it was epic

  23. Eric Davidson on June 19, 2021 at 12:51 am

    Nice job!

  24. Kyle K on June 19, 2021 at 12:51 am

    Awesome stuff Sam! Living vicariously through your paddling. Keep it going. 

  25. mark mc myn on June 19, 2021 at 12:54 am

    Why put your life in unnecessary risk?

  26. Equipo Leftraru Aventura on June 19, 2021 at 12:54 am

    Brutal.

  27. B Jolly on June 19, 2021 at 12:55 am

    I wonder if this guy is still among the living?

  28. Loriene Lozano on June 19, 2021 at 12:55 am

    i ran these rapids in my rubber dingy, it was intense.

  29. Null Bite on June 19, 2021 at 12:56 am

    I’m used to creeking, those high-flow rapids look pretty crazy XD

    PS. Nice boofing

  30. Jerry Whalen on June 19, 2021 at 12:56 am

    Nothing like kayaking down the river in a big logs right next to you that alone will keep me out of that River

  31. Ярослав on June 19, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Смельчак! Удачи тебе!

  32. Canoer 4000 on June 19, 2021 at 1:01 am

    Not grade six. Barely even grade 5+

  33. Mark T on June 19, 2021 at 1:03 am

    AMAZING boating, great stuff.  May I comment on the production however ?   From 1:30-2:15 it feels like you’re watching an MTV video with a scene change every 2 seconds, it’s as if you’re watching a trailer giving tiny snips to tease you to the point of distraction and almost made me stop watching.   Luckily the second half it finally calms down and lets you watch.    That part right next to the log was crazy.

  34. sibrilliant on June 19, 2021 at 1:09 am

    That was awesome glad to have seen this guy just rip down that canyon. Also for anybody that thinks kayaking is just pointing your bow down the river, remember that this expert just drowned this February.

  35. Thing of the Deep Productions on June 19, 2021 at 1:10 am

    KEEP KICKING ASS SAM 

  36. Dima Kan on June 19, 2021 at 1:12 am

    В какой-то момент заметил рядом бревно и как мне кажется это нифига не безопасно 😉

  37. skolnick44 on June 19, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Very impressive. Seems like a classy guy as well.

  38. Mountains to Marshes on June 19, 2021 at 1:13 am

    holy shit that dude is a maniac haha. Epic!

  39. Rr Seitz on June 19, 2021 at 1:13 am

    Rest easy brother.

  40. Pedro Aragao on June 19, 2021 at 1:14 am

    Terrible loss. Rest in peace. Condolences for family

  41. Michael Exman on June 19, 2021 at 1:14 am

    tumwatter sluiwce need to stay out of there

  42. What the on June 19, 2021 at 1:14 am

    No Red Bull open face helmets in sight?

  43. Intel on June 19, 2021 at 1:15 am

    how did sam die

  44. Raj Kumar on June 19, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Sam i m very enterst. Watch your video and you have good line chouse .and you world class paddler..hope next watch see your expedition….in pakistan INDUS RIVER .most powerful for you absolutely get you good experience and so fun …..

  45. 4GUESTS USA on June 19, 2021 at 1:19 am

    very well done. Love the scene changes. Favorite always is the gopro in front up close.

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