In 1989, Peter Debernardi, 42, and Jeffrey (Clyde) Petkovich, 25, became the first team to go over the Falls together in a barrel. (Remember, Steve Trotter and Lori Martin didn't go over together until 1995.) But they weren't the first two to attempt to go over the Falls together in a barrel -- in 1988, Michael Viscosi and Harry Kallet attempted it, but their barrel began leaking and they had to bail out. (They still had to pay $20,000 in fines and legal fees, though.)
Riding face to face and wearing hockey helmets, the two Canadians went over the Falls in a 5-foot by 10-foot (1.5x3m) barrel. They came out of it relatively unscathed. Their reason for going over? They were reportedly making a statement against drugs -- to show kids there were better things to do.