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Old 06-30-2004   #1
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Best level for surfing lunchcounter (on a surfboard)

What's the best level to surf lunchcounter on a board? Also, how gnarly is the swim if you wipe out? Any tips from someone who's done it would be much appreciated.

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Old 06-30-2004   #2
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I was there on Sunday and a guy was ripping it up on a short board. I think the level was about 9500, but check the flows for that day. It should be dropping and getting steeper, so it'll probably depend on what size / shape board you bring.

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Old 07-01-2004   #3
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Call Rendezvous River Sports in Jax

Give Rendezvous in Jackson a call. A couple of the guys that work there surf and I heard they are stocking surf boards this year. Last year, I remember guys surfing boards down to 7,000 cfs.
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Old 07-02-2004   #4
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You mean surfing a wave like this guy?

This guy is ripping it up on a short board on the Pipeline Wave on Lochsa River in Idaho. It's about 10,000 cfs here. He got a good 15 minute ride. Pretty cool to watch.

Note that he has a cord to shore to help him stay on the wave.

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Old 07-02-2004   #5
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surf boards can surf lunch counter at many levels, much higher levels than kayakers. I was there yesterday and there was a guy tearing it up at 9200 cfs. The wave is still pretty green at that level, but once it starts to get below 9,000 and especially 8,000...oh baby, it is on. It dropped to 8300 today and going down, I am 15 minutes from lunch counter right now--uuuhh, gotta go.
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