About Rafa Ortiz
Whitewater kayaker who became the first Mexican ever to win the World Freestyle Championships. In 2013, he kayaked down the steepest navigable whitewater in the world at Rio Santo Domingo, Mexico.
He grew up in Mexico and learned to kayak in Veracruz. He was inspired by Ben Stookesberry to pursue kayaking.
His descent down the waterfalls of Niagara Falls was chronicled in the documentary Chasing Niagara (2015).
He married Fernanda Cosio in November 2016.
He and Ben Brown are both world champion kayaker.