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These are the world’s largest and deadliest rapids, many have died trying to navigate these waters. In 2011, freestyle kayaker Steve Fisher and his team of three other kayakers were the first to survive the Inga Rapids. According to National Geographic, which named Fisher an Adventurer of the Year in 2013, Fisher said that they didn’t conquer the rapids. “We navigated from top to bottom without a portage. At best, we survived,” he said. “I had tears in my eyes at the end.”