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Old 05-09-2005   #11
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I haven't been to Union at much over 1000, or seen Hollywood when it's really "in" which I think requires over 1000, but at 300 - 500 the bottom hole is pretty fun, if you like trashy holes. Much higher than this and it washes out if memory serves me. Maybe it comes back in at much higher levels.

The top hole is fun at every level I've paddled there, but is almost boring at times. Hard to get vertical b/c its shallow, but you can flat spin and get a just a little vertical all day long. Maybe with the newer boats you can get a little more vert and open up the possiblities.

While I've never seen Hollywood at its best, I have seen some guys doing loops, blunts and some other tricks on it when most of us paddled right by. There is a sweet spot on the wave that is easy to miss. But, once you find it, you can do some good stuff.

Anyhow, my 2 cents. I pretty much learned to play boat at union and confluence duriing rain storms, so maybe I'm partial.

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Union used to get pretty high around early june until about the last 5-6 years. Over 2000 there gets to be some pretty big fast waves. I don't know if we will see it that high anytime soon. The top Hero hole is awesome above 1500. Haven't been to Union in years, not since the X boat, Medieval days.


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I think J's got it right. The top hole usually has something going. The bottom hole is good at 500. Hollywood holds at most levels you and is a challenging ride, but who wants a perfect wave? At 1000 cfs, the middle waves start getting steep. 700 is probably the worst level, but still worthwhile.

I get the impression not many people check out the bottom hole.
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Old 05-10-2005   #14
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Does that bottom hole at Union have a name?

I have seen some epic trashings, and some epic rides on that thing. There was a rodeo at that hole a couple years ago and some pretty damn good paddlers swam out of there. If you can tame it, there are good rides to be had, and you might have the whole thing to yourself. Have an exit strategy though! Probably not a good place to be paddling solo.

Can't wait for the real water to show up so we can paddle something clean!

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