rasdoggy- 'nuff respect, bro. It's awesome to see folks in the earlier stages of their boating career get so pumped up about stuff like this.
You should check out Confluence - it will hone your eddy turn skills sharper than Union for sure, and when the water's up, it is the most underrated playspot in the state, despite the water quality. You can learn to surf there pretty easily, and it's never crowded like Golden. I think it's a great beginner playspot. Don't park at the public lot upstream from the Speer overpass - lots of break-ins there. Use the big REI lot next to I-25 on Platte Street.
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