"It can be argued that no other boater will ever have the genetic abilities to master the complexities of running the waterfalls Tao does." - Boater Talk, Feb. 15


Age: born 1979
Height: 5’6
Eyes: blue/green
Hair: blond/brown

  • 3x World Record Holder
  • World Record Waterfall Descent 98.4ft or 30 meters
  • Speed Altitude Descent Record Holder
  • Vertical Distance Descent Record holder
  • Pre-World Champion
  • Completed over 50 first descents around the globe


What Magazines Have To Say
About Tao Berman
  • “Tao is recognized as the world’s premier radical hair-boater (extreme kayaker)” Men’s Journal
  • “World’s foremost extreme kayaker” USA Today
  • “World’s most extreme paddler” Rolling Stone
  • “Because of Tao, whitewater paddling is one of the fastest-growing sports in America.” Men’s Journal
  • “Tao Berman, the most famous kayaker in history.” Men’s Journal
  • “Tao Berman broke one of the most ultimate of outdoor sports records by free-falling a record 98.4 feet” Elevation Magazine
  • “Video Star” Paddler Magazine
  • “Celebrity in the whitewater world” Mail Tribune
  • Tao Berman is super human” Hooked on the Outdoors
  • “Tao Berman redefines his sport” Sports Illustrated
  • “Tao Berman is the best-known kayaker on the planet” Sports Illustrated  
  • “Tao’s the most recognizable whitewater kayaker in America” Canoe and Kayak

Other Interests

  • Motocross riding
  • Rock Climbing
  • Surfing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Road Biking
  • Golfing
  • Skiing
  • Learning to Wind Surf