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Old 09-08-2014   #1
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Surf out of Toilet Bowl

Does anyone have a first hand account of surfing out of toilet bowl in gore above 1000cfs? I have heard legend but everyone I know (including myself) that has gone in surfing has come out swimming. General consensus thus far is that it is impossible. I just want to know if it is possible.

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Old 09-08-2014   #2
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I've seen right side runs in a C1 and I've seen folks get tossed a rope and be able to get out but I've seen no one work their own way out. Except by joiningThe Gore Canyon the swim team.

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Old 09-08-2014   #3
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I was in there for 8 min day of the Gore Race. Ropes was the only way i could see getting out. I have seen many kayakers and rafts be in there. Never seen either get out. Gore race was my first ride and hopefully my last.
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Old 09-08-2014   #4
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Yes. Turtle was a .00001%er. I've seen a lot go in and he was the only one I have seen get out. Broke his paddle in the process and then broke another paddle about 3 minutes later in Kbomb. Expensive day and rare day.

I was also there for the YMCA raft ride that last about 15 minutes and took about 8 people to pull out with leverage. Toilet bowl has some serious stick except for turtles.
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Old 09-09-2014   #5
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Old 09-09-2014   #6
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I recall Hobie saying he surfed out during the race. I think it was in the '05 maybe '04 timeframe? I swam after surfing in there once, basically because after rolling up from a windowshade or two all I could think of was "no one ever surfs out of toilet bowl, its pointless to try..."
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Old 09-09-2014   #7
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I've never seen any one surf out. But I watched D.hippie have a bad boof there last week and get stuck straight pointing down and paddle his ass off. It took him a good 15-20 secs but he got out.

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Old 09-10-2014   #8
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Wow Turtle,
So it is possible... just really really difficult. Was it just luck or did you have a long beatdown and some serious stamina?
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Old 09-10-2014   #9
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I've heard the turtle legend, but that's the only time I've heard about someone getting out. I've seen enough bad swimmer recircs (out of boat) that if I end up in there again, I'm holding my breath and pulling immediately. It terminates in a pool after all (just watch out for the sieve below it).

I believe Rolf paddled back in there intentionally once and he ended up pulling. Legend has it that he has a 4 minute breath hold, so if he can't get out, not sure who can.

The craziest thing I ever saw there was one of those riverboarders,aka dick-draggers. He went right for the meat line, just plugged in with little speed and I thought, "Oh no, he's going to... swim?" The guy was right there in the gut of the hole. He reached downstream with his board, and just kept kicking with his fins and he just slowly worked his way out to the boil line and out of the hole.

It made me wonder if there was a way I could somehow fit my feet into the boat with fins on.
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Seen it happen twice this year, once at 1200, the other at 1300... I didn't think it could be done!

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