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Old 05-16-2014   #11
placerville, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1993
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necky jive!!!!!!!!!

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Old 05-16-2014   #12
Bellingham, Washington
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I would argue that Big Kahuna has eddy service on the left at some levels. At 12000 and 22000 cfs I was able to ferry out to it in a Dagger Axiom (the big wave, not the foam pile off the rock).


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Old 05-16-2014   #13
Bosque Farms, New Mexico
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Just surf glass waves above big drops

My first GC trip I was in a Wave Sport Lazer (12ft), about 1990(?). Seemed pretty itimidating at first until I realized just how much room there is to get around. After that, I was surfing the glass waves above almost all the big rapids. I got so into it that I forgot to pay attention to the rest of my trip and got scooped right out of the river by one of the rafts in our party. They were considerably less than amused. They were pretty thankful for us river maggots later though when we quickly dealt with a flipped raft. It's a symbiotic thing.

I've heard people describe the GC kayaking experience as class III with class V consequences. As long as you don't go swimming, it usually doesn't matter all that much if you've been blown out of a fast wave at the top of a rapid.

+1 for the longer kayak. Plus if you paddle much of the flatwater, you'll be a lot happier too.
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Old 05-16-2014   #14
Ft Collins, Colorado
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+2 for long, fast boat. If you can catch them, there are _many_ big, glassy, beautiful waves, typically the first in the set. As noted, it takes some getting used to, but there usually aren't any consequences. However, the current is very fast and you either have to be superman or have a very fast boat to catch those waves. I was on a trip with 7 or 8 kayaks; I think all but two were RPMs and we surfed our butts off.
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Old 05-17-2014   #15
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I found that every day, somewhere, there was an all-day-wave, a glassy wave you could stay on till it got dark. But the water level fluctuates so much that it was never consistent, so I stopped trying to keep track.

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