I was excited to get a chance to review the latest Tsunami Rangers DVD, Greatest Hits.
"These guys are legends," was my thought. Rather than sit alone and watch by
myself I pulled together a crew of about twelve friends, some of the
Pacific Northwest's best paddlers. We bought a couple of pizzas and set up the
projector for an evening of viewing.
True to our expectation the video started off with a bang. It features huge
surf, impossible rock gardens, and noble challenges against mother-nature at
her nastiest. We hadn't read the cover so didn't know what to expect. It
truly is a compilation, so don't expect a story line. "The Best Of" clips
were at times hard to follow but provided a non-stop series of
action.....HUGE action. The footage proves without a doubt that these guys
and gals are more than willing to place themselves into the most difficult
of paddling conditions I and my fellow NW paddlers have seen. In fact I'm
convinced I saw several of them smiling as they were getting thrashed in the
surf and rock gardens.
From a technical perspective some of the footage was of marginal quality and
it was at times obvious there was a long distance zoom being used during
filming. This didn't take anything away from the action and only served to
prove that any cameraman in their right mind wouldn't get close to the
turmoil taking place in the rock gardens and surf conditions below the
One comment was made that it would have been a good idea to more clearly
mention the danger level of the feats these guys were pulling off. So I'll
do it here. The Tsunami Rangers are EXPERT paddlers, please don't try this
stuff without building the skills they've worked at for years, it would not
be a good thing to take a thrashing like these without the skills and
paddling partners to back it up.
Without giving away any specifics I'll just say there were several times I
noticed the group collectively wince at some of the most intense exciting
paddling action you'll find on film, top notch. It's much like a car wreck
when you really don't want to see anyone hurt but you just can't resist
looking as you drive by. The most common words of the evening were,
"OOOOOOOOOO!", "Holy ****!", "That's insane"!
At the end we were left a little stunned and definitely feeling the
adrenaline, even from just sitting in the room and watching. This DVD is all
one would expect from the likes of legendary extreme paddlers, the Tsunami
Most of all we were left wanting more. You will be too.
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Contact: Eric Soares at email@example.com
Editor's Note: Based in Portland, OR, Porche paddles four to five times a week in the Columbia watershed, and is the CEO of the Porche Agency, a financial services company.