MADRID, Maine — It is some of the biggest white water and wildest action you will see in Maine.

"It" takes about 45 seconds, if you are really good like Mikey McVay.

"I thought it was fun," said the life-long paddler who hails from Millinocket.

"The really good boaters style it," said race organizer Andrew Cooper. "They can run this whole thing and keep their heads dry."

Smalls to the Wall is in its sixth year. The number of paddlers stays at about a dozen, but the crowd grows every year.

Safety, provided by White Mountain Swift Water Rescue, is extremely important.

 "We can mitigate the risk," said Jake Risch of the Rescue.