Ray Chaplin hadn’t even seen a riverboard when he began plotting an unsupported descent of the Orange River. His white water training began on the rivers around Cape Town and 11-months later he set off for the source of the Orange River with his riverboard strapped to his back. More than half-way through, Ray took a bad tumble on slime-covered rocks – a fall that cracked ribs and resulted in severe spinal injury. After a few weeks of rehab in Cape Town, he was back in the water and as of the week before FEAT he was nearing Upington in the Northern Cape. We pulled him off the river to be at FEAT.