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Old 07-23-2009   #1
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Thanks to the Black Rock Crew!

Yesterday was a great first day for me on black rock and wanted to thank all the fellas that paddled with us. I think we were 18-20 deep. That was sweet! we should make it a yearly occurrence if it isnít already (all of it but my swim). Thanks again, and if any of you want hit it up again or anything that may be runnin' let me know.

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Old 07-23-2009   #2
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Thanks Ture!!

I wanted thank everyone for the safe guide down Black Rock last night for my first time!! I especially want to thank TURE for showing me the stellar lines and helping me feel relatively safe in there!!!! Thanks man, I really enjoyed myself and can't wait to boat with you again!!

We had a solid crew of 18 deep with most of them BR veterans. A few newbies (including myself) showed up and we all had a blast!!! I did pull the "P" card and walk Rigor!! Oh well, next time!! I had such an amazing run, I didn't want to ruin the day with a swim in Rigor!!

I still can't wipe this shit eating grin of my face!!!! Ha Haaa!!!

Thanks again to everyone for the support!!!

"RIP Derk"



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Old 07-23-2009   #3
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First timer fiesta was fun. Love the late season blackrock monster crew rally. Good times.

Glad you guys had a good run.
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Old 07-23-2009   #4
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Way to go BR veterans on getting the first timers down safely! Cool to hear the excitement, appreciation and enthusiam at the party last night. Nice work TURE on getting the word out!
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Old 07-23-2009   #5
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Thanks a lot for showing, guys. It was one of the funnest Black Rock runs I've ever had and I've run it more than I can count.

This is the first year we have done a big newbie day. We did it to honor the memory of Derk and his spirit of giving to the kayak community. My crew showed him down for his first time and he returned the favor to other newbies over the years.

An annual Black Rock first-timer throwdown in Derk's honor would be fun. Late season, 250-300 cfs, with relatively warm water is the best time.
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Old 07-23-2009   #6
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What is the level of difficulty at the current flows?
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Old 07-23-2009   #7
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Low volume, not pushy at all, kind of creeky, main rapids (Black Rock and Narrows) are IV+, Rigo is at the top of IV+, maybe V-. Rigo isn't particularly dangerous at this level, just kind of hard to nail the line if you haven't paddled a lot of stuff over class IV.

The danger of a swim is about as low as it is going to get on Black Rock but there are still places you really don't want to do it and I suppose the danger of foot entrapment might be increased because of all the rocks. No major sieves, but there are some that will take down a foot if they get a chance.
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Old 07-23-2009   #8
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Kevin was an awsome guide, and Joe is one hell of a boat wrangler. Thanks to them I had a great time and have all of my gear.
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Old 07-23-2009   #9
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Glad everyone had as much fun as me. Hopefully we can do it again some time.

I'd like to thank BR vet Jack for showing all the newbies how a first run is supposed to look (2 swims and a pin). Way to take one for the team
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Old 07-23-2009   #10
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That made me feel waaaaaaay better! Thanks Jack! My ego is feeling much better about my swim.

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