Shaun: "I could feel my ribs starting to crack. I remember thinking, I haven't said goodbye to anybody, that dying wasn't supposed to be like this. I hadn't prepared for death at all..."

Daily Mail: "Shaun is the David Beckham of the kayaking world. A boating legend.. revered by his peers"

BBC Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson: "...Shaun Baker, the top man in the field of inserting yourself into a glass-fibre lozenge and paddling down a river"

Esquire Magazine: "Shaun Baker is 'The Fall Guy'"

Iceland Review: "Surviving in practice is what has set Baker's 20 year career above the short-lived ranks of hotheads and the hopelessly optimistic"

Independent: "Before Shaun Baker hauled his boat to the top of the world's most intimidating waterfalls, extreme kayaking was just... well kayaking"

Kayak Session, winter 2010-2011: "Aldeyjarfoss in Iceland hasn't seen so many boaters since its first descent back in 1996 by Shaun Baker. Baker broke the world record for the longest freefall, when he ran the 64 feet / 19.8 metres drop. Sure, the height of the drop isn't the issue nowadays, but the power of the beast still is! Aldeyjarfoss remains at the very margins of navigability."

Shaun Baker racing with his JetKayak in Top Gear
Shaun Baker kayaking Godafoss waterfall in Iceland

Shaun Baker is credited a modern-day pioneer of the extreme. He has set 7 Guinness World Records - 5 of them in completely new areas of the sport. These include paddling off huge waterfalls; down impossibly steep rivers; the “Land Speed Record” for a kayak (set on snow in the Canadian Rockies); and even the fastest ever kayak - his Jet-Powered Kayak as raced on BBC 's Top Gear. Incredibly his World Records now span 3 decades, and there is no sign of him slowing down.

Shaun began kayaking aged 10, and just six years later was already leading his first unsupported expedition with his school friend (& now business partner) Nick – 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/Rodeo 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 Baker on Godafoss waterfall


“Freefall Waterfall Kayak”(19.7 m vertical drop)

“Speed Altitude Descent”(75 ft in 19.9 sec)

“Speed Altitude Descent”(50 m in 4 min 54 sec)

“Kayak Land Speed - Snow"(62.94 km/h)

"Jet Powered Kayak"(40.0 km/h)


9x UK National Whitewater Freestyle/Rodeo Champion

20+ competition wins, UK and worldwide

Numerous 1st descents of major waterfalls and whitewater rivers worldwide