Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
Bedouin people help American navigate idyllic gorges in Jordan.
Wakeskater Brian Grubb travelled to Jordan in May 2018 to take on the mighty Wadi Al-Hidan canyon after earlier projects saw him tackle snow streams in Sarajevo and Filipino rice fields.
Here is all you need to know:
– Jordan has five UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Grubb travelled there to water skateboard through the Wadi Al-Hidan canyon in the Valley of Hidan.
– Wadi Al-Hidan is a breathtaking black basaltic canyon with narrow gorges, fresh pools, mesmerising green vegetation and wildlife that feeds into the Dead Sea.
– The American needed help from the local Bedouin people to transport equipment in small boats or by person over the perilous rocks with evenings consisting of traditional Bedouin cuisine and music.
– When Grubb and his crew finally reached their ideal setting, they positioned themselves on top of one of the peaks of the valley where the long wire pulling machine that the veteran athlete would hold on to was installed to launch him across the volcanic rocks.
– When he first hit the water it wasn’t plain sailing as he lost his balance occasionally, nevertheless he righted himself to master the unforgiving terrain of the valley.