The Lord of the Fork

The white water of the Russell Fork is some of the most difficult and dangerous in the country. Every year on the fourth Saturday in October, kayakers come from around the world to test themselves in the Lord of the Fork competition at Breaks Interstate Park, which straddles Kentucky and Virginia.

We learn how the race got its name from one of their fallen brothers, Jon Lord, and how he lives on in his fellow paddlers.

Kentucky Life joins these paddlers at ‘the beast of the east’ to talk about the river’s whitewater, kayaking, racing, and the comradery of their lifestyle.