So to add to much discussion about this, we just got off today (28th), running it on Friday (26th), probably around 11k. It was significant, to say the least. Our plan was to run down the left, main flow, and hit the big ones straight on. Our 14' SB was first, and he got a bit sideways at the second (bigger) wave, surfed left, went over the last wave totally sideways, but came out upright. Our 16' SB started further right, hit the first lateral and rode the wave train, hitting both the big waves head on with no hesitation on either. It's a hard pull to stay off the rocks, but came thru with flying colors. We then watched CRATE run thru with their 18'-ers. Their plan was as we run Skull - turn backwards and pull thru the first lateral, going right of all the big ones. Only two of the five boats did this successfully, with one getting so far right as to hit the wall twice - still don't know how she avoided a wrap on the pointed boulder. Taking this strategy should be easier as the water drops, as the lateral at the top will get get smaller and easier to break over, but you need to be comfortable pulling with your back to the rapid. By the way, they did not allow any of the customers to run their IK's thru.
If at all unsure, do scout. And if you don't have time to scout, you're on the wrong trip!
It's a hoot, and definitely changes the whole climate of the river. But the anticipation is always worse than the actual event. It was an rush, but not nearly as big as I expected.
Black side down!