Credit: Patrick Camblin
The resident of Brockville, Ontario, has since paddled blindly toward smooth horizon lines in China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Chile, Norway and all over North America. Along the way, 30-foot drops and boat-eating hydraulics have only whetted his appetite for immersing himself in the unknown.
Every spring, Marr and a handful of other paddlers go on a six-week “stake out” mission in Quebec. They spend half their time hitting reliable runs, and the other half exploring new stretches of river. These recon missions have one underlying purpose for Marr: to find Ginormica. It’s a mythical monster wave that Marr believes is out there, waiting for him to drop in on.
So far Ginormica has escaped detection, but Marr has had plenty of memorable adventures during the search. On a trip to Malaysia two years ago, Marr rode the back of a pickup truck further and further up a mountain road that finally ended in the rubble of a landslide. Marr and his crew took the machetes their drivers loaned them and started hacking through jungle—where Marr had just seen “the ass end of a big black cat disappear”—to reach a river. The next day, four wild elephants watched from shore as Marr paddled a stretch of river that had probably never been run before.
“The only reason I experienced that was because the water took me there,” says Marr. “There is nowhere in the world I might not get to someday.”
This profile is part of our top adventurers feature, The Elite, from our Spring 2012 issue.