Banks, Idaho is home to 17 hearty residents, including Ryan Bailey, a whitewater kayaker, wildland firefighter, and the unofficial mayor of the town. Situated at the confluence of the North and South Fork of the Payette River, Banks is to kayakers what the North Shore of Hawaii is to surfers, and Yosemite is to climbers. The river terrified Ryan when he was growing up, but it kept calling to him. Twenty-one years after his first competition in Banks, he continues to live his life unapologetically. He’s not concerned about what’s next, but rather what’s right now.

Director: Tim Kemple

Duration: 09:45

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