bag it. kayaking is on the decline; a natural cycle. Its actually nice that it is getting back to the point where a smaller % of kayakers are gapers with playboats on their cars. loops and shit in small holes are not easy, but lame nonetheless. just go boat w/ yr peeps and drink a few beers at camp and let go of the hype. leave the carnival to the salida townsfolk to celebrate their (important) river history, or to just have an excuse to party. These events never live up to a good day on the river and a good night at camp w/ some friends. let it go. If you want to party, by all means go have fun, but do not expect a magical kayak-themed gathering with the focus on actual boating. i do appreciate fibark keeping the slalom and downriver events going, and would love to see more of that in co.