Originally Posted by richp
In the teens, I hit the Five-O wave as low as I can, at an angle I estimate will turn me so I'm square when I hit the next wave, coming in from the right. Hit the Five-O wave high and square at that level and you likely won't punch it, but rather get surfed sideways into the lower wave, and then it's a long, hard swim almost for sure.
[In a raft] Yeah, what he said. I hit the 5-0 wave high though, keeping the triangle rock closer to the raft (usually scrape it for fun, and makes it more wild for clients). This keeps me more on the center line through the rest of the rapid. I don't like being near that right wall (or the rocks on the end on the right).
So, you're still on the normal line. Just angle the bow a bit towards the left to address the five O wave. I don't completely square up to it so the 5-0 spins my bow over to the right and then I'm addressing the next wave from the right.
Or, when I used to guide it, sometimes we'd approach the triangle rock backwards, hit the rock with the stern, spinning the boat. Go down the tongue with the boat spinning, so by the time you're in the rapid, the boat is forward and properly addressing waves.
p.s. how many different ways came we come up with to run it!